Sebring Car Accident Lawyers
Representing Victims of All Types of Automobile Accidents
Being involved in any motor vehicle accident is a frightening experience; when the accident leaves you seriously injured and facing extensive medical treatment, time off work to heal, and significant pain and suffering, you will likely also face a considerable amount of stress and uncertainty. How will you pay for your medical bills, not to mention your other daily expenses while you are out of work? Will you be able to recover from your injuries and how long will it take? Who is liable for these damages, and how can you hold them responsible?
If you were injured in a car accident in Sebring or the nearby areas, contact Dismuke Law. Our personal injury lawyers have extensive experience representing victims of all types of serious motor vehicle accidents and have a proven record of success, having won millions of dollars for injured individuals in both settlements and verdicts. At our firm, we truly care about you and your recovery, and we are ready to do everything in our power to secure the best possible outcome for you.
Contact us online or call to request a free initial consultation with one of our Sebring car accident lawyers today.
When Can You File a Personal Injury Claim After a Car Accident?
If you were involved in an automobile accident in Florida, you may be wondering whether you are able to pursue compensation by filing a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver. The first thing you should know is that Florida is what is known as a “no-fault” car insurance state. This means that if you were involved in a car accident in the state of Florida, you will most likely need to first file a claim through your own personal injury protection (PIP) insurance coverage, regardless of who caused the collision. If your damages exceed your coverage amount, then you may file a claim against the at-fault motorist.
The other thing you need to know about filing a car accident claim in Florida is that claims are subject to the state’s pure comparative negligence rule. Under this rule, you may still bring a claim against the other driver’s insurance company (after your own PIP coverage has been exhausted) even if you were partially at fault for the accident. However, your total recovery will be reduced by the percentage of fault you are found to have. For example, if a jury finds you 60 percent at fault for the accident, you will only be able to recover up to 40 percent of the total award you would have otherwise received if you were not found to be at fault at all.
All this being said, if you exhaust your own PIP coverage and wish to bring a claim against a driver who was partially or fully at fault for the accident, you usually can do so as long as you are able to show that the other driver acted negligently or wrongfully in some way.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Showing that another motorist was careless or reckless and that this behavior led to the accident that caused your injuries is often a critical element of a car accident claim. This is how you establish that another driver is liable for your damages, including your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Some of the most common causes of car accidents that can be attributed to negligence include:
- Distracted driving (including texting while driving)
- Driving while intoxicated/under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Fatigued driving and/or falling asleep at the wheel
- Violating traffic laws (speeding, running red lights, etc.)
- Inexperience, leading to driving errors
- Careless driving, such as making unsafe turns
- Defective auto parts, including tires, brakes, seatbelts, airbags, etc.
- Defective/dangerous road construction or design
Auto accidents are not always the fault of another driver; a car part manufacturer or construction company could be responsible if defective car parts or faulty road design leads to an accident. Our Sebring car accident lawyers can help you determine who is liable based on in-depth investigations into how the accident occurred. We have significant experience in this area of law and know how to aggressively pursue the maximum compensation our clients are owed.
Contact Us Today for a Free Initial Consultation
If you or someone you love was involved in a serious car accident, our firm stands ready to help. We assist those injured in automobile collisions, as well as the surviving family members of fatal car accident victims. In every case, we are committed to providing compassionate, client-focused legal guidance as we tirelessly advocate for our clients throughout the legal process.
Decades of Experience
Dave has dedicated 15 years and a significant portion of his practice to auto accidents and has well-trained staff in place to help you.
We Treat Clients with Excellent Personal Service, Respect & Dignity
Our core belief is that every detail must be studied, that every adversary must be out prepared and outworked and that every client must be treated like they are family.
Personal Injury is All We Do
Dave is a Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer and focuses his practice on automobile accidents.
Extremely professional lawyer!- Kathleen J.
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