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How to Maximize Your Car Accident Insurance Settlement

Did you know that Florida is home to 15.5 million drivers and nearly 15 million vehicles? In the year 2012 alone, 235,000 car accidents occurred in Florida, causing nearly 200,000 injuries. Almost 2,500 of those injuries were fatal. Every year motor vehicle accidents cause almost one-third of all accidental deaths in Florida, and car crashes are the leading cause of death in people younger than 35.

Causes of Motor Vehicle Accidents in Florida

Statistics from the Florida Department of Safety and Motor Vehicles show that over half of Florida car accidents are caused by drivers who are driving negligently or carelessly.

Common causes of accidents include:

  • Drivers failing to yield right of way
  • Speeding
  • Improper lane changes
  • Disobeying traffic signals and signs

If you’re hurt in a car crash due to another driver’s negligence, speak with a Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer at Kelley Uustal. You might be surprised how much a skilled lawyer can help you.

Florida is a “No Fault” Auto Accident State

Florida is a “no fault” automobile liability state, and this limits your ability to bring suit against another driver after an accident. Your automobile policy must take care of medical bills for you and those riding with you even if someone else caused the accident. But that doesn’t mean a Fort Lauderdale car accident attorney is of no help. A lawyer with experience in car accident cases can work with your insurer to help maximize your settlement.

Required Automobile Insurance Coverage in Florida

In Florida, you have to carry at least $10,000 in liability coverage for one individual injured in an accident, $20,000 in maximum liability coverage for each accident, and $10,000 in property damage liability per vehicle. It’s obvious why you want to get the maximum settlement after an accident.

No Mystery Why Insurers Try to Settle Quickly

After accidents, insurers try to settle quickly with injured parties in order to keep the insurer’s bottom line healthy. Never sign a settlement with an insurance company before asking for advice from a Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorney, like the skilled professionals at Kelley Uustal.

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