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Collisions with Animals

South Florida is known for its abundant wildlife. While this can make visiting the area and living in the area exciting, wildlife can also pose a danger to motorists. Each year, serious car accidents are caused by collisions with pets, deer, birds, and other types of animals. Since Hollywood and surrounding areas have many green spaces, deer and other animals sometimes run into local roadways, causing collisions and wreaking havoc with traffic.

If you have been in a car crash involving an animal or wildlife, you may be covered for some of your damages under your car insurance policy through your comprehensive coverage. However, you will also want to get legal advice to explore all the possibilities for getting fair compensation. You can always do this by contacting Flaxman Law Group for a free, no commitment consultation. A member of our law firm would be pleased to review your rights and to offer legal advice about your specific situation.

What Animals Cause Car Collisions

There many types of animals in South Florida that can cause collisions, including:

  • Deer
  • Rabbits
  • Alligators
  • Opossums
  • Birds
  • Bears
  • Cats
  • Horses
  • Raccoons
  • Florida panthers
  • Dogs

These animals can cause collisions because they can run out into the road. A car that cannot stop in time can crash into these animals with full force, causing severe damage to the car and its occupants. In other cases, animals cause accidents because they cause a motorist to swerve into another lane or even run off the road as the driver tries to avoid hitting the animal.

What are Your Rights?

If you have been in a collision with an animal, do you have a legal claim? Many people assume that these single vehicle crashes will not result in a legal claim. However, this is not always the case. If your accident was caused by multiple factors or by negligence in any way, you may have a claim. For example, if your brakes fail to react properly in order to prevent a crash, your vehicle may have contributed to the accident and the car manufacturer may be partly liable for your collision. If you have good comprehensive coverage on your car insurance policy, you may also have the right to benefits and compensation under your insurance policy.

The reality is that you if you have been in a single vehicle crash involving an animal, it is important to get legal advice. Even if you decide not to file a legal claim, you may want legal assistance in negotiating with your own insurance company. In some cases, insurance companies will get stubborn about single vehicle accidents involving animals. A personal injury attorney can ensure that your rights are protected.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident involving an animal, contact Flaxman Law Group to find out what can be done to obtain the maximum possible recovery for your loss. The attorneys at our law firm can review your rights with you so that you understand what can be done to help you recover for damages. Your initial consultation with us is free and comes with no commitment, so contact us today if you need legal advice or representation.

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