Orlando Car Accident FAQ
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If you were injured in an auto accident and have questions about your rights or legal options, you have come to the right place. At The Gray Law Firm, LLC, we are committed to empowering personal injury victims by giving them the guidance and resources they need to obtain just compensation. Our attorney has over ten years of legal experience and has recovered millions of dollars for hundreds of clients. Our Orlando car accident FAQ is designed to address many of the most common concerns our clients have.
We are available 24/7 to answer your questions and advise on your legal options after suffering injuries in a car crash. Call (407) 288-8880 or contact us online today.
What Should I Say to the Other Driver after a Car Accident?
As little as possible! It is always in your best interest to stay quiet whenever you can, as anything you say can and most likely will be used against you. You should check if they are okay and get their contact information (including their insurance information), but wait until the police arrive before you say anything else. Do not admit or suggest any level of fault.
Do I Have to Call the Police after a Florida Car Accident?
Not necessarily, but you should. If a car accident results in any type of injury, no matter how minor, the drivers must report the accident to a Florida law enforcement agency within ten days. You can skip having to do this by calling the police while at the scene. They will write up their own report, which fulfills this legal requirement and serves as a key piece of evidence going forward.
You should still call the police even if the other driver repeatedly asks you not to contact them. Again, you will have to tell the police about the accident sooner or later, and the other driver may be hiding something (such as a lack of insurance) if they are adamant about not involving law enforcement.
How Does Florida’s No-Fault State Status Affect Car Accidents?
In Florida, every driver is required to carry a certain amount of personal injury protection (PIP) insurance and property damage liability (PDL) coverage. Florida’s no-fault rules mean that each driver “pays” for their own damages, no matter who was responsible for the accident. In other words, your insurance company will cover medical expenses, lost wages, and damage to your car – up to your coverage amount.
But what happens if your losses are greater than your coverage amount? If the accident was not your fault, you typically have the right to sue the negligent driver.
How Long Do I Have to File a Car Accident Lawsuit in Florida?
In a grand majority of cases, you will only have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. You will most likely not be able to recover any compensation if you miss this deadline, so you should discuss your case with a legal professional right away.
When a car accident kills someone, the victim’s personal representative has two years from the date of their passing (not necessarily the date of the accident) to file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the deceased’s surviving family members.
My Insurance Company Is Asking Me to Sign a Release. Should I?
No. Never sign any contract without first consulting a qualified legal professional. Your insurance company may be trying to get you to waive your right to pursue additional claims related to the car accident. If you sign such a release, you will be barred from filing a personal injury lawsuit. You should never voluntarily give up your rights to take legal action and recover compensation.
What Types of Compensation Can I Recover through a Florida Car Accident Lawsuit?
Florida law allows car accident victims to recover compensation for many types of “compensatory” and “non-compensatory” damages. Compensatory damages are definable, meaning you can assign a dollar amount to the loss. Examples include medical bills, damage to your vehicle, and lost wages. Non-compensatory losses cannot be easily calculated. Mental anguish, physical pain, and loss of consortium are all examples of non-compensatory damages.
Do All Car Accident Lawsuits Go to Court?
No. Because litigation can be expensive and time-consuming, many car accident lawsuits are eventually settled before they go to trial. Accepting a settlement may be advantageous in some cases, but in others, it may be best to take the matter to court. Our lawyer is a skilled negotiator who can provide sound advice when you are deciding whether to accept a settlement offer.
Can I Recover Compensation Even if a Car Crash Was Partially My Fault?
In many situations, yes. In Florida, your share of the blame determines how much you can potentially recover. The court will assign a percentage of fault, and your total damage award will be reduced by that amount. The more at fault you are, the less you can get. If the court says you are 20% to blame for an auto accident and your damages total $100,000, you would only be able to get $80,000.
Unlike some states, you can still recover compensation if you were more than 50% at fault. Pursuing compensation in these cases could backfire, however. If you were 90% responsible for a crash, you could get 10% of your damages, but the other driver – who is only 10% at fault – could get 90% of their damages. Our experienced legal professional can assess the facts and help you review your options.
If you were injured in a crash and still have questions not answered in our Orlando car accident FAQ, do not hesitate to contact us online or call (407) 288-8880.
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