Florida law allows persons who have been injured in car accidents to recover damages for hospital expenses and other tangible financial losses, as well as non-economic losses like pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of consortium.
According to statistics, there were 2,444 auto accident fatalities in the state of Florida in 2010. That was a decline from 2,563 fatalities the previous year. There were a total of 235,461 traffic accidents in the state in 2010 with an average of 645 accidents per day. There were more than 195,000 injuries caused as a result of these accidents.
There’s no doubt that traffic accident death rates have declined in Florida over the past few years. That has been mainly due to increased campaigns against drunk driving, higher rates of motorcycle helmet usage, higher child car seat and seatbelt usage rates, and safer cars.
Florida is a “no-fault” insurance state, which means that victims of auto accidents may have access to insurance provided by their own insurance company. There are certain limits to these insurance policies, and you may be covered up to that limit.
However, in those cases where the accident has resulted in major injury to a person, or has resulted in life-altering or permanent injuries like brain injuries, scarring, or disfigurement, a person may have the right to sue the other driver involved in the accident for damages that include pain and suffering.
While insurance companies may treat every auto accident claim as the same, every victim and lawyer knows that each claim is different from the other. In any accident that has resulted in property damage or injuries, it is always best to speak to an attorney before you rush to settle with the insurance company. Your lawyer may be able to identify signs of negligence that could have possibly contributed to the accident. He may also be able to identify long-term consequences of the injuries that you may not be aware of. For instance, some types of injuries may require not just immediate and short-term medical expenses, but also future hospitalization, surgery, 24 hour care, and other expenses that must be accounted for in your claim.
The Florida car accident lawyers at Falk and Falk Law Firm are dedicated to the representation of persons who have been injured in auto and car accidents across Florida.