LWM Logo

Menu

Contact Us






Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Accident

Hurt? We can help.

  1. Experienced trial attorneys

    Learn More
  2. Exclusive focus on
    Personal Injury Cases

    Learn More
  3. Proven track record

    Learn More

Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Accident Lawyers Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Skilled Car Accident Attorneys Protect The Rights Of Clients Injured In Uninsured And Underinsured Motorist Accidents In Broward County And Palm Beach County, Florida

If you drive in Florida, there is a good likelihood that you are driving alongside a motorist who does not have car insurance. More than a quarter of Florida drivers — 26.7 percent — are uninsured, earning Florida the number one spot in a ranking of the greatest number of uninsured motorists in a state. This statistic is in spite of the fact that having insurance is a state requirement.

Given that so many Florida drivers are uninsured or underinsured, navigating Florida’s car insurance laws after a car accident is particularly challenging. The skilled car accident attorneys at Lawlor, White & Murphey have in-depth knowledge of Florida’s car insurance laws and they are dedicated to protecting the rights of those who have been injured in a motor vehicle accident with an uninsured or underinsured motorist. 

Why It Is Important For All South Florida Motorists To Purchase Uninsured Motorist Insurance 

Uninsured motorist insurance provides protection for drivers if they should have an accident with another driver who is uninsured or underinsured. Uninsured motorist insurance is purchased as part of the driver’s own automobile insurance policy, and this policy provides coverage for injuries that occur in accidents when the at-fault driver is uninsured. 

Uninsured motorist insurance provides protection for the policyholder and any relatives that live with them, as well as any passengers that were in the vehicle at the time the accident took place. Florida motorists are required by law to have a minimum of $10,000 personal injury protection (PIP) insurance and $10,000 property damage liability. In situations where a motor vehicle accident causes serious injuries, the $10,000 no-fault PIP insurance may be insufficient to cover medical bills and other losses. In these situations, the uninsured motorist insurance coverage provides protection. 

Uninsured motorist insurance provides coverage for the following losses:

  • Bills for medical treatment
  • Disability
  • Emotional trauma
  • Emotional pain and suffering
  • Lost weight is
  • Long-term nursing care
  • Replacement services for tasks that the injured party is no longer able to perform

When a policyholder purchases uninsured motorist insurance, they may select a limit for coverage.  however, the policyholder may not select a coverage limit that is higher than the bodily injury liability that was chosen. Uninsured motorist insurance does not cover physical damage to the vehicle. 

Underinsured Motorist Insurance Coverage Provides Protection For Motorists In South Florida And Throughout The State

When you’re purchasing your automobile insurance, you may see “underinsured motorist coverage” as an option and wonder whether it is really something you need. It is. Underinsured motorist insurance coverage provides critical protection if you are in a car accident and have suffered an injury.

Here is how underinsured motorist insurance coverage works: if you are in a motor vehicle accident and the at-fault driver does not have sufficient automobile liability insurance to cover the losses that you have sustained, your underinsured motorist coverage provides protection. Underinsured motorist coverage is designed to provide protection for medical expenses and property damages that are above the insurance coverage limits provided by the at-fault party’s insurance policy.

Here is an example of how this works: you are in a car accident and your medical bills total $25,000 and the property damage to your vehicle totals $10,000. Your total losses are $35,000. The at-fault driver carries liability insurance but their insurance policy limit is $10,000. In other words, the at-fault driver is underinsured. So what happens to the $25,000 that is not covered by the at-fault driver’s insurance policy? In this scenario, you would need to file an underinsured motorist claim on your own car insurance policy to recover damages.

South Florida Accident Attorneys Lawlor, White & Murphey Successfully Recover Compensation For Clients Injured In Car Accidents With Uninsured Or Underinsured Motorists 

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident that was caused by another person or entity’s negligent behavior, personal injury law provides protection. When an individual has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, they may file a personal injury claim to recover compensation for their medical expenses, future medical treatment that is a result of the car accident, property damage, and pain and suffering. 

In pursuing a personal injury claim, it is important to note the legal time limits for filing. Every state establishes its own legal deadlines, known as “ statute of limitations”, which apply to filing claims in a state’s civil courts. In the state of Florida, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is four years from the date of the accident. Personal injury claims that are filed after this four year deadline has expired will have their motor vehicle accident claim dismissed by the Florida courts. If this should happen, then the injured party will have lost their opportunity to recover any compensation for the damages that they sustained in their car accident. 

Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers Protect The Rights Of Accident Victims In South Florida

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident with an uninsured or underinsured motorist, the claims process can be particularly challenging. Let us help. 

At Lawlor, White & Murphey, our experienced legal team is dedicated to protecting the rights of accident victims in Florida. Lawlor, White & Murphey is recognized as one of the best personal injury firms in the nation. Our skilled personal injury attorneys have been helping Florida families for more than 55 years combined, driven by a desire to protect those in our community who have been harmed and to hold those responsible accountable for their actions.

