Melbourne Car Accident Lawyers | Call Our Experienced Injury Lawyers
We understand that you're hurting and vulnerable after being involved in a car accident. In these challenging times, we can help. Our attorneys have years of experience in car accidents and all the resources and skills necessary to take on even the most complex cases.
Our injury lawyers in Melbourne, Florida, know how to investigate car accident claims. We can develop strong legal arguments on your behalf and learn how to protect your rights and fight for the compensation you deserve.
What is the common cause of car accidents?
- Distractions behind the wheel
- Drunk driving
- Driving recklessly
- Running red lights and stop signs
- Weather conditions
- Unsafe lane changes
If you were involved in a car accident, it's best to know your rights.
Auto accidents are always upsetting, but you're lucky if they happen in a "no-fault" state like Florida. That means you can typically file a claim with your insurance company after the accident to get compensation for certain damages. Personal injury protection (PIP) insurance, which is mandatory for anyone who operates a car or similar four-wheeler in the state, covers variable costs—but PIP coverage is limited. It depends on the type of accident.
Here in Florida, all drivers must have at least the following amount of car insurance coverage:
• $10,000 in PIP coverage
• Property damage liability coverage up to the amount of $10,000.
Bodily injury liability, which covers expenses incurred by other drivers' as a result of your accident, is not mandatory in Florida. However, purchasing coverage is a good idea since it protects you from lawsuits if such an accident occurs.
The minimum amount of PIP coverage you must have is only $10,000 - but more is needed in many cases. Car accident victims can incur medical bills, as well as other costs outside the limit. That's why PIP does not cover these costs: it provides only for monetary losses. To recover for excess damages or non-economic losses, you will need to go outside the no-fault system and file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver.
Florida has a no-fault car accident system, which prevents vehicles from having to deal with dealing with insurance companies after an accident.
Sometimes, it may not be possible to use the no-fault system. But there are many occasions when it is advisable to do so and appropriate.
To get outside the Florida no-fault car accident system and sue an at-fault driver, you'll have to prove these things:
- You meet the definition of a "serious injury."
- Another driver acted negligently or recklessly.
- The other driver was responsible for your injuries
- You suffered measurable damages beyond the PIP coverage
Each client is unique and deserves our full attention. Our staff conducts comprehensive investigations to evaluate damages and identify every possible way of recovering compensation for you. If you're interested in discussing your case, please call us for a free consultation.
We've helped scores of clients from all levels, from soft tissue-only injuries to catastrophic ones like spinal cord and amputation. In these cases, prompt compensation is needed to afford the extraordinary medical expenses, lost time income, and rehabilitation for these matters.
With decades of expertise, we represent clients in wrongful death cases and provide compassionate yet challenging representation. We have recovered money for our clients, including many seven- and eight-figure results and plenty of precedent-setting successes.
Our goal is to get every client the compensation they deserve as quickly as possible without jeopardizing the value of their case. We do this by preparing every case as if it will be tried, which means not settling for a lowball settlement from the insurance company. We have a reputation for getting results quickly because we're not afraid to take chances with the jury - even when those chances are slim. Instead, we aggressively represent our clients from the moment they hire us until their cases are resolved.