If you need a car accident lawyer in Apopka, FL, contact Presser Law today. Our local personal injury law firm specializes in fighting for Florida car accident victims.
After suffering a car accident injury, you have a lot on your mind: increasing medical bills, lost wages, car repairs, physical injuries, and emotional trauma. It’s important to have an experienced car accident attorney by your side to help you understand your rights and get you the compensation you deserve. Attorney Justin Presser has helped hundreds of Apopka car accident victims recover financially after they were injured. He can help you as well.
Types of Car Accidents
Car accidents in Apopka can be categorized by the type of impact, the type of driver, and the type of vehicle involved. Each of these is a factor in the degree of damages and injuries suffered. In many types of car accidents, it’s immediately clear which driver is responsible for the collision; in others, an investigation is needed to determine who the at-fault driver may be. Justin Presser has handled these investigations for clients who are injured in car accidents.
Head-On Car Accidents
Head-on car accidents can be devastating to the vehicle occupants due to the forces placed on them as a result of these impacts. Even with airbag deployment, injuries can be very serious and often require hospitalization and physical therapy to fix or address broken bones, brain injuries, spinal injuries, injuries requiring surgery, and amputations. Head on collisions also can increase the likelihood of death.
Head-On Car Accidents occur for a variety of reasons. Typically, however, they occur when a driver leaves their lane of travel and enters into the lane of oncoming traffic or drives the wrong direction on a one-way street. Driver intoxication, drowsiness, impatience, and/or distraction, along with a variety of many other factors, may play a role in Head-On collisions.
Rear-End Car Accidents
Rear-End Car Accidents are common in Florida. Often due to the inattentiveness of the at-fault driver, these collisions can occur anywhere – stop lights, stop signs, or even in normal stop and go traffic. Vehicle speeds at impact can vary significantly. Some rear-end collisions may be at very low speeds and leave no physical damage to the vehicles while others are much more significant causing total loss of either or both vehicles.
Due to the sudden and unexpected nature of rear end accidents, injuries are very common. The most common injuries are often spinal injuries, brain injuries, and broken bones. Spine and brain injuries can also occur even at low speed impacts. Some victims of rear end collisions may not feel any injury at first as it may take several days for the body to adjust to the trauma it has been in and feel the effects due to whiplash or hitting the interior of their vehicle.
While Florida presumes the rear ending driver is at fault for causing these rear end collisions, at-fault drivers will often attempt to shift the blame for any number of reasons or argue the driver of the vehicle they struck was also at fault.
Side-Impact Car Accidents (T-Bone Accidents)
Side-impact car accidents, often referred to as “T-Bone Crashes”, occur when an at-fault driver drives their vehicle into the side of another vehicle. Due to the reduced side protections on many vehicles, these crashes often lead to significant injury of the occupants that were t-boned. Broken bones, brain injuries, and/or spinal injuries are common and these types of crashes may also lead to the death of vehicle occupants.
These t-bone crashes often occur due to driver inattentiveness, distraction, and/or impatience. These crashes most commonly occur at intersections or while a vehicle is entering or exiting the roadway onto a sidestreet.
Oftentimes, liability in t-bone crashes is contested and witnesses to the crash are important to proving who was in the wrong.
Chain Reaction Car Accidents
Chain reaction car accidents (also known as multiple vehicle accidents) happen when one car crashes into another and a domino effect ensues. During high traffic times, like rush hour in Apopka, chain reaction car accidents have the potential to involve a large number of vehicles, which can make determining fault difficult.
Rollover accidents are complex and dangerous car accidents which can cause significant damage to the vehicles and occupants involved. Due to the violent nature of these crashes and the force involved, injuries may include brain injuries, significant spinal injuries and/or paralysis, broken bones, the need for emergency hospitalization or surgery, or even death. Many factors play a role in these types of crashes. Common factors as to why the crash occurs in the first place is excess speed, driver distraction, impairment, and/or inattentiveness. However, why a vehicle may rollover is even more complex and investigation into these crashes should include driver and environmental factors as well as the types of vehicles involved as some vehicles may be more prone to rollover during impact. One should also consider the possibility of roadway hazards and/or tire failure which may impact liability.
Nearly half of all fatal rollover crashes involve alcohol. Almost 75% of all fatal rollovers involve speed higher than 55 mph. Rural roadways also tend to be the scene of many of these fatal rollovers due to their long, undivided roads without barriers.
