Chilling statistics from the National Transportation and Highway Safety Board prove that car accidents are a real issue for Florida’s drivers. There is a car accident on Florida’s roads every 92 seconds. Most accidents are caused by reckless drivers or negligent vehicle operators who fail to pay attention or act in error, leading to serious accidents that can change the lives of unsuspecting victims in a matter of seconds. And in the fallout from a car accident, victims frequently feel like they have nowhere to turn. If you have been involved in a car accident, reach out to the Weston car accident attorneys at the Law Office of Bradley S. Hartman. Our expert team has helped thousands of accident victims recoup the damages they experienced following serious car crashes.
What Causes Most Car Accidents?
While no one ever anticipates being involved in an accident of any kind, car accidents can be especially grisly to deal with. Injuries ranging from whiplash to lacerations and deep cuts and spinal cord and brain trauma are common. And while there is an exhaustive list of reasons that car crashes occur, most can be associated with:
- Defective car parts or equipment
- Poorly designed roadways
- Drivers failing to yield right-of-way
- Impaired drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Inattentive drivers texting or talking on cell phone
- Poor road maintenance
- Reckless drivers
- Road rage
- Sleepy or fatigued drivers
- Speeding and tailgating
No-Fault Car Insurance and Your Claim
The claims process in Florida car accidents is complicated by the fact that Florida is a ‘no – fault’ state. This means that your own personal injury protection or PIP coverage pays your medical bills and losses up to policy limits, so the amount of monetary awards you can collect under the PIP system is limited. You can step outside of the no-fault system to collect additional damages only if your damages meet the threshold set by Florida law. In order for you to file a claim against the at-fault party, the injuries that you sustain in the accident must be serious. Serious injuries that qualify include: bone fracture, significant disfigurement, permanent limitation of the use of a member or organ; significant limitation to a body system or function, or full disability lasting 90 days or longer. Absent one of these qualifiers, plaintiffs may pursue damages for non-economic losses such as pain and suffering or emotional trauma, both of which are disallowed under PIP claims.
Working with a Weston Car Accident Attorney
Dealing with a car accident claim can be grueling and tedious for the accident victim. Most victims find that the days, weeks and months following a serious accident are emotional and hectic. Victims struggle to deal with medical bills, medical appointments, property damage and lost income. The Weston car accident attorneys at the Law Office of Bradley S. Hartman have the experience necessary to guide you through the claims process and do the heavy lifting for you while you recover. Schedule your no-cost, no-obligation consultation with our legal team now.