Experienced Florida Car Accident Lawyer
At Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC, we are committed to helping car accident victims fight for fair compensation for their injuries. Our Florida auto accident attorneys offer aggressive representation, bringing more than five decades of collective legal experience to every case.
Our accident attorneys provide clients with the legal guidance and advocacy they need to seek a fair car accident settlement after a car crash. If you were injured in an accident, please contact us to see how our auto accident attorneys can help with your car accident lawsuit.
Florida Car Crash Statistics
According to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV), Florida had more than 15.3 million licensed drivers in 2013. The DHSMV reported almost 228,000 crashes in 2011, with 2,400 fatalities and more than 181,600 injuries.
Car crashes are particularly dangerous for pedestrians and bicyclists. Pedestrians were involved in more than 7,000 crashes, and nearly 6,200 were injured. Over 4,600 bicyclists involved in crashes also suffered injuries.
Florida is a No-Fault State for Car Insurance
Florida is a no-fault car insurance state. Drivers must purchase a minimum of $10,000 in personal injury protection to cover up to 80 percent of their injuries and lost wages, regardless of fault.
This amount may not be enough to compensate you for serious injuries. By filing a car accident lawsuit, you can recover the compensation that is appropriate. You may also recover compensation if you were hit by an uninsured motorist.
Filing a Car Accident Lawsuit in Florida
If you are injured in a car wreck, you have the right to initiate a personal injury lawsuit against the parties you believe are responsible for your injuries.
Your car accident lawsuit must be based on a legal theory of liability. In auto accident cases, that theory is usually negligence. Negligence is the failure to exercise the degree of care that a reasonable person would use under similar circumstances.
Causes of Car Accidents Involving Negligence
All drivers in Florida, from teenage drivers to elderly drivers, have a duty to exercise care when they drive. Examples of driver negligence include:
- Speeding and disregarding potential hazards
- Driving under the influence
- Failure to maintain lane
- Failure to yield
- Distracted driving
- Texting while driving
Proving Negligence After a Car Accident in Florida
As the plaintiff, you must establish that the defendant in your case was negligent by showing that:
- The defendant had a legal duty to conform to a standard of care;
- The defendant failed to conform to that standard of care; and
- Your injuries are a result of the defendant’s failure to conform.
Types of Car Accidents that Usually Involve Negligence
- Hit-and-run accidents
- T-Bone accidents
- Rear-end accidents
- SUV rollover accidents
Can I Recover Damages in Florida if I Am Partially At Fault?
In some cases, the defendant in your car accident claim may blame you for your injuries.
Several states do not allow a person to recover damages if they contributed to, or are more than 50 percent at fault for, their injuries. Florida, however, is a comparative fault state. It allows a person to recover damages irrespective of his or her degree of fault.
A court will apportion fault among the parties, and a plaintiff may recover to the extent he or she is not responsible for causing his or her injury.
Pursuing Compensation After a Car Accident in Florida
If you can establish liability in your car accident case, you can seek damages from the party responsible for causing you harm.
Types of Damages After a Car Accident
After a car accident in Florida, you may recover compensation for:
- Car accident injuries
- Medical and hospital bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
If the accident resulted in a relative’s death, you can potentially seek damages through a wrongful death claim. You may recover for your relative’s medical and burial expenses, loss of future earnings, and loss of companionship.
Statute of Limitations on Car Accidents in Florida
Florida has a four-year statute of limitations on most types of personal injury claims, though a two year period applies to wrongful death claims. Speaking with an experienced car crash lawyer can help to ensure that you file a car accident claim in time to assert your rights.
Contact Our Florida Car Accident Lawyers
The Florida car accident lawyers at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC are prepared to fight for your rights if you were hurt in a car wreck. Our car crash lawyers have helped numerous car crash victims hold negligent drivers and their insurers accountable for their actions.
Whether it is through a car crash settlement or at trial, our lawyers will work to get you the compensation that is appropriate for your injuries. We work with car accident victims in Brooksville, Lutz, Tampa, Spring Hill, and other nearby communities.
- Determining Fault After a Car Accident
- Car Accident Facts and Statistics
- Should I Get a Lawyer for a Car Accident That Wasn’t My Fault?
- Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Distracted Driving Accidents
- Texting While Driving
- Line of Sight Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Rear-End Collisions
- Uninsured / UnderInsured Motorist Accidents
- Hit & Run Accidents
- Failure To Yield Accidents
- Common Injuries In Car Accidents
- T-Bone Accidents
- Failure to Maintain Lane Accidents
- Road Hazards
- Elderly-Related Car Accidents
- SUV Rollover Accidents
- Teen Driver Accidents