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Cobertura De Motorista Sin Seguro:

Cobertura De Motorista Sin Seguro:

Por El Abogado De Lesiones Personales De Tampa, Martin J. Hernández

La cobertura de motorista no asegurado (UM) es opcional en el estado de Florida. Puede comprar la cobertura de motorista sin seguro en su propia póliza de seguro de automóvil. El conductor sin seguro lo cubre a usted y a los familiares que viven con usted, y a las personas que ocupan su automóvil. El automovilista sin seguro le paga por las lesiones causadas por un accidente automovilístico en el que el conductor culpable no tiene seguro o tiene un seguro insuficiente.

¿Por Qué Es Importante La Cobertura De Motorista Sin Seguro En Florida?

 Aproximadamente el 30% de los conductores de la Florida no tienen seguro de automóvil, y un conductor se considera “asegurado” con límites tan bajos como $ 10,000 por persona / $ 20,000 por accidente por lesiones corporales. A menudo, eso no cubrirá un viaje a la sala de emergencias. Aproximadamente el 50% de las pólizas de seguro de auto de Florida tienen límites de $ 25,000 por persona o menos. Si resulta herido o herido en un accidente automovilístico por un conductor sin seguro o con un seguro insuficiente, es posible que deba pagar sus lesiones de su bolsillo. Es por esto que es importante tener cobertura de motorista sin seguro en la Florida.

¿Qué Paga La Cobertura De Motorista Sin Seguro?

La cobertura de conductor no asegurado paga por facturas médicas, pérdida del futuro disfrute de la vida, pérdida de salario y discapacidad, atención de enfermería a largo plazo, dispositivos médicos como sillas de ruedas, dolor y sufrimiento, muerte, servicios de reemplazo por cosas que ya no puede hacer. Como el trabajo de jardinería y la limpieza. Además, la cobertura para conductores sin seguro puede pagar el costo de volver a adaptar su casa para acomodar las discapacidades causadas por el accidente automovilístico.

¿Con Quién Debo Comunicarme Si Tengo Un Accidente Automovilístico?

Si ha sido lesionado en un accidente automovilístico, comuníquese con un abogado lo antes posible. Determinar la responsabilidad en un accidente automovilístico suele ser complejo. Los daños son a menudo complicados. El tratamiento de las lesiones sostenidas puede ser costoso, doloroso y puede llevar meses o incluso años. La cobertura de seguro, especialmente la cobertura de motorista sin seguro, es muy importante. Un abogado con experiencia en accidentes automovilísticos puede investigar y buscar agresivamente la compensación financiera a la que tiene derecho por el dolor y el sufrimiento y por el tratamiento y la atención médica. Un abogado con experiencia en accidentes automovilísticos analizará exhaustivamente su caso y explicará las disposiciones del seguro y las opciones que tiene para obtener una compensación justa.

Si usted o un ser querido ha sido lesionado en un accidente automovilístico debido a la negligencia de otro, tiene derecho a una indemnización. Un abogado con experiencia en accidentes automovilísticos determinará la cobertura de seguro disponible y lo ayudará a resolver el asunto o a presentar una demanda por lesiones personales que solicite una indemnización.

¿Por Qué Fernández Y Hernández?

Los abogados con experiencia en lesiones personales en Fernandez & Hernandez pueden investigar y determinar la responsabilidad. Los abogados de Fernández y Hernández determinarán qué daños y gastos compensatorios son justos para su tratamiento médico, pérdida de ingresos, daños a la propiedad, dolor y sufrimiento, y angustia mental. Si se determina que la parte responsable de sus lesiones es especialmente negligente y descuidada, se pueden otorgar daños punitivos.

El abogado Martin J. Hernández de Fernández y Hernández proporciona representación legal para víctimas y familias en casos de accidentes automovilísticos y casos de muerte por negligencia. Nuestros abogados de lesiones personales en Tampa agradecen la oportunidad de entrevistarnos con usted y sus seres queridos. Lo invitamos a revisar nuestros resultados recientes para acuerdos y veredictos de prueba. Nuestras calificaciones y antecedentes también están disponibles para usted. Recomendamos también leer nuestros comentarios en Google Reviews, Avvo y Yelp. Nuestros abogados de Tampa, Martin Hernández y Daniel Fernández también son bilingües.

