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Everything You Need to Know About Car Accident Laws in Florida

Car accidents are increasing all over the United States and Florida is no exception. Distracted driving, road construction and high traffic volume are just a few reasons car accidents are a daily occurrence in the sunshine state. Below is an overview of personal injury law in Florida and how it may help you obtain compensation if you are hurt in a car accident. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident due to the negligence of another driver, it may benefit you to speak with an experienced lawyer for advice.

Statute Of Limitations

Every state has a specific time line in which you may be able to file a lawsuit for a personal injury case. In Florida, you have 4 years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit in court for compensation for your injuries. Failure to adhere to this time frame, may result in your case being thrown out of court.

Who Pays For Your Injuries?

In Florida, the law has certain provisions that outline who pays for your injuries after an accident. Since Florida is a no-fault insurance state, your car insurance company will pay for your medical expenses. This is true in Florida, no matter if you or the other driver is at fault in the crash. However, there may be exceptions to this rule, if your injuries were very serious and the other driver was the cause of the accident. In order to pursue compensation from the driver and his insurance company your injuries must have led to permanent scarring, serious injury or disability.

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The law allows people hurt in car accidents to obtain a settlement for certain damages in a lawsuit. Some of these damages may include:

  • Hospital Bills
  • Therapy Costs
  • Cost Of Medical Devices
  • Lost Wages
  • Pain And Suffering
  • Emotional Distress
  • Future Lost Wages

Comparative Fault

Florida has laws in place that allows a judge to determine if one driver was at fault in an accident, or if both drivers share some responsibility. If you are found to be partially at fault, it may affect how much compensation you receive for your injuries.

Florida personal injury laws are complex and difficult to understand. For this reason, it may be in your best interest to seek the advice of a lawyer. During a consultation, an attorney will examine the facts of your car accident case and let you know how you should move forward. Hiring an attorney is one way to reduce the anxiety associated with your case, so you can concentrate on recovering from your injuries.

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