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EACH YEAR OVER 2,200 PEOPLE LOSE THEIR LIVES IN CAR ACCIDENTS ON FLORIDA ROADS
The state of Florida saw an increase from 2,497 road deaths in 2014 to 2,939 in 2015. Over the last five years, there have been more than 150,000 injuries per year on Florida roads, with more than 2,200 per year of those car accidents resulting in traffic fatalities. In 2015, we saw a five-year high in Florida car wreck fatalities – with over 2,700 being reported. Every hour, more than twenty-seven people are injured on Florida roadways in a traffic related accident. As accidents increase, Zarzaur Law’s attorneys in Destin and Pensacola are handling more and more cases involving car accident victims.
Zarzaur Law’s experience and expertise in the Destin, Pensacola, and surrounding areas can help you if you’ve been in a car wreck. Auto accident laws in Florida are governed by the “No Fault” system. This means that anyone injured in a car accident who decides to look into the possibility of bringing a claim must comply with specific regulations in order to have a case worth pursuing.
HOW DOES FLORIDA’S “NO FAULT” AUTO INSURANCE WORK?
Watch the following video as Pensacola personal injury lawyer Joe Zarzaur explains “no fault” auto insurance:
The “No Fault” statute provides that before anyone injured in a car wreck in Florida can collect anything other than their medical expenses or lost wages, they must prove that they suffered a permanent injury related to the car wreck. If you are unable to establish a permanent injury then Florida law prohibits an injured victim from recovering money damages for pain and suffering, mental anguish, emotional distress, loss of the capacity for the enjoyment of life, inconvenience, disability, disfigurement, and physical impairment. Obviously, this the finding of permanency is critical to the value of a florida car wreck case. If you are involved in an auto accident it is imperative that you consult with one of our personal injury attorneys to discuss the various “No Fault” issues that could have an impact on the value of your case.
WE ARE CONFIDENT WE WILL GET YOU THE COMPENSATION THAT YOU DESERVE
Florida drivers are entitled to personal injury protection coverages if they are involved in a car wreck, regardless of who may be at fault. If you cause a wreck in Florida, your own insurance policy has benefits that you can collect if you suffer an injury or lose money from not being able to perform your job. These personal injury protection (aka PIP) benefits are generally $10,000.00 but recent changes to the “no fault” law (2013) lower these benefits to $2,500.00 if you are not diagnosed with an “emergency medical condition” by a physician or similarly qualified health professional (not including a chiropractor). Those involved in car wrecks cannot just see a chiropractor alone and expect to recover the entirety of their PIP benefits. Further, the 2013 amendment also mandates that initial treatment must be sought out within the first 14 days following the wreck.
Florida car wreck cases are handled by nearly every lawyer on a contingency fee basis. The fees are nearly always 33 1/3 if the case settles or 40% if the case proceeds to court and an answer is filed. In addition, the costs of the case are typically paid by the law firm and then reimbursed out of the client’s portion of the verdict or settlement. No fee or cost is charged unless one of our accident attorneys is able to provide a recovery.
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