The state of Florida has many advantageous features-- including beaches and popular tourist attractions that make it attractive to residents and to visitors alike. With a number of older drivers in the state as well as many tourists who may not be familiar with the local roads, Florida is also among the nation’s deadliest for motor-vehicle accidents. There were a total of 227,998 car accidents across the state in 2011, according to Florida’s traffic crash facts. Unfortunately, 2,400 people were killed in the wrecks throughout the year and there were 181,654 victims of car accidents who sustained injuries ranging from mild or moderate, to severe life-threatening, and life-altering injuries.
In Florida, there are certain areas where driving accidents are more likely to occur –and Palmetto is one location where there were several hundred traffic accidents over the course of 2011. When a traffic accident happens in the area and is caused by another driver, Florida law allows the person who was seriously hurt or the surviving family members of that person to take legal action. It is important to understand your rights, and an experienced Palmetto car accident lawyer at Gerson & Schwartz, P.A. can assist you.
Our law offices routinely represent injured driver, passengers and pedestrians that sustain serious injuries due to:
- Rear End Collisions
- Failure to Yield Accidents
- Side Impact Accidents
- Head on Collisions
- Distracted Driving
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- DUI/DWI Accidents
- Hit and Run Accidents
- Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith Claims
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Taxi Cab Accidents
- Rental Car Accidents
- ATV Accidents
- Commercial Vehicle Accidents
Palmetto is located within Manatee County in Florida and, as of 2010, the census reported the population at 12,606. Palmetto has a total area of 4.4 square miles and is home to around 4,891 total households spread across 6,729 housing units.
Throughout the Manatee County area where Palmetto, there were a total of 4,066 car accidents in 2011. These wrecks caused 40 deaths. Fatalities included seven deaths on motorcycles; three deaths involving accidents with commercial vehicles, eight pedestrians who were killed and two bicyclist fatalities. Statewide in Florida, 413 motorcycle riders and 38 passengers were killed in 8,621 collisions, while 497 pedestrians lost their lives to 7,039 car accidents.
In Palmetto alone, there were a high number of motor-vehicle accident related fatalities. During 2011, there were a total of 471 car accidents that happened in the area. A total of 28 of the collisions involved alcohol use. When a driver is intoxicated, his risk of an auto accident more than double.
If a Florida driver operates a motor vehicle while he is intoxicated, that motorist can be held legally accountable if those choices cause an accident. In fact, a driver does not have to be drunk in order to be liable for compensating injured victims or surviving family members. Any time a motorist is unreasonably negligent in a way that causes a car accident to occur, the driver can be sued for serious injuries or wrongful death.
An experienced Palmetto car accident attorney can help you take legal action. The legal professionals at Gerson & Schwartz, P.A. are here to represent you and work to win the compensation you deserve. So give us a call or contact us online today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights.