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If you have been badly injured or a lost a family member in a car accident, you understand how fast life can change. But what you may not know yet is that the safety net we typically look to after a serious accident – insurance – won’t help you if you don’t know how the game is played. If you were injured because of someone else’s negligence, the law says you deserve compensation. But the law says a lot more, and most of it works to make a car accident claim harder for you.

The car accident attorneys at Buckman & Buckman can help you seek the car accident settlement you deserve. The rules may feel like they are stacked against you and in favor of insurers, but we can make a difference. We can investigate your accident, help to establish liability, provide a full accounting of your losses and, most important, fight the insurance adjuster whose job it is to block your claim.

Let us review your case for free. If you deserve payment, we’ll fight tooth and nail to get it for you.

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Seeking Compensation After a Car Accident in Florida

Just about everything that happens to you after a car accident in Florida is dictated by state law. And if you’ve been badly injured, how and whether you can recover any of your medical costs, lost wages, money for car repairs, etc., is already spelled out.

There is justice available under Florida law. But you have to know where the statutes provide it and be ready to fight for it. Did you know:

  • Insurance policies determine any compensation you’ll receive after a car accident. One of the first things you want to learn after an accident is how much insurance coverage is available to you, but insurers don’t have to say unless you ask. Meanwhile, the insurance adjuster handling your claim is obligated to make sure you get as little as possible.
  • Florida law lists 7 ways you can be compensated for a car accident injury someone else caused. In a personal injury claim, you may seek money for medical bills, lost income, property damage, pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of familial relationship. But if you don’t know to ask — and what each is worth — no insurance company will help you take more of “their” money.
  • If the other side can show you did anything wrong in a car accident, that’s money you lose. Another facet of Florida law is the “pure comparative negligence” standard. Under it, any amount of blame assigned to you for the accident will cause any compensation you receive to be reduced accordingly. And proving who’s caused the accident is up to you – or the insurer who’s pointing the finger at you.

We know how to make insurance companies do what’s right. Contact our car accident lawyers to fight for what’s rightly yours.

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How Can Passengers Pursue Compensation After an Accident?

When a passenger is hurt in a serious car accident, usually their own Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance will cover them. But it gets much more complicated if the passenger doesn’t own a car. In that case, they may be able to collect injury coverage from either the at-fault driver’s Bodily Injury (BI) policy, or from the deceased drivers Uninsured Motorist (UM) policy.

Problems come up when neither driver has these one of these car insurance policies. That’s when the passenger could be completely out of luck with no coverage at all for their injuries. Everyone who rides along as a passenger in a car or motorcycle takes a risk that they won’t have any injury coverage in an accident. That’s why it is so important that every driver have at least Uninsured Motorist (UM) coverage, which would help their passenger in this instance.

Elderly Driving Related Car Accidents

As drivers get older, often their vision and hearing deteriorates, and their reaction time slows down. Research done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration titled Intersection Crashes Among Drivers in Their 60s, 70s, and 80s, found that the older the driver, the more likely they were to be involved in this type of crash.

Drivers 70 and older, and particularly those 80 and older, were over-represented in intersection crashes. Intersections controlled by stop signs, and to a lesser extent, traffic signals, posed particular hazards for drivers 70 and older.

The fatal crash data show older drivers’ risk of at-fault crashes when turning left at signal controlled intersections began to rise beginning around age 50.

Contact Our Car Accident Lawyers

Buckman & Buckman is a family law firm serving the Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice and North Port areas of Florida’s Gulf Coast. When you contact us, you will speak with a lawyer. Your Buckman & Buckman attorney will be at your side from the start of your case all the way through to its conclusion.

Our interest is your interest — fair and full compensation for your injuries and losses suffered in a car accident. Every car accident case we pursue is on a contingency basis, meaning we do not accept a fee unless and until we obtain compensation for you.

Contact us to meet with the Buckmans. We will review your case for free and with no further obligation from you. Let us tell you how we can help you.

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