Los abogados de lesiones personales de Tampa en Fernández y Hernández sirven a las comunidades de Florida, incluyendo Tampa, Brandon, Carrollwood, Westchase, Riverview, Temple Terrace, Pasco, Pinellas, San Petersburgo, Clearwater, Lakeland, Plant City, Ruskin, Apollo Beach, Dover, Valrico, Lutz, Lakeland y muchos otros vecindarios en el área de Tampa Bay.

No importa cuán graves o mínimas sean sus lesiones, lucharemos arduamente por la compensación de sus facturas médicas, el dolor y el sufrimiento y la pérdida de salarios. El abogado Martin J. Hernandez puede ayudarlo a guiarlo en el proceso. En Fernandez & Hernandez sabemos cómo ayudarlo a usted y a su familia después de cualquier tipo de accidente, y tenemos los recursos para hacerlo. Cuando llame a Fernández y Hernández, responderemos a todas sus preguntas rápidamente.

Nuestros abogados de lesiones personales pueden ayudarlo en todas las fases de lesiones y casos de muerte por negligencia. Manejamos las reclamaciones por lesiones personales desde la investigación inicial hasta el juicio y los procedimientos de apelación. En Fernández y Hernández, iremos a juicio, si es necesario, y lucharemos en su nombre, y tenemos los resultados para demostrarlo.

Si ha estado involucrado en un accidente automovilístico en el área de Tampa Bay, llame al abogado de lesiones personales de Tampa, Martin J. Hernandez de Fernandez & Hernandez al 813-229-5353

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Uninsured Motorist Coverage

Uninsured Motorist Coverage

– by Tampa Personal Injury Attorney, Martin J. Hernandez

Uninsured Motorist Coverage (UM) is optional in the State of Florida. You can purchase Uninsured Motorist Coverage on your own auto insurance policy. Uninsured Motorist covers you and the relatives who live with you, and people who occupy your car. Uninsured Motorist pays you for injuries caused by an auto accident where the at-fault driver is uninsured or under-insured.

Why Is Uninsured Motorist Coverage Important in Florida?

Approximately 30% of Florida drivers have no auto insurance, and a driver is considered “insured” with limits as low as $10,000 per person/$20,000 per accident for bodily injury. Often, that will not cover a trip to the Emergency Room. Approximately 50% of Florida auto insurance policies have limits of $25,000 per person or lower. If you are hurt or injured in a car accident by an uninsured or under-insured drivers, you may have to pay for your injuries out of pocket. This is why it is important to have Uninsured Motorist Coverage in Florida.

What Does Uninsured Motorist Coverage Pay For?

Uninsured Motorist Coverage pays for things like medical bills, loss of the future enjoyment of life, lost wages and disability, long term nursing care, medical devices like wheelchairs, pain and  suffering, death, replacement services for things you are no longer able to do such as yard work and cleaning.  Also, Uninsured Motorist Coverage may pay for the cost to retro-fit your house to accommodate disabilities caused by the auto accident.

Who Should I Contact If I am In A Motor Vehicle Crash?

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle crash contact a attorney as soon as possible. Determining liability in a motor vehicle crash is usually complex. Damages are often complicated. Treatment of sustained injuries may be costly, painful and may take months, or even years. Insurance coverage, especially Uninsured Motorist Coverage, is very important. An experienced motor vehicle crash attorney can aggressively investigate and seek the financial compensation you are entitled to for pain and suffering and for medical treatment and care. An experienced motor vehicle crash lawyer will thoroughly analyze your case and explain the insurance provisions and the options you have for pursuing fair compensation.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a motor vehicle crash due to the negligence of another, you are entitled to compensation. An experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer will determine the insurance coverage available and assist you in settling the matter or in filing a personal injury lawsuit seeking compensation.

Why Fernandez & Hernandez?

