Car Accidents in South Florida: What you Need to Know
South Florida attracts out-of-town residents in the wintertime, tourists year-round, and is a popular spot to relocate. While this may be beneficial to the local economy, it also means a lot of traffic clogging our roadways and creating dangerous environments for drivers. Types of accidents in Florida have many reasons and causes due to negligence, DUI, texting and driving, whatever the cause of the accident you deserve
What’s more, some out-of-towners and tourists are unfamiliar with the roads, which can also contribute to dangerous conditions. In addition to distracted drivers who are unfamiliar with our roadways, the high speed limit on I-95 and the rush hour traffic through South Florida can also increase risk of a traffic accident. If you do happen to end up in an accident, read our list of 7 mistakes to avoid after the crash and elements that can help your case.
Fortunately, Florida laws allow accident victims to recover compensation through personal injury protection from their own insurance policies regardless of fault. If another driver is at fault, you may be able to file a claim against that driver’s liability coverage. Always remember though, in Florida there is a time limit on filing your claim.
What kind of compensation could I receive after an accident?
After an accident, you will work with your insurance company and, if applicable, that of the at-fault driver’s insurance company to compensate you for your loss. If the insurance companies refuse to settle, you are entitled to file a lawsuit seeking damages.
If you have been injured in an accident, you may be able to receive compensation for several types of damages, including:
- payment for medical bills;
- compensation for pain and suffering;
- lost wages; and
- lost future earning potential.
The type of damages you can receive depends on the circumstances of each claim- such as severity of your injuries from the car accident, what type of accident, the damages to your vehicle and even the time spent during your recovery. Your attorney can advise you on what you can expect to receive based on the details of your claim.
Does it matter if the other driver is from a state other than Florida?
Accidents with drivers from other states or countries is a common concern among drivers in South Florida. But if you’re in an accident with an out-of-state driver, it does not matter where the other driver lives.
Florida law says that the person who hit you may be sued wherever the accident occurred. Although it may be more difficult for that person to make court appointments if your claim goes before a judge, you needn’t worry about whether the law will require that person to fully compensate you.
Why do I need an attorney?
After an accident, make sure you contact your insurance company and/or the other driver’s insurance company to inform them of the accident. You may be tempted to deal with the insurance adjusters yourself, however, keep in mind that the insurance companies are not on your side.
They do not stay in business by paying every claim. Even your own insurance company may not automatically take your side in a claim. An accident attorney can negotiate with the insurance companies to get you the best settlement available.
Chalik & Chalik has experience representing victims in all types of car accidents in South Florida. We work hard to provide quality representation and personal service to our clients, and will fight for your right to recover the benefits you deserve. Call our offices toll-free at (855) 529-0269 to schedule your free initial consultation today!