Tallahassee Car Accident Attorney
Experiencing an auto accident can be a traumatic, terrifying event, and one that every driver fears. Dealing with the subsequent injuries, property damage, and financial burdens only adds to the stress. Serious injuries and other damages may lead to high medical bills and other expenses, some of which may not covered by your insurance.
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in an auto accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. State laws set out strict limitations on accident insurance claims and personal lawsuits. It is important to consult with an experienced Tallahassee car accident attorney as soon as possible after your accident. Learn more about how a lawyer can help by reading the information below.
Florida Auto Accident Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Florida is the third deadliest state in the nation for car crashes. In 2012, the NHTSA reports that 2,424 people died as a result of an auto accident. Florida only ranks behind Texas and California for traffic fatalities. What do these numbers mean for Florida drivers?
Unfortunately, Florida drivers are at a higher risk for being seriously injured or killed in a crash. While many drivers do their best to avoid accidents, some crashes are inevitable. Some of the most common causes of auto accidents include:
- Distracted driving (including texting/calling while driving);
- Drunk or impaired driving;
- Failing to obey traffic laws;
- Poor road conditions; and
- Bad weather.
Any accident can lead to serious or permanent injury, or even death. Florida laws regarding auto accidents and victim compensation are complicated, so you should call an attorney quickly after any crash.
State insurance laws mandate that owners of any four-wheel vehicle (or larger) carry personal injury protection (PIP) insurance. Because of this requirement, most auto accidents are treated as “no fault.” In other words, regardless of what actually caused the accident, neither driver is said to be at fault for insurance purposes. This means that a driver must file a claim with their own insurance for injury and other damages, before making a claim on the other party’s insurance. State law prohibits filing a lawsuit against another driver or party in most cases. In fact, you can only file a lawsuit if the accident caused permanent injury, permanent scarring or disfigurement, or death.
If your injuries do qualify for a civil lawsuit, however, you must file within four years of the accident. This period of time is known as the statute of limitations, and must be adhered to strictly. With a ticking clock on your claim, it is essential to contact a lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your options.
Even if you cannot sue the other driver for compensation, a lawyer can help you file a claim with your insurance company. Some insurance companies are notorious for undervaluing accident damages. An experienced attorney can collect evidence of your accident, including medical and police reports, and advocate for you.
Contact Our Tallahassee Car Accident Attorneys Today
At Zelman Law, our legal team understands the stress and trauma that comes with any serious car or motorcycle accident. We are dedicated to helping our clients get the compensation they need and deserve. Whether you are having issues with your insurance company, or need to file a civil lawsuit, our experienced attorneys are here to help. We understand Florida’s complicated accident laws, and will use that knowledge for your benefit. Contact our experienced Tallahassee car accident attorney today to schedule a consultation and discuss your options.