How Do I Know If I Have an Auto Accident Case?
Driving is an integral part of life for most residents of Tallahassee. While many trips are routine and problem free, encountering a negligent motorist can lead to an auto accident, resulting in devastating property damage and serious personal injury.
If your motor vehicle accident, whether with a car, truck, or motorcycle, was the result of another driver’s neglect, you may be due compensation for the damage caused to you or your property. Before you submit a claim, it’s a good idea to learn more about auto accidents in Tallahassee.
Florida is a No-Fault Insurance State
Florida is a “no-fault” state when it comes to car and motorcycle accidents. This 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 require injured parties to seek medical treatment within 14 days after being involved in a motor vehicle accident. Any delays in seeking emergency or non-emergency medical care from a licensed medical doctor (M.D.) can result in the insurance company denying PIP benefits.
If you have suffered property damage in a motor vehicle accident, you may file a liability claim against an at-fault driver. If you have suffered serious and permanent injury, you may pursue a bodily injury liability claim against the other 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. Although motorcycles can be fun, they also provide virtually no protection in an accident, and riders involved in accidents can be seriously hurt.
Florida does not require motorcyclists over the age of 21 to carry PIP insurance. However, there may be other methods of recovering damages, depending on the type of vehicle the injured passenger was operating.
Motorcyclists cannot use their automobile insurance to cover their motorcycle; they must have a separate, specific motorcycle insurance policy. However, if you have been injured while riding a motorcycle, you can still pursue property or bodily injury liability claims against a negligent driver.
If you have sustained severe injuries in a motorcycle wreck, one of the experienced accident attorneys at Barrett, Fasig & Brooks can help determine if you may be entitled to recover compensation, in order to cover the costs of your recovery and rehabilitation.
Unfortunately, a 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. If the trucking or shipping company has not abided by federal regulations, it could lead to their having direct negligence and liability.
No matter the details of the accident, an attorney can help uncover the liable party or parties and file a claim to secure payment.
Consult with a Tallahassee Auto Accident Attorney Today
Filing an auto accident claim may seem so daunting that you might consider avoid the process altogether. 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. Our attorneys are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and are ready to help you find the justice you seek.