Although there are a wide range of different types of personal injury claims recognized by Florida law, some of them are regrettably far more common than others. Most of these common Florida personal injury claims are directly related to transportation in some way and the variety of different ways to get from one place to another. Here are some of the most common personal injury claims in Florida and some statistics which illustrate the scope and severity of the problems.
In 2006, there were almost 250,000 car accidents in Florida, which resulted in 3,357 deaths and tens of thousands of people who suffered injuries. Some of the most common injuries that people suffer in Florida auto accidents include brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, back injuries, concussions and whiplash.
Florida’s famously sunny climate makes motorcycle riding a popular recreation every month of the year. Unfortunately, this also means that the state’s deaths and injuries from motorcycle accidents are greater than most other states in the country. In 2005, 469 people lost their lives in Florida motorcycle accidents and several thousand were injured. Sadly, both numbers have steadily climbed since Florida repealed its helmet law in 2000.
Boating is a favorite recreation for residents and the millions of people who each year visit Florida’s countless lakes, swamps, and deep ocean water on either side. Unfortunately, that also means that Florida leads the nation in deaths and injuries from boating accidents each year. According to figures from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 48% of all Florida boating accidents are caused by either carelessness/inattention or violation of a navigation rule.
As a sizable percentage of Florida’s population is elderly, they are especially vulnerable to death and injury from premises liability cases where a property owner was negligent or failed to adequately maintain and secure their property. Slip and fall accidents are among the most common premises liability cases.
These are the most common personal injury claims in Florida, but this list is by no means complete. In over three decades of practicing law, Florida personal injury attorney James O. Cunningham has recovered many millions of dollars in compensation for clients who have suffered these and other types of personal injuries. If you or someone you care for has suffered a personal injury of some kind, call experienced Florida personal injury lawyer James O. Cunningham today at 877-FL-INJURY to schedule a free consultation.