On January 1st, Section 316.305 of the Florida Statutes went into effect, allowing law enforcement officers to give you a citation for texting while driving. Section 316.306 of the Florida statute takes the law a step further by punishing those who use a mobile device while driving a vehicle on school property. The same law… Read More
Did you know that you could get seriously injured in a car accident, even at low speeds? Soft tissue damage is a common issue in car accidents. It’s not so much the force but the sudden jerking that can cause long-term pain in your muscles and nerves. It can even be permanent.
Yet it can take weeks for the full damage of a soft-tissue injury to reveal itself. This can lead people to accept settlements too early from insurance companies. Once you accept a settlement, there’s no turning back. You’re on the hook for any additional expenses.
This is just one of the topics we talk about on our car accidents FAQ page. Nearly every driver will be in a car accident at some point. The average is about 3-4 per lifetime according to the insurance industry. This is why all drivers are required to carry insurance. It’s just a matter of time.
It’s also why you must know what to do after an accident and how to gather evidence so you can talk with a personal injury lawyer just in case. On this page, you’ll learn the basic process and what to do when you approach a lawyer or when the insurance adjuster talks to you.
If you know these things in advance, your chances of getting a higher settlement will go up. Take some time to read the information. It could help you out one day. If you do get into an accident and you believe it wasn’t your fault, feel free to give Chalik Law a call. We can help.
Every car accident involves a different set of circumstances. When injuries are more serious, or recovering from the injuries takes much longer, or a full recovery is not possible, the settlement amount may be worth more. If you had a car accident and suffered minor injuries, your own insurance will pay you directly for the… Read More
Five of the most common causes of car accidents in Florida are distracted driving, running a red light or stop sign, not being aware of your surroundings, driving too fast, and driving under the influence. A DUI charge means that you are accused of operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 percent… Read More
The state of Florida requires that you report an auto accident within 10 days from the date of the accident. When the Driver is Responsible for Reporting an Auto Accident in Florida If a car accident occurs and causes damage to a vehicle (or other property) but does not require a police report (see criteria… Read More
Car accidents injuries vary as widely as the specific circumstances that cause them. Although scrapes and cuts commonly result from items being strewn about the car amidst a collision, other injuries—from moderate, to severe, and even fatal—present themselves with alarming frequency. Some of these more serious injuries might not be immediately apparent to the accident… Read More
Yes, in some cases it is possible to recover more compensation than your auto insurance policy limit following a car accident in Florida. The key to getting more than the policy limits of your own policy allow is to hold the at-fault driver or another liable party responsible for your accident injuries and damages. Depending… Read More
Following a car accident, lawyers recommend that you do not speak with an insurance adjuster right away. Instead, politely decline to give information and call a personal injury attorney. The insurance companies do not have your best interests at heart. Their goal is to reduce their own liability. Sometimes that includes undermining your legitimate claim… Read More
A surviving family member can sue for wrongful death after a car accident in Florida by filing a lawsuit in a civil court. Before filing the claim, the family member must gather evidence to support the claim, prove liability, determine the value of their claim, meet the statute of limitations, and then file their claim… Read More
Yes, Florida does allow accident victims to recover damages for pain and suffering from an auto accident in certain situations. Pain and suffering are considered a “non-economic” damages. Unlike, for example, medical bills, there is no clear monetary value for pain and suffering. You are suffering, and there should be compensation for your pain and… Read More
Yes, there are some situations where you can file a lawsuit against a rental car company for an accident in Florida. However, in most cases, the driver of the rental car has accepted responsibility for the vehicle. In these cases, they or their insurance company will be held liable for the car accident, not the… Read More
In most cases, your insurance will pay for your auto repair after an accident you did not cause in Florida. This is due to Florida’s No-Fault laws regarding car accidents. This article will outline how No-Fault laws work in Florida, getting reimbursed for your deductible, and who else may be held liable for your auto… Read More
After an accident, your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) car insurance policy will cover up 80% of your medical bills and 60% of your lost wages up to $10,000. According to Florida’s No-Fault auto insurance laws, all drivers are required to have a minimum of $10,000 of PIP coverage to register and operate their vehicle on… Read More
Yes, you can file a lawsuit against the company if you get into a car accident while in a taxi in Florida. In most cases, the company’s insurance company will pay for medical bills and other damages following an accident. However, sometimes insurance companies try to deny claims or say they are not liable for… Read More
If your Uber driver gets into an accident in Florida, it is possible that they may be liable for your damages. Initially, we would seek compensation through your Florida no-fault insurance policy. However, if your damages exceed the $10,000 maximum coverage allowable under a Florida no-fault policy, we would then seek compensation from the at-fault… Read More
You generally cannot sue Uber if you are in an accident in Florida. This does not mean that you cannot receive compensation for the damages that you suffer from an Uber car accident. Uber employs its drivers on a contract basis. This means that drivers do not have the same legal rights as you would… Read More
An Uber passenger may be within their legal rights to sue an Uber driver in the event of an accident. Although initial compensation would come from your Florida no-fault insurance policy, any costs that exceed your compensatory amount would be the responsibility of the at-fault driver. Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers can help you navigate… Read More
There are many reasons to hire a lawyer to represent you in a Florida car accident case. Some car accident victims will face challenges with their insurance company who refuses to cover damages. Others may struggle to collect a timely payout. Additionally, if your damages exceed the maximum amount allowed under your policy, it is… Read More
The determination of who is at fault after a car accident in Florida is typically made by a judge using information collected from the parties involved in the accident, their legal representatives, their insurance claims adjustors, and the police officers who responded to the accident. Determining Fault in a Car Accident in Florida There are… Read More
Truck drivers receive training and are certified operators of trucks who must drive their vehicles with due care in accordance with certain regulations and laws that apply to commercial truck drivers. Thus, truck drivers are held to a higher standard than standard motorists, and their cases are frequently worth much more than the usual accident… Read More
If you or your loved one were injured in a serious accident recently, it’s important to note that if a defective tire contributed to the accident, you might be able to file a claim or lawsuit against the manufacturer to recover your losses. You can speak to a local defective tire attorney to determine what… Read More