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Board Certified Trial Attorneys Helping You & Your Family Find Justice

Single-Vehicle Car Accident Attorney in Clearwater

How a Board-Certified 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.

Run-Off-Road Collisions

Many single-vehicle auto 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.

Speeding Vehicles

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.

Curved Roads

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 with more than 60 years of combined experience, 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.

For a free evaluation, call our Clearwater personal injury lawyers today.

We Have Recovered Over $95 Million for Our Clients

  • $4,356,000 Verdict for Traumatic Brain Injury Victim
    Client was rear-ended with great force by an employee of Mercedes Benz of Melbourne on a rural highway in South Florida. The collision was so powerful that three cars were totally destroyed and the client was rendered unconscious. The Client sustained multiple fractures to her arm and ribs, damage to her shoulder and she sustained brain damage. The jury deliberated almost four hours at the conclusion of a six day trial in Brevard County, Florida.
  • $2,700,000 Verdict for Truck Accident Victim
    After a six day trial, a Pasco County Jury awarded our clients $2,161,000.00 for wife and $631,900.00 for husband. The wife sustained a head injury and had a spine surgery. The husband injured his hands, shoulder and knee.
  • $1,450,000 Settlement for Injured Pedestrian
    Roman & Gaynor sued our client's car insurance company when they refused to take her fractured pelvis seriously. After being pinned between 2 cars in a parking lot, she could not walk normally or return to work. This jury verdict is more than 10 times the amount of the policy she sought, and her insurance company refused to pay, after her injury. State Farm later settled her bad faith claim and Roman & Gaynor collected the excess judgment.
  • $1,175,000.00 Verdict for Traumatic Brain Injury Victim
    $1,175,000.00: A New Port Richey man was injured in a motor vehicle collision when his work van was hit and flipped over, causing him to be ejected from his vehicle, crushing his skull. Roman & Gaynor's investigation revealed that the work van was not equipped with operable seatbelts. A lawsuit against his employer, who was responsible for the maintenance of the work van, resulted in a $1,175,000.00 settlement.
  • $850,000.00 Settlement for Husband & Wife
    A Pasco County couple were seriously injured in a rear end collision in Pasco County. After spinal surgeries, Roman & Gaynor successfully negotiated a global settlement in the amount of $850,000 which assisted this couple in rebuilding their lives.
  • $836,000.00 Settlement in Rear End Collision
    Our clients, a 56 and 58 year old couple from Pasco County, were stopped for a red light in Tampa when they were rear ended by a distracted driver. Both husband and wife suffered herniated discs as a result of this accident which resulted in 4 spinal surgeries. The at fault party’s insurance carrier asserted a low impact defense, and asserted that our client suffered from these injuries prior to the accident. After protracted litigation, and just 2 months prior to trial, Roman & Gaynor secured a $836,000 settlement in favor of this couple.
  • $820,000.00 Settlement in Rear End Collision
    After a year of litigating a case the Defendant never took seriously, Roman & Gaynor negotiated this settlement just to days before trial for a young lady with a spine injury. In this case, a relatively low impact collision led to more than one spinal surgery, including fusion.
  • $600,000.00 Jury Verdict for Accident Victim
    A St. Petersburg woman received a verdict of more than $600,000 for multiple injuries sustained in a car accident including a broken pelvis. We received the verdict at the end of a three-day trial. The Defendant was the driver of a truck who ran a red light.
  • $572,000.00 Settlement in Rear End Collision

    In 2017, a middle-aged man was rear-ended at a high-rate of speed on the highway. He sustained head, neck and back injuries but did not get any surgeries. We were able to obtain a tender of the policy limits of the at-fault driver but had to file a lawsuit for the underinsured motorist coverage. Seven months later, in 2019, we reached a settlement. We were able to recover a total of $572,000 for this client and his family from the insurance carriers to help them move forward.

  • $550,000.00 $550,000 Recovery for our Client

    A phantom vehicle made a left turn in the direct path of our client’s path of traveling causing him to take evasive action, causing him to strike a concrete utility pole. The force of the impact caused both airbags to deploy and the car engine came through the firewall and into our client’s dashboard and legs. Our client sustained serious lower extremity injuries, neck, and back injuries necessitating hospitalization, multiple surgeries, and extensive rehabilitation. Because the at fault driver fled the scene of the accident, we presented 2 uninsured motorists claims to our client’s uninsured motorist carriers. Demand for tender of the first uninsured motorist policy in the amount of $250,000 was made by our firm and was paid promptly. Second demand for the second Underinsured Motorist policy in the amount of $300,000 was made by our firm. This second insurance carrier denied coverage, based upon a UM rejection form signed by our client. Our firm determined that the UM selection form was fraudulently signed by our client’s car insurance agent. Our firm then filed a Civil Remedy Notice asserting fraud, and the insurance carrier promptly paid its $300,000 UM policy limit within the 60 day time period provided under the Civil Remedy Notice. This resulted in a total recovery of $550,000.00 for our client. A total victory for our client! Not all law firms check the validity of client signatures on UM selection forms. Our clients can be assured of this attention to detail for each and every case.

Reviews From Our Clients

  • “I found everyone at Roman and Gaynor to be very very professional, helpful, and understanding.”


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  • “We could never ask anyone for a more favorable outcome.”

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  • “Thank you for believing in me and my case and always providing sound guidance. ”

    Ryan H.

  • “Prompt, aggressive, compassionate representation is exactly what I received.”

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    Maria S.

  • “He assured me that my only job was to heal and that they would take care of everything else.”

    April L.

  • “You and your wonderful staff have restored my faith in the legal profession.”

    Mark M.

  • “I had experience with other law firms, but yours is different. We really feel that you humanly care.”

    Kheir B.

  • “At a very low point in my life, Roman & Gaynor was very professional, protective, and patient with me. I appreciate and needed that.”

    Paula S.

  • “Your firm more than met our expectations. We were extremely satisfied!”

    Garrett P.

  • “I cannot stress enough how professional, comfortable and relaxed I was at trial. ”

    James F.

  • “I am very satisfied with your service and I will recommend it to anybody.”

    Esther R.

  • “Mark, you and Grace were always very helpful and prompt in returning my calls.”

    Edward R.

A Firm That Stands Out

  • Over 60 Years of Combined Experience
  • Two Attorneys Board Certified in Civil Trial Law
  • Over $95 Million Recovered for Our Clients
  • 24 Hour Availability
  • Free, No-Obligation Case Evaluations
  • No Fees Unless We Win Your Case

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