Florida has long had a reputation for being a state with a large number of “bad drivers.” Indeed, Florida drivers are involved in over 250,000 auto accidents each year, with over 100,000 of those accidents resulting in serious injuries. In all, Florida car accidents are responsible for approximately 1,800 fatalities each year.It may come as no surprise, then, that according to a study released earlier this month, Florida ranks among the states with the worst drivers in the country. The study took various variables into account, including the total number of drivers, the number of DUI accidents, the number of traffic tickets issued, the total number of traffic fatalities, and the number of uninsured drivers. After all of the data was analyzed, Florida was ranked as the state with the worst drivers.
Interestingly, one key variable that stuck out when looking at Florida driver data was the unusual number of internet searches for “speeding tickets” and “traffic tickets.” Presumably, if a motorist is researching traffic tickets, they have recently been issued a ticket or warning by a police officer. Florida also had the second-highest rate of uninsured drivers in the nation, second only to Oklahoma.
Uninsured Drivers on Florida Roads
Given the large number of uninsured drivers in Florida, it is important for motorists to understand which avenues of relief they have if they are involved in an accident with an uninsured driver.
In Florida, motorists are required to carry a certain level of insurance in order to legally operate a vehicle. Currently, the minimum limits are set at $10,000 for personal injury protection and $10,000 for property damage liability. Notably, these limits are low, and many car accidents will result in damages in excess of the $10,000 limit. Therefore, it is advised that motorists obtain more than the minimum required level of insurance.
Even if a motorist does have additional insurance coverage, there is a chance that a driver’s insurance company will reject a claim or offer a lowball settlement offer in hopes of making the claim “go away” for as little compensation as possible. In these situations, an accident victim should reach out to a dedicated South Florida personal injury attorney to discuss their case and see if a South Florida personal injury lawsuit may result in a chance for fuller compensation.
Have You Been Injured in a South Florida Car Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a South Florida car accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation through a claim or lawsuit. The dedicated Florida personal injury attorneys at the law firm of Friedman, Rodman & Frank have decades of experience representing accident victims in a wide range of personal injury cases, including car and truck accidents. To learn more about how Florida law may permit you to recover compensation for your injuries, call 877-448-8585 to schedule a free consultation with a Florida personal injury attorney from the law firm of Friedman, Rodman & Frank.
More Blog Posts:
Establishing Causation in South Florida Car Accidents, South Florida Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, published August 24, 2017.
Who Is Responsible in Florida When Someone Causes an Accident Using a Borrowed or Stolen Car?, South Florida Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, published August 10, 2017.