The experienced personal injury attorneys at Fernandez & Hernandez can investigate and determine liability. The attorneys at Fernandez & Hernandez will determine what compensatory damages and expenses are fair for your medical treatment, lost income, property damage, pain and suffering, and mental anguish. If the party responsible for your injuries is found to be especially negligent and careless, punitive damages may be awarded.

Attorney Martin J. Hernandez of Fernandez & Hernandez provides legal representation for victims and families in motor vehicle accidents and wrongful death cases. Our Tampa personal injury attorneys welcome the opportunity to interview with you and your loved ones. We invite you to review our recent results for settlements and trial verdicts. Our qualifications and background are available to you as well. We recommend also reading our reviews on Google Reviews, Avvo and Yelp. Our Tampa Attorneys Martin Hernandez and Daniel Fernandez are bilingual as well.

No matter how serious or minimal your injuries, we will fight hard for compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Attorney Martin J. Hernandez can help guide you through the process. At Fernandez & Hernandez we know how to help you and your family following any kind of accident, and we have the resources to do it. When you call Fernandez & Hernandez we will answer all of your questions quickly.

Our personal injury lawyers can help in all phases of injury and wrongful death cases. We handle personal injury claims from initial investigation through trial and appellate proceedings. At Fernandez & Hernandez, we will go to trial, if necessary, and fight on your behalf, and we have the results to prove it.

If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident in the Tampa Bay area call Tampa Personal Injury Attorney, Martin J. Hernandez of Fernandez & Hernandez at 813-229-5353.

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Understanding Uninsured Motorist Coverage

Understanding Uninsured Motorist Coverage

What happens if the at fault driver does not have insurance?

Quite often, the worse drivers don’t carry liability insurance because they either only have “no-fault” or no insurance at all.  Why? Because if you own nothing, you insure nothing because you have nothing to lose.  Read below how your Tampa Injury Attorney Martin Hernandez can help you, your family and those who ride with you be protected and compensated when the at fault driver does not have insurance or have enough insurance.

But how do you protect yourself if the at fault party does not have insurance?

Photo of a key board that says "Legal Advice"Simple. Uninsured motorist coverage. In Florida, Uninsured Motorist Coverage is an optional coverage you can purchase on your own auto insurance policy which will compensate you for your injuries if the at fault party does not have insurance or enough insurance. Uninsured Motorist coverage is for you and your relatives who live with you (i.e., resident relatives) and people who occupy your car. UM pays you for injuries caused by an auto accident where the at-fault driver is uninsured (has no insurance), under-insured driver (not enough insurance) or if you are the victim of a hit-and-run accident. UM coverage can only be used where you or your family members or driver of your car did not cause the auto accident.

One thing to know UM does not pay for your car.   We recommend purchasing collision coverage on your car to cover damages to your car caused by an uninsured motorist.

UM coverage pays for things like:

  • Medical bills
  • Loss of the future enjoyment of life
  • Lost wages and disability
  • Long term nursing care
  • Wheelchairs and medical devices
  • Pain & suffering
  • Death
  • Replacement services for things you are no longer able to do: yard service, cleaning, etc.
  • cost to retro-fit your house to accommodate disabilities caused by the auto accident

In Florida, if you elect to carry bodily injury liability insurance, the law requires that the insurance company also provides Uninsured Motorist coverage, unless you expressly reject it by signing a form!

Generally, UM coverage is intended to provide the insured with the right to recover from his or her own insurance carrier damages that he or she would otherwise be legally entitled to recover from an uninsured or underinsured tortfeasor.  Therefore, UM claims have several distinct legal elements: the “insured” must be “legally entitled to recover” damages due the tortfeasor’s “ownership, maintenance, or use” of an “uninsured motor vehicle” or “underinsured motor vehicle.”

 How is UM Coverage offered?

UM Coverage is offered similar to Bodily-Injury Coverage, in a limit per person and per accident. For instance a $10,000/$20,000 UM policy means that the UM carrier will compensate injured persons up to $10,000 per person or $20,000 per accident for all injured parties involved. UM coverage is normally available as such:

  • $10,000/$20,000
  • $25,000/$50,000
  • $50,000/$100,000
  • $100,000/$300,000
  • $250,000/$500,000
  • $300,000/$500,000

Who Is Covered by UM/UIM Policies

The people covered by an uninsured motorist coverage are the insured and members of their family (spouse, children or any relatives living in the same house) covered by the policy itself. The coverage also extends to people who were in the vehicle when the accident occurred. In an instance where the insured dies in the accident, the spouse would be entitled to coverage under the policy.

