Liability for Car Accidents Involving Tourists
Florida has some of the busiest roads in the country. Although many of the drivers on these roads are residents, a large number are visitors and they are just at-risk, (if not more so due to the unfamiliarity with the roads), of being involved in a collision. Having to negotiate a settlement or otherwise filing a claim after an accident with someone from out of town can make the process of obtaining compensation after a collision even more difficult than usual, so if you were injured in a collision with someone from out-of-state, you should contact an experienced Fort Lauderdale auto accident lawyer who can review your case and walk you through your legal options.
No-Fault Car Insurance
Due to the demand for Florida’s balmy weather, lovely beaches, and other variety of attractions, Florida’s roads have become more congested than ever. While this means that motorists are much more likely to be injured in an accident, it is important to note that those who do sustain injuries in collisions can obtain compensation for their accident-related losses.
Florida is a no-fault auto insurance state, which means that motorists who are involved in car accidents are required to contact their own insurers to recover damages. Only when a person has exceeded the limits of his or her own policy, or has suffered a serious injury, can he or she file a claim with the at-fault party’s insurer or the court.
Filing a Third Party Claim or Lawsuit Against an At-Fault Driver
Out-of-state drivers are still generally covered by their insurance policies even when they are involved in an accident in Florida. Furthermore, under Florida law, a person who crosses state lines is automatically presumed to have given his or her consent to appear in court, which can help ensure that Florida motorists who are injured in collisions with out-of-state drivers can still recover compensation for their losses. Doing so can, however, be a complicated process to navigate, as claimants may be required to communicate with an out-of-state insurer, as well as the at-fault driver. For this reason, car accident victims whose collisions were caused by an out-of-state driver are generally encouraged to speak with an attorney who can help them grapple with unfamiliar insurers and conflicting state laws.
Were You Injured in an Accident with an Out-of-State Driver?
If you were injured in an accident, you have the right to seek compensation for your losses regardless of whether the person who caused your accident is a resident of Florida. This does not necessarily mean, however, that filing this type of claim is easy. In fact, it can be much more difficult to recover compensation from an out-of-state driver, so if you were recently injured in an accident through no fault of your own, please call 954-566-9919 today to speak with one of the experienced car accident lawyers at Boone & Davis about your legal options.