Highways generally have speed limits that are among the fastest in Florida, and when an accident happens on a highway, the resulting injuries can be serious. Interstate 75 or other highways in or near Cape Coral may have been the scene of an accident involving you or your loved one—an accident that may have caused you to suffer significant injuries or led to your loved one losing their life.
A Cape Coral highway accident lawyer may be able to secure compensation to cover some or all of your accident-related losses. Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today at 1-800-747-3733 to determine whether our team can handle your lawsuit or insurance claim.
Highways in Florida Mean High Speeds
Highways may present motorists with a different set of risks and threats than non-highway roads. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) explains that highways in Florida generally have speed limits of between 60 and 70 miles per hour.
Motorists may often drive faster than these speed limits on highways in or near Cape Coral. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) explains the dangers of high speeds and speeding specifically. Its findings include:
- Speeding is a factor in about one-fourth of fatal motor vehicle accidents.
- Speeding can stem from several factors, including traffic and drivers’ busy schedules.
- Speed can be a danger even when driving at the speed limit in hazardous road conditions.
The speed at which vehicles on highways generally travel may cause high-impact collisions. Still, other highway-related factors could also increase the risk of highway accidents causing serious injuries or death.
Large trucks frequently travel on busy highways. These trucks can weigh as much as 30 times more than passenger vehicles, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Highway accidents involving large trucks may be abnormally likely to cause severe or even fatal injuries.
Safe Driving Is Required No Matter the Road
Drivers can avoid causing accidents on highways by engaging in the same cautious driving techniques that can prevent accidents on other types of roads.
Regardless of whether someone drives on a highway or another type of road, a motorist has a duty to drive in a safe, cautious manner. Several behaviors clearly violate this duty of safety.
Unsafe driving behaviors include:
- Driving while intoxicated
- Driving while distracted
- Driving while drowsy
- Driving an unsafe vehicle
- Changing lanes without using a turn signal
- Changing lanes without checking blind spots
Motorists who do not abide by the rules of the road, either written or unwritten, may cause a highway accident. You could also use their actions to prove their negligence in causing your crash, making them responsible for covering your accident-related losses.
Calling a Cape Coral highway accident lawyer puts an attorney in your corner fighting for compensation. Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today at 1-800-747-3733 to speak with our team about seeking awards after your highway accident.
Liability for Your Losses Will Depend on Your Accident
Highway accidents can occur in dramatically different ways. Liability for one highway accident may be different than liability for another.
Your lawyer will learn the specifics of how your accident happened. They will gather evidence, speak with witnesses, and review other documentation of your collision before determining who to sue or file an insurance claim against.
One standard for liability in any highway accident is negligence. A driver may have been negligent if they acted in a way that was unreasonable, and their unreasonable behavior caused your accident. Unreasonable driver behavior may generally be dangerous behavior.
Your lawyer will determine if any party besides a driver was also negligent. Some individuals they may examine for negligence are:
- An employer, if the driver who caused your accident acted as an employee.
- A vehicle manufacturer, if a vehicle-related defect contributed to your crash.
- An automotive mechanic, if their work or failure to diagnose a vehicle issue contributed to your accident.
The NHTSA found that drivers are responsible for most accidents. Still, your lawyer will take the time to determine whether anyone besides a driver is at fault for losses caused by your highway accident.
A Lawyer Can Handle Your Case from Start to Finish
Highway accident victims may have many responsibilities, from working on their recovery to making professional arrangements because they cannot work. Dealing with a lawsuit or insurance claim may not be possible for some victims, while it could be exceedingly difficult for others.
A lawyer can handle your insurance claim or lawsuit from start to finish. Some of the services that a lawyer may provide you include:
- Evidence collection
- Accident re-creation
- Witness interviews
- Hiring experts
- Documentation of your injuries
- Documentation of your financial losses
- Documentation of your non-financial losses
- Settlement negotiations
- Trial prep and litigation
Your lawyer will defend your rights throughout the time that they represent you. This may be helpful whether you pursue an insurance claim or a lawsuit. Insurance companies may try to have you accept an inadequate settlement agreement that fails to cover your losses, while other attorneys may have similar motives.
Our team can handle communications related to your claim so that insurance companies, attorneys, and other parties do not lead you to an unfavorable outcome.
Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine Today
A Cape Coral highway accident lawyer can advise you and provide several services throughout the course of your insurance claim or lawsuit. Call the team at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today at 1-800-747-3733 to complete your free consultation and potentially pair you with a lawyer to start your case.
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