Suffered an Accident During the Super Bowl?
When events such as the Super Bowl occur here in Florida’s Tampa Bay, the roads typically suffer an influx of accidents that severely injure not just drivers/passengers but pedestrians as well. Events such as the Super Bowl significantly increase risk factors that contribute to accidents such as congestion, alcohol abuse, etc. causing people that otherwise drive safely to become injured at the hands of negligent drivers.
Those that have been severely injured during events such as the Super Bowl because of another party’s negligence may be able to seek compensation for the damages they suffered by filing an accident injury claim. Car accidents are one of the most common ways people are injured around events like the Super Bowl. However, pedestrian accidents and even bicycle accidents are also known to see an increase during these times because of how large sporting events increase their similar risk factors as well.
How Does the Super Bowl Increase Car Accident Risk?
The most-watched sporting event in the entire country is the Super Bowl with this year’s Super Bowl LV receiving around 80 million viewers according to Nielsen rating estimates. Tampa Bay also received a notable influx of sports fans from around the country despite the current pandemic’s restrictions. While correlation does not indicate causation, it is a generally accepted rule that the more people there are on the roads, the higher the chance of accidents occurring increases.
Around the time of the Super Bowl, there were a large number of people on the road either going to Super Bowl parties, grabbing supplies or food, or simply just trying to get home after a long day at work. Regardless of why someone is on the road, they are at increased risk of being involved in an accident especially if they are around concentrated areas of celebration for the Super Bowl.
Super Bowl LV Crowds
Due to the unique circumstances of this year’s Super Bowl in regard to the Covid-19 pandemic, the physical crowds that usually populate the stands at an event such as this were drastically diminished with most of the seating being occupied by cardboard cutouts as opposed to flesh and blood fans. While there was not as large of a physical crowd in the stadium as there have been in Super Bowl’s past, there were still massive crowds of people outside and all across the Tampa Bay area. Some may argue that the lack of people admitted into the stadium contributed to the enormous crowds of fans found elsewhere.
These large groups all drove to and from these areas of celebration like tailgating areas, bars, and private homes at around the same times at the beginning and end of the event. This means all of these people were traveling at about the same time and congesting the streets leading to a number of accidents.
Car Accidents on Super Bowl Sunday
Accidents occur every day of the year in Florida but Super Bowl Sunday unsurprisingly saw more than a few motor vehicle collisions. Parking lots around areas of celebration regarding the Super Bowl were the sites of many low-speed accidents. Although these accidents lack the intensity of those on higher speed roadways, they can still inflict severe injuries necessitating a car accident injury claim.
People driving to and from Super Bowl-related festivities also may have been involved in a number of accident types ranging from rear-end accidents to head-on collisions. Car accidents related to Super Bowl festivities did not necessarily have to occur on Sunday. Super Bowl parties were held as early as Friday and held through the night into the Monday after the event.
Driving Under the Influence During the Super Bowl
Another dangerous aspect of Super Bowl festivities is the increased number of people driving under the influence. Drinking during Super Bowl festivities is a perfectly normal way to celebrate the sporting event as long as it is done responsibly. Unfortunately, many people fail to get an Uber or sober friend to drive them and end up behind the wheel while drunk.
It goes without saying that this is extremely dangerous and regularly is the cause of many an accident involving motor vehicles, pedestrians, and even bicyclists. Driving under the influence can involve driving while drunk via alcohol and also driving while under the effects of other mind-altering substances like amphetamines, hallucinogens, and opioids that can come in the form of illicit drugs or even prescription medication.
Drunk driving is obviously considered negligent since it wantonly disregards basic driver safety and can make those that cause an accident in this state liable for injuries and damages they inflict on those involved.
The Super Bowl and Road Rage Car Accidents
A lesser-known contributing factor towards car accidents around the Super Bowl is road rage. Drivers experiencing intense emotions of anger and rage are at a higher risk of causing car accidents since they are more likely to make reckless driving decisions. Having a favorite team lose the Super Bowl occasionally causes drivers to drive in this state of road rage and cause an accident. Road rage and the reckless driving behaviors it causes can often be seen as a source of driver negligence making them liable in a car accident claim.
Pedestrian Accidents on Super Bowl Sunday
While the Super Bowl does lead to a surge in collisions between motor-vehicles ranging from motorcycles to semi-trucks, there is also an increased risk of pedestrian accidents. Super Bowl festivities can often involve a large number of pedestrian foot traffic making their way through entertainment-focused areas of Tampa Bay.
Common pedestrian accident factors are highly present around the Super Bowl. People walk around at night where there is lower visibility, there are more cars going to and from Super Bowl-related events, people are walking while under the influence of alcohol which isn’t illegal but increases pedestrian accident risk, and there are many more pedestrians out navigating the streets via crosswalks and jaywalking.
Claims Involving Non-Florida Residents
Many of the people at Super Bowl-related events over the weekend were not Florida residents and some of them were involved in accidents with Florida residents. Can you still file a personal injury claim when the at-fault party is a non-Florida resident? Yes you can still seek compensation from the out-of-state party’s insurance once you have exhausted your own personal insurance coverage because of Florida no-fault rules.
People who visited Florida for the Super Bowl that was injured in an accident can also file injury claims with the at-fault party’s insurance but must do so while observing Florida’s no-fault laws. This means that you will have to go through your own insurance coverage first that will likely extend to your accident out-of-state, the rental vehicle’s insurance if that is an option, and then upon exhausting your coverage seek compensation from the at-fault party’s insurance. Even if you are an out of Florida resident, it is recommended you work with a Florida accident attorney for a case involving an accident that occurred here. A Florida based car accident attorney will have experience navigating Florida no-fault rules to get you the maximum amount of compensation.
Seek an Experienced Tampa Car Accident Attorney
Suffering an injury at the hands of a neglectful driver can rack up medical expenses, lost wages, and many other costs that deserve compensation. Consider Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA as your legal representation in your pursuit of compensation with a car accident claim. Our lawyers have the experience needed to ensure that your case receives the best chance of success so that you can focus on recovery and getting your life back to normal.
If you were involved in a car accident, our lawyers at Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA will investigate your case, and may help you obtain the compensation you need for damage done to your person and property. To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA attorney, please contact us at (727) 451-6900, contact us online, or visit us at one of our three office locations in Florida. We look forward to hearing from you and will vigorously advocate on your behalf for the compensation you deserve.
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