If you suffered injuries and property damage in a car accident, you may qualify for compensation. You may have been traveling to or from work or running errands when a collision with another vehicle sent you to the hospital. You may have had to undergo surgery to treat broken bones, or you may have to visit a chiropractor or a physical therapist several times per week for the foreseeable future because the collision left you with whiplash.
In addition to pain and limited mobility, you may be struggling to cope with the financial ramifications of the accident. You may be unable to work at the job you had before the crash. Depending on the nature and extent of your injuries, you may not be able to return to work for weeks or months, or you may never be able to work again.
The physical pain and financial stress may be affecting your relationships with members of your family. You and your spouse may be worried about how to cover your bills and may have had to look for ways to cut back to stay afloat financially.
A Florida car accident lawyer may be able to help you seek compensation for your injuries. Receiving a settlement could ease the financial strain and emotional stress on you and your family so you can focus your attention on your physical recovery. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 to speak with a member of our staff.
Some Leading Causes of Florida Car Accidents
Florida is frequently struck by hurricanes that bring heavy rain and strong wind gusts that can make it difficult to control a vehicle. Storms can knock down trees and power lines and fling debris onto roadways. A driver who quickly turns the wheel on a wet road to avoid an obstacle may lose control of the vehicle and crash into another car.
Speeding is another common cause of collisions in Florida. A driver who travels above the posted speed limit may turn a corner too fast and lose control or may be unable to stop if an animal runs into the road. A person who is speeding may realize too late that a vehicle ahead is stopped and may crash into it, or a driver may try to beat a red light, get the timing wrong, and strike another vehicle in an intersection.
Driver fatigue is responsible for numerous accidents in Florida each year. Whether an individual is exhausted after working a long shift or is experiencing fatigue because of medication side effects, driving while tired is dangerous. A person who dozes off behind the wheel can crash into one or more vehicles. Even if a person does not fall asleep, operating a vehicle while drowsy is risky. A tired driver may cross into the wrong lane or may not react quickly enough if there is an unexpected obstacle in the road or if another driver slams on the brakes.
Florida Car Insurance Laws
Florida has a no-fault car insurance system. Drivers are required to purchase personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. According to Florida Statute § 627.736, individuals who are injured in an accident must use their own personal injury protection coverage to pay for medical bills and financial losses, up to the insurance policy’s coverage limits, regardless of who caused the accident. PIP does not cover pain and suffering.
If you experienced a serious injury, which is defined under Florida Statute § 627.737, you may be able to file a claim against the other driver’s insurance policy if the driver has bodily injury liability coverage. That type of insurance coverage is optional, according to Florida Statute § 627.7275. If the driver does not have bodily injury liability coverage, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver and seek compensation for your losses that are not covered by PIP, including pain and suffering.
How a Florida Car Accident Lawyer May Be Able to Help You
If you suffered serious injuries in a car accident in Florida, Pintas & Mullins Law Firm may be able to help you seek compensation via a personal injury lawsuit. Even if you received compensation from your own insurance policy, it may not be enough to cover all your medical costs and lost income, and it cannot cover pain and suffering. A personal injury lawsuit may help you get the financial compensation you deserve.
A member of our team can meet with you in person to discuss your case and to explain your legal options. Our staff can gather all of the necessary information, including the police report, statements from you and eyewitnesses, your medical reports and bills, and financial documents showing how much income you lost due to the accident. Once we review all the relevant evidence, we can decide how to proceed.
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm represents thousands of clients across the United States in personal injury cases. We work with litigation trial attorneys across the country to better serve our clients. While we are often able to settle cases out of court, we will go to trial if we are unable to negotiate a settlement that we believe would be fair to our client.
People who are injured in car accidents sometimes think that they could not afford to hire an attorney to file a lawsuit. You should not be concerned about the cost since Pintas & Mullins Law Firm follows a contingency model. We do not charge our clients any fees unless we obtain compensation for them. Call today to discuss your case.
Contact Us as Soon as Possible
You have a limited amount of time to act. Under Florida Statute § 95.11(3)(a), the statute of limitations to file a lawsuit for an action based on negligence, such as personal injuries related to an accident, is normally four years. That may seem like a long time, but personal injury cases are often complex and time-consuming. Building a case may take several months, and resolving a complaint can take months or years. In the meantime, your medical bills can continue to stack up, and you can continue to lose income.
The sooner you get in touch with the team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, the sooner we will be able to get to work. Contact us today at (800) 794-0444 to talk to a member of our staff.