Every winter, millions of Canadian and Northern U.S.A, residents migrate south to escape the harsh cold weather. Commonly referred to as "Snowbirds" they emulate the northern birds' winter flight south. Who can blame them? From the warmer climate to the sparkling waterways, beaches, theme parks, and the many outdoor activities, Snowbirds find much to enjoy and appreciate in the South; Florida in particular.
Orlando Personal Injury Attorney – Car Accidents and Snowbirds
Florida is one of the preferred destinations for Snowbirds. Whether heading to Disney World or the beautiful sandy beaches, these cold chilly northern residents flock south to hibernate the winter away. Orlando is a favorite destination of travelers from all over the world, particularly for Canadians.
Did you know:
- Florida absorbs an estimated 900,000 to a million seasonal Snowbirds who stay a month or more every winter, raising the state's population by 5%.
- About 145,000 snowbirds flock to Palm Beach County, raising the population by 11%.
- Roosting snowbirds boost the population of Jupiter (a city in West Palm) by an estimated 17%; Delray Beach by 14%; Boynton Beach and Palm Beach Gardens by 11%; and, The Town of Palm Beach's population soars by an extra 75%. (Courtesy of the Palm Beach Post – April 2017)
- Florida is the ONLY mainland State that is reliably not freezing in January.
Florida accident statistics:
- Florida has more uninsured drivers than any other state in the Union.
- According to figures from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, more accidents occur during Florida's winter months than any other time of the year. This directly correlates with Snowbird migration, i.e. November 1 to March 31.
- Florida experiences the highest number of accidents in December and January
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notes I-95 and I-75 in Florida are two of the most dangerous highways in the United States per mile.
Florida motor vehicle accident Provisions and Limitation periods:
Many states have low mandatory motor vehicle liability policies. Florida's minimal coverage is $10,000 is for property damage only, and does not require a licensed driver to carry bodily injury liability coverage.
If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident (section 95.11(3)(a)), you have four years, to file a lawsuit for compensation. If you do not bring an action within the prescribed time you will be barred from doing so.
Florida is a “no–fault” state. That means, in the event of a car accident, you turn to your own auto insurance policy to make a claim for medical expenses, regardless of who was at fault.
In Florida you can sue the at fault driver for personal injury compensation if you pass its “Threshold”. You must have suffered a “Permanent”, or “Serious Impairment”, or, “Disfigurement” prior to bringing an action.
We have long been helping seriously injured motorists get the treatment and care they need to recover from their injuries and to receive compensation for their losses. We understand that it is not only the injured party that may require assistance, as often it is loved ones that face significant challenges in helping the accident victim.
Cross Border Car Accidents are complicated. Whether you are in need of a personal injury attorney in Orlando, or other surrounding areas, we can give you the representation you need, and have experience coordinating with the unique aspects of Canadian law that can and do apply when Canadian citizens and residents are injured in car accidents in Florida.