What type of compensation am I entitled to after an auto accident?
Auto accidents can cause financial and personal hardships for victims and their families in many ways. Besides the physical injuries, medical bill, and loss of income involved you also have to deal with the damage to your vehicle, possibly being without transportation for some time, and the expenses that can create. An auto accident can reach many aspects of your life. If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Future medical expenses
- Travel expenses for medical needs
- Lost income
- Loss of future earnings
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Property damage
- Rental car
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of companionship
- Wrongful death
What happens if the other driver in my auto accident was not insured?
Depending on the type of insurance coverage that you have, you may still be able to collect some compensation from your insurance company for damages such as:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
You may pursue a lawsuit against the uninsured driver, but even if you win the likelihood of collecting is very low. Because so any drivers are uninsured or underinsured, your safest bet is to purchase uninsured and underinsured motorist benefit with your auto insurance policy.
You should also keep in mind that there may be other responsible parties involved. You need an experienced Auto Accident Attorney in Orlando to thoroughly investigate your accident. If a defective roadway or defective vehicle caused your accident or contributed to your injuries you may still be able to collect the compensation you need and deserve.
Besides drivers, who can be held responsible for auto accidents?
There are many possible causes of auto accidents besides driver negligence, meaning that parties other than the drivers involved may be held responsible for accidents.
When an accident is caused by a defective roadway, such as a malfunctioning traffic signal, whoever is responsible for maintaining that roadway may be held responsible. This is usually a government entity.
In the case of a defective vehicle responsible parties may include:
- Auto manufacturers
- Repair shops
I have been told that if I was not wearing my seatbelt I am not entitled to compensation. Is that true?
No, that is incorrect. The fact that you were not wearing a seat belt has no bearing on who was at fault for the accident itself.
In the state of Florida, defendants in auto accident cases can raise what is commonly referred to as the “seat belt defense” to try to reduce the damages they must pay if they are found liable for the accident. However, it is the defendant’s burden to prove if, and by how much your injuries could have been reduced had you worn your seat belt.
If you still have questions about car accidents, or if you have been injured in an car accident please contact Auto Accident Attorney in Orlando David Best, P.A. to schedule your free case evaluation today.