Causes of a Car Accident: Pinellas County Attorneys

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Car accident investigation to determine what caused the accident is a critically important first step in building a strong claim on behalf of someone injured in a serious car accident.

At the Florida personal injury law firm of Reeder & Nussbaum, P.A., we give serious attention to the investigation stage of legal representation. There are many possible causes of a car accident, and a car accident can have more than one cause.

In car accident cases in Tampa, St. Petersburg and the surrounding areas, we conduct thorough independent investigations into the causes of a car accident when we represent the injury victim. Contact us to schedule a free attorney consultation at a law firm dedicated to achieving success for our clients.

How We Determine the Causes of a Car Accident

In many cases, we do much more than interview witnesses and review police reports:

  • We employ accident reconstruction experts.
  • We examine traffic light sequencing for errors.
  • We review traffic camera evidence.
  • We subpoena mobile phone records for all drivers involved in the accident.
  • In both car and semi truck accidents, we review electronic data stored in the vehicles themselves.
  • We consult road engineers to examine possible defects in the road itself.
  • We interview witnesses and subpoena bank records to learn what every person did prior to the accident.
  • We review every person’s driving history for past acts of carelessness.

Why Are the Causes of the Car Accident Important?

Finding the causes of a car accident is important for several reasons. First, if something like a poorly designed road or poorly designed traffic light caused the car accident, then uncovering the cause can help save other drivers from the possibility of serious injury.

Secondly, identifying all responsible parties in a serious car accident to give the injury victim the best chance of recovering full and fair compensation for all the financial costs associated with the accident. In a major car accident, the total financial cost can easily rise into hundreds of thousands of dollars. Your lawyer needs to know who all the responsible people are in order to access all sources of insurance to cover as much of the costs as possible and get you as fair a settlement as possible.

Here is an example: A major car accident leaves a young man paralyzed from the waist down. He may need multiple surgeries, he will need rehabilitation services, and he can no longer work at his construction job. The total cost of the accident, including vocational retraining, modifications to his home to allow wheelchair access, compensation for pain and suffering, and lost wages during the extensive recovery period, could be as much or more than $500,000.

The man’s own personal injury protection insurance provides $10,000. The at-fault driver’s has a bodily injury liability coverage limit of $100,000. Luckily, the man carries uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, which provides another $100,000. The total amount of compensation available is only $210,000 — less than half the total cost of the accident.

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If the man’s attorney discovers that another person or company helped cause the accident, additional sources of compensation become available. Perhaps a road construction crew failed to place proper warning signs, or perhaps the traffic lights failed due to lack of regular maintenance by the city.

Contact Reeder & Nussbaum After a Serious Car Accident in Clearwater or Pinellas County

If you or a family member has been seriously hurt in a car accident on a Florida roadway, call toll free 877-449-ATTY (2889) or contact us online to schedule a free attorney consultation and case evaluation.

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