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Florida Turnpike Car Accidents

entrance to florida turnpikeCar accidents tend to happen, especially on the Florida Turnpike. If you were in a car accident here, a Florida Turnpike car accident attorney will have the experience in these cases to get you the best outcome possible for your case. A personal injury lawyer will offer a free consultation, meaning that you can see if you have a viable case without any risk. The lawyer can let you know whether or not you have a case and what steps are necessary to move forward.

Common Causes for Florida Turnpike Car Accidents

Every time that you get onto the Florida Turnpike, you run the risk of getting into an accident on this busy roadway. There are higher speed limits, you need to be cautious of the exit and entrance ramps, and other potential hazards. Because of the potential hazards on the road, as well as the high speeds cars tend to travel on the highway, these accidents can be incredibly devastating and even fatal.

These are some of the most common causes for car accidents on the Florida Turnpike:

  • Unmarked/confusing exit and entrance ramps
  • Lanes that are poorly marked.
  • Inadequate signage
  • Inadequately marked lanes.
  • Negligent drivers
  • Negligent design of the road and sign placement
  • Potholes, cracks, and other kinds of road defects.

Now let’s take a closer look at some of these issues and why they are so dangerous.

Poorly Designed Exit and Entrance Ramps

Getting on the entrance ramp of the Florida Turnpike is a nerve-racking experience for most people. You have to go from 30 to 60 in just over 100 ft. This can be particularly scary when people who are driving in the right lane aren’t giving you the space that you need to get on the highway. There are also ramps that tend to be too short or have sharp curves on it. These situations make driving on the Florida Turnpike even more dangerous.

Inadequate Signage

It’s important that any signs are visible and in good condition so that drivers can be warned of things like upcoming hazards or other important information that they need. Lack of adequate signage can lead to rollover accidents or other types of car accidents.

Issues with Guardrails or the Median

If the guardrails or median are poorly designed or non-existent, this can lead to a car accident. These can prevent situations like a car somehow veering into oncoming traffic.

Shoulder Damage/Poor Shoulder Design

The shoulders are supposed to be the spot where cars pull over for emergencies or maintenance issues. If this shoulder is not wide enough to accommodate this purpose, this can lead to car accidents.

What Should You Do if You Were in a Car Accident on the Florida Turnpike

When you get into a car accident, it’s completely normal to feel a sense of shock and be overwhelmed by what’s going on. You may not be sure what you should be doing next. The most important thing that you should do right after a car accident is to check in on your passengers and the other drivers if you are able to.

Call emergency services to get an ambulance as well as the Florida Highway Patrol so that you can get a police report. Even if you don’t think that you or anyone is injured, there may be injuries that you are unaware of because you are in shock. There are some injuries that may not even present symptoms until a few days later. Remember to accept medical attention so that you can get documentation of your injuries. Otherwise, they may argue that you weren’t as injured as you say you were when you seek out compensation.

It’s also important that you wait for Florida Highway Patrol. Any car accident that leads to damages, including property damage and     personal injury, must be reported to the highway patrol according to state law. Additionally, having a police report is important for your car accident and is also important as this can be included in your evidence to build your case against the other driver.

It’s also important that you contact a lawyer as soon as possible during this process. First of all, the earlier that you get a personal injury attorney involved in your case, the sooner you get your compensation. This is also important so that they can start their investigation right away while the accident is fresh in the minds of everyone involved. They can let you know whether or not you have a case and what the best approach for your case will be.

You should not speak to the other driver or any insurance company during this time. The goal of the insurance company is to get away with paying as little as they possibly can. They may try to trap you into admitting something that can negatively impact your case. This is another reason why you should get a lawyer involved in the process as soon as possible. They will handle any conversations with the other parties so that you don’t have to worry about it. Your lawyer will be the best asset to have on your side.

Your lawyer will try to do what they can to settle your case out of court with the best and fair settlement for your damages. This is the best approach as this lets you keep more of your money. Trials can be expensive and may not get you the best outcomes. But, your lawyer will be willing to fight for you in court if that means getting you the compensation that you deserve.




Contact Us Today

If you were in a car accident on the Florida Turnpike, contact The Injury Firm today. The team here are experts in car accidents, which helps ensure that you get the best outcomes for your case. We will walk you through the process, so that you know exactly what to expect. Our goal is to get you the compensation that you deserve for your damages. We are here to fight for your best interests. To learn more about how our team can help you or to schedule your free consultation, contact us today.

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