The 2 types of uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage

Like liability insurance, uninsured and underinsured motorist breaks down into 2 coverage types: bodily injury and property damage.

Uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily injury coverage (UMBI)

Can cover medical expenses, lost wages, and injury-related expenses for you, any permissive drivers, and your passengers, it can also provide coverage for injuries sustained in hit-and-run accidents.

Uninsured/underinsured motorist property damage coverage (UMPD)

If your car is damaged in an accident with an uninsured or underinsured driver, this coverage steps in to help. Unlike UMBI, this coverage doesn’t protect against damage caused by hit-and-run collisions.

What happens if the at-fault driver does not have BI and you do not have UM?

If you do not have UM, and the other driver has no bodily injury insurance, no matter how badly you are injured, you will not be able to recover anything from the insurance carrier other than the initial PIP coverage for medical expenses and lost wages — i.e., no pain and suffering, emotional damages, loss of quality of life and other non-economic damages.

Generally in this case, you have the right to bring a judgment against the at-fault driver for damages you have suffered due to their negligence. This means going after the responsible party’s personal assets.

Florida Statute 627.727 spells out Uninsured Motorist limits and when it applies and how it is limited by Florida’s No-Fault coverage.

If you were in a collision with a driver who did not have proper insurance coverage or is underinsured, you may be worried about how your medical costs and other losses will be covered. Even if you have uninsured / underinsured coverage, you may encounter resistance. Your insurance company may try to unfairly deny or limit the amount you are compensated.

If you’re in an auto accident caused by an uninsured motorist and you don’t have UM coverage, your health insurance will generally pay for your medical bills related to that car accident, with you paying for any deductible and co-payment amounts. That can easily add up to a hefty amount if you require a hospital stay. If you have UM/UIM coverage, that pays for health care expenses before your health insurance kicks in.

Your health insurance won’t pay for lost wages if you miss work or for pain and suffering resulting from the crash. Lost wages and pain and suffering are paid for by the at-fault driver’s liability insurance. If the other driver doesn’t have liability insurance, or doesn’t have enough of it, you’re out of luck — unless you want to pursue the matter in court.

As with any other car accident, before you can make a claim on UM/UIM coverage, car insurance companies will want to investigate the claim. They will confirm that the other motorist is uninsured or underinsured and that he or she is at fault.

You live in a no-fault state, it may still be a good idea to buy UM/UIM coverage. In a no-fault state, you have to file a claim with your own insurer— no matter who is to blame for the accident — and your right to sue the other party is restricted. However, drivers are allowed to sue for severe injuries and pain and suffering if the case meets certain conditions. If the other driver is uninsured or underinsured, and you win a lawsuit against him, there may be nothing to collect.

The state of Florida has one of the highest numbers of uninsured drivers in the country.  One should protect themselves in case of an accident. It is your responsibility to make sure that you have the right protection. The state has set up a minimum protection net for its drivers by requiring all its drivers to carry a $10,000 policy of Personal Injury Protection (PIP). There is a second lay to the umbrella of coverage. That is Bodily Injury Insurance. It pays for the expenses others incur if you cause an accident while driving. Remember that you are not just protection you and your family.

Uninsured Motorist coverage according to Tampa Injury Attorney Martin J. Hernandez

Attorney Martin J. Hernandez of Fernandez & Hernandez, LLC in Tampa provides legal representation for families in auto accident injury and wrongful death cases. Our Tampa personal injury attorneys welcome the opportunity to interview with you and your loved ones. We invite you to review our recent results from settlements to trial verdicts. Our qualifications and background are available to you as well. Our Tampa Attorneys Martin Hernandez and Daniel Fernandez are bilingual as well.  Just call us at 813-229-5353 for your free consultation.

