Orlando Car Accident Lawyer
Florida Injury Law Firm Maximizes Compensation for Victims of Serious Car Crashes
Car accidents are the leading cause for personal injury claims across the country. Many auto accidents are outside of the motorist's control, but the majority are caused by the negligence or recklessness of motorists.
If you were in an accident caused by the negligence of another driver or of an auto part manufacturer, you deserve to receive fair compensation for your accident with help from our car accident lawyers in Orlando at Florida Injury Law Firm.
You will need an experienced Orlando personal injury attorney by your side if you or someone you love has suffered a serious car accident injury. Call today at (407) 915-3483 or contact us online to get started.
What Are the Most Common Types of Car Accidents in Orlando?
The types of car accidents that commonly occur in the Orlando area range from:
- Rear-end accidents
- T-bone collisions to head-on collisions
- Drunk driving accidents
- And rollover accidents
These crashes can cause serious injuries such as broken bones, severe burns, brain injury, and spinal cord injury.
Why Should You Hire a Car Accident Attorney?
The moments, hours, and days following an accident are often filled with medical appointments or time spent with family. By enlisting the expertise of a skilled car accident attorney, you will have a team to help you through the claims process.
At Florida Injury Law Firm, you will have a team to:
- Investigate the accident
- Compile important and helpful documents
- And work hard to ensure that all important deadlines are met
Only by filing a claim for personal injury will you be able to recover the fair amount of compensation that you need to cover the cost of your damages. The Orlando car accident attorneys at Florida Injury Law Firm have more than 75 years of collective experience and has recovered millions of dollars in damages for clients. We can work hard to do the same for you.
Florida Car Accident Statistics
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported the following car accident statistics for Florida in the year 2018:
- There were over 3,100 traffic fatalities
- 814 of these fatalities were related to alcohol-impaired driving
- 303 fatalities were a result of speed-related accidents
It is estimated that in 2017 over 1,000 lives were saved due to use of seatbelts.
What Is the Graves Amendment?
When filing a claim for personal injury after a car accident or other traffic accident, it's important to note the Graves Amendment or "vicarious liability law." This is an important part of Florida accident law that may apply to your circumstances, especially in a tourism heavy state like Florida.
Vehicle rental companies may not be held liable for accidents caused by drivers who were renting their vehicles including those that rent:
- Moving trucks
- And other vehicles
Florida Injury Law Firm can maximize your compensation while keeping this amendment in mind.
What Are Florida's New PIP Laws?
Also, as of January 1, 2013, Florida's personal injury protection (PIP) laws have changed. Before, motorists were required to have at least $10,000 in PIP coverage in case they are injured in an accident that their own fault. That amount has now been lowered to a mere $2,500.
PIP coverage used to allow motorists an unlimited amount of time to receive treatment and still be covered, but the changes to the laws now allow only 14 days for a motorist to receive covered treatment for injuries. Additionally, massage therapy and acupuncture treatments are no longer covered through PIP insurance.
What Is the Florida Statute of Limitations for Car Accident Lawsuits?
According to Florida Statutes section 95.11(3)(a), those wishing to file a personal injury lawsuit for their car accident must do so within 4 years of the date of their accident.
The same law applies for individuals filing lawsuits over vehicle damage. The only case in which this deadline may change is if someone was killed in the car accident and you wish to file a wrongful death lawsuit on their behalf.
Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations
In this case, you would have up to 2 years following the date of the individual's death to file your claim. Failure to comply with Florida's statute of limitations will most likely lead to your case being dismissed.
What Kinds of Damages Can You Recover For Car Accident Injuries?
If you’ve suffered injuries from a car accident, you may be able to recover several types of damages. At the top of the list are medical expenses, but you may also claim damages that can’t necessarily be quantified – such as pain and suffering.
If you’ve been involved in a car accident, your injuries can be as minor as a few bruises and some soreness or as serious as head trauma, internal bleeding or permanent disability. Some of these injuries require around-the-clock medical care, which can quickly escalate your costs.
Medical expenses caused from car accidents can include:
- Ambulance fees
- Permanent disability
- In-home services
- Physical or cognitive therapy
Some injuries sustained in a car accident may keep you from returning to work in a timely manner, resulting in a loss of work wages. Injuries that require continuous care may cause you to step out of work for doctor and physical therapy appointments. In regards to lost wages, you must prove that the injuries you suffered hinder on your ability to earn money in the future.
Pain and Suffering
In addition to mental or physical distress, pain and suffering damages can also include emotional suffering caused directly by the car accident. Pain and suffering is based on the type of injury, its seriousness and any future pain that is associated with the injury.
Loss of Affection or Companionship
Some injuries can deprive you and a spouse of the ability to show affection, also known as “loss of consortium.” This type of damage is unlike others in that it is claimed by the uninjured spouse, but the damages cannot be recovered if you don’t recover damages for your own injuries.
Contact a Car Accident Attorney in Orlando, FL
Our Orlando car accident attorneys are dedicated to helping clients obtain the compensation that they deserve. You should not have to pay for your car accident injuries when you are not responsible for causing them. Our firm can help you go up against the other driver and his or her insurance carrier to make sure that you receive what you are owed.
We also work to ensure that your insurance company provides the coverage that your insurance policy promises. Your initial case evaluation is FREE, so do not wait another day. Contact Florida Injury Law Firm to get started on your case!