Best Personal Injury Attorney Florida – Car Accidents and Snowbirds

Florida is one of the preferred destinations for Snowbirds.  Whether heading to Disney World or the beautiful sandy beaches, these cold chilly northern residents flock south to hibernate the winter away.

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Did you know:

  • Florida absorbs an estimated 1.5 million seasonal Snowbirds who stay a month or more every winter, raising the state’s population by 6%.
  • About 145,000 snowbirds flock to Palm Beach County, raising the population by 11%.
  • Roosting snowbirds boost the population of Jupiter (a city in West Palm) by an estimated 17%; Delray Beach by 14%; Boynton Beach and Palm Beach Gardens by 11%; and, The Town of Palm Beach’s population soars by an extra 75%. (Courtesy of the Palm Beach Post – April 2017)
  • Florida is the ONLY mainland State reliably not freezing in January.
  • How many Canadian Snowbirds are there in Florida?  Lots – it is estimated over 600,000 Canadians flock to the sunshine state every year as winter seasonal residents.

Florida does have challenges for Snowbirds who drive a car within the great state:

  • Florida has the most uninsured drivers than any other state in the Union.
  • According to figures from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, more accidents occur during Florida’s winter months than any other time of the year.  This directly correlates with Snowbird migration, i.e. November 26th to March 31.
  • Florida experiences the highest number of accidents in December, January and February.
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notes I-95 and I-75  in Florida are two of the most dangerous highways in the United States.

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The majority of Florida’s motor vehicle accidents, happen in the following cities:

  1. Miami
  2. Fort Lauderdale
  3. Tampa Bay
  4. Orlando
  5. Cape Corral
  6. Jacksonville
  7. West Palm Beach
  8. Panama City
  9. Fort Myers

Florida’s motor vehicle accident Provisions and Limitation periods:

Florida’s minimal mandatory motor vehicle liability policy is $10,000.

If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident (section 95.11(3)(a)), you have four years, to file a lawsuit for compensation.  If you do not bring an action within the prescribed time you will be barred from doing so.

Florida is a “nofault” state. That means, in the event of a car accident, you look to your own auto insurance policy to make a claim for  medical expenses, regardless of fault.

In Florida you can only sue the at fault driver for personal injury compensation if you pass its “Threshold”.  You must be suffering from a “Permanent”, or “Serious Impairment”, or, “Disfigurement” prior to bringing an action.

Sound complicated?  It is.  For travellers involved in a car accident outside of their home state or province the process can be quite intimidating.   Thats where we come in.  For over 35 years we have been helping seriously injured snowbirds get the medical treatment and care they need to recover from their injuries and to receive compensation for their losses.

Cross Border Car Accidents are complicated.  We arrange for you to speak to some of the best Personal Injury Attorneys in Florida. Our personal injury attorneys specialize in, cross border accidents.  They work collaboratively with other lawyers and attorneys in various states and provinces to protect you and your family’s legal rights and remedies.

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407.995.6770 (Orlando)

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The Cerasa Law Firm is consistently rated as one of Central Florida’s best firms for accident and injury law. It’s all we do. Our firm’s sole mission is to level the playing field and ensure we get our clients all the compensation they are entitled to. Our clients are more than just a name on paper. We strive to develop a close and trusting relationship with each and every client.

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