How a Clearwater Car Accident Attorney Can Help
Since Florida is a no-fault state when it comes to auto insurance, it may
be easier to secure money after a single-vehicle accident even if you
were at-fault. If you were involved in a single-vehicle collision (no
other vehicles were involved in the accident), then you could secure coverage
from your own policy's personal injury protection (PIP) or property
damage liability (PD). Many drivers also possess additional, optional
coverages such as bodily injury liability coverage (BI). If you were involved
in a single-vehicle accident, let a Clearwater personal injury lawyer
from Roman & Gaynor evaluate the accident against your policy and
help you recover the money you need and deserve.
Many single-vehicle collisions are classified as "run-off-road"
(ROR) accidents. In these types of accidents, a driver for one reason
or another leaves the road and impacts something not on the road such
as a light pole, sidewalk or other fixed object. This type of accident
can be attributed to a number of different causes. Some of the most common,
recognized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
are listed below.
Driving Under the Influence
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs significantly increases
a driver's chances of becoming involved in a single-vehicle accident.
Alcohol and drugs impair a driver's faculties and, according to the
study, 86.5 percent of drivers with alcohol use were involved in ROR crashes
as opposed to 58.3 percent of sober drivers.
Out of the vehicles chosen for analysis in the NHTSA study, 90 percent
of those who were speeding were involved in ROR crashes as opposed to
59.5 percent of drivers who were abiding by the posted speed limit.
Winding roads, such as mountain and rural roadways, are more commonly
the scene of ROR crashes than suburban roads or other straight roads.
According to the study, among crashes on curved roads, more than 90 percent
of them were ROR collisions.
Debris in Roads
ROR collisions are commonly caused by drivers attempting to swerve out
of the way of debris in the road. If possible, as soon as a hazard is
discovered on a roadway, the city (or whoever is charged with maintaining
the road) should remove the debris.
Adverse Weather Conditions
Poor weather conditions can lead to limited visibility and slick road
surfaces. ROR collisions are statistically more likely to occur in bad
weather conditions as opposed to good weather conditions (high visibility,
no rain, etc.)
The study also revealed the following statistics:
- Single-vehicle accidents with only the driver in the vehicle accounted
for 68 percent of ROR crashes, while these types of accidents with multiple
passengers accounted for 74.8 percent of ROR crashes.
- Over 91 percent of sleepy drivers are involved in ROR accidents as well
as over 75 percent of inattentive drivers.
- Over-correcting a vehicle or swerving to avoid a possible collision were
far more common causes of ROR collisions than other performance-related factors.
Roman & Gaynor: Skilled Clearwater Car Accident Lawyers
If you or someone you love was recently involved in a single-vehicle
car accident, call a
Clearwater car accident attorney from Roman & Gaynor. As Board Certified lawyers, we specialize in
these types of cases. We can deal with the insurance company for you and
go to whatever lengths necessary to secure the compensation you deserve.
free evaluation, call today!