The Orlando Sentinel recently reported that a woman died after she crashed her car into a Walt Disney Bus. Apparently, the driver ran through a red light in her SUV when she collided with the Disney bus, that was transporting guests, and another vehicle. The SUV driver sped through the red light on West Buena Vista Drive and Western Way at around 2:30 a.m.
Evidently, the bus and third vehicle were driving south on Buena Vista nearing Western Way. When the SUV driver ran through the light, the bus hit her car on the left side. It proceeded to spin around and only stopped after hitting the third car. The driver of the SUV, unfortunately, passed away. No other passengers were hurt in the accident. Reports indicate that an investigation is still being conducted regarding the accident.
How to File a Personal Injury Claim in Florida
To increase your chances of success, it is important that you contact an attorney to assist you in filing your personal injury suit. The first thing that needs to be established is whether the other party was actually negligent. In order to prove that, the plaintiff must show that the other party owed him or her a duty of care, that the other party breached that duty, that the breach resulted in the plaintiff’s injuries, and that actual damages were sustained.
The plaintiff must then determine which jurisdiction to file the claim in. Florida law requires that personal injury claims are filed in the actual county where the accident happened or in the county where at least one of the defendant lives. If the plaintiff believes that the damages resulted in more than $15,000, the claim should be heard by a Florida circuit court. However, if the damages are less than that amount, they can be filed in a county court. It is important to note that filing in a county court could limit the amount of damages that you can receive.
It is also important to abide by all filings and deadline requirements. In Florida, personal injury cases have a specific statute of limitations. This means that there is a certain amount of time after an injury occurs that the claim can be filed. Many times, this is four years, but it is recommended that you contact an attorney to determine whether this applies in your specific case.
Have You or a Loved One Been Involved in a Serious Accident?
Personal injury cases can be extremely emotionally exhausting and time-consuming. These types of cases require a significant amount of skill, preparation, and diligence. The attorneys at Cecere Santana encompass all of those qualities. The attorneys at this firm work to ensure that their clients have the best possible representation in their personal injury suits. The staff is able to communicate in both English and Spanish and has years of experience researching, settling, and litigating personal injury suits. It is important to have dedicated counsel because personal injury suits require strict compliance with regulations, filings, and deadlines. Additionally, these cases often involve multiple parties and the need to deal with insurance companies. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your past medical bills, future medical expenses, and other damages related to your injuries. Contact one of our attorneys today at 800-753-5529 to schedule a free initial consultation today.
More Blog Posts:
Are You a Victim of Personal Injury?, Cecere Santana Injury Lawyers Blog, published August 26, 2014.
Save Money on Auto Insurance, Cecere Santana Injury Lawyers Blog, published July 23, 2014.