Car accidents can be a traumatic experience, leaving victims with physical injuries, emotional distress, and financial burdens. If you have been injured in a car accident in New Port Richey, it’s essential to seek legal representation from an experienced attorney who can help you get the compensation you deserve.
At Rivas Law Group, we have recovered millions in settlements for our clients, including a $300,000 settlement for a client injured in a car accident on Little Road in New Port Richey, FL. We understand the complexities of car accident cases and know how to navigate the legal system to get results for our clients.
Causes of Auto Accidents in Florida
New Port Richey, Florida, is a growing community located just North of Tampa on Hwy 19 in Pasco County. As the area’s population grows, so does the number of vehicles on local roads. As a result, car accidents are becoming more commonplace.
Pasco County and New Port Richey have some of the highest fatal car accident rates in Florida.
According to data appearing on the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle’s Crash Dashboard, there were slightly over 2,700 car crashes in Pasco County during the first half of 2023. These accidents resulted in more than 30 fatalities and over 2,600 injuries. Almost 600 of these crashes involved hit-and-run accidents.
The New Port Richey area also has more than its share of bicycle, motorcycle, and pedestrian accident deaths.
So what are the causes of these New Port Richey, FL car accidents? While some car accidents are the result of adverse road or weather conditions, the vast majority are caused by human error. This includes:
- Distracted driving (texting, talking on the phone, talking to passengers, eating, etc.)
- Impaired driving
- Unsafe passing
- Unsafe lane changes
- Ignoring traffic signs and signals
Common Car Accident Injuries
Car accidents can happen at any time. That’s why it’s so important to drive safely and stay focused on the road around you. Even a minor car crash can result in severe injuries.
Common injuries in New Port Richey car accidents can include:
- Bone fractures
- Concussions and traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head, neck, and back injuries
- Lacerations and bruises
- Soft tissue and internal organ injuries
We recommend that you seek medical treatment as soon as possible after your accident, even if you think you weren’t hurt. The symptoms of some car crash injuries, such as TBIs and muscle injuries, may not manifest themselves until hours or days after the accident. Additionally, if you don’t seek treatment for your injuries in a timely manner, you may have trouble convincing others that your injuries are as serious as you claim. This could negatively affect the compensation you’ll be able to collect for your damages.
Personal Injury Protection (PIP) in Collision Cases
If you’ve been injured in a New Port Richey car accident, your first move (after you’ve gotten medical treatment for your injuries) is to contact your insurance company and file a PIP claim.
Every motorist in Florida is required by law to carry Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and Property Damage Liability (PDL) automobile insurance at the time of vehicle registration. PIP insurance covers 80 percent of all qualifying medical expenses up to $10,000, no matter who was at fault in the crash.
If your injuries exceed the limits of your PIP policy, you can seek compensation for the additional costs by filing a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
Some accident victims experience insurance company delays and other problems after filing a PIP claim. If this is the case, contact a New Port Richey car accident attorney. They can review the language of your policy to ensure your insurance company is dealing in good faith.
Frequently Asked Questions about Car Accidents
Which areas in New Port Richey have the most car accidents?
While a car accident can happen anywhere in New Port Richey there are some areas of town that seem to be more car accident prone than others.
US-19 sees more traffic accidents than any other road in Pasco County; 66 traffic accidents make the intersection of US-19 and Ridge Road the most dangerous intersection in the County. The US-19 and Sunray Blvd. intersection has seen a lot of accidents as well. The high rate of accidents on US-19 has earned it the dubious title of the most dangerous highway in America.
Other New Port Richey car accident hotspots include the intersection of Interstate 75 and State Road 56, Madison St., and Congress St.
How much is my New Port Richey car accident case worth?
Every New Port Richey car accident case is unique, so it’s impossible to say how much a case is worth without learning more specific information. There are many factors that can impact the amount of compensation you’ll be able to collect after your accident, including your degree of liability for the accident (Florida follows a “comparative fault” rule), the extent of your injuries, and the evidence you have supporting your claim.
How long do I have to file a car accident lawsuit?
You have until two years after the date of the car accident in which to file a car accident lawsuit. However, the sooner you file your claim, the better your chances of receiving the full compensation you deserve for your injuries.
What should I do after a car accident?
Make sure everyone is okay. Contact law enforcement (you’ll need to file an accident report). Exchange information (name, address, phone, insurance policy number, etc.). Collect as much evidence as you can from the accident scene, including pictures and the contact information of any eyewitnesses to the accident. Seek medical treatment.
Before you speak to any insurance company, talk to an attorney. They can help you avoid the mistakes that could limit the amount of compensation you’ll receive and advise you on the best way to move forward with your case.
Speak to a New Port Richey Car Accident Attorney About Your Wreck
If you’ve been injured in a New Port Richey car accident, it’s important to take immediate steps to protect your rights to collect full compensation for the damages caused by those injuries. Call New Port Richey car accident attorney Tania Rivas as soon as possible after your accident.
Tania Rivas and Rivas Law Group are here to provide the support and legal representation you need after being injured in a collision. She can help you gather the evidence you’ll need to support your claim, assign a dollar value to your damages, negotiate a settlement with the at-fault party’s insurance company, and if necessary, represent you in court.
Tania handles all New Port Richey car accidents on a contingency basis, which means there are no retainer fees or other upfront costs if she decides to accept your case. Tania only collects her fee after she’s won compensation for you.
Don’t delay seeking legal representation. You can reach Rivas Law Group online or call us at (813) 406-4460 to schedule a free, initial consultation to discuss your case with an experienced New Port Richey personal injury attorney.