In the event of a car crash, there are several important steps to follow that will ultimately protect yourself and your interests. With over six million car accidents reported each year in the United States, it is better to be safe than sorry. As a helpful tool, here is a Top 10 List of things to do after a car accident:
The City of Bradenton is currently reviewing the effectiveness of red-light cameras and their impact on the reduction of red-light running accidents. The Bradenton Police Department has recently found that at the 7 intersections in Bradenton that are equipped with red-light cameras, the number of accidents caused by running red-lights remains the same. That is, despite the fact that the number of car accidents in general at those intersections has increased.
According to the Bradenton Police Department, since the cameras were installed in 2009 the number of tickets at those 7 intersections has more than tripled, but the number of red-light running has decreased by only 7%. In fact, the average number crashes due to red-light running is almost the same as before cameras installed, even with the total number of car accidents increasing last year.
The statistics of these accidents occurring at intersections with red-light cameras show how difficult it is to reduce the risk of any type of accident on our roadways. If your loved one has been the victim of a car accident, let the seasoned attorneys at Lancaster & Eure fight on your behalf to recover the damages you and your family deserve. Call us for a free consultation (941) 365-7575, or feel free to contact us online.
Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Auto Insurance Benefits
After being involved in a motor vehicle accident (car, motorcycle, truck, etc.), people are often confused about who should pay the medical bills. In Florida, the law requires every owner/driver of a motor vehicle (motorcycles are excluded) to carry $10,000.00 of Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance coverage. PIP is sometimes also called, “no-fault” coverage. PIP covers you, even if you were at fault. Following an accident, PIP benefits are paid by your own insurance company, regardless of who was involved in the accident. Unfortunately, PIP does not pay one hundred percent (100%) of your medical bills and lost wages. PIP only pays eighty percent (80%) of your medical bills and sixty percent (60%) of your lost wages, up to $10,000.
Often, Personal Injury Protection insurance coverage can reimburse you, up to eighty percent (80%), for the mileage of your travel to and from your appointments with various medical providers. PIP also reimburses for prescriptions, as part of their coverage, but only if you have an itemized statement detailing the name of the medication, the prescribing physician, and the amount you paid. Often, your insurance carrier will pay these medical bills (and the other expenses discussed in this post), regardless of liability. Most people are unaware they only have fourteen (14) days to seek medical treatment after an accident, for injuries sustained in that accident, before they lose their $10,000.00 PIP coverage.
Having an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer to help protect your rights is important. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, in order to better understand and protect your rights, contact the seasoned attorneys at Lancaster and Eure, who will fight aggressively to make sure you receive the benefits you deserve. Each attorney gives every client unique and personal attention. Call us for a free consultation (941) 365-7575, or, feel free to contact us online.
In Florida, if you are required to operate a motor vehicle throughout the course of your workday, you may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits, along with benefits available to you under personal injury claims. Immediately after an on-the-job car accident, after seeking medical attention, be sure to report the accident to your employer.If your accident was caused by someone other than your employer or co-worker, a personal injury claim can be filed against the third party for any damages resulting from the accident. The ability to file a personal injury claim, as well as a Workers’ Compensation claim is advantageous for many car accident victims. One benefit of the ability to file a personal injury claim is claims for pain and suffering are barred in Workers’ Compensation actions, but not in personal injury actions. Therefore, by filing a personal injury claim as well as a Workers’ Compensation claim, the victim is able to recover damages for pain and suffering which would otherwise be prohibited.
Recently, a deputy with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office was involved in a traumatic accident while driving on I-75.Fortunately, the deputy did not sustain any life-threatening injuries from this accident; however, this type of traumatic event never occurs in a vacuum, and often affects all areas of the victim’s life.
After an on-the-job car accident, you need a skilled attorney on your side to fight aggressively for the benefits you deserve, and to help you obtain the necessary means to reestablish your life’s order. If you have been involved in an on-the-job car accident, contact the experienced attorneys at Lancaster & Eure today.