Traffic Laws In Florida And Delray Beach Collisions
There are reasons for traffic laws, they are designed to keep everyone using Florida roadways safe, including drivers, passengers, motorcycle riders, bicyclists, and pedestrians. While these laws are effective when observed, accidents causing injuries and damages can occur when individuals fail to follow these laws,
Some traffic law violations are more common than others. For example, failing to yield and driving too fast happen too often and have resulted in many Florida vehicular accidents. If you were injured in a car wreck that was a direct consequence of a traffic violation, discuss the possibility of a settlement with a Delray Beach personal injury attorney.
No-Fault Rules and Common Violations
Florida, along with 12 other states and Puerto Rico, follows no-fault rules when it comes to damage recovery. This means, regardless of who was at fault for a collision, an individual involved in a car accident can turn to their own Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage for accident expense compensation. Because of this, you may be able to rely on your PIP benefits after a traffic violation collision. That said, your expenses may be higher than your PIP coverage, which is often set at a maximum of $10.000.
Common traffic violations that can lead to Florida collisions:
- Driving too fast is a leading cause of car accidents in Florida. When drivers exceed the speed limit or drive too fast for the conditions of the road, they increase their risk of losing control of their vehicle and colliding with other cars or objects.
- Running red lights. Failing to completely stop at a red light is a dangerous traffic violation that can result in T-bone, also referred to as side impact, collisions.
- Texting while driving. Driving distracted is risky, which is why texting while driving is illegal in Florida. When drivers take their eyes off the road to read or send a text message, they increase their risk of causing an accident.
- Failing to yield. Failure to yield to other drivers, pedestrians, or bicyclists is a common traffic law violation that happens when drivers fail to follow yield signs or traffic signals, increasing their risk of causing a collision.
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a traffic law violation, it is important to work with a skilled and experienced legal expert who can guide you and protect your rights.
Comparative Negligence and Working with an Injury Lawyer
It is also important to know that in addition to Florida following no-fault rules, it is also a comparative negligence state. This means in a personal injury dispute, percentages of fault may be assessed, meaning your recovery could be reduced by the percentage of fault that you carry. Bring your questions and concerns to the attention of a Delray Beach personal injury attorney to learn more.
Do you believe traffic law violations were the main reason you sustained a Florida accident injury? Discuss the details of your injury and accident expenses with the team at Earnhart Law in Delray Beach. Schedule your fee-free consultation, call 561-265-2220 or contact us online.