How much money do you get from a car accident settlement in Florida?

How much money do you get from a car accident settlement in Florida?

That depends on type of injuries and treatment, size of impact, lost time from work, etc. We have settlements anywhere from $10,000 to $10,000,000.
The first thing that affects how much money your case is worth is who is at FAULT for causing the crash or injury. In other words, there has to be a negligent or intentional act by someone else that caused the car accident. If you were the person at fault for causing the accident, you do not have a case.  If you were only a little bit to blame for causing that accident but another person was more at fault, you may still be able to bring a case and get money because Florida is a comparative fault state. This means we compare the fault of the parties and assign a percentage to each, for example 50/50, or 10/90, etc. Having witnesses to the accident and injuries to support your side will help get you more money for your accident and injury.
The second thing affects how much money you get from a car accident are the seriousness of your injuries and the type of medical treatment you get. The clearer it is that the injuries you are claiming can be attributed directly to the crash as apposed to a pre-existing injury, the stronger your case will be. If you have have broken bones, burns, scarring and other permanent injuries, those are more valuable. The amount of your medical bills and consistent treatment immediately after the accident with no lapses in treatment will increase how much money you will get from a car accident.
The third thing that affects how much money you get from a car accident are your lost wages and other economic damages. If you lost time from work or you are unable to earn wages into the future due to lost earning capacity from the injuries, you will be entitled to more money. For example, let’s say you have a physical job loading boxes at Amazon and you broke your shoulder requiring 3 surgeries. If after surgery you still can’t physically do what you did before at your job, you may need an entirely new career and vocational training. This may entitle you to more money.
A fourth thing that affects how much money you get from a car accident is the size of the impact. If you are claiming serious injuries from a small low speed collision where there is little to no visible damage to the cars involved, the less your case valued and the more suspicious your claimed injuries wills be. Big crashes with air bag deployment, rollovers, t-bones collisions, high speeds, big heavy trucks against cars, are things that will cause more damage to vehicles and to your body.
All of the above factors are important in determining how much money you get for a car accident.

Car accidents are the most common type of personal injury and wrongful death cases in Florida.  They are usually caused by to someone being negligent or reckless behind the wheel. Common allegations we see are improper lane changes, careless driving, reckless driving, failing to keep a proper look out, driving too fast for conditions, failing to perceive hazards, disobeying traffic signals and laws and driving under the influence.

The key to a good vehicle accident case is when¬†the other person who is at fault or is mostly at fault for causing the accident and your permanent injury, has liability insurance to pursue. ¬†Unfortunately we are seeing more and more people in Florida driving around with very low insurance policy limits and sometimes no insurance at all. Many people who buy the bare minimum amount of insurance limits the law requires, think they are fully protected. ¬†That could not be farther from the truth. ¬†In Florida the minimum amount of insurance required is only $10,000 in PIP. That only goes to the medical providers and maybe toward some lost wages. That’s not going to cover a major hospital visit or surgery.

If the at-fault driver has no insurance or inadequate insurance, you may be able to pursue your own insurance policy benefits if you paid extra for uninsured or underinsured motorist (UM) protection.  Again, most people think they are fully covered, but they usually do not have UM coverage because it is not required by law and costs more to have.  Most people reject UM coverage when they initially apply for a policy.

Perkins Law Offices will help you understand the different insurance policies and benefits at play.  We will find any and all coverage available or parties liable for the accident and have successfully obtained personal money from defendants over and above any insurance limits.

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Perkins Law Offices regularly helps people who are seriously injured in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, trucking accidents, bicycle accidents, scooter/moped accidents, vehicle on pedestrian accidents, drunk driving accidents, hit and runs, chain reaction collisions and motorcycle lay downs cases.  Vehicle accidents can cause catastrophic, life altering injuries and death. But even smaller impact collisions can cause injures that interfere with your enjoyment of life.

Miami Car Accident Attorney. Below is a list of rules you should follow if you are in a car accident:

1. Call Police so a crash report will be filed.
2. Remember as much as you can about how the accident happened:

  • The speeds of the vehicles.
  • The lanes of travel the vehicles were in.
  • The direction of travel of the vehicles.
  • Where the impacts were
  • What the other driver and witnesses said at the scene.

3. Take pictures of the accident scene, the vehicles and your injuries if you are not too injured to do so or immediately transported to the hospital.

4. Get names and contact info of any witnesses that may help prove your case.

5. Seek medical treatment immediately. Even if you do not have insurance or a regular doctor. Car Insurance companies will not take your injury case seriously if you do not get treatment immediately or if you have a gap in treatment dates.  Even your own insurance company may not pay your own PIP benefits you don go to a hospital or doctor immediately.

6. Do not talk to anyone about the car accident or injuries other than your attorney or doctor after the accident other than police. You do not want to talk with an insurance adjuster or investigator, sometimes even from your own carrier because they are not there to help you.  Make sure you talk to Perkins Law offices before speaking to anyone or giving any statements about the accident or your injuries.

7. Keep track of all of your  damages such as medical bills, lost time and wages from work. Make sure you tell Perkins’ injury lawyers every detail about your injuries and how the injuries effect your life.

Miami Car Accident Attorney. The few minutes after a car crash can literally make the difference between winning or losing your case, even when the accident is not your fault. Our Miami car accident law firm recommends that everybody, whether driving or riding a passenger, always wears one’s seatbelt, no matter how far you are driving. It can be a critical mistake to think people do not need to wear a seatbelt if they are just driving around the corner. Studies have proven that a person has a 400% greater chance of surviving an accident if they are properly seat belted.

8. Disclose to Perkins Law Offices about any prior accidents, lawsuits, claims or other personal things that may affect your case.  Do not worry, everything you say to Perkins Law Offices is confidential and protected by the attorney client privilege.

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