Miami Car Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been involved in a Florida car accident, you may be entitled to bring a claim for damages against the responsible party. Consult with knowledgeable Miami car accident lawyer Mitchell J. Lipcon to learn more about the legal options available to you.
Car accidents can unfortunately occur at any time, on any day. There is no magic “wishing well” through which you can predict the timing of a car accident, or the severity. If there was, who would wish that type of devastation on anyone? The immediate aftermath of a car accident can involve the filing of paperwork or exchanging of insurance information, but in more severe accidents it can involve the emergency rush to a hospital and the towing of vehicles.
Car Accident Recovery
The responsible party should be held liable for the damage they caused to your vehicle and any related medical expenses caused by your injuries. Florida is a comparative negligence state, which means that the responsible driver will be held liable for injuries caused up to the amount of their negligence. For example, if your actions were found to be 25% responsible for your injuries and damage, then any recovery against the responsible party will be limited to 75% of the total cost of the injuries.
Our Miami car accident attorneys have experience recovering the following for victims of auto accidents:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Pain and suffering
After an accident, your first focus should be on your recovery. However, a dedicated Miami personal injury lawyer will be able to assist you in determining the amount of compensation you should be entitled to receive as a result of your injuries.
Miami Underinsured or Uninsured Accident Lawyers
Car accidents are often a frustrating occurrence in anyone’s life, but are made that much more upsetting when the responsible party lacks appropriate insurance in Florida. The underinsured or uninsured motorists are those which you need to be wary of and will be unable to fully compensate the amount of injuries or damages through an existing policy. Therefore, you will need to look outside the scope of insurance policies to recoup the damages which their actions caused.
Insurance companies normally front a good portion of the damages after an accident, although an uninsured driver will not have this luxury. Instead, a levy may be placed on their funds until the full amount of damages is repaid to you. Depending on the financial state of the individual, you may receive your damages soon after the accident, or up to years later.
Florida Insurance Requirements
What kind of car insurance do you need in Florida?
The state of Florida requires motorists to hold insurance on their motor vehicles and register with the state. Motorists are required to purchase and maintain minimum coverage of $10,000 personal injury protection and $10,000 property damage liability for the extent of time they have a valid Florida license plate.
Personal injury protection will cover your own damage, regardless of fault, up to the limit of your policy. The policy will also cover certain passengers and family members who are not covered under their own policies. Bodily insurance liability is separate from personal injury protection and will cover serious injuries or death to others when you are at fault for an accident. The insurance company will pay for injuries up to the limits of your policy and will provide legal protection in the case of legal claims.
If you or a loved one have been injured by a driver who was uninsured or underinsured, do not hesitate to contact the accident attorneys of Lipcon & Lipcon. Our Miami injury attorneys have years of experience in handling car accident cases, including those against uninsured or underinsured drivers. They should not escape personal injury claims solely because they did not have the foresight to purchase adequate insurance. They should continue to be held responsible for their actions through a personal injury claim. Contact our Miami office today for your initial free consultation.
Florida Car Accident Statistics
Florida automobile accident statistics have unfortunately been trending toward a higher number over the last ten years, increasing by nearly 100,000 accidents from 2005 to 2014. This increase represents a percentage increase of over 30 percent in just 9 years. The increase in automobile accidents from 2013 to 2014 was also substantial, which runs contrary to the more general trend in most states of accident decreases. This number means that many Florida citizens have therefore been forced to contend with ongoing personal injury claims and the related headache that can go along with them. Out of the nearly 350,000 automobile accidents which occurred in 2014, 150,000 of these accidents resulted in injuries.
Data is current as of September 13, 2016 from FLHSMV
However, while the number of automobile accidents has steadily increased over the past 15 years, the number of fatalities stemming from these accidents has declined to approximately 2,500 in 2014, from a peak of 3,257 in 2004. This indicates that some of the measures Florida has put into place now results in less severe accidents, although accidents continue to occur on a daily basis which leads to severe injuries.
Free Consultation with a Miami Car Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one have been injured in an automobile accident, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys of Lipcon & Lipcon, P.A. Our lawyers have over 60 years of experience in handling the issues involved in any car accident, and will work closely with you during the filing of any claims for injuries. Contact us today for your initial free consultation with a car accident attorney in Miami, FL.