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Motor Vehicle Accidents

Auto accident, car accident, automobile accident, collision, car wreck, car crash -
no matter what you call it, the end result can change your life forever.

We are more distracted than ever before when we drive; by our cell phones, texting, radios (most new cars display artist and song title), GPSs, and all the new technology at our fingertips. We’re so used to multi-tasking, we can’t even stop when we get behind the wheel!

The National Safety Council estimates that 38,300 people were killed and 4.4 million injured on U.S. roads in 2015, which is the largest one-year percentage increase in since 1965. Surprisingly, according to Newsweek* magazine, “One of the strongest correlations tends to be between the economy and traffic fatalities.” That makes perfect sense: more jobs, more cars on the road and more people hurrying to get to those jobs. Also, more jobs, more money for more vacation trips – on the road.Accident and death rates always increase over the summer months.

Please take your driving safety seriously. It’s a lot more risky than ever before. And since about 40% of accidents are caused by uninsured or underinsured motorists, make sure you have uninsured motorist coverage. But if you’ve been injured in a car accident, or if a loved one has been in a fatal motor vehicle accident, please call us at 386-258-3453 as soon as possible. We’ll make sure you receive the maximum compensation you’re entitled to. The consultation is always free.

*Newsweek, “2015 Brought Biggest Percent Increase in U.S. Traffic Deaths in 50 Years” by Stav Ziv, 2/17/16

Texting While Driving Major Cause of Car Accidents

One of the biggest causes of car accidents in Florida is distracted drivers. One of the biggest distractions is texting while driving. Florida's law against texting while driving is a secondary offense. That means police must pull you over for another crime, like speeding, before they can give you a ticket for texting and driving. That may change in October of 2016. Senate Bill 328, introduced by State Senator Thad Altman, R-Rockledge, makes texting and driving a primary offense.

Texting while driving crashes in Florida have increased 25 percent since 2012. In fact, you are more likely to fall victim of a texting driver than of a driver under the influence. If you have been involved in an accident where the other driver was texting or otherwise distracted, please call Paul Bernardini at 386-258-3453. We specialize in personal injury law, and can help guide you through the aftermath of an ordeal resulting from a car accident.

And please, don't text and drive.