Dolman Law Group is an award winning Clearwater car accident and personal injury law firm. Matthew Dolman has been selected as a Florida Super Lawyers in 2013, 2014 and 2015 by his colleagues. Mr. Dolman has been nominated as a top 100 trial attorney and top 40 under 40 by National Trial Lawyers. He is a lifetime member of both the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocacy Forum.
Department of Highway Safety Motor Vehicles,1 there were 210,887
people injured in traffic crashes during 2013. In many instances, these injured
people were able to recover for their injuries by filing a personal injury
claim against the driver that caused their accident. People injured in single
car accidents may assume that they will not be able to recover, as there is no
other driver to sue. Fortunately for victims, this is not the case, and many
people hurt in a single car accident are able to recover in certain situations.
Two of the common scenarios in which single car accident victims are able to
sustain a claim are detailed below. For specific information regarding you
case, call the Dolman Law Group to speak with a Clearwater car accident attorney today.
Single car accidents can be caused by vehicle
defects are one of the most common causes of single car accidents that are not
the result of driver error. Importantly, even if driver error was partially to
blame for an accident, a vehicle defect may have contributed to the crash, meaning that
victims may be able to obtain partial recovery for their injuries. Some
examples of the kinds of vehicle parts that can often cause accident when they
are defective include the following:
·Cruise control systems
·Anti-lock braking systems
fact that a defect caused or contributed to an accident may be clear in certain
situations, in others, it may take significant investigation to uncover the
fact that a defect even existed. For this reason, it is extremely important for
anyone involved in a single car accident to discuss their case with an attorney
familiar representing people involved in single car accidents. A law firm will
have the resources required to fully investigate your case and may enlist the
help of expert witnesses or accident reconstruction specialists in order to
determine whether you may have a right to recover for your losses.
Single car accident can be caused by road
to vehicle defects, road defects also cause a significant number of single
vehicle accidents each year. Examples of defects that often result in accidents
are detailed below.
– Potholes can cause significant damage to vehicles and may pop a tire,
often leading to serious accidents. In addition, motorists who swerve to avoid
potholes may hit other objects or lose control of their vehicles due to the
sudden change in direction.
drainage – When a road does not have effective drainage, it can result in
the accumulation of standing water. When vehicles drive through water, it can
often cause a loss of control that may easily lead to an accident.
signage – Properly designed and maintained roadways should have signs which
inform drivers of upcoming hazards or conditions of which they should be aware.
When there is inadequate signage or if a sign has been removed or is difficult
to read, serious accidents can occur as a result.
surfaced roads – A poor road surface can have a negative effect on a
driver’s ability to control his or her vehicle. This is especially true in
adverse weather conditions such as rain, snow, or ice.
single vehicle accidents who believe that their crash was the result of a
roadway defect that there are often relatively short time limits associated
with filing a legal claim for this type of accident. For this reason, it is
important to contact an attorney as soon as possible after an accident occurs.
Contact a Clearwater auto accident law firm today to schedule a free
consultation with an attorney
are injured in single vehicle accidents should always have the facts
surrounding their accident reviewed by an experienced attorney, even if they
believe the accident was partially their fault. In some cases, the fact that a
car or truck becomes difficult or impossible to control or stop in a particular
situation is actually an issue with the vehicle itself, rather than with the
driver’s ability. In addition, many single car accidents are caused by roadway
defects that may the result of negligence2 on
the part of the party responsible for its design and maintenance.
Clearwater car accident lawyers of the Dolman Law Group have been helping
people injured in preventable accidents since 2009. To schedule a free
consultation with one of our attorneys, please call our office today at
727-451-6900 or send us an email through our online contact form.
Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756
of slamming on your breaks to avoid getting pulled over by the hidden cop on
your way to work, there may be a new way for the city to make money off of your
violation. Automated speed enforcement is steadily becoming more widespread around the country but remains
relatively atypical with only 138 jurisdictions operating such systems as of
last month. Just like red light cameras,
the speed cameras will take photos of any violators who break the law. And just
like red light cameras, many of these communities who piloted the program are
fighting back because the offenses are harmless and can become overzealous. Penalties
associated with speeding leads to fines, points on the license or a citation that
may go on the driver’s record. The traditional method lets the officer depend
the course of action based on wait he or she felt was the best course of action.
Now the cameras will decide for them.
Montgomery County, Maryland
statistics do support positive changes speeding cameras have on the community
because of how black and white the violation is. These cameras can effectively
deter accidents in school zones and residential communities. One of the
communities that have tested the program had some impressive numbers. If all
U.S. communities had speed camera programs such as the community the Insurance
Institute for Highway Safety studied in Maryland’s Montgomery County, more than
21,000 fatal or debilitating injuries would have been prevented in 2013. Speed
cameras were implemented in Montgomery County in 2007. In 2014, the county had
56 fixed cameras, 30 portable cameras and 6 mobile speed vans. In the same
year, the authorities looked over the numbers and discovered that the cameras
reduced the likelihood of a driver exceeding the speed limit by more than 10
mph by about 59% when compared to similar roads in nearby counties. They also
found that the camera program resulted in a 19% decline in which the likelihood
of a crash would involve a fatality or a debilitating injury. The after effect
of slower speeds will in theory create safer roads as crashes are less likely
They’ve also introduced speed-camera
corridors to make a bigger impact than just the cameras alone. With corridors, speed
enforcement is focused on long segments of roads instead of specific locations.
This is so that drivers do not become familiar with their exact locations. The
cameras are regularly moved to different locations on those roads. Speed camera
corridors force drivers to watch their speed for the entire length of a road instead
of breaking right when they spot a camera. Researchers found that the corridor
approach led to even further safety gains by reducing the likelihood of a crash
involving fatal or debilitating injury an additional 30%.
While these numbers provide reasons
for the cameras to stay intact and protect lives, there’s been speculation that
the program could conversely do just as much damage at the red light cameras.
For instance, in Nassau County on Long Island, where speed cameras were
installed in just about two dozen school locations, the cameras were torn down
due to equipment problems. Nassau County had to compensate more than $2 million
in fines and the local legislature decided to abandon the program .
Clearwater hasn’t opened its doors to
speeding cameras just yet, but they may be approaching. And while red light
cameras are still in effect in many locations, the chances of them being
installed are very likely. In any case, there continues to be claims of
accidents because of these red light cameras. If you have one, you may be
entitled to compensation.
The lawyers at Dolman
Law Group like to
stay ahead of the game with new technology that can affect the way you drive.
Although the reasoning behind both the red light and speed cameras is to
protect the citizens, technology always seems to have a repercussion that
simultaneously harms the same citizens it’s trying to protect. If you are one
of these harmed citizens and have been injured because of a car accident, call the experienced attorneys at
Dolman Law Group for a free consultation. Dial (727) 451-6900 today.