Florida Keys Car Accident Attorneys
The Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Department publishes a report on motor vehicle accidents every year. Their most recent Traffic Crash Facts Annual Report covers 2019. According to the report, that year saw 1,595 car crashes in Monroe County, causing 918 injuries and 18 fatalities. The report also averages data for the preceding three years and shows the number of crashes increasing every year. In fact, auto accidents have been going up every since 2011 after declining every year for nearly fifty years. The rise in distracted driving is likely to blame for this increase, due in large part to the increased use of smartphones, vehicle infotainment systems, social media apps, and other technology that pull drivers’ eyes and attention off the road at critical moments.
Distracted driving is only one reason auto accidents happen. The Traffic Crash Facts report includes a long list of causes, and in almost every instance, a driver’s negligence is to blame. Florida personal injury law has a way for drivers to recover compensation for their injuries in a crash from the at-fault driver who hit them, but only in certain circumstances and only if they can prove certain facts. The Florida Keys Injury law firm is here to help you do just that. From our office in Key West, our lawyers work with car accident injury victims throughout The Keys, helping them to achieve justice and compensation after a crash.
Aggressive Attorneys Committed to Your Success
The personal injury attorneys at Florida Keys Injury aggressively represent car accident victims – including those hit by commercial vehicles and Uber/Lyft – throughout The Florida Keys. Car accident attorneys Marc P. Lyons and Philip M. Snyder will build your case so that you receive maximum compensation for your past and future medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call our office in Key West at 786-605-8500 so we can get started right away getting you the care and compensation you need and deserve.
Do I Need a Lawyer for My No-Fault Car Accident Claim?
If you or a member of your household has Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage, you can receive no-fault benefits after a crash by making a claim with your insurance company. To get these benefits, you don’t have to prove the accident was somebody else’s fault, making it relatively easy to get benefits, even without a lawyer assisting you. These no-fault benefits, however, are extremely limited. On your basic policy, PIP only pays for 80% of your medical bills and 60% of your lost wages, up to a maximum of $10,000. In some cases, your policy limits can be capped at only $2,500, unless you sought treatment within 14 days of the crash for an emergency medical condition.
A no-fault claim might suffice for someone who was not seriously injured in the crash, but if your injuries were more severe, then the damages you suffered are likely far more than $10,000. If you have a serious injury as defined by Florida law, you can sue the at-fault driver for their negligence and recover the full range of personal injury damages, including all of your medical bills and lost wages, plus damages for pain and suffering. In this case, you do need a lawyer, because the burden will be on you to prove the other driver’s negligence and the serious nature of your injuries. A serious injury under Florida is one that involves:
- a significant and permanent loss of an important bodily function,
- significant and permanent scarring or disfigurement, or
- a permanent injury within a reasonable degree of medical probability
Call our office for a free consultation to explore your options, including whether you have a no-fault claim or a serious injury that you should sue the other driver for. We have settled serious injury cases for figures far above the no-fault limit, including the following, for example:
- Wrongful Death Car Accident: $1,250,000
- Rear-End Box Truck Accident: $615,000
- Side Swipe Trucking Accident: $575,000
- Rear-End Car Accident: $525,000
- Head-On Car Accident: $505,000
- Rear-End Trucking Accident: $415,000
- Rear-End Car Accident: $410,000
- Side-Swipe Car Accident: $350,000
- Rear-End Car Accident: $335,000
- T-Bone Car Accident: $325,000
- Side-Swipe Car Accident: $275,000
- T-Bone Car Accident: $260,000
- Side-Swipe Car Accident: $250,000
- T-Bone Car Accident: $250,000
- Head-On Car Accident: $245,000
What Is “Negligence” in a Florida Keys Car Accident?
Negligence means the driver failed to exercise the care in driving that is reasonably expected of drivers in The Keys. The leading causes of car accidents in Florida are perfect examples of negligent driving. They include:
- Operating the motor vehicle in a careless or negligent manner
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- Failing to keep in the proper lane
- Speeding or driving too fast for conditions
- Driving on the wrong side of the road or driving the wrong way
- Operating the motor vehicle in an erratic, reckless or aggressive manner
- Running a stop sign or red light
- Making improper passes or turns
By gathering the facts and evidence and building a strong case based on experience and a thorough understanding of the law, our skilled Florida Keys car accident attorneys can get you substantially more money than you could get negotiating on your own. These types of negotiations are what we do for a living. We understand how to work with insurance companies to get you the settlement you deserve. It’s what we do every day.
How much will it cost me to settle my car accident case?
Accident attorneys Marc P. Lyons and Philip M. Snyder handle all Florida Keys car accident cases on a contingency basis, and our fees come out of the settlement we recover for you. If we do not collect, you owe us nothing.
That is our no-fee guarantee!
How do I contact Florida Keys Injury lawyers for my free consultation?
At Florida Keys Injury, we know how confusing and stressful it can be when you have suffered due to a car accident. We are happy to speak with you, at any time, to help you better understand your rights and put you on the path to recovery.
Contact us today to schedule your 100% Free Consultation. Call us at 786-605-8500, or fill out the quick contact form on this website to schedule a visit with your skilled and trusted neighborhood attorney.