Left turns or U-turns are some of the more dangerous maneuvers drivers often make. On many occasions, drivers are involved in accidents while making a left turn or U-turn simply because they are unable to gauge how fast an approaching car is going. In fact, two people were killed in a crash on Tuesday after a driver who attempted to make a left turn or U-turn on Griffin Road near Southwest 73rd Avenue was struck by another vehicle [Source: CBS Miami].
Investigators say a vehicle that was heading westbound in the Fort Lauderdale/Davie area attempted to make a left turn or U-turn, and in the process of carrying out the maneuver, was struck by an oncoming car. Although police have not yet disclosed what caused the collision to transpire, they are looking into whether excessive speed played a role. CBS Miami says the two individuals in the vehicle that was turning suffered fatal injuries and the driver in the second vehicle was transported to an area hospital with injuries.
Lt. Mark Leone with the Davie Police Department said the area where the incident occurred was not well lit which makes it extremely dangerous for turning vehicles as they cannot tell how fast a car is coming at them.
If you had the right of way to turn yet your vehicle was struck by a driver who was speeding or engaging in other reckless behavior, you may have a valid case against that individual. Although Florida follows no-fault laws, meaning you would typically file an insurance claim with your insurer regardless of who was at-fault for the accident, it doesn’t necessarily mean you cannot recover compensation other ways. Although Florida’s no-fault insurance laws do help accident victims recover compensation more quickly as they are able to file a claim directly through their own insurance company, it doesn’t provide money for certain damages.
While a person may be able to get 80% of certain medical expenses covered by their Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance, not all care may be covered. And to make matters worse, PIP won’t pay a victim for pain and suffering or other non-economic damages. So, if your PIP benefits were to run out and you still need therapy or massages to help reduce the pain and inflammation you are experiencing, you may have difficulty getting those services covered if you have maxed out your insurance limits.
However, should you choose to retain a Fort Lauderdale, FL accident lawyer after the crash, he/she can determine the maximum amount of compensation your injuries entitle you to and devise a plan on how to recover that amount. If you would like to have a lawyer provide you with an estimate for what your case is worth, USAttorneys.com would be happy to connect you with one now. In the meantime, it is important that you continue tending to your injuries so that you are able to recover quicker. If you are experiencing chronic pain from the incident, HealthPoint offers massage therapy services that can help with this.
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