Do you live near one of the worst highways in Florida? A recent article in the Orlando Business Journal reported on a ranking of the country’s worst highways according to Robert Reid with National Geographic. Reid ranked the highways from 66th (the worst of the worst) to first (the least terrible highway). Interstates 75 and 10 landed in the 12th and 13th spots respectively, but other Florida highways did not fare so well. Interstate 95, the Atlantic Coast Highway running from Miami to Maine, occupied the 65th place on Reid’s rankings. The very worst highway on Reid’s list was Florida’s own “Haunted Highway,” Interstate 4, which runs between Tampa and Daytona Beach.
Car Crash Statistics Around Brooksville, Florida, and Lutz, Florida
Hillsborough and Hernando counties both have their fair share of car accidents each year, some of which occur on highways and interstates running through these counties. From 2013 to 2014, both counties experienced a more than 5 percent increase in the number of car crashes that occurred within their boundaries. More specifically, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles:
- In 2013, Hernando County reported 1,879 accidents. This number increased by 5.43 percent in 2014, which saw a total of 1,981 accidents.
- In 2013, Hillsborough County reported 21,420 accidents, and this number increased to 23,024 in 2014 – a jump of 7.49 percent.
What to Do if You’ve Been Involved in a Car Accident
Being involved in a car accident on one of Florida’s worst interstates — or on any Florida road or highway — can be an especially traumatic and nerve-wracking experience. It can be difficult to know what you should do and what you should avoid doing. A few steps you should consider taking are:
- Removing yourself and/or your passengers from harm’s way. Most people’s first instinct will be to get out of harm’s way after a car accident. However, if you suspect that you or your passengers have suffered head, neck and/or spine injuries, you should only move to another location if your life is in danger because of traffic, fire or another hazard. Moving a person with head, neck and/or spine injuries can result in additional harm to yourself and/or your passenger. If you must move someone with such an injury, do so while attempting to immobilize the person’s head, neck and spine as much as possible.
- Calling 911. This is especially important to do if you suspect that any involved party has suffered an injury. Make sure the dispatcher knows your location and the nature of any injuries that you and/or other involved parties have suffered.
- Exchanging information with the other driver. Obtain the other driver’s name, address, contact information, driver’s license number, insurance company and policy number, and make and model of his or her car. If the other driver caused your car accident and then fled the scene, write down as detailed of a description of the driver and/or his or her car as you can to assist law enforcement in locating this person.
- Obtaining information from witnesses at the scene. If there are any bystanders or onlookers at the scene of the crash, speak to them about what they saw and heard. A witness may be particularly useful if he or she saw the crash occur or if he or she heard the other driver admit fault for causing the accident or describe how the accident unfolded. Get the witness’s name and contact information so he or she can be located if it becomes necessary to file a lawsuit.
- Taking photographs. If you have a smartphone or a phone equipped with a camera, take as many photographs of the scene as possible before law enforcement arrives and begins to clean up the wreck. Photographs of your injuries, the damage to the vehicles, the road itself, any traffic control signs, road markings and the resting location of the vehicles can all be very helpful in proving your case to a judge or jury, if necessary.
- Seeking medical evaluation. To ensure you have not suffered an internal injury and to protect your right to pursue compensation for your injuries, you should seek out medical attention and evaluation as soon as practical after your crash, even if you feel fine.
- Calling an attorney. Seek assistance as soon as possible from a car accident lawyer in Brooksville, Florida, or a car accident lawyer in Lutz, Florida. Important evidence about your car crash and the cause(s) can quickly disappear if steps are not taken to preserve these items. It is also important to keep in mind that you only have a limited amount of time after a crash within which to file a lawsuit.
How Can an Attorney Help You?
Your Brooksville or Lutz car accident lawyer can provide you with invaluable advice and guidance after you or a loved one has been injured in a Florida car accident. While you are focusing on your healing, rehabilitation and returning to your job, your attorney can be busy at work investigating your claim, determining your legal rights, negotiating with the insurance companies involved and/or preparing your case for a car crash lawsuit, if such is warranted. Many car accident injury victims appreciate being relieved of having to address the legal aspects of their crash case while they recover from their injuries.
Contact an Experienced Brookville Car Accident Attorney
The experienced car crash attorneys at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC, are dedicated to fighting for the rights of Florida residents in Brookville, Lutz and throughout the Sunshine State who have been injured or whose loved ones have been killed in car crashes caused by someone else’s negligence. Our law firm prides itself on providing prompt, effective and compassionate legal counsel to clients so they can make informed decisions about how best to protect their rights and pursue compensation to which they may be entitled. Contact the Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC, today by telephone or by completing the firm’s online contact form.