FAQs - Car accidents

What is the Average Car Accident Settlement in Florida?

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

What Are the Most Common Causes of Car Accidents in Florida?

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

When Are You Required to Report an Auto Accident in Florida?

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

What Are Some Typical Car Accident Injuries You Can Seek Compensation for In Florida?

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

Is It Possible to Recover More Than Your Auto Insurance Policy Limits In Florida?

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

When Do Lawyers Recommend Talking To An Insurance Adjuster After A Car Accident?

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

How Does A Surviving Family Member Sue For Wrongful Death After A Car Accident In Florida?

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

Can You Receive Compensation For Pain And Suffering From An Auto Accident in Florida?

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

Can You File A Lawsuit Against A Rental Car Company For An Accident In Florida?

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

Who Pays For Your Auto Repair After A Car Accident You Did Not Cause In Florida?

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

Who Pays For Your Medical Bills After A Car Accident You Did Not Cause In Florida?

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

Can You File A Lawsuit Against The Company If You Get In A Car Accident While In A Taxi In Florida?

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

What Happens If Your Uber Driver Gets Into An Accident In Florida?

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

Can You Sue Uber If They Get In An Accident In Florida?

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

Can A Passenger Sue An Uber Driver In Florida?

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

Why Should You Hire A Lawyer If Injured In A Car Accident In Florida?

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

Who Determines Fault (And How) After A Car Accident in Florida?

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

Determining the Cause of Your Accident

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