Interstate & Highway Accident Attorneys
The interstates and highways that crisscross Florida make driving trips more efficient, connecting one city with another. With thousands of vehicles and drivers traveling on these roadways every day, the chances of being involved in a personal injury accident are always present. If you or a loved one have been involved in an interstate accident, contact the Gainesville personal injury attorneys who have years of experience handling personal injury claims with Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A.
Why Are Interstate Accidents More Dangerous Than Others?
There isn’t one singular reason why interstate and highway accidents can be more dangerous than other roadways, rather many factors contribute to cause many of the interstate and highway accidents we see.
Reckless & Careless Driving
Traveling on an interstate or highway any day of the week allows you to see other drivers driving recklessly and/or carelessly. Speeding, last-second lane changes, talking on a cell phone while eating, these are all examples of reckless and careless driving seen on a regular basis.
While Gainesville, FL has an unofficial nickname of “Rainesville,” our summertime rain storms are known throughout the state. Rain is a common factor in many interstate and highway accidents with drivers going too fast for the weather conditions. Whether the drivers lose control and hydroplane or are unable to stop in time, most rain-related car accidents are due to driver error.
Nighttime driving can create many issues, such as drowsy driving and lessened visibility. Some drivers struggle to see in the dark, including other vehicles. Many others experience drowsy driving due to the late hours when they’re usually sleeping, putting themselves and others on the road at risk of an accident. If you have to drive at night, do so when rested and split the driving with someone else if possible.
Common Types of Interstate Accidents
The volume of traffic on Interstate 75 and U.S. Highway 441, coupled with varying levels of driving experience for those behind the wheels, often results in two common types of accidents, single vehicle and rear-end collisions.
Single Vehicle Accidents
A single vehicle accident generally occurs when one vehicle is involved. Examples of a single vehicle accident include running off the road, running over debris in the road, or striking an animal in the roadway. These accidents are usually caused by driver error or negligence, such as distracted driving and/or speeding.
Rear-end collisions occur when one car stops suddenly and the following vehicle either wasn’t paying attention and/or didn’t allow for a safe following distance, rear ending the first car. On the interstate, traffic congestion that brings the flow of traffic to a slow or halt is a common cause. Though it’s a frequent myth the second driver is automatically at-fault in a rear-end collision, this isn’t always the case. A personal injury lawyer will sort through the evidence of your case, including police and accident reports, to determine if the driver of the first car was negligent as well.
In An Interstate Accident? Here’s What to Do
After you've been in an accident on the interstate, above all, keep your safety and the safety of others at the forefront. A personal injury lawyer in Gainesville with Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A. will assist you with gathering information to strengthen a personal injury claim and fight for the compensation you deserve.
Move To A Safe Area
If possible, move your vehicle to the shoulder or to another safe area. If you’re unable to move your car, make sure it’s in park and turn on the hazard lights to warn other drivers your car is disabled.
Check On Other Parties Involved
Check on everyone else involved, and if necessary, call 911. Injuries from an interstate accident don’t always manifest themselves immediately. Even minor symptoms or injuries should be checked out by a healthcare professional. You’ll also have documentation of any injuries to be used as evidence in a personal injury claim.
Gather Information & Take Photos Of The Scene
After an interstate accident, try to write down as much information as you can, including:
- License plate information
- Makes and models of vehicles involved
- Contact information for witnesses
- Location of the accident
Also, use the camera on your cell phone to take photos of the accident scene. Photos will also reinforce your insurance claim, along with any personal injury claim you may file.
Contact Gainesville Personal Injury Attorneys
Since an interstate accident can happen in a split second, eyewitnesses can miss a detail or two that can make all the difference for your personal injury claim. The personal injury attorneys in Gainesville with Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A. work with accident reconstruction specialists to build your case with the most accurate information we have available. Our commitment to the details and accuracy means you will receive the compensation you need and deserve. Contact our personal injury law firm today.