Florida Personal Injury/Accident Law
According to the Tampa Bay Times, tourism records were broken when 97.3 million tourists flocked into Florida in 2014. It appears that the Sunshine State may outdo itself in 2015, as nearly 80 million people have already visited Florida as of September. Add those folks to the regular population – including students tucked in at various institutions like the University of Florida – and you’ve got the potential for all sorts of fender benders and other accidents. If you think you might want to sue someone over one of these mishaps, here are a few things you should know.
Let’s start with the most classic kind of personal injury case: the auto accident. Florida is a no-fault insurance state. This means that even if the other guy caused your accident, for example, by tearing through a red light and broadsiding you, your insurance company – not his – is going to pay for the damage, including your medical bills and lost income. In other words, no matter what he did, it’s not the other guy’s fault. One exception does exist, however. If you’re grievously injured – disfigured or permanently injured or scarred – the other driver’s insurance company may be held liable if you can prove that he is at fault. In other words, if you are seriously injured, you may be able to recover damages if you and your Gainesville personal injury attorney are able to prove that the other driver was acting unreasonably or irresponsibly at the time.
What if you’re tooling around the University of Florida campus on a bicycle or scooter? Florida law treats these vehicles exactly the same as motor vehicles, even though liability insurance is not needed to legally operate them.
Nightlife is a Florida calling card, particularly at UF and the surrounding areas. If a fight breaks out and you’re injured in a bar – say because you’re standing in the wrong place at the wrong time when a chair comes sailing at you – yes, you can sue for any injuries you sustain. As a practical matter, you may not recover much from the person who threw the chair because it’s unlikely he’s insured for such misbehavior. But you may be able to initiate a lawsuit against the establishment itself if your personal injury lawyer can establish that the bar’s negligence somehow led to the event. Maybe security staff wasn’t properly trained, or there were no bouncers at all. Maybe the customer who caused the problem was inebriated, but staff went ahead and kept serving him alcohol anyway.
Personal injury law is riddled with gray areas, so you’ll need the help of an experienced Jonesville/Gainesville attorney in any of these circumstances. With any personal injury lawsuit, the court can decide that you were partially responsible for the accident. Florida is a comparative negligence state, so this means your damages are reduced in proportion to your own liability. You need a good lawyer who is willing to fight for your rights and make sure you are compensated fairly.
Contact Tom Robinson Law today so we can talk about and assess your case. Call 352-222-3222 or, if you prefer, just send a text message. We’ll get back to you promptly. You can also reach us on Twitter at @tomrobinsonlaw, or right here on our website.
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