Loxahatchee Car Accident Lawyers
Putting on your seat belt should be a force of habit, especially if you drive on a fairly regular basis. Besides reducing the risk of serious injuries and death in the event of an accident, wearing a seat belt is the law in Florida; all drivers, front-seat passengers, and minor passengers are required to buckle up.
Although this law might seem unfair, it’s ultimately in place to protect everyone on the road. In fact, wearing a safety belt while riding in the front seat reduces the risk of injury by 50 percent and the risk of death by 45 percent.
These statistics are reassuring for those who always buckle up, but even a seat belt cannot prevent injuries in all scenarios. If you were hurt in a wreck that another driver caused, turn to Donaldson & Weston to discuss your situation.
We have an unwavering commitment to the physical, emotional, and financial wellbeing of our clients. We understand that unanticipated injuries can turn your life upside down, and we want to help you in every way we can. Call 561-299-3999 to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our compassionate Loxahatchee car accident lawyers.Can I Sue the At-Fault Driver Despite Florida’s “No-Fault” Laws?
Florida is currently one of 12 states with “no-fault” auto insurance laws. That means accident victims must file a claim with their own insurance provider to recover compensation for any damages, regardless of liability. But what if your personal injury protection (PIP) policy does not cover all the losses, and you were not responsible for the crash?
In such a scenario, you may be able to file a third-party claim or even sue the liable party if you sustained serious injuries. The state of Florida defines a serious injury as one that results in:
- Scarring or disfigurement;
- Significant loss of a bodily function; or
- Permanent loss of a bodily function.
Injuries that prove to be fatal are also considered serious under Florida’s no-fault laws. If a motor-vehicle collision results in a fatality, the personal representative of the deceased’s estate may file a wrongful death claim on behalf of certain surviving family members. A successful claim may result in compensation for:
- Medical expenses accrued prior to the death;
- Funeral and burial expenses;
- Lost income and benefits;
- Loss of anticipated inheritances;
- Loss of companionship, guidance, and protection;
- Pain and suffering; and
- Mental anguish.
If you were hurt in a wreck that was not your fault, turn to the strategic Loxahatchee injury attorneys at Donaldson & Weston. As soon as you walk through our door, we will talk with you honestly about your case and start devising a plan for pursuing the compensation you deserve. Call 561-299-3999 or fill out our Contact Form to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury attorney.