USAA has agreed to pay $39 million to settle a Florida class action lawsuit that contested the way the insurer reimbursed customers for claims where an insured’s vehicle was totaled in a Florida car accident.

It was alleged that USAA was making payments to insureds to buy new vehicles after a Florida car accident, but failed to include funds to cover sales tax, until it was first paid by its members.  The settlement calls for USAA’s insureds, who are comprised mainly of military members and their families, to receive 100% of the value of their respective claims with 8% interest.

Unfortunately, this is not the only Florida lawsuit alleging that insurers have shortchanged their insureds in paying claims resulting from Florida car accidents.  Whether it be claims involving unreasonable delays in processing a claim, the denial of a claim before a proper investigation has been done, the cancellation of Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits, or others, many drivers throughout Fort Lauderdale, Weston, Hollywood, Miami and elsewhere, are forced to take legal action against their own insurer after a Florida car accident.

Many times, Florida accident victims think that lawyers are only needed when someone is injured and when no injuries are involved, they choose to deal with their insurance company on their own, thinking and hoping that their insurer will treat them fairly.  Despite all the catchy slogans that lead people to believe that insurance companies are always looking out for their insureds’ best interests, more often than not, Florida auto insurance companies are only concerned with their bottom line, which means paying Florida accident victims as little as possible to settle their claims.

If you have been involved in a car accident in the areas of Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Weston, Hollywood, Boca Raton or any other city in South Florida, be sure to contact a skilled Fort Lauderdale attorney experienced in dealing with auto accident claims.  Even if nobody was injured, your insurance company may still try to resolve your claim for far less money than you are legally entitled to.  Don’t let that happen.

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