Common Questions about Auto Accident Lawsuits

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Car Accident Lawyer OrlandoThere are many questions you might have regarding auto accident lawsuits.

Do I need to be a citizen of the United States to make an auto insurance claim?

No, you don’t have to be a U.S. citizen to make a claim if you’ve been injured in an auto accident. You can even be an illegal alien and still file an auto accident lawsuit.

How long do I have to file a lawsuit in Florida?

The Statue of Limitations in Florida to file an auto accident lawsuit is four years from the date the accident occurred. However, if a wrongful death occurred as result of the auto accident, the Statute of Limitations is two years from the date the death occurred (not the date of the accident).

What if both drivers were at fault?

In Florida, a system called the pure comparative negligence system is used. This means that either a judge or jury assigns a portion of the blame to each of the parties at fault. Then damage awards are apportioned based on the percentage of blame assigned to each party. For example, if Bob and Suzie were involved in an auto accident, it was determined that Bob was 75% responsible and Suzie was 25% responsible. If Suzie was determined to have suffered $1,000 in damages, her damage award would be reduced by her portion of the fault. Therefore, instead of receiving $1,000, she would receive $750 from Bob because she would be liable for the other 25% or $250.

What are economic damages?

Economic damages are all of the out-of-pocket expenses that stem from your auto accident such as medical bills, lost wages, property damage, etc. These damages are costs that occur as a direct result of your accident.

What are non-economic damages?

Noneconomic damages are compensation for pain and suffering, including emotional suffering, associated with your auto accident.

What are punitive damages?

Punitive damages are financial compensation to the victim of an auto accident which are meant to punish the at-fault party for wrongdoing. These are typically awarded when the at-fault party knowingly or intentionally injured or endangered the auto accident victim(s).

For more information on auto accident lawsuits and  how Best Law Firm Florida P.A. can help you recover the financial compensation you deserve for your injuries, call or email us today for your free case evaluation.