Hiring the best Florida car accident attorney for you may be one of the most important decisions you make. If you are injured in a car accident in Florida, you may be entitled to money damages for pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills, insurance co-payments and other damages. Call us at (800) 337-7755 for a FREE CONSULTATION with one of our FL accident attorneys.
Following a car accident, you can be left with a number of questions about how to best proceed to obtain the compensation you deserve. In these situations, an experienced lawyer can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. It also helps to understand some important information about how car accidents occur in Florida.
Florida Car Accident Attorney Jason Turchin has represented victims of car accidents against many car insurance companies, like GEICO, Allstate, Unitrin, Progressive, State Farm, Zurich, Chubb, Gallagher Bassett, and USAA. We handle car accident cases on a contingency fee, which means we only get paid if you recover money for what happened. If there is no recovery, we waive all fees and costs.The Common Causes of Florida Car Accidents
There are a number of ways in which Florida car accidents are known to occur, but some of the most common causes of these accidents include the following:
- Aggressive driving. Many motorists in Florida are in a hurry to arrive at their destination. Unfortunately, some drivers get frustrated with having to wait in traffic and as a result grow aggressive. Some types of aggressive behavior include tailgating, weaving through traffic, and trying to intimidate other drivers into getting off the road.
- Defective motor vehicle parts. Sometimes, motor vehicle operators lose control of vehicles as a result of defects in the car which occur suddenly and unexpectedly. Defects have affected airbags, brakes, steering systems, and tires.
- Distracted driving. While there are regulations in Florida designed to decrease the rate at which this type of driving pattern occurs, distracted driving is a substantial problem for motorists and the problem is expected to only increase. While distracted driving includes texting while operating a motor vehicle, it can also include things like eating while driving, apply makeup, or attending to passengers.
- Intoxicated driving. Under no circumstance should any motor vehicle operator combine alcohol or drugs with driving a vehicle. Law enforcement is only able to catch a very small fraction of the drunk drivers who travel Florida roads, which means that, unfortunately, a large number of motorists are involved in particularly tragic accidents involving intoxicated motorists.
- Violation of traffic regulations. The Florida Traffic Code is extensive and lists a number of regulations that drivers must follow. Although all motorists should have a knowledge of basic traffic regulations, there are a number of drivers who consistently fail to comply with these rules and end up in deadly accidents.
Because many people rely on their vehicle for transportation on a daily basis, there are also a particularly large number of car accidents each year in the state. Statistics suggest that more than 30,000 motor vehicle accidents occur each year in Florida. Additional data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals that more than 2.44 million individuals in the United States each year are injured in car accidents, and that 35,092 individuals die in crashes.Florida Car Accident Law
Florida law provides that your own insurance company may give up to $10,000 in personal injury protection benefits to help pay for medical bills and lost wages, among other things. The other person's insurance company may also be responsible for part of your medical bills and pain and suffering, as well as money for property damage, bills and expenses not paid by your PIP insurance, and other damages.
In Florida, the options for settlement after a traffic accident depends to some extent on who was likely "responsible" for causing the accident. If your case goes to court, an attorney or jury may decide that you and also another driver were partially to blame for that crash. If this happens, how can it affect how much money you receive for your damages?
Florida uses a "pure" comparative fault rule in car crash cases. The car accident rule works like this: Suppose that, for yourself, the jury decides the total amount of your damages is $100,000.00. The jury also decides you are 20 percent to blame for the accident, and also the other driver is 80 percent to blame. Under the "pure" comparative fault rule, you are going to receive the total damages amount minus a percentage equal to the percentage of your fault. In this example, therefore, you can collect $80,000.00: the $100,000.00 total, minus the 20 % ($20,000.00) signifying your share of the fault.
The "pure" comparative negligence rule continues to be same even if you are found to be more at fault than the other driver. So, in the example above, should you be the one found to be 80 percent wrong, you might still recover $20,000.00. Not all states' comparative negligence rules work this way. In states which use "modified" comparative negligence rule or contributory negligence law, you would not be able to recover any damages at all if your jury found you were 50 percent or higher responsible to the accident, or even 1 percent at fault in some states.Speak With an Experienced Car Accident Attorney Today
At the Law Offices of Jason Turchin, we have represented numerous car accident victims in Florida for many years and are dedicated to tirelessly fighting for the compensation that accident victims deserve. We understand that car accidents can occur unexpectedly and leave you facing a lifetime of consequences. One of the last things that any accident victim should worry about is how they will pay for the resulting medical bills. Call us today to learn how we can help.
If you are injured in a car accident, we are happy to discuss your claim to see if there is something we can do to assist you. Again, you can reach us at (800) 337-7755 for a FREE CONSULTATION or submit your inquiry online.
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