Unfortunately, over 3,000 deaths occur every year in Florida due to car accidents, according to the Insurance Information Institute (III). Many more thousands of people suffer serious injuries related to car accidents that impact the remainder of their lives due to the inability to return to work or pain and suffering.
If you suffered any injuries or losses as a result of a car accident in Tampa, Florida, you may have the legal right to pursue compensation from the negligent party. Learn how a Tampa car accident lawyer with Ben Crump Law, PLLC can help you understand your legal rights following your car accident in Florida. Call at (800) 959-1444 for your free consultation.
You have legal rights in Florida if you suffered losses in a car accident resulting from another person’s negligence. While the personal injury and car accident laws remain complex and challenging, some of the laws that specifically may help you understand your legal rights include the following:
Florida law requires that anyone involved in a car accident that results in injury or death must file a police report under Florida Statute § 316.065.
Florida Statute § 627.736 indicates that all drivers of motor vehicles must obtain personal injury protection insurance (PIP). Florida requires drivers to carry PIP insurance because it is a “no-fault” state. This means that if you suffer any losses as a result of a car accident in Florida, you will need to first seek compensation for your damages and losses through your own insurance first before seeking compensation from the negligent party.
Even if you have PIP insurance, you may still have to file a claim with the negligent party to receive fair compensation for your property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
In some cases, both drivers share some of the liability and blame regarding the car accident. If both parties were in some way negligent, resulting in an accident, Florida Statute § 768.81 clearly indicates that both drivers will also share a portion of the financial responsibility as well.
Even if an investigation determines that you remained partially negligent and responsible for the car accident, you may still have a right to receive compensation for your injuries and losses. Visiting with a Tampa car accident lawyer at Ben Crump Law, PLLC can help you understand how much compensation you may qualify for.
Statute of Limitations
Every state has a deadline by which a victim must file a claim to receive compensation for injuries related to a car accident or lose their legal right to pursue justice and compensation from the negligent party.
Florida Statute § 95.11(3)(a) specifically indicates that a victim has four years from the date of the car accident to file a lawsuit to seek compensation for their injuries if they feel that the settlement offer given by an insurance company does not fairly compensate them.
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Types of Car Accidents
Our Tampa car accident lawyers have the ability to represent car accident victims of any type of car accident resulting from another person’s negligence. These car accidents may include:
- Rear-end accidents
- Sideswiping accidents
- Multiple-car pileups
- Car accidents involving large commercial trucks
- T-bone accidents
- Head-on collisions
- Distracted driving accidents
- Fatigued driving accidents
- Accidents involving drivers operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol
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Types of Compensation
You have the legal right to pursue different types of compensation for the injuries and losses you experienced as a result of your car accident. The negligent party has a legal responsibility to reimburse and compensate you for your damages and losses. Some of the types of compensation you have the legal right to pursue as a victim of a car accident include the following:
If you suffered physical or psychological injuries as a result of your car accident, you may have the legal right to receive reimbursement or compensation for the ambulance services from the scene of the car accident, emergency room care and treatment, hospitalization, surgeries, doctor’s visits, medical procedures, medical treatments, mental health treatments and/or therapy, physical therapy sessions, prescription medications, or any required medical devices.
You have the right to receive compensation for any loss of wages due to your inability to return to work. Lost wages can include not only your actual salary or wages but also reduced earning capacity.
You have the right to receive compensation for the damage to your vehicle and other personal property inside the vehicle resulting from the car accident.
Pain and Suffering
If you suffered injuries as a result of your car accident, you likely also experienced pain and suffering. While no amount of money will take away your physical or emotional pain or suffering, you have a legal right to pursue this through your claim. Visiting with a legal professional can help you determine the calculations and the amount of compensation you may have a legal right to following your car accident for pain and suffering.
Learn How a Tampa Car Accident Lawyer Can Help
You have the legal right to pursue justice following your car accident. Consider visiting with our legal team today for a free consultation to learn how a Tampa car accident lawyer at Ben Crump Law, PLLC at (800) 959-1444 can help you with your next steps following your car accident.
No matter the type of car accident in which you were involved or the injuries you experienced, our Tampa car accident lawyers can handle your case.