Every year, about 250,000 auto crashes happen in Florida. Most of them are caused by negligence, meaning the driver did not deliberately cause an accident but acted in a reckless or irresponsible manner on the road. The other two major causes are misconduct, meaning the driver knew what he or she was doing, such as driving too fast, but didn’t care and product liability, such as a defective tire that swerves the car into a crash.
Every Florida driver who owns a car must have insurance coverage. The state requires:
* $10,000 bodily injury liability for one person
* $20,000 bodily injury liability for two people
* $10,000 property damage liability for one crash
* $30,000 combined single limits
In addition, Florida’s No Fault Law covers crashes with no bodily injuries. That includes $10,000 personal injury protection for one person/crash and $10,000 property damage liability per crash.
If you are involved in an auto accident in Florida, you must first stop and get medical aid if needed. Then you should follow these rules:
* Don’t leave the accident scene if injuries are involved. If you do, you may lose
* You must report the accident to the local police department or Florida
Highway Patrol if there are injuries or more than $500 property damage.
* Move your car if it is blocking traffic. If you can’t move it yourself, get help
to do so, which may mean calling a tow truck.
If you hit a car or truck that is unoccupied, you must leave your name, address, and license plate number, usually in the form of a note on the windshield. You must also report the accident to the local police or highway patrol.
If you are involved in an auto accident in West Palm Beach, call a West Palm Beach auto accident lawyer as soon as possible. Our accident attorneys will gather all the details of your case and provide the best options, including the safest and fastest way to get compensation if you have been the victim of negligence, misconduct, or product liability.
No one wants to be the victim in a car crash. Call a West Palm Beach auto accident lawyer to make sure that doesn’t happen to you.