The Tampa personal injury lawyers of Fernandez & Hernandez, serve Florida communities including Tampa, Brandon, Carrollwood, Westchase, Riverview, Temple Terrace, Pasco, Pinellas, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Lakeland, Plant City, Ruskin, Apollo Beach, Dover, Valrico, Lutz, Lakeland and many other neighborhoods in Tampa Bay area. Contact an Experienced Tampa Auto Accident Attorney from Fernandez & Hernandez Law.

If you have been involved in an Auto Accident in the Tampa Bay area, call Tampa personal injury lawyer Martin J. Hernandez of Fernandez & Hernandez for a free consultation now.  We recommend also reading his reviews on Google Reviews, Avvo and Yelp.

Call Tampa Personal Injury Attorney, Martin J. Hernandez of Fernandez & Hernandez at 813-229-5353 or read more at: www.InjuryLawyersOfTampa.com

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DO I NEED UNINSURED MOTORIST (UM) COVERAGE?

Your Tampa Accident Attorney explains what happens if you have been injured in an auto accident and the at fault driver does not have insurance or enough insurance? How can I protect myself and my family?

Tampa Auto Accident Attorneys

Tampa Auto Accident Attorneys

If someone is injured in an auto accident in Florida the likelihood is almost one in five that the at-fault driver is uninsured. Florida is one of the states with the highest uninsured driver populations with 19% of its drivers without liability coverage. In the U.S., 12.7% of drivers are uninsured.

Uninsured motorists coverage becomes important when you, your resident relatives or your passengers are injured in a collision caused by a driver who has no bodily injury liability insurance coverage or not enough bodily injury liability coverage. Your uninsured motorists coverage covers the following expenses: medical expenses (past, present, and future); lost wages (past, present, and future); and non-economic damages such as disability, pain and suffering, and the loss of ability to enjoy life. Also, this coverage “follows” you and your resident relatives, providing protection for these losses even if you are not in your own insured vehicle. And here’s, the best part: it is also (usually) the cheapest coverage per dollar of coverage!

It is obvious that a good number of drivers on Florida’s highways do not carry liability insurance and many who do have this coverage have very low limits. Most insurance agents fail to adequately explain the importance of this affordable low cost coverage. Uninsured motorists coverage should be considered one of the most important pieces of your self-protection insurance package.

If you have been injured by someone who uninsured, without insurance, or without enough insurance, call an injury attorney in Tampa who can help guide you through the process. Call 813-229-5353 or find us on the web.

The Most Important Thing to Know when Buying Auto Insurance

Buying automobile insurance can be confusing and people tend to just follow the advice of a sales representative or insurance agent who is primary goal is to make a sale.  That’s a big mistake because this sales representative or insurance agent is not analyzing your needs and may not understand it himself.  In fact, there is one coverage that we notice is not pushed by such sales people and it is THE MOST IMPORTANT coverage you can have to protect yourself and your family wherever you go.

According to most estimates, at least 24% of Florida motorists are uninsured.  Of the roughly 75% that have insurance, a large number have relatively minimal liability policy limits of $10,000 per accident.  Many more have liability insurance coverage in limits well under $100,000.  Remarkably few drivers have high limits liability coverage and umbrella liability insurance.  What does this mean?  If you are involved in a serious accident and sustain serious injuries with tens or hundreds of thousands in medical bills and wage loss, well over half the drivers on the road have inadequate insurance to compensate you for injuries they cause when they are behind the wheel.  How do you deal with this hard cold fact?  You buy uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage.  My recommendation is to buy coverage equivalent to your household income.

UM coverage is designed to take the place of the other driver’s insurance when you are hurt in a car accident with an uninsured or underinsured driver.  Don’t rush through the paperwork when buying or renewing your auto insurance.  Pay attention to what you are getting for your money.  And above all, be sure to buy the most important coverage offered in Florida, UM coverage, to protect your family from injuries and expenses from accidents with underinsured drivers.  And remember this, there is a Spanish phrase that loosely translates to this “doing it cheap, always comes out expensive.”

If you have been injured in an auto accident, call the law office of  Tampa lawyer Martin Hernandez –  813.229.5353