What are the specific laws in Florida regarding liability and compensation in rear-end collision cases?

In Florida, liability and compensation in rear-end collision cases are governed by specific laws. Understanding these laws is essential if you have been involved in a rear-end collision and wish to pursue a claim for compensation. Here is what you need to know:

  1. Liability: Under Florida law, the driver who rear-ends another vehicle is typically, but not always, considered to be at fault for the accident. This is based on the legal principle that all drivers have a duty to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of them and to be able to stop safely if that vehicle slows down or stops suddenly.
  2. Comparative negligence: It is important to note that in Florida, both parties involved in a car accident may be found partially at fault for the accident. This is known as comparative negligence. If the injured party is found to be partially at fault for the accident, their compensation may be reduced proportionately.
  3. Compensation: Florida law allows for compensation for both economic and non-economic damages in rear-end collision cases. Economic damages may include medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage. Non-economic damages may include pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life.
  4. Statute of limitations: It is important to be aware of the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim in Florida. In most cases, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim. The two-year statute of limitations also applies to  wrongful death cases.
  5. Insurance requirements: In Florida, drivers are required to carry personal injury protection (PIP) insurance, which provides coverage for medical expenses and lost wages in the event of a car accident, regardless of who was at fault. However, this coverage is limited, and if your injuries are severe, you may need to pursue additional compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance company, should they have bodily injury liability coverage.  Another avenue of recovery is through your own uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, if you have it.

If you have been involved in a rear-end collision in Florida, it is important to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to ensure that your legal rights are protected. The attorneys at The Ruth Law Team have years of experience representing clients in car accident cases, and we are committed to helping you recover the compensation you deserve. Contact us at (888) 783-8378 to schedule a free consultation.

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Please note that the answers to each question may vary depending on the specific facts of your case, and it is always best to consult with an attorney to get more accurate information. Also, this is general information and not legal advice.