Boca Raton is the second-largest city in the Palm Beaches, and it should be no surprise that traffic in the area can cause a significant number of problems on a daily and yearly basis. The roads are always busy — between tourists, current residents, and people who migrate from the colder parts of the world to sunshine-filled areas.
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, auto accidents are incredibly common in Boca Raton – and have been for many years. In 2020, there were 22,093 crashes in Palm Beach County, which resulted in 185 fatalities. There have currently been 7,037 total crashes in Palm Beach County, which resulted in 65 fatalities. There was a slight decline in car accidents in 2020 compared to previous years. The decline in the number of car accidents could be attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Who Is Responsible For A Car Accident In Boca Raton?
After any type of auto accident in Florida, if you have been injured and/or incurred damages to your vehicle, you will want to understand all your options for receiving compensation for your losses. Florida is a no-fault car insurance state. The Florida No-Fault Motor Vehicle Law requires drivers to carry PIP (Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage as part of their auto insurance coverage.
The no-fault coverage will the insured’s bills up to the limit of the insurance, regardless of who was at fault. When an auto accident occurs, every person involved in the accident will look to his or her auto insurance provider to pay the costs of medical care and additional losses. Under Florida’s no-fault statute, your Personal Injury Protection coverage will cover 80 percent of the medical bills you incur in an accident. If you are not able to return to work due to the injuries you sustained in the accident, your PIP coverage will cover 60 percent of the lost wages.
Exceptions To The No-Fault Law
There are exceptions to Florida’s no-fault law that will permit you to file a claim against the other driver who was responsible for the accident. If you sustained significant injuries or a permanent injury due to the accident, this would be considered an exception to the law. Under the Florida statute, a permanent injury is defined as:
- “A significant and permanent loss of one or more bodily functions”
- “Permanent injury within a reasonable degree of medical probability”
- “Significant and permanent scarring or disfigurement”
Contacting A Boca Raton Car Accident Lawyer
If you can show that the other driver was at fault and caused your injuries, you will be able to recover out-of-pocket medical expenses that you obtained after the PIP has been paid. Every case is going to be different and will need to be judged on its own merits. This is why our car accident lawyers will dive deep into all the details of your case.
Once we have discovered the cause of your accident, we will set our sights on determining who will be held accountable. When you call our law firm in Boca Raton, we will handle all aspects of your car accident case from beginning to end, while being open and honest throughout the entire process. We will prepare a solid legal claim and pursue compensation from all parties who were responsible for the accident.
If you are not extended a fair offer from an auto insurance provider, we will be prepared to take additional steps. Since 1984, Ronald M. Zakarin has provided clients with skilled representation in multiple practice areas, and this experience has proven to be quite advantageous. Call our office today at 561-338-5297 or email Rzakarin@zakarinlegal.com to request your free case evaluation.