Following a car accident or a similarly traumatic event, you may be liable for thousands of dollars in medical expenses. If your injuries were the result of a third party’s negligence, you can certainly file a personal injury lawsuit and seek compensation for these medical costs. One thing to keep in mind, however, is… Read More »
Since the 1920s, Florida courts have applied a “dangerous instrumentality doctrine” when assessing liability for auto accidents. Basically, this doctrine holds that the owner of any motor vehicle is vicariously liable if they “voluntarily entrust” said vehicle to a person “whose negligent operation causes damage to another.” The idea behind this rule, as the… Read More »
Uninsured motorist (UM) coverage provides benefits when you are injured in a car accident caused by a driver who lacks sufficient insurance to compensate you for medical expenses, lost wages, and non-economic damages such as pain and suffering. Florida law requires all automobile insurance carriers to offer UM coverage, but unlike personal injury protection—i.e.,… Read More »
If you are injured in a car accident due to another driver’s negligence, you have the right to seek damages to compensate you for your losses. In certain cases, you may also be entitled to seek punitive damages. Unlike compensatory damages, which are designed to make the injured victim whole, punitive damages are intended… Read More »
Everyone understands the dangers of drunk driving. Over a ten-year period nearly 8,500 people died in alcohol-related car accidents in Florida alone, according to statistics published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you have been injured due a drunk driver’s negligence, you may be wondering if the people responsible for… Read More »
There are unfortunately too many cases where a person is injured in an auto accident and the negligent driver lacks sufficient insurance to pay for the damages. To protect against such a contingency, you can purchase uninsured motorist (UM) coverage as part of your own auto insurance policy. In fact, Florida law requires insurers… Read More »
Florida is a “no-fault” state with respect to auto accidents. This means all drivers must carry auto insurance policies that provide “personal injury protection” in the event of an accident. You must carry at least $10,000 in personal injury protection, although you may certainly purchase a higher amount of coverage. Unfortunately, simply carrying no-fault… Read More »
An auto accident can leave a victim with permanent injuries that affect their ability to work and pay for future medical expenses. In order to recover such damages in a personal injury lawsuit, a victim must adequately document any losses of potential future earnings or anticipated medical expenses. While juries may be sympathetic to… Read More »
Some drivers hurt by uninsured or underinsured drivers are never fully compensated for their injuries. The chances of that happening to you may be greater than you think. Although Florida drivers are penalized for driving without insurance, Florida has one of the highest rates of uninsured drivers in the United States. Most drivers have… Read More »
In the early morning of August 16, a multi-vehicle accident in Florida involving a tractor-trailer, a school bus and an SUV killed one person, hospitalized another and shut down a state highway for hours. The tractor-trailer was travelling northbound and somehow crossed into the southbound lane, slamming into an SUV head-on. The truck’s impact… Read More »
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