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North Port Car Accident Lawyers

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If you are the victim in one of North Port’s many car accidents, this is not the time when you should spend your limited energy on fighting with insurance company adjusters and lawyers. Instead, devote your time to your emotional, mental and physical recovery.

Let the experienced and knowledgeable car accident attorneys at Boohoff Law help you by standing as your champion in the insurance company battle. They can bring their skill and experience to your fight and will work to get you the fullest available recovery.

Florida is a no-fault state, and you generally first must file a claim against your own insurance or under your PIP coverage for minor accidents. However, you can sue the negligent driver directly for your expenses and losses when they exceed your PIP coverage.

Our experienced North Port personal injury lawyers can help you pursue both claims and fight to recover all of the damages you deserve.

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How Do so Many Car Accidents Happen Here?

North Port is a busy area with many tourist attractions. This gathering of those looking about themselves leads to a lot of traffic, leading to a lot of traffic accidents.

In one recent year, Sarasota County experienced over 10,000 accidents resulting in 61 deaths. Those who die in car accidents in the county are overwhelmingly males between the age of 15 and 20. Pedestrian deaths related to tourism continue to rise, and Florida continues to experience some of the highest accident rates in the United States.

Most car accidents happen because of someone’s negligence. Usually, that negligence is another driver’s, but it can be the negligence of a government or property owner creating adverse conditions on the road.

At that point, assuming you were not the victim of an intentional vehicular assault, you will need to prove that the at-fault driver or drivers:

  • Had a duty of care to you – this one is generally easy because drivers essentially assume this duty of care to everyone on the road when they accept the privilege of having a driver’s license.
  • Breached that duty to you – a breach is usually an act of careless or reckless driving. It can consist of:
    • Failing to follow traffic signs or signals – especially at intersections, pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcycle riders can be easy victims of a driver’s careless following of the signs and signals.
    • Distracted driving – is perhaps the fastest-growing cause of traffic accidents. Distracted driving includes driving while putting on makeup, eating, texting, using a handheld device, drinking a beverage, adjusting settings on components in your vehicle, and even just talking to another passenger.
    • DUI driving – it does not matter whether it’s alcohol or drugs, or whether the drugs were legal or illegal—if they impact your driving, you should not drive
    • Driving while sleepy – can be as dangerous as a DUE
    • Speeding
  • Driving unsafely for conditions – when it’s rainy, or a major storm is coming ashore, you should not drive the same way you will on a typical gorgeous sunny Florida day.
  • The breach caused your injury – causation will generally be two-pronged: would the injury have happened but for the breach, and whether the injury was reasonably foreseeable from the breach.
  • Injury caused you damages for which you can recover financial compensation. These can include damage to your person as well as property damage to your vehicle and its contents.

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Your insurance company may not be telling you everything. Know what you’re entitled to with a free consultation. Rest assured that we will never charge any fees unless we win.

What Can a Car Accident Attorney Do for You?

You may have done some of these things at the scene. On the other hand, you may have suffered such a significant injury that you didn’t do anything at the scene except take an ambulance away from it.

In any case, in preparation for settling or litigating your recovery, someone needs to gather:

    North Port Car Accident FAQs

    • How Soon Do I Have to File Suit?

      Florida has a four-year statute of limitations for car accident cases. While four years may seem like a long time, it can go by very fast when you are distracted by your physical, emotional, and mental recovery from an accident.

    • What Car Accident Losses Are Compensable?

      The damages you suffer in an accident, whether economic or non-economic, hit you directly in the pocket.

      These out-of-pocket or no longer coming in damages are what you are seeking compensation for from the insurance company and the defendant.

      • Medical and Hospital Expenses – The more severe your injury, the greater this number will be. It includes doctors, nurses, other healthcare professionals, hospital and surgical costs, drug costs, assistive equipment costs, rentals, and any medical expense arising out of your injuries.
      • Rehabilitation Services and Equipment – If your injury requires rehabilitation (and many do), you will have to pay for the rehab sessions and any equipment you have to rent or purchase to use for rehabilitation. Rehab sessions can easily exceed $200 an hour.
      • Lost Wages – Lost wages refer to the actual money you lost for time off from your job due to the accident. You can prove this with pay stubs showing your ordinary income.
      • Loss of Earning Capacity – If the accident incapacitated you in some way that makes your former occupation impossible, you can demonstrate the loss of future earning capacity.
      • Loss of Cognitive Function – Loss of cognitive function can be minor in that you’ve just lost a little of your mental edge or have profound brain damage. Either loss can diminish the joy and the business of your life. Anywhere in the range of losses can affect your future earning capacity.
      • Loss of Motor Function – As with cognitive function, loss of motor function can be minor or major. But if you were a golfer, even a small mobility loss can profoundly reduce your enjoyment of life. A significant loss of motor function can leave people devastated.
      • Property Losses – It’s easy to overlook property losses in the morass of personal injuries, but you are also entitled to recover for the damages to your vehicle and, if appropriate, its contents.

      An experienced car accident attorney will be intimately familiar with the potential damages you may have suffered in a car accident. Recovery will be more efficient with a skilled attorney handling the negotiations.

    North Port Car Accident Lawyers

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