PENSACOLA, Fla., Aug. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Auto accident claims are a major practice area for the Law Office of Attorney Samuel W. Bearman (http://www.bearmanlaw.com/), and recent trends have kept Bearman and his staff busier than ever. Florida's Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) recorded over 280,000 motor vehicle accidents in 2012, a rate of nearly 800 every day. The absolute number of accidents has been on the rise for as long as the data has been collected.
"An injury from an accident can happen to anyone, anywhere at any time," remarks Bearman. "The best defensive driver in the world cannot predict the actions of others on the road. Every day, drivers and passengers in Florida are injured through no fault of their own. My mission is to ensure that victims get the recompense they deserve."
Nationally, traffic accidents and fatalities peak in July and August, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association. Florida defies these statistics somewhat, with an accident and fatality rate that is more or less consistent throughout the year. A number of factors converge to explain this anomaly. For example, warm weather all year long encourages people to drive more, whereas people living in colder climates tend to "hibernate" in winter. Some northerners seek escape from the grips of winter by heading to sunny Florida, adding yet more drivers to the road.
A strong tourism industry has likewise added many vehicles to the state's roads; 2014 saw a record 97.3 million people visit the state to enjoy its beaches, resorts, theme parks and other attractions. The state's highway infrastructure is hard-pressed to keep pace with all this traffic, and congested roads are often the result. Naturally, more vehicles on the road only raises the risk of accidents.
The 2012 DHSMV report included some additional statistical tidbits; of the more than 280,000 accidents, nearly half of them involved injury. Fatalities from these accidents numbered 2,430. Friday was the most dangerous day to be on the road, and the block of time from noon to about 8 pm was when people were most prone to crashes.
Bearman is the author of Your Guide to Understanding Florida Personal Injury Law, an informative and practical resource for citizen in search of accident, personal injury and insurance law guidance. However, Bearman adds that while a book is a good primer on the subject, nothing replaces professional legal advice when dealing with the aftermath of an auto accident or other personal injury.
For anyone involved in an accident, Bearman offers some tips to maximize the odds of a favorable settlement or court decision. Assuming one is not seriously injured, the first step should be to record all the relevant facts. That means taking pictures of the vehicles and the roadway, gathering insurance and contact information, and even taking some written notes while the events are still clear in the mind. Once the dust has settled, Bearman recommends seeking legal counsel to make sure one is fairly compensated for any property damage and injuries.
About Bearman Law
A Northwest Florida practice handling nursing home abuse and neglect, personal injury, wrongful death and flood claims, the Law Office of Samuel W. Bearman, L.C. is located in Pensacola, Florida. Bearman serves clients throughout the state, especially those in the Panhandle area.
Mr. Bearman is a member of the Florida Bar and can practice in any State Court in Florida. He is admitted to practice in the Federal court for the Northern District of Florida and the Middle District of Florida. He is also admitted to the United States Supreme Court and Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition, Bearman, a speaker and co-author of two books on personal injury and flood claims and a comprehensive brochure on nursing home claims, is frequently quoted in the media. He is a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association's Top 100 Florida Trial Lawyers. Learn more at http://www.bearmanlaw.com.
Law Office of Samuel W. Bearman, L.C.
820 North 12th Avenue
Pensacola, Florida 32501
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