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According to statistics published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 2.3 million adult drivers and passengers were treated in emergency departments for injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident in 2009 alone. Car accidents have the potential to result in significant injuries to vehicle occupants, some of which have the potential to result in long-term medical complications. People who are seriously injured in car crashes may incur significant medical expenses, both for the treatment of injuries sustained in an accident as well as the cost associated with any ongoing care that may be required. In addition, victims may miss work and have reduced future earning potential.
This is to say nothing of the tremendous emotional pain and suffering associated with being involved in a car accident. Fortunately, Florida tort law allows people injured by the negligence of others to recover for these and other economic and non-economic losses by bringing a personal injury claim against those responsible for their injuries. The best way to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve after a car accident is to retain the services of an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
What Causes Florida Car Accidents?
Car accidents can occur for a number of reasons, some of which implicate negligence on the part of a driver. In other cases, vehicle equipment failure may cause an accident, potentially allowing victims to recover from the vehicle manufacturer or the manufacturer of the specific equipment. Another common cause of a car accident is poor road design or maintenance, a situation that may impose legal liability on the part of the state or a particular city for any losses sustained by victims. Some of the other common causes of car accidents include the following:
- Fatigued driving
- Distracted driving
- Tire blowouts
- Failure to account for weather conditions
- Brake failure
- Impaired driving
- Failure to observe traffic signals
- Driver error
- Improper vehicle maintenance
An attorney who is familiar with handling car accident cases will be able to review the facts of your accident and advise you as to whether you have a legal claim.
How Does Florida’s No-Fault Insurance Law Affect My Ability to Sue?
Under Florida’s no-fault insurance law, a driver’s own insurance will cover expenses associated with a car accident up to certain limits. One of the main reasons that these laws exist is to limit the amount of litigation that occurs because of car accidents caused by negligence. In some cases, however, seriously injured victims will be able to sustain a lawsuit against another party because of a car accident.
To determine whether you have the right to sue, you should discuss your case with an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible. In cases where an accident was due to a defective vehicle or piece of equipment, Florida’s no fault insurance law does not affect your ability to sue at all.
The same is true for cases that arise due to negligent road maintenance or design, although in these cases sovereign immunity may operate to limit the amount of recovery available as well as the time within which a person may file a claim. Call us at (386) 777-7777 or fill out our online contact form below for a free case evaluation. Get the compensation you deserve.