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Mar  11,  2016
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Distracted Drivers Send U.S. Traffic Fatality Rates Up 14% in 2015

A recent study performed by the American Safety Council counted over 18,000 fatal car crashes from January to June of 2015. Experts say the majority of crashes were caused by distracted driving. The numbers show a 14% increase in crashes caused by distracted driving since the year 2014. Additional factors, including low gas prices have contributed to the increase in the number of drivers on the road. This startling statistic highlights the need for practiced injury attorneys to protect victim’s rights.

Research by the U.S Department of Transportation shows that at any given moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or operating electronic devices while driving. This number has held steady since 2010. WTSP 10 Tampa News spoke with local Countryside High School students and school resource officer, Officer Long. Officer Long, as well as students agreed that distractions quickly multiply in the car of a student driver. Young drivers are easily preoccupied by friends, social media, or “showing off” while driving noted two Countryside students.

With young people ages 15-24 accounting for 14% of the U.S. population, there are a large number of inexperienced and often distracted drivers populating the roads. For more than four decades, Tampa Bay’s foremost injury law firm of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A.has fervently advocated for victims of automobile, motorcycle, and truck accidents. Dedicated accident attorneys help families put the pieces back together following injuries caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongful conduct.

Leading Clearwater injury attorney Edward D. Carlson states, “Our skilled group of personal injury attorneys work tirelessly as a team to fight on behalf of accident victims. Winning maximum compensation for damages, pain and suffering for every injured accident victim is always our priority. Our experience allows us to handle each case with tenacity and compassion, always focusing on obtaining the best possible results.”

 

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Mar  01,  2016
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What to do after a car accident 

There have been a number of accidents with critical injuries or death reported in Tampa Bay so far this year. In most cases, the victims of the car, motorcycle or truck accident are faced with vehicle damage, mounting medical bills and missed workdays because of another driver’s negligence. 

“It is disheartening to see victims of auto accidents overwhelmed by the physical and financial damage of the accident to fight for justice. Compensation from an auto accident may not be reached unless an experienced attorney is involved." Edward D. Carlson, co-founder of Carlson, Meissner, Hart and Hayslett P.A. said. “By providing a comfortable, trustworthy client-lawyer relationship, we deal with the stress of fighting for justice, so our clients can focus on recovery.” 

What to do if you've been in a car accident


After an accident, victims should be wise about getting contact information from the other driver and insurance company information. Gather contact information from any witnesses. Victims should document the scene by taking photographs and recount any physical damage to themselves or their property. If you or a passenger in your vehicle has received injuries, go to the emergency room or physician's office as soon as possible. Be mindful of injuries that may present several days or even weeks after the accident and be sure to get them checked by a physician as well. Following the accident, contact a knowledgeable accident attorney for legal guidance seeking monetary damages related to the crash. 

Since 1971, the Clearwater personal injury attorneys at Carlson, Meissner, Hart and Hayslett P.A. represent victims injured in motor vehicle accidents due to negligence — speeding, reckless driving, driving while under the influence, running a red light, talking or texting while driving, tailgating, changing lanes in an unsafe manner and failure to obey other traffic rules. If you have been involved in an accident as a result of someone else's negligence, contact our Clearwater office at 877-728-9653 


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