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Understanding fault in Florida

On Behalf of | Jun 24, 2022 | Car Accidents

The aftermath of a car accident can be frustrating and devastating. In addition to injuries, you likely have extensive damage to your vehicle.

A car accident can also become confusing. Florida is a “no-fault” state when it comes to car accidents, but that does not mean that no one is at fault for the accident.

Here’s what you should know about fault when you are dealing with a car accident in Florida.

What does “no-fault” mean?

In Florida, the no-fault statute primarily means that when it is time to cover damages from a car accident, the people involved will report it to their own insurance carriers. However, there are still occasions when you may need to look to the other person (or their insurance provider) for recovery from an accident.

There is some measure of fault for most car accidents for both parties. Typically, fault on both sides will mean that you will each seek coverage from your own insurance for the claim.

There are exceptions

In some cases, either one party experiences severe injuries or the accident was entirely the other party’s fault. These situations often include devastating injuries.

Typically, if both parties are at fault and you are seeking damages, a jury will determine first the amount of damages and then the level of fault for each party. The total damages will then be reduced by the amount you were at fault.

It is essential to deal with damages from a car accident as soon as possible. You should talk to a skilled professional about your situation and what you can do to recover for your injuries and damages from the accident.


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