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Florida Ranks Among States with the Worst Drivers in the Country

A car accident can lead to severe injuries and property damage. After a crash, medical bills and other bills often start to pile up, taking a serious financial and emotional toll on the victim. If you’ve been hurt in a car crash, finding the right lawyer can help your ability to receive the compensation you are entitled to. Our trusted Miami injury attorneys have the legal experience and background needed to effectively advocate for your rights. We will handle the legalities of your case so you and your family can turn your attention towards healing.

SmartAsset recently released its third annual study on the states with the worst drivers for 2018. Researchers found a three-way tie for fourth place between Florida, Nevada and Texas. Alarmingly in Florida, just 73.30 percent of drivers in the Sunshine State have insurance, the lowest rate in the country. In addition, Florida has the 11thhighest rate of searches for traffic-related tickets. To draw its conclusions, the study examined four factors: the percentage of drivers who carry insurance, the number of driving while intoxicated (DWI) arrests per 1,000 drivers, the number of deaths per 100,000 vehicle miles driven and how frequently individuals Google things like “traffic tickets” or “speeding tickets.”

Anyone can be involved in a car crash at any time. Car accidents may be more common than you realize. According to the 2016 statistics from the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles department, approximately 668,699 drivers were involved in 395,785 reported accidents. On average, 1,080 crashes took place each day. These accidents led to 254,155 injuries and 3,176 fatalities that year.

Most car accidents happen because of negligence, which is a failure to exercise proper care behind the wheel. To have the best chances of recovering compensation, a plaintiff must show that the defendant’s negligence was a direct cause of the accident. Some examples of negligent conduct include reckless driving, distracted driving and/or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

In the event that your vehicle or your defendant’s vehicle had a defect that caused or contributed to the accident, the injured party may have a claim against the manufacturer of the vehicle (or one of its many parts) through a products liability claim. If the car had defective brakes, for example, the manufacturer can be held responsible irrespective of which party caused the accident. To win a products liability claim, the plaintiff must show the following: the defective car or part was unreasonably dangerous; the vehicle was being operated safely and as intended by the manufacturer; and the vehicle was not altered or modified since the purchase.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident, our seasoned Miami car accident attorneys can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we have helped countless South Florida clients and can help you as well. Motor vehicle litigation can be a complicated area of law but our team knows the law and can help you recover the compensation you rightfully deserve after a life-changing accident. For more information about your legal rights and options following a collision, please do not wait to call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us online.