At Lawlor, White & Murphey, we offer a free case evaluation for accident victims. An experienced member of our personal injury team will meet with you to assess the merits of your case, explain the process, discuss Florida’s personal injury laws, and answer any questions you may have. Schedule your complimentary confidential case evaluation today.

Man standing outsideMan standing outsideMan standing outside

John K. Lawlor

John K. Lawlor, a South Florida personal injury attorney who focuses his practice on complex personal injury, wrongful death, and professional malpractice, founded the law firm of Lawlor, White & Murphey in 1996. Since 1995, Mr. Lawlor’s trial advocacy and litigation skills, as well as his wide-ranging legal expertise, have provided plaintiffs and their families with a distinct advantage when seeking financial compensation and justice for injuries caused by the negligence of others.

Ben Murphey

A partner at Lawlor, White & Murphey and a distinguished personal injury lawyer, Ben Murphey tries complex disputes that include civil appeals, maritime and admiralty claims, wrongful death, and labor disputes. Mr. Murphey has been recognized for his excellence in the area of personal injury litigation by being rewarded with a 10/10 Avvo Rating and named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” for 2010-2013 and Super Lawyers 2014-2019.

Anthony B. White

Since 1994, seasoned litigation and trial lawyer Anthony B. White has helped thousands of accident victims seek damages due to injuries sustained as a result of another party’s negligence. Included in America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals and selected to the 2012, 2014-2019 editions of Florida Super Lawyers, Mr. White specializes in car accidents, insurance disputes, wrongful death, product liability, and medical malpractice cases.

01

Vivian B.

John Lawlor and this practice provide their clients with the upmost professionalism and expertise. I highly recommend them!

Lisa

John proved himself to be an attorney I could completely trust. His knowledge, experience and professionalism, mixed with his kindness and genuine concern for me and my family, were greatly appreciated.

Iskra D.

I cannot say enough about Anthony – he treated me like a friend instead of just another client. He was always available to answer any concerns, and provide guidance about my case.

Anonymous

I summarize my experience with Anthony with the words honesty, professionalism, efficiency and care. Thank you so much.

Jaime H.

This is a fantastic team of lawyers! Everyone who worked there treated me like I was their most important case, even though it wasn't a major car accident case. I would highly recommend them.

Anonymous

Ben worked on my case tirelessly and always kept me informed. Throughout a very lengthy and complex case he was very compassionate, empathetic and distributed a wealth of knowledge.

1/5

Firm Award
Firm Award
Firm Award
Firm Award
Firm Award
Firm Award
Lawyers outside

$1.7million

Settlement/

Motor Vehicle Accident

$2.0million

Settlement/

Medical Malpractice

$3.0million

Recovery/

Slip & Fall Injury

$1.2million

Verdict/

Medical Malpractice

$8.5million

Judgement/

Motor Vehicle Accident

$5million

Settlement/

Motor Vehicle Accident

Areas We Serve

  • Aventura
  • Bal Harbour
  • Bay Harbor Island
  • Biscayne Park
  • Coral Gables
  • Cutler Bay
  • Doral
  • El Portal
  • Florida City
  • Hialeah City
  • Hialeah Gardens
  • Homestead
  • Indian Creek
  • Key Biscayne
  • Medley
  • Miami City
  • Miami Beach
  • Miami Gardens
  • Miami Lakes
  • Miami Shores
  • Miami Springs
  • North Bay Village
  • North Miami
  • North Miami Beach
  • Opa-locka
  • Palmetto Bay
  • Pinecrest
  • South Miami
  • Sunny Isles Beach
  • Surfside
  • Virginia Gardens
  • West Miami
  • Atlantis City
  • Briny Breezes
  • Golf
  • Highland Beach
  • Lake Park
  • Mangonia Park
  • Palm Beach
  • Riviera Beach
  • Wellington
  • Belle Glade
  • Cloud Lake
  • Greenacres
  • Hypoluxo
  • Lake Worth
  • North Palm Beach
  • Palm Beach Gardens
  • Royal Palm Beach South Bay
  • West Palm Beach
  • Boca Raton
  • Delray Beach
  • Gulf Stream
  • Juno Beach
  • Lantana
  • Ocean Ridge
  • Palm Beach Shores
  • South Palm Beach
  • Boynton Beach
  • Glen Ridge
  • Haverhill
  • Jupiter Town
  • Manalapan
  • Pahokee
  • Palm Springs
  • Tequestaf
  • Punta Gorda
  • Naples
  • Marco Island
  • Everglades
  • Bonita Springs
  • Cape Coral
  • Estero
  • East Dunbar
  • Fort Myers
  • Fort Myers Beach
  • Sanibel
  • Jensen Beach
  • Jupiter
  • Stuart
  • Sewall’s Point
  • Ocean Breeze Park
  • Key West
  • Islamorada
  • Key Colony Beach
  • Layton
  • Marathon
  • Long Boat Key
  • North Point
  • Sarasota
  • Venice
Outline of Florida