Did you get injured in a car accident? Check out these 3 car accident tips for guidance, then call our Tampa lawyers to get started today.
1) Who Pays For The Damages In A Car Accident Injury?
In the state of Florida, everyone’s required to have property damage coverage. That doesn’t mean that everybody follows the law, however. If you are not at fault for the cause of the collision, often the adverse insurance company, the insurance company of the person who hit you, will accept responsibility and pay for your property damage. If that doesn’t happen or if there’s no coverage on the other side, then your car will have to be repaired out of your coverage. That would be your collision coverage if you have it. Many people aren’t aware that we’re not required to have that kind of coverage. If you don’t have it in the state of Florida, that’s something you need to have in order to protect yourself.
- If you are hit by a driver and it is his or her fault, the insurance company of that driver will usually accept responsibility
- If the other driver doesn’t have insurance you will have to repair your car from your insurance coverage
2) Can I Make A Claim If I Was Partially At Fault?
What ultimately is the measure of what a jury will consider, so if you’re partially at fault, you can still recover for that percentage of responsibility that is assigned by the jury to the defendant. For example, if you’re determined in a slip and fall accident for example to be 25% at fault and your damages are $100,000 as awarded by the jury, then you would be able to recover 75% of your damages or $75,000.
- You can still sue but you will subtract the amount of fault that you had for the accident from the money rewarded
- For example, if you were rewarded $100,000 and it was determined that the incident was 25% your fault, then you would earn $75,0000 not $100,000
3) What Kind of Injuries are Common in a Auto Accident?
Many people come to us for an automobile collision and they’re not aware of what their injuries might be. It’s always important that you be evaluated within 14 days of the incident in order to recover or have at your use if you need it the full extent of your personal injury protection coverage. Common injuries that occur from motor vehicle accidents that are not always immediately discernible. Injuries to the discs in your spine that perform the important task of absorbing shock. You can have pain isolated to your neck or to you back that begins to radiate after weeks or months down either your arms or your legs. People often obtain or experience injuries to their shoulder because of the way the three point harness safety belt works. You should see medical providers right away to make sure that you can utilize all of your personal injury protection coverage and then a lawyer so that you can make sure that you receive compensation for your injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident and have questions about these 3 car accident tips, contact our Tampa Car Accident Lawyers to schedule a free legal consultation and case evaluation.
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