Our Michigan car accident lawyers frequently represent Michigan residents who are injured in motor vehicle accidents in Florida. With many Michiganders wintering and vacationing in Florida, there are unfortunately a number of serious auto accidents in that state every year. Other cases involve students who attend colleges and universities in Florida or those who are vacationing in that state. These motor vehicle accidents include car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents.
Florida Car Accident Information
The population of Florida continues to grow and has become a retirement destination for many former Michigan residents. The climate is subtropical, rarely receiving any snow which does attract many people from the Midwest to make “The Sunshine State” either their second home for the winter or their new permanent home. Despite the good weather and smooth, dry roads, there are still a number of serious auto crashes involving out of state visitors every year.
Many of these accidents occur in cities, subdivisions, and even parking lots. However, a substantial number of serious collisions occur on the major highways and freeways that run through the state, including:
- U.S. Route 1 (Overseas Highway)
- Interstate 4
- Interstate 10
- Interstate 75
- Interstate 95
- Ronald Reagan Turnpike (Florida’s turnpike, Sunshine State Parkway)
- Toll 589 (The Veteran’s Expressway/Suncoast Parkway)
- Toll 417 (The Seminole Expressway)
- Toll 528 (The Martin Anderson Beachline Expressway)
- Polk Parkway (Toll Road 570)
- Toll 869 (Sawgrass Expressway)
Michigan Residents: Out of State No-Fault Insurance Claims
A Michigan resident injured in a Florida auto accident may be able to make a claim for no-fault insurance benefits. This is a tremendous benefit for the out-of-state resident because the No-Fault Statute provides benefits that pay for wages lost from work, medical expenses, and household chores. Best of all, there is no limit to the amount of medical expenses paid and these benefits last for your lifetime.
To make a no-fault insurance claim, the Michigan resident must either have his or her own auto insurance policy or reside with a family member who has a Michigan policy. This type of claim can be made even though the striking vehicle was not insured in Michigan. To preserve your rights, you must file an Application for No-Fault Benefits within one year of the date of the accident.
The injured person can also seek compensation against the negligent driver for the personal injuries suffered in the accident. These claims are in addition to medical expenses and lost wages and include pain and suffering, disability, and disfigurements. These cases often result in substantial settlements for the injury victim.
Contact Our Michigan Out of State Car Accident Lawyers
To learn more about the rights of a Michigan resident injured in a car accident in Florida, you should call our experienced attorneys today to discuss your legal rights. We will provide you with a free, no obligation case review and carefully explain your rights to you. If you have a case, we will represent you under our No Free Promise, which means there are no legal fees or costs unless you receive a settlement. Call us now at (800) 606-1717 to get started.