Single Vehicle Accidents
Our Florida Law Firm Can Manage Your Single-Vehicle Accident
When you are involved in a single-vehicle accident, knowing what to do next can be a challenge. Are you entitled to insurance coverage? Can you file a lawsuit if a driver forced you off of the road or you crashed because of a roadway hazard? If you suffered serious injuries in your accident, these are questions that you need to have answered, and it will be important for you to speak with a Florida auto accident attorney about your legal rights.
As a Driver, When Can You Seek Financial Compensation for a Single-Vehicle Accident?
If you suffered serious injuries in a single-vehicle accident while driving, you could potentially have various grounds to seek financial compensation for your losses. Some examples of potential claims in single-vehicle accident cases include:
- You Were Run Off of the Road By Another Driver – If you crashed because you were run off of the road by another driver, that driver could still be liable for your injuries even though you were not involved in a vehicle-on-vehicle collision.
- You Had to Swerve to Avoid a Reckless Cyclist or Pedestrian – Likewise, if you were forced to swerve off of the road in order to avoid hitting a cyclist or pedestrian who put himself or herself in harm’s way, then the bicyclist or pedestrian could be liable for negligence.
- An Issue with Your Vehicle Caused You to Crash – If you lost control because your brakes failed or because of any other issue with your vehicle, then your vehicle’s manufacturer, your dealership, or your maintenance shop could be liable for your losses.
- An Issue with the Road Caused You to Crash – Road hazards are to blame in a significant number of single-vehicle accidents. This includes pot holes, sinkholes, loose gravel, low shoulders and a multitude of other issues.
Additionally, under Florida’s “no fault” insurance law, you can file a claim for personal injury protection (PIP) coverage regardless of who was at fault in your accident and regardless of the circumstances involved. Florida law requires all drivers to carry PIP coverage – so you should have it if you have auto insurance – and the standard policy limit is $10,000.
As a Passenger, Can You File a Claim to Recover Your Losses After a Single-Vehicle Accident?
What if you were injured in a single-vehicle accident while riding as a passenger? As a general rule, passengers have the same legal rights as drivers under Florida law. If a vehicle defect or someone else’s negligence caused the accident, you may have grounds to pursue a fault-based claim for compensation. You can also file a claim under your PIP policy (if you have one); and, if your driver was at fault, his or her insurance policy should cover your injury-related losses as well.
Schedule a Free Consultation with a Florida Car Accident Attorney Today
For more information about recovering your losses after a single-vehicle accident in Florida, schedule a free, no-obligation consultation at Searcy Denney with a top-rated Florida auto accident lawyer. Call 800-780-8607 to schedule an appointment, or submit your case online and we will be in touch shortly.