Roads in the state of Florida are filled with many different types of vehicles at all times of the day. Unfortunately, things do not always go as planned while driving, causing accidents to happen. Often times, these accidents are minor and result in little to no injuries. Other times, they can cause very serious, life-changing injuries and possibly even death. When this happens, families and loved ones may suffer physically, financially, and emotionally for the rest of their lives. If you have been injured at the fault of another driver in a car accident, an experienced attorney can help your case.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Every driver behind the wheel of the is obligated to follow the rules of the road and give it their undivided attention. This is to ensure the safety of not only the driver, but others on the road as well. Unfortunately, some accidents do happen as a result of negligent driving. This can be a result of distracted or dangerous driving. Some dangerous ways a car accident may happen can include:
- Texting while driving
- Using other electronic devices while driving
- Disregarding traffic signs/signals
- Excessive speeding/reckless driving
- Driving distracted
- Driving tired
- Drunk/drugged driving
In order for an injured individual to hold another party liable for their injury, they must prove that the party was negligent. This requires the injured to satisfy what is known as the “burden of proof.” To do so, the injured individual must provide evidence that proves the car accident and their injuries were sustained as a direct result of the other party’s negligence. Evidence that may help in a case can include a police report of the accident, medical documentation of the injury, pictures/videos, and any witnesses to the incident.
In the event that an injured car accident victim wishes to pursue legal action against the negligent party, they may be able to recover compensation. This compensation, also referred to as damages, may cover both economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages may consist of medical bills, lost wages, in-home care costs, and more. Noneconomic damages may include loss of independence, emotional distress, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
Personal Injury Protection
The state of Florida is required to have “no-fault” insurance. This is also known as Personal Injury Protection (PIP). The insurance allows an individual involved in a car accident to receive coverage for any medical bills or lost wages as a result of the accident. It allows victims to recover from the car accident without being overwhelmed by certain expenses.
By law, residents in Florida are required to have at least $10,000 in PIP insurance. The policy covers 80 percent of medical bills, 60 percent of lost wages, and $5,000 in death benefits. It is important to know that state law requires victims of an accident to receive medical treatment within 14 days of the accident in order for PIP to cover their medical bills.
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If you or someone you know was involved in a personal injury accident and wishes to speak with a skilled attorney, contact Florida Personal Injury Law Team today.