Car accidents can negatively impact your life with expensive medical bills, car damages, and the inability to work. But you can recover some of these damages if a negligent driver caused your accident.
If you were involved in a car accident and want help recovering compensation for your losses, contact a car accident lawyer in Boca Raton, Fl, today at Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers.
Call us at 800-873-9040.
Florida’s Car Accident Laws
Understanding Florida’s car accident laws can help you decide the best legal approach to take.
Personal Injury Protection (PIP)
Florida is a no-fault state. This means that regardless of fault, you may submit a compensation claim with your insurance provider. Under Florida law, all drivers are required to carry personal injury protection (PIP) and property damage liability (PDL) insurance.
PIP coverage covers any medical costs you may have suffered from the car accident up to $10,000. PDL insurance covers damages that you may have caused to the other driver. Additionally, if the other driver was at fault, we may seek compensation from the other insurance provider.
Working with a car accident lawyer that is familiar to Florida’s laws can help you take the necessary legal steps to earn the compensation that you deserve.
Personal Injury Claims
The medical costs often associated with car accident injuries can quickly exceed the $10,000 maximum. If another driver was at fault, we can then file an injury claim to seek compensation for the additional costs.
We must determine fault in order to file a car accident claim. Florida is a pure comparative fault state so determining fault is also necessary to establish how much compensation you deserve.
Pure comparative negligence means that your compensatory amount can be reduced by the percentage you are deemed at fault. We may assist you in determining fault by gathering some or all of the following documents:
- A police report
- Witness statements
- Driver statements
- Photographs of the accident
- Expert witnesses
- Claims adjustor report
- Mechanic statements
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Florida Car Accident Statute of Limitations
A statute of limitations is the set period of time in which a lawsuit must be filed. Additionally, many insurance providers have specific time restrictions for when a claim must be filed.
While the time limits for filing an insurance claim will vary depending on the insurance provider, Florida does require that personal injury claims are filed within four years from the date of the car accident. There are also additional factors of a car accident that may also change the statute of limitations:
- Government/state liability: If the government or state of Florida is deemed at fault, the claim must be filed within three years in most cases.
- Uninsured driver: An injury claim against an uninsured driver must be filed within five years from the accident date.
- Wrongful death: A wrongful death claim must be filed within two years from the date of the death.
Florida’s strict statute of limitation requirements makes it important to discuss your car accident case with a lawyer as soon as possible. In addition to staying within Florida’s time restrictions, it may be easier to gather important evidence
earlier in the case. For example, it is better to talk to witnesses who have a car accident fresh in their mind.
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How We Can Assist You With Your Boca Raton, FL, Car Accident Case
Every car accident case is different. The specific events and causes that led to the accident differ. Additionally, the injuries and damages sustained are unique to the individual. A complimentary consultation allows us to get to know you and the specific details of your case. It also gives you the opportunity to discuss any concerns you might have about the legal process.
Assist You in Navigating the Legal Process
Car accidents are never convenient. Neither is navigating the legal process. We will assist you in navigating the legal process by filing the necessary documentation, thoroughly investigating the accident, and handling all negotiations and communication with insurance providers. This allows you to focus on your recovery.
Handle All Communication With Insurance Companies
A lot of car accident compensation is dealt with through insurance providers. Many car insurance providers also have unique protocols that must be followed like seeing an approved physician within a specific period of time, taking your car to an approved mechanic, and submitting all income documents. We will work with the insurance companies to get you the compensation that you deserve.
It is important that we cooperate with the insurance provider while also keeping your best interest in mind. We will also assist you in navigating a denied claim and in collecting compensation.
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Recoverable Damages in Car Accident Claim
If your damages are not appropriately covered by your insurance provider, we can assist you in filing a personal injury claim against the responsible party. We will collect the necessary documentation to further support your claim.
Recoverable damages in a car accident may fall in different categories. Here are just a few examples:
We may be able to recover past and future medical bills, including doctor visits, hospital stays ambulance rides and rehabilitation expenses.
Additionally, you may also be able to recover the time you missed at work. If you are unable to return to work, you may be able to recover the projected lost income you would have made.
A few examples of other damages you may be able to recover in a Florida car accident include pain and suffering or punitive damages.
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Contact a Car Accident Lawyer in Boca Raton, FL
If you need legal help from the ramifications of your car accident and would like assistance recovering compensation, a car accident lawyer in Boca Raton, FL, can help.
Call one of our car accident lawyers today at Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers at 800-873-9040.
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