Lakeland Car Accident Attorneys
More than 250,000 automobile accidents occur every year in Florida, causing fatalities in the thousands and injuries in the hundreds of thousands. The sad fact is that most of these tragedies could have been avoided if negligent and distracted drivers would have devoted more of their attention to driving with care and looking out for their fellow drivers. At Mank & Mank, our Lakeland car accident attorneys help car accident victims in Lakeland and Polk County recover compensation for their injuries from the insurance companies and at-fault drivers responsible for their damages.
Recovering compensation under Florida auto accident law
The first option for recovery after a car accident is typically the injured victim’s Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage. This no-fault insurance coverage will pay 80% of your medical bills and 60% of your lost wages, up to a total of $10,000. You do not have to prove the other driver was at fault in order to make your claim. However, unless you sought treatment for an emergency medical condition within 14 days of the accident, you can be limited to only recovering $2,500 from your PIP policy. Contact our Lakeland car accident attorneys for more information.
In the event you suffered a serious injury and your expenses exceed the limits of your PIP policy, you may be able to sue the at-fault driver for the full amount of your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and other legal damages. This type of personal injury lawsuit will require you to prove the other driver’s negligence while fighting off charges that your own negligence caused or contributed to the accident. A lawsuit against the at-fault driver is only allowed under Florida law if your injury involves one of the following:
- a significant and permanent loss of an important bodily function
- a significant and permanent scarring or disfigurement
- a permanent injury within a reasonable degree of medical probability
Get help from experienced Lakeland Car Accident Attorneys
We can help you determine whether you have a PIP claim or a fault-based claim and can represent you in the process of obtaining the maximum recovery available for your injuries. In Lakeland and Polk County, call Mank & Mank at 863-808-1344 to schedule a complimentary evaluation of your potential claims, let our experienced Lakeland car accident attorneys help.