Inexperienced Driver Car Accidents
According to 2019 data from the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, drivers between the ages of 25-29 were most likely to be involved in a crash causing injury or death. This makes the most dangerous drivers in Florida those between 25-29 years of age. Overall lack of experience driving a vehicle combined with distraction due to mobile devices or other electronics, overconfidence in their ability, and/or impairment may all play factors in why this age group tends to be the most dangerous is Florida. Compared to the next closest dangerous driver age group (21-24), drivers between the ages of 25-29 years old were 17% more likely to be involved in a fatal car accident and 22% more likely to be involved in a crash involving serious injury.
Hit-and-Run Car Accidents
When a driver flees the scene of a car accident, it’s classified as a hit-and-run. If the other driver involved is never located by the police, a hit-and-run accident in Apopka can be complicated to navigate without having a skilled personal injury attorney by your side throughout the process. However, even if the at-fault driver is unknown or never found, there still may remain a way to obtain financial recovery for your injuries.
Types of Car Accident Classifications By Law Enforcement
Fatal Car Accident
A car accident is classified as a fatal car accident when someone loses their life as a result of the car accident. The death does not have to occur while at the accident scene. A death due to injuries sustained at the crash will result in the crash being classified as a fatal accident – even if the death occurs hours, days, weeks, or even months after the crash.
Incapacitating Injury Car Accident
A car accident is classified as having an incapacitating injury where disabling injuries are appreciated at the scene of the crash. These injuries may include obvious broken bones or head trauma, severed limbs, significant wounds requiring immediate medical care in a hospital or emergency medical setting, or other injuries which may disable the individual.
Non-Incapacitating Injury Car Accident
A car accident is classified as having a non-incapacitating injury where injuries may be observed but do not rise to the level of needing immediate medical care in a hospital or other emergency medical setting. These injuries typically include bruises, abrasions, minor cuts, or even visual observation of injury without observation of injury itself – such as limping.
Possible Injury Car Accident
A car accident is classified as having a possible injury where there may be no visible or observable signs of injury but where an occupant complains of injury or consciousness due to the crash.
It should be noted that regardless of the classification of the crash itself by law enforcement, serious injury may have occurred – even where no injury is documented at the scene. Classifications used by law enforcement are limited to initial observation and the investigating officer at the scene will never have the ability to use medical examinations and/or diagnostic studies to confirm the presence or absence of injury. The investigating officer is also not a trained medical specialist and is simply classifying the crash for reporting purposes to the State.
Frequently Asked Questions About Car Accidents in Apopka, FL
What should I do after a car accident injury?
Make sure you and any passengers are safe and get the medical care you need. Call 911 and stay on the line until assistance arrives. Don’t refuse medical attention, even if your injury appears minor—it’s common for car accident injuries to worsen in the days following the collision. Once you’ve gotten the medical treatment you need, contact Presser Law for a consultation.
What should I do after a hit-and-run accident?
Don’t try to pursue the other driver after a hit-and-run accident, as this can put your life in danger. Instead, stop your car and record the other driver’s license plate number and the make and model of their car, if you’re able to identify it. Call 911 and gather contact information from witnesses at the scene. Contact Justin Presser to discuss your case.
Why do I need an attorney after a car accident?
After a car accident, insurance companies are most concerned about their bottom line. In contrast, a car accident attorney’s objective is to get you justice. When insurance company representatives reach out to you after your injury, they may sound sympathetic, but their goal is to collect information that could potentially hurt your case.
How much does a car accident attorney in Apopka cost?
Presser Law handles car accident cases on a contingency basis, so you’ll only pay if we win. We also offer free case evaluations to residents of Apopka and the surrounding areas.
When should I contact a car accident lawyer?
You should contact a car accident lawyer as soon as you can after you’ve been injured in a car accident—even the same day. This allows us to begin our investigation and start gathering evidence by speaking to witnesses while the details of the collision are still fresh in their minds. It also minimizes the stress on you because we’ll deal with the insurance companies on your behalf while you focus on recovering from your injury.
About Apopka Car Accident Attorney Justin Presser
Justin Presser has dedicated his legal career to fighting for Apopka car accident victims. He’s known for going the extra mile for his clients, meeting with them in their hospital rooms and even providing them with his personal cell phone number so they can reach him day and night. With Presser Law, you don’t just get an aggressive car accident attorney, you also get an ally to stand by your side during a difficult time.