How much can I expect to recover from my car accident?
No two car accidents are the same, so there is no average amount of damages awarded for car accidents. However, you can calculate how much your claim will be worth by adding up your economic and non-economic damages.
Compile all of the bills and receipts for things that you had to spend your money on as a result of the accident, such as hospital bills or lost wages. Once you total this amount, you will have an estimate for your economic damages.
Non-economic damages are more difficult to determine. Contact an expert car accident lawyer to discuss what non-economic damages apply in your case and how much you can recover.
What is the comparative fault in Florida?
If you have been injured in a car accident in Florida, you have a legal right to pursue financial compensation for your injuries. This applies even if you are partially responsible for the car accident. However, the percentage of the damages awarded may be diminished by the amount of fault that is attributed to you.
Florida is a pure comparative negligence state, where fault may be attributed to both drivers involved in a car accident. They can only collect damages proportionate to their percentage of fault. For example, if you were 40% responsible for an accident, you can only sue to recover 60% of your damages.
However, in Florida, the person can sue if they are 0-99% responsible for the accident. This means that the party who is more at fault can sue the victim for damages as well, although they will only collect a small percentage of the compensation.