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Whenever a motor vehicle accident occurs in Florida, or anywhere else throughout the country, it creates a series of events that cost money. While these costs are not always apparent to other people, make no mistake, car accidents can be quite expensive.

When viewed as a whole, the numbers are downright shocking. A recent study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration demonstrates that motor vehicle accidents cost more than $870 billion in economic loss per year. This study examined data from 2010. That $870 billion can be broken down even further to a personal basis, averaging an estimated cost of $900 per person in the U.S., which does not just apply to accident victims, but all people residing in this country.

traffic betchNHTSA’s study, “The Economic and Society Impact of Motor Vehicle Crashes, 2010,” focuses on some of the behavioral factors that influenced that year’s nearly 33,000 highway fatalities, 3.9 million injuries and 24 million damaged vehicles. According to the study, three driver behaviors including speeding, drunk driving and distracted driving, accounted for 56 percent of the economic loss to the nation and 62 percent of the societal harm. Societal harm is described as harm due to loss of life and decreased quality of life.

What is not so shocking is that drunk driving accidents were found to be among the most expensive kinds of accidents. These accounted for 18 percent of the total economic loss and 23 percent of the overall societal harm.

Speeding accounted for 21 percent of the overall economic loss costing the nation $59 billion and 24 percent, or $210 billion, of the societal harm.

Distracted driving crashes were responsible for 17 percent of the total economic loss and cost $46 billion. These crashes accounted for $129 billion, or 15 percent, of the overall societal harm.

On a positive note, researchers for this study concluded that using seatbelts led to a savings of almost $70 billion in medical care, lost productivity and other costs that were not incurred. For now, around 5 percent of the total economic loss involved people in auto accidents where they were not buckled up or did not properly fasten their seatbelt.

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Memorial Day weekend is finally here and many of you will be setting out to enjoy the official start of summer with our state’s numerous recreational possibilities. With that said, it is estimated that close to 34 million people will be hitting the road over the long holiday weekend and traveling at least 50 miles from home. Whether you are staying local or making a trek to a family member or friend’s home, the Florida Auto Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton urge you to drive safely and exercise caution this holiday weekend.

Memorial Day weekend is supposed to be a time for remembrance and celebration. Whatever type of activity you choose to partake in this weekend, we urge you to do so responsibly. Make sure if you are driving to always pay attention, look out for any roadside construction and always see to it that everyone in your vehicle is buckled up. Remember, if you are going to be drinking at any point during the holiday weekend, just be sure to have a designated driver set in place.

memorial day flagAccording to AAA, the amount of motorists travelling on the roadways this Memorial Day weekend will be at a 10 year high. Dating back to past Memorial Day weekends, statistics show that there is an increase of more than ten percent in motor vehicle accidents vs. other holiday weekends.

You can help exercise safety this Memorial Day weekend just by brushing up on a few safety steps:

  1. Always give yourself enough time to get from Point A to Point B.
  2. Follow all posted speed limits.
  3. Limit Driver Distractions.
  4. Make sure everyone, including those in the back seat, is wearing their seat belt.
  5. Do not drink and drive. In fact, make sure you have a designated driver assigned before you start drinking so that you are not tempted to drive after consuming alcoholic beverages.

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Early Sunday morning yielded a large line of cars and trucks that collided and left motorists virtually blinded. At least 10 drivers were killed.

When rescuers first arrived, visibility was so poor that they could only use screams and moans to locate victims. At least 18 people were hurt.

Authorities are still trying to determine what caused the pileup south of Gainesville on Interstate 75. The highway had been closed for a period of time due to fog and smoke from a brush fire that may have been intentionally set.

At minimum, five cars and six tractor-trailers were involved in the crash. Some vehicles apparently burst into flame.

Photographs of the scene showed burned-out vehicles dispersed across the pavement and smoke still rising above the remains. Cars appeared to have slammed into the big rigs and, in one case, a motor home. Some cars remained crumpled beneath the heavier trucks.

Reporters who were permitted to view the scene claim they saw one tractor-trailer that was burned down to its skeleton and bodies that could be seen inside a burned-out Grand Prix. All that remained of the tires on every vehicle were steel belts, as the rubber had burned away.

State police estimated that debris was scattered for nearly a mile in both directions.

The fog near the Paynes Prairie area just south of Gainesville was apparently so bad people could not see anything and were pulling off of the road.

At least 18 people were treated at an area hospital.

The chief medical officer for Shands Healthcare at the University of Florida said three of the six patients being treated in the trauma center needed surgery due to serious injuries. Four patients were treated in the hospital’s emergency room, and eight people have been treated and released.

Most people had head and chest injuries or broken bones.

All six lanes of the interstate remained closed Sunday as investigators surveyed the site and firefighters put out any lasting fires.

It was not clear when the highway would reopen because part of the road apparently melted.

A Florida Forest Service spokeswoman claims the fire began Saturday, and investigators are still investigating whether the fire was purposely set or caused by accident.

Four years ago, heavy fog and smoke were blamed for another series of serious crashes that killed four and injured 38 between Orlando and Tampa and involved more than 70 vehicles. One pileup alone consisted of 40 vehicles.

When traffic accidents involve multiple vehicles, the end result can be devastating. Pileups are extremely dangerous and can leave victims with extensive injuries. These types of accidents usually occur on highways with a high speed limit. They are often caused when visibility is poor and drivers are too close to the vehicle in front of them to adjust to an unexpected stop. A chain reaction can be created when motorists begin to brake and skid, which can lead to numerous vehicles being involved.

It can be difficult to establish fault when a pileup has occurred. Generally, an accident investigator employed by local law enforcement will determine what caused the wreck and who the at-fault party is. In some situations, more than one person may be to blame. This can make an accident claim for compensation of damages complex and you may have to deal with multiple insurance companies. If your or a loved one has been injured or killed in a pileup accident, the best thing you can do to smoothly resolve your insurance claim is to contact the Florida Multiple Vehicle Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton.

Unfortunately, multiple vehicle collisions can result in the wrongful death of a loved one. It can be overwhelming to have to deal with insurance companies at this sensitive time and you may fail to collect the full compensation you are entitled to by not recognizing the claims available to you. The Florida Multiple Vehicle Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton can work on resolving your claim while you and your family focus on healing. We can assist you by gathering evidence, proving fault, dealing with insurers directly and filing a lawsuit if necessary. Most importantly, we can make sure you receive the full and fair compensation you deserve.

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