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Florida Is The Third Most Expensive State In The United States To Own A Car

Do you feel like the costs of keeping your vehicle in road worthy condition are going up? Odds are very good that you’re right. Recent research reported in the Tampa Bay Times indicates that Florida is the #3 most expensive state in which to own a vehicle.

What are the major problems?

First of all, repair bills are steadily increasing in the state. As many people do not have the money to get a new car, they typically try to maintain their existing vehicle well beyond its prime, leading to higher repair bills and more likelihood of being taken advantage of.

More to the point for people who have been involved in an accident or personal injury situation, however, is the cost of insurance. Between the years of 2007 and 2011, Florida drivers paid about 27% more than average drivers throughout the rest of the United States for their insurance.

All in all, the average cost of operating a car in Florida is over $2,500 each year.

The cost of car ownership has significant effects on people all throughout the state. This is especially true since Florida is one of the states that most lacks public transportation options.

When it comes to defending the rights of the people against insurance companies, it is truly a matter of standing up to one of the most powerful industries in Florida — yet this is exactly what many people in a personal injury case will have to do to see their claims honored.

Unscrupulous Insurers Will Try To Make Accident Victims Pay

If you are involved in an automotive accident in Florida, one of the most important things that you can do right away is get the help of a lawyer. This not only protects your legal rights, but protects you from the machinations of insurance companies.

Insurance companies will do everything in their power to undermine your case and prevent paying out for any kind of accident. Once you have been in and have reported any kind of incident, you should discontinue contact with your insurance company — get a lawyer to take over for you as soon as possible.

If you make any kind of unnecessary statement to an insurer, they can use it in future efforts to prevent paying your claim. Likewise, remember that insurance companies can and do send their own investigators to crash scenes, so it benefits you to have someone on site to represent your rights.

Even if you are highly knowledgeable, your best bet is to leave all insurer contact to an attorney.

If You’re In An Accident, Make Sure That Your Insurance Company Will Honor Your Claim

One of the top reasons why it’s so expensive to operate a vehicle in the state of Florida has to do with the insurance companies. Insurance companies are always looking for ways to raise auto insurance premiums while paying up as little as possible to law abiding Florida drivers.

If you are involved in an accident, no matter what the specifics of the case may be, one thing is for sure: The insurance companies involved — including your own — will usually be among your principal adversaries during the case.

To make sure that your rights are protected and that you don’t expose yourself to further issues by making misstatements, call the team at We can provide the important contact point between yourself and all other parties in the situation.

In Venice, Bradenton, St. Petersburg and even in Sarasota, call us today. We are the top team throughout the Sunshine State when it comes to automotive cases and wrongful injury.

During his time as a public attorney for the State of Florida, Bernard Walsh developed a passion for defending the legal rights of Florida's citizens. Having seen many people being taken advantage of after being injured and the financial harm that can cause for families he committed himself fully to helping injured clients get justice, by fighting to make greedy insurance companies pay what they owe.

Florida Is The Third Most Expensive State In The United States To Own A Car

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