A car accident can be a disastrous event that results in a number of damages, including medical bills, lost wages, property damages, pain and suffering, and more. If someone else caused your car accident, then you could be eligible to sue the at-fault party in the State of Florida. On the other hand, someone else could also sue you in the event that you are at fault.
At The Law Place, we have over seventy-five years of collective experience when it comes to helping clients sue for car accidents. Our law firm has the knowledge and resources to negotiate with big-time insurance companies and recover the maximum amount of compensation on behalf of clients who have suffered in accidents.
Our team of personal injury lawyers has a reputation for winning cases ranging from car accidents, pedestrian accidents, slip and fall accidents, and more. If you need assistance when it comes to filing an insurance claim, then you should speak to one of our personal injury lawyers. Call our office to hear about our success stories and testimonials from past clients now. Our phone lines are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
Contact The Law Place on (941) 444-4444 to schedule a free consultation today.
Your Legal Rights After a Car Accident
You have the legal right to take action against the at-fault driver and sue them following a car accident in the State of Florida. However, you will need a car accident lawyer with the necessary skills and resources to guide you through the legal system.
If you put your trust in The Law Place, then we will help you to prove that the other driver behaved in a negligent manner, and we will negotiate with their insurance company in order to recover the compensation that you deserve.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that there were almost 2.44 million people who suffered injuries in car accidents in the year 2015 across the United States of America. In addition, there were close to 35,092 people who were killed in car accidents within the same report.
Every person who has been involved in a car accident deserves to be compensated for the injuries and other damages that they sustained in the State of Florida. A car accident lawyer from The Law Place will investigate your case and collect as much information as they can to develop a personal injury claim that will surely win you the compensation that you are owed. In most cases, an insurance company will offer you the lowest deal, but with the assistance of a car accident lawyer, they will be able to negotiate for the highest possible settlement.
You should contact The Law Place to set up a free consultation, and we will handle your insurance claim with the time and attention that it deserves.
The Statute of Limitations in Florida
The State of Florida declares that you have up to four years from the date of your car accident to file a personal injury claim, according to the statute of limitations. However, you only have up to two years to file a wrongful death claim following the death of someone you love. If you miss the deadline, then you will not be able to recover compensation in the State of Florida.
You can learn more about the statute of limitations by reading Florida Statute 95.11.
What Is Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Insurance?
The State of Florida declares that you have to seek medical attention within 14 days after a car accident has happened. If you do not seek medical attention within 14 days, then you will not receive insurance coverage from your personal injury protection (PIP).
Personal injury protection (PIP) insurance will cover 80% of your medical bills and 60% of your lost wages. However, the amount of compensation that you receive is limited to your insurance policy agreement.
In most cases, personal injury protection (PIP) insurance will pay no less than $2,500 for a car accident unless you were involved in a severe medical emergency. A medical emergency is defined as a serious medical condition that demands immediate medical attention.
You can learn more about the laws surrounding personal injury protection (PIP) insurance by reading Florida Statute 627.736.
Negotiating for Full Compensation After Your Car Accident
A car accident attorney from The Law Place will use the following to find coverage that will pay for all of your losses after a car accident:
- Personal injury protection (PIP) insurance – Every driver has a responsibility to carry personal injury protection (PIP) insurance when they are using a motor vehicle in the State of Florida. Personal injury protection (PIP) insurance will pay for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages, regardless of who was at fault.
- The negligent driver’s insurance company – You could hold the at-fault driver’s insurance company liable for the damages that you sustained in a car accident. If you file a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance company, then it will also cover the costs of your medical expenses that exceed the limits of your personal injury protection (PIP) insurance coverage.
- A car accident lawsuit – You could file a claim against the at-fault driver and seek compensation by going to court in the event that you suffered a severe injury in a car accident.
The Law Place will be your strongest advocate following a car accident. Our law firm will conduct an investigation and negotiate with your insurance company in order to settle your case with compensation that will cover your damages.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
- Speeding – Driving too fast over the speed limit or driving too fast for the weather or road conditions can result in serious car accidents. In addition, speeding makes it hard for drivers to change lanes, brake quickly, and make safe turns.
- Distracted driving – Eating, drinking, using a mobile phone, setting up a navigational system, and driving while tired can quickly lead to car accidents.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI/DWI) – Drinking alcohol or consuming drugs before getting behind the wheel can seriously affect a driver’s good judgment and response time. In addition, alcohol can affect balance, vision, and coordination.
- Hazardous road conditions – If a government agency does not repair potholes, install guardrails, replace missing signs, or a road crew does not plow or salt icy, wet roads, then the government agency can be held liable for a car accident. However, it is worth noting that you have up to three years from the date of the car accident to submit a notice of claim to the government agency, and then you are allowed to file a car accident lawsuit after the 180-day investigation has been completed.
- Traffic violations – A traffic violation includes speeding, driving past a stop sign, failing to yield, making improper turns, and more. A driver who violates a traffic law can easily result in a car accident.
- Defective vehicle parts – Parts of a motor vehicle can malfunction unexpectedly, such as the tires, brakes, airbags, and steering systems. If a defective motor vehicle part caused a car accident, then the manufacturer of the motor vehicle can be held liable.
Compensation for a Car Accident
- Medical bills – You could be due compensation for past, present, and future medical expenses, including surgery, hospitalization, doctor’s visits, rehabilitation, physical therapy, medical equipment, prescription medication, and more.
- Loss of income – You could be owed compensation for a loss of income in the event that your injuries stop you from going to work, including a reduced earning capacity and future lost earnings.
- Property damage – You could be due compensation for the costs to repair or replace your motor vehicle, clothes, mobile phones, and other property that was damaged in a car accident.
- Pain and suffering – You could be due compensation for a reduced quality of life that includes experiences of physical pain, emotional anguish, mental trauma, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other forms of pain and suffering.
- Wrongful death – You could be due compensation for the loss of a spouse or family member in a car accident by filing a wrongful death lawsuit to recover funeral expenses, loss of consortium, medical bills, loss of income, property damage, pain and suffering, and more. You can learn more about the wrongful death laws by reading Florida Statute 768.21.
Contact The Law Place Today
If you are wondering whether someone can sue you for a car accident, then the answer is yes. However, it is important to determine who is actually at fault for the car accident in the State of Florida.
At The Law Place, we have over seventy-five years of combined experience and knowledge in helping clients sue for car accidents in the State of Florida. Our law firm understands the complex nature of car accident cases, and we will be at your side every step of the way.
If you have suffered an injury in a car accident, then you must take the time to understand your legal rights. A car accident lawyer from The Law Place will handle your insurance claim and help you to win the compensation that you deserve no matter what. Our law firm will provide you with the support and guidance that you need to sue the driver, insurance company, or other parties that caused your car accident.
Contact The Law Place on (941) 444-4444 to schedule a free consultation today.