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Category: Car Accidents

Car Accidents and Pre-Existing Conditions

All kinds of people are involved in car accidents every day, including the elderly and the unwell. Unfortunately, people with pre-existing conditions face unique challenges when it comes to pursuing a claim for compensation. The Niceville car accident lawyers at Powell, Powell & Powell want you to know that you are not alone, and we have the knowledge and experience you need to make a full recovery.

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FLHSMV Releases 2021 Crash Data

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) recently released its crash data for 2021. While the data is considered “preliminary” and finalized data has not been published, it does provide a snapshot of trending motor vehicle accidents across Florida and in Okaloosa County. Analyzing the data is a sober reminder that motor vehicle accidents are one of the most common causes of serious injuries and deaths in our area. If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, a Crestview auto accident lawyer can help you get back on your feet.

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Do You Need a Lawyer Even Though You Have PIP Coverage?

As with a handful of other states, Florida is a “No-Fault” accident state. This means that the personal injury protection (“PIP”) coverage that is included with your automobile insurance covers any bodily injuries that you suffer as a result of a car accident, regardless of fault. Compare this to other states where you must pursue a claim against the at-fault driver for your injuries.

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Weather-Related Car Accidents

While Florida drivers do not have to contend with snow and ice common during winter in other states, weather can still play a factor in many accidents. In these accidents, there is a tendency to think that no one is at fault. While weather can cause some accidents that are simply unavoidable, this is not always the case. If you have been injured in a weather-related car accident, a Fort Walton car accident lawyer can review your case and determine whether you have a claim.

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What You Need to Know if You Have Been Injured in a Car Accident Caused by a Drunk Driver

It is an unfortunate reality that drunk driving accidents spike during the holidays. Whether it is a family get-together or a company party, people celebrating the holidays often means getting behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol. Drunk driving accidents can lead to serious injuries and even death in some cases. If you have been injured in a drunk driving accident, the best thing you can do is contact a Fort Walton car accident lawyer as soon as possible.

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Things to Consider if You Have Been Injured as a Passenger in a Car Accident

When considering car accidents and potential injury claims, the focus tends toward the claim that one driver makes against the other. In reality, many car accidents also result in injuries to passengers. It is important to understand that passenger claims have their own unique considerations when it comes to pursuing a claim for compensation. If you have been injured as a passenger in a car accident, you should contact a Fort Walton car accident lawyer to discuss your options.

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Were You Injured in a Multi-Vehicle Accident?

A recent accident near Orlando involved 15 vehicles and sent six people to the hospital. The accident occurred on State Road 417 and highlights how easily these accidents can occur when there is a high volume of traffic moving at a high rate of speed. Multi-vehicle accidents often result in severe injuries and can even result in death. Unfortunately, pursuing a claim for compensation can be very challenging in these types of cases. If you have been injured in a multi-vehicle accident, a Fort Walton car accident lawyer can help you get the compensation you need to rebuild your life.

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Is the Other Driver Blaming You for Your Car Accident?

Car accidents often happen so fast that there can be considerable disagreement as to what happened. In some cases, the at-fault driver is unwilling to accept responsibility for their own role in the accident and looks to blame the other driver. Whether they claim the accident is entirely or partially your fault, it can have important implications for your claim. If you have been injured in a car accident and the at-fault driver is blaming you, A Fort Walton car accident lawyer can overcome this argument and help you get the compensation you deserve.

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Teen Driver Accidents: What Parents Need to Know

For many Florida parents, dealing with their teen drivers’ accidents is an unfortunate fact of life. Teen drivers face a number of risks and temptations as they learn, from careless drivers to receiving texts and social media notifications behind the wheel.

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4 Reasons to Hire an Attorney After a Car Accident

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, then Florida law may give you a right to sue and recover damages from the defendant.  In pursuing a claim against the defendant, however, you’ll want to work with a qualified attorney who can represent your interests from beginning to end.

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Don’t Talk to Insurers Without an Attorney

If you have purchased car insurance, then you probably expect it to pay out when you are involved in a car accident.  Unfortunately, insurance companies are always looking for ways to avoid having to payout for losses sustained by their policyholders.  In doing so, they engage a few different strategies, such as communicating directly with their policyholder (so that the policyholder will make a statement undermining their claims).

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Consequences of a No-Fault Repeal in Florida

The Florida Senate, with the support of the Florida Justice Association (FJA), has recently passed SB 54 in a party-line vote, which would replace no-fault insurance, also known as Personal Injury Protection (PIP), with Mandatory Bodily Injury (MBI) Insurance.

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Punitive Damages in a Car Accident Case

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, then Florida law may not only entitle you to significant compensatory damages (paying out for your injuries and the consequences thereof) but may also allow you to pursue bonus punitive damages.  These bonus punitive damages can lead to multimillion-dollar damage totals — in fact, many cases involving punitive damages have damage totals that are sufficiently high that they make the news.  As such, pursuing punitive damages is worthwhile if you can justify the claim.

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Suing the Employer of a Defendant in an Auto Accident

If you’ve been injured in an auto accident, then you may be somewhat overwhelmed by the prospect of litigation.  This anxiety can be worsened if you discover that the defendant-driver does not have sufficient insurance coverage (or personal assets) to cover your losses.  In such circumstances, you may have to start looking at other potential defendants from whom you can secure compensation.

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