Legislation that was supported by both chamber of the Florida Congress, Senate Bill 54, would have brought an end to the requirement that Floridians purchase $10,000 in personal injury protection coverage and would instead require mandatory bodily injury coverage. Since 1979, Florida has had a no-fault system requiring insureds to carry $10,000 in PIP coverage. However, Governor DeSantis vetoed SB 54 leaving the current law in Florida intact. “While the PIP system has flaws and Florida law regarding bad faith is deficient … SB 54 does not adequately address the current issues facing Florida drivers and may have unintended consequences that would negatively impact both the market and consumers,” DeSantis wrote in his veto letter. Although the bill was favored by many legislators in Tallahassee, several argued that the bill would increase insurance rates for the citizens of Florida and place an undue burden on the poorest Floridians, specifically. DeSantis’ veto means lawmakers will have to go back to the drawing board if they want to rework Florida’s auto insurance laws.
Kanner & Pintaluga has recovered over $1 Billion dollars on behalf of injured clients and specialize in defending the rights of all Florida citizens. With decades worth of trial experience representing the injured, we will work vigorously to continue to defend the rights of all Floridians as a result of someone else’s negligence. Our team is always available to discuss your rights, address any questions related to the veto of SB 54, and most importantly ensure that you and your family are protected.