Answered by: Enrique Ferrer of Ferrer Shane, PL
Of course. You can almost always sue somebody, but the real question is whether or not it’s worth suing. When someone hits you with their car in Florida, at the very least it’ll cause stress and aggravation.
At worst, it means a serious injury or even the loss of life. Florida’s “no-fault” laws mean that relatively minor car accidents probably won’t require a lawsuit for you to recover compensation from your insurer for medical treatment and time off work. But you might need to sue somebody for causing a more serious accident.
No-fault law only provides compensation up to a certain point, not including damages for pain and suffering. If someone caused serious injuries because they were speeding, texting, driving drunk, or just not paying enough attention to the road, a lawsuit might be necessary in terms of both justice and maximum compensation.
A good lawsuit – one that’s not “frivolous,” as some people like to say – has two goals: (1) to hold someone accountable for poor driving and (2) to help you get back on your feet in terms of both health and finances. And, in some cases, nothing can really make you whole again, the way you were before the accident, but a lawsuit can help you right some of the wrong.
So, the answer to whether you can sue someone for hitting you with their car in Florida is “Yes.” But the trick is to know when, where, why and how. Consult directly with a Florida car accident lawyer to help you answer that question.
Related Practice Area: Personal Injury Plaintiff: General
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