Ocean Hammock is the largest gated community in Palm Coast, a city within Flagler County. This two and a half-mile stretch of beachfront land, along with miles of nature trails and preservations, is a great community to be a part of. While the community is one that promotes a sense of comfort and security, even here, car accidents are a common concern. Car accidents can result in serious injuries, costly property damage, and other financial losses. When an accident does occur, it is important for those involved to understand their rights to compensation for damages. This can be confusing for Ocean Hammock residents, because Florida is a no-fault state. The experienced attorneys at Chanfrau & Chanfrau are happy to help victims of car accidents in Ocean Hammock, FL, and surrounding Flagler County, collect the compensation they are due for losses related to automobile accidents.
Ocean Hammock is a popular community in the city of Palm Coast. Palm Coast has seen a continual increase in their population over the past several years. Currently, the population of Palm Coast is around 75,000. This makes the community the largest and most populated city in Flagler County, FL. Despite its relatively large population, Flagler County has continually reported some of the lowest car accident statistics among state counties. While the low number of auto accidents is good, injuries and deaths from car accidents remain a concern.
The relatively low number of car accidents in Flagler County can actually be a little misleading. For example, in 2008, Flagler County reported one of their lowest numbers of car accidents, at just 695 for the year. However, that same year, fatalities from auto accidents were one of the highest, at 31 for the year. It is not always the number of car accidents alone that accurately represents the problem, but the damage that results from those accidents. Following are some important statistics regarding auto accidents in Flagler County, FL:
- The number of car accidents in Flagler County has been decreasing over the past several years, with 1,377 accidents reported in 2015, 1,174 accidents reported in 2016, and 779 reported in 2017
- On average, close to half of all reported car accidents in Flagler County have been classified as injury crashes, meaning one or more passengers sustained injuries as a result of the accident
- Despite a decreasing number of car accidents, auto accident fatalities have actually increased, with Flagler County reporting 12 traffic fatalities in 2015, 25 traffic fatalities in 2016, and 34 traffic fatalities in 2017
Seeking Compensation in a No-Fault State
If an auto accident occurs due to the reckless or negligent actions of another party, injury victims may be due financial compensation for their losses. However, Florida and, thus, Flagler County, lies under the no-fault statute. This leaves many confused about their rights following an auto accident. Even though Florida is a no-fault state, liable drivers can be sued for damages in certain circumstances. For instance, if a victim suffers a “permanent” injury as the result of the accident, or if total losses are more than the $10,000 that Florida requires drivers to carry in PIP insurance, a lawsuit may be filed to seek compensation for remaining damages. The experienced attorneys at Chanfrau & Chanfrau can go over the details of an accident and advice injury victims on their legal rights regarding compensation.
Schedule a Case Review
When a car accident results in serious injuries, losses are likely to be severe. If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident and you would like to learn more about your rights to financial compensation, schedule a case review with one of the experienced attorneys at Chanfrau & Chanfrau.