No one wants to get into a car accident, but even the most skilled and careful driver will likely be involved in some type of accident at some point in their life. Motor-vehicle crashes are one of the most common types of fatal accidents in the United States, and there are more than 200,000 car accidents in Florida annually, according to the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles.
Car and truck accidents are also becoming increasingly common in Florida, as negligent drivers flout the rules of the road. Excessive speeding, driving while impaired, aggressive driving, and distracted driving are all aspects of negligent driving that cause collisions daily, and no one on the road is safe from this risk. A minor accident can result in expensive medical treatment, missed days at work, and pain, but a serious accident can be truly devastating and life-altering.
Negotiating with Florida’s Insurance Companies
Florida’s car insurance laws requires all motorists to carry a minimum of $10,000 in Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance, to cover up to 80 percent of their medical expenses and 60 percent of their lost wages in case of an accident, regardless of fault.
However, that amount of protection is often grossly insufficient in covering medical bills and lost wages, and will not cover losses that are not financial in nature, such as emotional distress caused by the accident.
As a result, our car accident attorneys work with clients to help them obtain compensation for injuries that could not be covered by the insurance protection. These injuries could be severe in nature, including broken bones, serious injury to the head or brain, permanent disfigurement including scarring and amputations, and paralysis. Drivers and passengers could also have suffered from whiplash.
Types of Damages in Car Accident Claims
Morgan & Morgan will aggressively pursue the compensatory damages you deserve for the losses you have suffered after a severe car accident. Our attorneys will also work to see the defendant be awarded with punitive damages, if they apply.
Compensatory Damages: Compensatory damages come in economic and non-economic forms. Economic damages cover all damages quantifiable in terms of money, including medical expenses and lost wages. Non-economic damages cover damages not easily measurable in terms of finance, such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, and other major life changes after the events of the car accident.
Punitive Damages: These damages are awarded to the defendant as a punishment for their negligent behavior and discourage the defendant, and others, from similar conduct in the future. You may commonly see punitive damages awarded in DUI accidents.
Our Car Accident Attorneys in Jacksonville
If you have suffered severe injuries as a result of a car accident caused by another driver, you need legal assistance in order to get the full compensation you deserve for your losses. Contact Morgan & Morgan and work with our car accident lawyers in Jacksonville today.