Car Accidents

Lake City Car Accident Lawyer

Have You Been Injured in a Car Accident in Lake City, FL?

Car accidents are a common occurrence in Lake City, FL, and across the state. Even a minor car accident can be a frightening and life-changing event. Unfortunately, many car accidents result in serious injuries or even death.

If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident in Lake City that was not your fault, you deserve to be fully compensated for your injuries and other losses. The experienced Lake City car accident attorneys at Schackow & Mercadante, P.A. are here to help. We have been serving clients in Lake City and throughout Florida since 1965. We have a long track record of success and have helped thousands of clients recover full and fair compensation.

Contact our office today at (352) 261-6767 or reach us online to schedule a free consultation with one of our Lake City car accident lawyers.

Common Causes of Car Accidents

Many different factors can cause a car accident. Some of the most common causes of car accidents in Lake City include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Speeding
  • Aggressive driving
  • Reckless driving
  • Poor road conditions
  • Vehicle defects
  • Defective road design
  • Poor weather conditions

Florida Car Accident Laws

Florida follows a "no-fault" system for car accidents, meaning that drivers must carry Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance coverage. This coverage provides compensation for medical expenses and lost wages regardless of who was at fault in the accident. The minimum PIP coverage required in Florida is $10,000.

Despite the no-fault system, there are instances where fault is still relevant. If the accident results in serious injuries, permanent disability, or disfigurement, the injured party may pursue a claim against the at-fault driver's insurance for additional compensation. Determining fault in Florida typically relies on evidence such as police reports, witness statements, and traffic laws.

Florida follows a pure comparative negligence rule, which means that even if you are partially at fault for an accident, you can still recover damages. However, your compensation will be reduced by the percentage of fault attributed to you. For example, if you are found 20% at fault and your damages amount to $10,000, you would receive $8,000 ($10,000 - 20%).

The statute of limitations for personal injury claims resulting from car accidents is generally four years from the date of the accident. For property damage claims, the statute of limitations is typically four years as well.

Why Choose Our Lake City Car Accident Lawyers?

After a car accident, you may be left with serious injuries and other losses. You may be unable to work and facing mounting medical bills. You deserve to be fully compensated for your injuries and other losses. However, the insurance company is not on your side. Insurance companies are for-profit companies that are only looking out for their own best interests. They will do everything they can to minimize the amount of money they have to pay out on your claim, including denying your claim altogether. That is why you need an experienced Lake City car accident lawyer on your side.

At Schackow & Mercandante, we can help you level the playing field and fight for the full and fair compensation you are owed. Our team has a long track record of success and has helped thousands of clients recover the compensation they are entitled to. We have a deep understanding of Florida car accident law and know how to build a winning case. We will handle all the details of your case and fight to protect your rights every step of the way.

Contact our office today at to schedule your free consultation with one of our experienced Lake City car accident attorneys.

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