Auto Accidents and Florida Law

A car crash can be more than an inconvenience. The damage to your vehicle, yourself, and/or your passengers can be catastrophic. Vehicle crashes that cause personal injury from negligence are on the rise due to drivers:

  •        being distracted
  •        being unskilled
  •        texting
  •        using their cell phone
  •        speeding
  •        running red lights
  •        ignoring driving regulations

Of course, drunk drivers are continuously a problem on the road. Their disregard for the safety of others is a large problem in today’s society. An intoxicated driver could be the cause of numerous fatalities or injuries in a single accident. Current statistics have even suggested that a texting driver could be just as dangerous. So, be on the lookout for the scenario of a drunken, texting, red-light-running driver—it could happen!

There are different laws in every state that apply to automobile accidents and automobile insurance. Florida is a no-fault State and requires everyone to carry certain insurance coverage. Its personal injury laws also make it so there can be 0 to 100% negligence on the part of an involved party, causing it to be very important to keep track of the details of the accident to determine fault. There are also certain conditions that need to be met to receive extraordinary monetary rewards.

It would be wise to keep details on how the accident happened that include the parties involved, the vehicles involved, and witnesses. Keeping copies of police and medical reports, insurance information, photos, and notes are a great ideas too. We know everyone is shaken at the scene of crash, but please try to be vigilant about noticing the details.

An automobile crash could involve other cars, motorcycles, trucks, SUVs, buses, RVs, tractors, semi-trucks, bicycles, and pedestrians. There are different insurance, DMV, and DOT regulations for these vehicles and entities. All of these rules and regulations can make an accident very complex. There are also statutes of limitations in Florida on the filing for damages and wrongful death, so be sure to contact an attorney quickly. The law offices of Christopher Smith of Sarasota, Florida handles many personal injury cases and can skillfully determine if the details of your case warrant further investigation.


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