Port Charlotte was named one of the “10 Best Places to Retire” in the United States for the year 2012, according to an article published by U.S. News and World Report – and if you’d ever been here, you’d know why. Featuring more than 165 miles of waterways, with access to Charlotte Harbour to the Gulf of Mexico, stretches of natural shoreline are sure to appease any relaxation seeker. With wildlife parks, sports, and golfing galore, it’s no wonder why residents call Port Charlotte home, and thousands come to visit each year. Nestled about half way between Sarasota and Fort Myers, year-long beautiful weather and warm, friendly faces make this small community a wonderful place to be.
However, with an influx of visitors seeking out all the amazing attractions Port Charlotte has to offer, getting to and from those places can sometimes get hectic. In fact, statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that traffic accidents remain a primary public safety issue, despite improvements in vehicle safety features and road designs. In 2021, Charlotte County had 2,719 car crashes with over half of those accidents involving injuries.
Ridesharing, like Uber and Lyft have gained much popularity in the past years, and has in part transformed the way we travel. More and more people are utilizing these services for their convenience and the accessibility they offer in getting around town. However, as careful as these rideshare drivers may be, anytime we get into any vehicle, there’s always a chance for accidents to happen.
Some of the common causes of accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Hazardous weather and road conditions
- Impaired driving
- Fatigued driving
Should you find yourself in an accident, here are some things you should do:
- Stay calm. Check yourself for injuries, and for the well-being of other passengers.
- Move yourself and vehicles to safety, if possible.
- Call 911 and/or the police.
- Document and take photographs of the scene. Note traffic signs, road conditions, weather, etc.
- Exchange information with the other driver(s) and contact your insurance provider.
- Seek the help and advice of a trusted accident attorney.
At Hale Law, we approach each case with the upmost courage, empathy and honesty to hold all accountable parties responsible so you can get the care you deserve and get back on your feet. Insurance companies have one goal in mind when it comes to car accidents – ensure their drivers are safe and to reduce their costs in any way possible. Large insurance firms frequently take advantage of customers by making unfair offers, delaying claims, and refusing to provide fair and prompt reimbursement in other ways. That means that you may not always get the compensation you deserve. Whether for you or your loved one, you have the right to fight and be heard and you need a legal team that takes your health and your claim seriously.
With car accidents in Port Charlotte on the rise, areas like Chamberlain Boulevard and U.S. 41 have been just one sore spot of many for residents. We know that safety on our streets and intersections largely depends on driver behavior and choices – and although ridesharing is common practice now, auto accidents shouldn’t be.
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a driver working for Uber, Lyft, or another ridesharing company, it is important that you take legal action right away after your crash to protect your rights. We are committed to getting you the highest recovery after being injured in a rideshare car accident: Call 941-735-4529.