Tallahassee Auto Accident Attorney
Driving is an integral part of life for most residents of Tallahassee. Unfortunately, while many trips both in and out of the city may be devoid of problems, encountering a negligent motorist can lead to an auto accident resulting in devastating property damage and serious personal injury.
Of course, if an auto accident, whether with a car, truck, or motorcycle, was the result of another driver’s neglect, you may have legal recourse to recover compensation for the damage caused to you or your property. Make sure to consider the following about auto accidents in Tallahassee before you submit a claim.
Florida is a No-Fault Insurance State
First, it is important to understand that Florida is a “no-fault” state when it comes to car and motorcycle accidents and the question of liability. This ultimately means that those injured in a car or motorcycle accident may pursue a claim with their own insurance provider via their personal injury protection (PIP) to recover compensation for medical bills.
IMPORTANT: In early 2013, Florida enacted a set of strict PIP laws, which force injured parties to seek medical treatment soon after being involved in a motor vehicle accident – 14 days from the date of the event to be exact. Any delays in seeking emergency or non-emergency medical care from insurance-specified licensed medical physicians can reduce an injured party’s PIP benefits to zero.
Those who suffer property damage may file a liability claim against an at-fault driver, though, and those who suffer serious and permanent injury may pursue a bodily injury liability claim against the other driver.
Florida does not require motorcyclists over the age of 21 to carry insurance though, and many PIP policies do not cover motorcyclists. Thus, the method of recovery will likely differ depending on the type of vehicle the injured passenger was operating.
Motorcyclists cannot use their automobile insurance, though may use any motorcycle insurance on their own policy; they may also pursue property or bodily injury liability claims against a negligent driver.
Injuries Sustained in Motorcycle Accidents
Beyond the matter of differing insurance laws, motorcycle accidents also differ in that they can lead to devastating injuries sustained by the individual riding on two wheels. Although motorcycles act as an unencumbered way to travel around Tallahassee, they also provide virtually no protection from the world around, and riders involved in accidents can be seriously hurt.
If you have sustained severe injuries in a motorcycle wreck, an accident attorney can help you recover compensation in order to cover the costs of your recovery and rehabilitation.
Another unfortunately common occurrence on Florida roads is accidents involving semi-trucks. Large trucks transport important goods across the state, but when involved in accidents on the freeway or other areas can cause massive damage to cars, drivers, and passengers.
Trucking accidents also differ from regular car accidents in that, because of the wide scope of the accident, more than one party may be liable. In addition to the truck driver, the company employing him or her may be liable for damages as well. And the trucking or shipping company may not have abided by federal regulations, which could lead to direct negligence and liability.
No matter the details of the accident though, an attorney can help uncover the liable party or parties and file a claim to secure payment.
Consult with an Auto Accident Attorney Today
Filing an auto accident claim may seem like a daunting process, and some may instead choose to avoid the process altogether. But if you have sustained property damage or serious injury in a wreck in Tallahassee, speak an auto accident attorney at Barrett, Fasig & Brooks today.
We can help walk you through the necessary steps, and gather all of the necessary information you need in order to present a claim. Or, if a settlement offered isn’t adequate, we can continue negotiations and/or begin the process of filing a personal injury lawsuit. Don’t hesitate to contact us by calling 850-224-3310.