What damages can be collected after a distracted driving accident in Miami, Florida?
Distracted drivers are to blame for a large percentage of the motor vehicle accidents that transpire on U.S. roadways. In 2018, more than 2,800 individuals were killed in an accident involving a distracted driver and approximately 400,000 suffered injuries.1 When an individual decides to operate their vehicle in an unsafe manner, they are showing their disregard for the safety of others. And if their lack of care leads to a car accident occurring, they can be held financially responsible for any damage they cause.
If a motorist and/or their passengers suffered injuries in a distracted driving accident in Miami and they have questions concerning their right to compensation, they can contact a Miami personal injury lawyer for help.
Holding a Distracted Driver Accountable for Their Actions
Drivers who cause crashes can sometimes be held responsible for compensating the parties they injure. Generally, before an injured party can go after a negligent motorist, they will need to file a Personal Injury Protection (PIP) claim with their own insurer if they are looking to get some of their medical expenses covered and collect compensation to make up for any wages they were unable to earn.
If a car crash victim’s injuries are serious and their PIP coverage isn’t enough to pay for the care they had rendered and/or will need to have rendered, then they can file an insurance claim with the at-fault driver’s insurer. In the event there isn’t enough insurance coverage between both insurance policies, then the victim may be able to sue the at-fault party. While the insurance company will generally pay certain damages including medical expenses and lost wages, a civil lawsuit will allow the victim to sue for any of the following that apply:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Any additional accident-related expenses the insurance company wouldn’t cover
What is the average payout for a distracted driving accident claim in Florida?
The amount a distracted driving accident victim may be entitled to recover depends on the injuries they sustained, how much they have accrued in medical expenses, the type of medical treatment they will need going forward, and how the accident has impacted their life and livelihood. After taking all of this into account, a Miami, FL personal injury attorney can then provide a victim with an estimate for what their case is worth.
If a distracted driving accident victim would like to find out how much they might be entitled to receive in damages or what steps they need to take to obtain the maximum amount they are due, they should contact Mario Trespalacios P.A.
Personal injury lawyer Mario Trespalacios has been providing legal services to injured parties since 1992 and would be more than happy to assist those whose lives have been upended by a distracted driver in Miami.
Mario Trespalacios P.A. can be contacted at:
9495 SW 72 Street, Suite B-275
Miami, FL 33173
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