Car Accidents

Car accidents are the most common type of personal injury cases our Jacksonville injury lawyers handle. This may be because Jacksonville presents difficult driving conditions with many road construction projects, interstate highways, bridges and heavy traffic, all of which can result in serious car and trucking accidents. Jacksonville is also a regional hub for the trucking industry with its bustling port and proximity to I-10, I-95 and railways. In fact, there are more than 200,000 traffic accidents a year in Jacksonville, according to the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles.

Our attorneys have handled car accident cases in the Jacksonville area including: rear-end collisions; failure to stop at a red light or stop sign; failing to yield to oncoming traffic when making a left turn; improper lane changes; speeding; texting while driving; driving under the influence; and failing to stay in the appropriate travel lane.

Our Jacksonville attorneys find that people in car crashes who suffer personal injuries are usually faced with a whole new array of issues and terminology which can be confusing, like personal injury protection insurance, uninsured motorist coverage, maximum medical improvement, obtaining fair settlement for your damaged vehicle, obtaining a rental car, and going back to work. Our accident attorneys can handle these issues for you, explain your rights and determine the best course of action for your situation.

Revisions to laws, such as the recent change in personal injury protection insurance, can make dealing with a car wreck even more daunting. The updated law states that anyone injured in a car accident has only fourteen days after being in a car accident to obtain qualified medical care. To receive medical and lost wage benefits in excess of $2,500, a qualified medical provider must determine the injured person has an “emergency medical condition.” If a person injured in an accident does not get medical care from a qualified medical provider within fourteen days, that person will not be eligible for any personal injury protection benefits at all.

At The Lawrence Law Group, P.A., we believe it is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible after an accident. There may be important evidence that needs to be preserved, such as photographs of the damaged vehicles and any visible injuries and bruising. It is also important that witnesses to the car crash be interviewed and contact information secured should they need to testify at trial.

Usually, the at-fault driver's insurance company will be involved promptly to represent their driver's interests. Injured persons may be approached by an insurance representative within days of an accident offering an "inconvenience payment" of several thousand dollars. However, in exchange, the insurer will require the injured person to sign a document which releases and eliminates any claim they may have for injuries. Sometimes an injury that seems minor at first ends up becoming very serious. People in this situation can easily regret accepting such a small sum of money.

We will be happy to discuss your Jacksonville area car injury case either in person, over the phone or by e-mail at no cost or obligation to you. If we accept your case, you will never pay us anything unless and until we make a recovery for you. We can meet either at our downtown Jacksonville office, our office in Orange Park, or, if convenient, at or near your home.

Jacksonville Car Accident Trends

Traffic statistics for fatal traffic accidents in Jacksonville demonstrate that a disproportionate number of deadly car accidents involve drunk drivers. These statistics also portray a significant decline in car crash fatalities in Jacksonville during 2008 and 2009 with 113 fatalities on average, compared to 2004 through 2006, which had an average of 140 fatalities. Although there is hope this trend reflects safer driving, it was not isolated to Jacksonville and many speculate the decrease in overall accidents was the result of a poor economy and high gas prices, reducing the number of vehicles on the road.

Jacksonville Car Accident Statistics

 
Fatal Accident Count
2002
103
2003
113
2004
117
2005
134
2006
126
2007
145
2008
112
2009
101
Vehicles Involved in Fatal Accidents
2002
159
2003
180
2004
175
2005
222
2006
208
2007
230
2008
145
2009
172
Fatal Car Accidents Caused by Drunk Drivers
2002
34
2003
33
2004
44
2005
55
2006
39
2007
0
2008
48
2009
34
Fatalities
2002
117
2003
118
2004
123
2005
149
2006
132
2007
156
2008
116
2009
110
Persons Involved in Fatal Accidents
2002
279
2003
298
2004
295
2005
366
2006
344
2007
N/A
2008
285
2009
272
Pedestrians Involved in Fatal Accidents
2002
23
2003
20
2004
34
2005
10
2006
29
2007
40
2008
20
2009
33
2002
103
159
34
117
279
23
2003
113
180
33
118
298
20
2004
117
175
44
123
295
34
2005
134
222
55
149
366
10
2006
126
208
39
132
344
29
2007
145
230
0
156
N/A
40
2008
112
145
48
116
285
20
2009
101
172
34
110
272
33

Source: City-Data.com

Jacksonville Injury Attorney Blog - Auto Accidents