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Florida Travel and Tourist Injuries What to Expect

Auto accidents aren’t the only thing to worry about when traveling Florida’s Suncoast. However, Florida is a popular tourist destination for many, so the state sees frequent travelers from other states and countries.

The traffic laws and road rules may be different in this state compared to other locations, resulting in some roadway confusion. For this reason, car accidents are one of the more common tourist accidents that happen in Florida.

Car Accidents and Tourists

Many tourists in Florida rent a vehicle to get around. They also may not be entirely clear on where they are going or how to get there. This makes car accidents a common occurrence among tourists in Florida. Drivers can become confused, are unsure of where to go, and may not be familiar with local laws.

However, this doesn’t mean that all tourist accidents are actually the tourist’s fault.

Reporting Theme Park Accidents

Another common tourist accident in Florida is theme park accidents. Many theme parks have representatives on-site you can speak to when you are injured in one of the parks. You will report the incident to them, and all the necessary information will be gathered.

However, there are other times you will have to report the incident yourself, and this can be difficult when you don’t know where to go or to speak with.

Boating Accidents

When a boat is operated negligently or carelessly, it can result in boating accidents. In this case, the boat operator may be held liable for the damages. In a boating accident, it is important to be able to prove

Other Common Tourist Accidents

Other common tourist accidents you may see on Florida’s Suncoast include tour buses, scuba diving, pools and beaches, cruise ships, restaurants, and hotels and resorts whose property conditions may not be ideal.

Giving a Statement

As a tourist or even a local, it is important to remember that you don’t have to give a statement, even if you are asked to. If you do give a statement, make sure it is honest and factual. Describe the event in detail and explain your injuries. Do not leave any detail out, no matter how small. You should also avoid giving only vague answers.

What to Do Following an Accident

There are several steps one must follow when involved in an accident. Keep in mind that the steps may vary depending on the type of accident you are involved in.

For example, if you were injured at a theme park or a resort while on vacation, you need to report the incident to management. This way, they can file an official report on the accident. You should always report the accident while you are still in the state.

During this time, you can also acquire any documentation and evidence you may need to prove your claim, including photos and video.

When you get back home, you can then consult with an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you navigate the process. A Florida personal injury attorney is a good choice because they are familiar with Florida law.

Once liability is established, the victim and their family can begin to pursue compensation for any damages and injuries. The compensation for these kinds of accidents can include loss of support and services, medical expenses, and funeral expenses in the event there is a wrongful death suit being filed.

You have four years from the accident date to file for compensation in a personal injury case. You have only two years from the date of death in Florida to file a wrongful death claim.

Don’t wait to consult with an attorney regarding your claim, so you can get the compensation you deserve.

Stephen M. Fernandez developed a strong belief in justice and fairness in public policy while earning his Political Science degree prior to attending law school. Since joining the Florida Bar Association in 2004, Stephen Fernandez has combined his background in public policy, business administration and civil law to serve as a highly effective trial lawyer fighting for Florida's injured, working hard every day to make sure his clients get what they are owed.

Florida Travel and Tourist Injuries What to Expect

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