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Florida State Legislators Tackle The Issue Of Uninsured Drivers

Florida State Legislators Tackle The Issue Of Uninsured DriversIn our 30 years of practicing law in Southwest Florida, we have seen it time and time again. An innocent person is driving, gets hit by another driver, and is severely injured. Then when it comes time to file a claim, they learn the other driver doesn’t have insurance, leaving the victim with few options to pay for their injuries. Finally, Florida legislators may be doing something about this serious problem.

Florida Has a High Rate Of Uninsured Drivers

The state of Florida legally requires all drivers to carry of minimum car insurance policy that includes:

● $10,000 in Personal Injury Protection (PIP)
● $10,000 in Property Damage Liability (PDL)

Even though there are heavy legal fees for not carrying these required insurance coverages, there are still many drivers who do not carry car insurance. A recent study by the Insurance Research Council found that nearly 13% of all drivers in the United States did not have insurance. Furthermore, they also found that in the state of Florida 26.7% of drivers do not have insurance. This makes Florida the state with the second highest number of uninsured... full post

Five Big Things To Look For When Choosing An Accident Lawyer

Five Big Things To Look For When Choosing An Accident Lawyer When you’re hurt in an accident, it can be hard to know just what steps you need to take next. Finding medical help is the immediate, obvious step to take first. But after that, you’ll need to find an attorney – especially if your injuries were caused by the negligence of someone else.

If this is the case, you may have the grounds to seek compensation for your injuries through a personal injury lawsuit. But you’ll need the right accident lawyer on your side to do so. Luckily, finding the right one isn’t as hard as you might assume. In fact, just remembering five basic things will be the keys to choosing a lawyer that is right for you.

One – Location

While you won’t have to show up every morning to chat with your lawyer, you will still have to visit from time to time to sign documents, talk to attorneys, and more. Having an easy to access location that is close to your home will matter more than you might realize.

Two – Practice Area

There are many more... full post

Easy Ways To Help Your Attorney After An Auto Accident

Easy Ways To Help Your Attorney After An Auto Accident When you’re hurt in an auto accident, it’s not always easy to know what to do. If you’re hurt, seeking medical attention will be a natural first step. But aside from that, getting back on your feet often means that you need to take the time to connect with a personal injury attorney who will work to get you a settlement offer that will make it easier to recover financially.

Medical bills, lost wages due to missing work, property damage, and more. All of these are costs that can seriously impact your financial stability after an accident. But if the accident wasn’t your fault, you deserve to be able to get restitution – and filing a personal injury lawsuit is a good way to get that compensation. Your lawyer will help by speeding up the process, getting you better settlement amounts, and more.

Helping Your Attorney

However, while they’re a professional and will be able to take over most of the heavy lifting for you, the fact is that you can also do some things to help your lawyer get you the... full post

Do You Really Need A Local Injury Lawyer?

Do You Really Need A Local Injury Lawyer? Florida is a big state, with a huge population. And accidents can happen throughout the state’s borders, leaving those who are hurt struggling to make a full recovery. While medical professionals will be vital for helping you get the kind of physical recovery you need to get back on your feet, it’s important to remember that you may not be able to continue financially without help either.

Finding a good Florida personal injury attorney is a very important part of trying to get back on your feet and move on after an accident. The right attorney can speed up the process of getting you your settlement, making sure that this settlement is fair and that it covers your expenses, and more. But what some may not realize is that you need to look beyond just a flashy TV ad. When you’re hurt, you need to ensure that you are able to get the kind of help you need from a local lawyer.

Hiring a local personal injury attorney might not seem like it is necessary. But it is, and if you take a look... full post

Can I Get The Video Of My Car Accident?

  Can I Get The Video Of My Car Accident?Even though you are the victim of the car accident, the burden of proof will fall on you. You’ll have to prove that the other driver was negligent, their negligence caused an accident, and that accident caused your injuries. Proving injury can be done by correlating medical bills with the timeline of the accident. However, proving the other driver was negligent and caused the accident can be a bit more tricky. A police report can help, so can eyewitnesses, but the best proof is a video of the car accident.

Video Evidence Is Indisputable

As the old saying goes, “seeing is believing”. When insurance companies and court officials view a video of your car accident, they can see for themselves your claims are true. Unlike written statements or verbal testimony, the video shows what happened without a doubt. It can prove negligence, the severity of the accident, and the severity of your injuries. It is the most compelling form of evidence and it can really help you win your case.

How Do I Know If My Accident Is On Video?

Nowadays, there are video cameras... full post

Auto Accidents Out Of State: Know Your Rights

Auto Accidents Out Of State: Know Your RightsGetting into an auto accident is traumatic enough, but imagine how tough it would be if you were vacationing with your family or on a business trip out of your home state? If you’ve gotten into an accident out of state, you may not know where to turn. Accidents happen often with out of state drivers, so there are laws that can help protect you. Here is what you need to know if you are ever in an accident out of state.

Will My Insurance Company Cover Me Out Of State?

Most car insurance companies will cover you if you are traveling in the United States. However, it is important to know that liability limits are different in different states and you are required by the state where the accident happens to comply with their insurance requirements and not the requirements of your home state. There is a good chance that your insurance company will not adjust for the liability in that state. Added to that, each state has their own laws regarding limitations and conditions. A good idea is to check with your insurance company... full post

Amusement Parks And Personal Injury Law

Amusement Parks And Personal Injury LawFlorida is known for many different things, from its sunshine to its beaches and beyond. Another thing that the state is famous for is its huge number of amusement parks and theme parks. Each year, millions of people flock to the Sunshine State to enjoy the rides and fun that these locations provide. But what happens if an accident occurs and you are injured in an accident at a theme park?

Your Rights

Luckily, Florida law protects the injured to some degree. Under the law, those who are hurt in an accident of any kind will be able to seek restitution through a personal injury lawsuit if their accident was caused by the reckless or negligent behaviors of another. This can extend to amusement parks as well.

The Initial Process

At first, when you’re injured in an accident it is likely that your initial steps will involve filing a claim with an insurance company. They will generally respond quickly, and may even offer you a settlement offer. On the other hand they could refuse to provide you with any compensation at all.

Either way, remember that the insurance... full post

A Closer Look At Proving Fault In An Auto Accident

A Closer Look At Proving Fault In An Auto Accident Being hurt in an automobile accident can bring on a wide string of challenges to those wounded. Physical healing, financial hardship, and more can all happen as a result of a single auto accident. That’s a big part of why finding a good personal injury lawyer is so important. They can help you get the restitution that you are owed and get back on your feet after an injury.

A Question Of Fault

However, in order to get you any kind of compensation it will be important that you understand fault and what it means. Under Florida law, those who are hurt in an accident on Florida roads can file an auto accident lawsuit to get the money they are owed – but they can only do so if they are able to show that the accident was caused by the actions of another party.

Specifically, it must be shown that the other party acted in a negligent or reckless manner and that those actions directly led to the injuries at the heart of the lawsuit. In the case... full post