#5 in a series of discussions on Florida’s Motor Vehicle No-Fault Statute
There is no question in this writer’s opinion that the appropriate behavior for a victim of car, motorcycle or trucking accident in the State of Florida is to civilly hold the wrongdoer who causes an accident and injures others responsible for their negligence.
Our system of civilized justice calls for each of us to be responsible for our actions and wrongdoings, whether negligently or intentionally caused. If our society functioned without accountability, we would be a society that would operate on a basis or inherent unfairness. If someone is the victim of another’s carelessness or negligence, philosophically, why should the victim (or society) bear the burden and expense and let the careless individual off without any responsibility or accountability? Unfortunately, many of us seem to be morally or ethically challenged when it comes time to stand up for our rights and seek accountability for the injuries suffered in these accidents. How often have we heard the phrase, “I’m not the type of person who sues”?
I hereby submit to you that this questioning or reluctance to seek justice by accident victims has been taught to us by the very industry that profits by our disasters but has no pure intention to properly compensate the victims or their insureds. The insurance industry has very effectively taught many of us to question and seriously consider that “… good people suck it up when they’re hurt … only the lying, malingers bring insurance claims for car, motorcycle or trucking accidents.” While nothing could be further from the truth, just remember the insurance industry has perfected that belief throughout our society for one purpose – so they do not have to pay as many righteous claims as they should.