Understanding Florida’s Car Accident Laws
Bill Allen | June 1, 2016 | Gainesville Personal Injury Law News
Posted By Allen Law Firm P.A. || 16-Jun-2016
You have every right to pursue compensation after suffering injuries from a car accident. Before taking legal action, however, it’s important that you understand the state’s laws surrounding filing lawsuits. In this blog, our Gainesville car accident attorney explains how the different car accident laws can impact the course your case takes.
Statute of Limitations After a Car Accident
If you’ve been involved in a car accident and wish to pursue a claim, it’s important that you pay close attention to the state’s deadlines. In Florida, if you’re planning on taking legal action to recover for your injuries, you must file your claim within four years of the accident. Your lawsuit, however, must meet the state’s guidelines for what is considered a “serious injury.”
The following injuries fall under Florida’s “serious injury” threshold:
- Loss of an important bodily function
- Injury that is permanent and requires significant long-term medical attention
What is No-Fault?
Florida is a no-fault car insurance state. Under the state’s no-fault rule, if you’ve been injured in a car accident, your car insurance company will pay some or all of your medical bills and lost earnings – regardless of who was responsible for the accident. As with most rules there are exceptions. If your car accident resulted in a permanent injury that caused severe disfiguring or scarring, your claim will be handled outside of the no-fault system.
At Allen Law Firm, P.A., our Gainesville car accident attorneys aim to treat every client like family – with us on your side, you can trust that we will give your case the personal attention it needs and deserves. Because we understand that issues regarding personal injury matters can arise at any time, our firm is available 24/7 to answer your questions or concerns.
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