Thousands of people will experience car accidents every year in the United States. Some accidents will lead to serious injury or disability, while others can be fatal.
There are many associations in Florida and throughout the nation which work toward road, vehicle, and driver safety, yet motor vehicle accidents still happen. Texting while driving, poor weather conditions, distracted driving, and failure to obey traffic laws are just a few factors that can contribute to car crashes.
If you or a loved one were recently in a car accident in Florida and suffered an injury, you may consider filing a personal injury claim. Compensation awarded in car accident claims can help cover medical expenses, long-term medical care, and other types of damages not covered by your Florida personal injury protection (PIP) insurance plan.
Factors That Affect Auto Accident Claims
Because there are so many factors at play, each automobile accident is different from the next. This means that each personal injury claim related to a car crash will also be unique.
It is important that all contributing factors and specific details are considered in regards to your claim.
Factors which may affect a car accident include:
- poor road conditions or maintenance issues
- lack of signs or traffic signals where crash occurred
- if drunk or distracted driving was involved
- if driver error was to blame
- condition of vehicle and vehicle parts
These factors can make a vast difference to your claim, which is why we always work personally with our clients to provide a full investigation.
Navigating the world of insurance is no easy feat, especially for those who may be struggling with an injury. For this reason, selecting an excellent personal injury attorney in Florida can be crucial for car accident victims.
Ensuring that the attorney you choose has experience in personal injury claims, is not fearful of going head-to-head with insurance companies, and will handle your case in a timely manner are the most important criteria when selecting legal aid.
Types Of Car Accident Claims
Unfortunately, the majority of car accidents occur due to driver negligence. Because of this, it’s extremely important that your Florida car accident lawyer provides a thorough investigation following the accident.
You have the best chance of winning your personal injury claim if your Florida auto accident attorney can prove negligence on the part of the defendant (the other driver/motorist). Some examples of negligence include drunk driving, distracted driving, failure to yield, etc.
Defective Car Parts
If your car, or the defendant’s car, had a defective part prior to the accident, you may have a claim against the vehicle manufacturer. To prove a defective car claim, the driver must not be at fault and your car accident lawyer must be able to prove the accident was caused by the defective part due to a manufacturing issue.
While this two-part claim seems complex, it is possible to win a claim for such an accident. If an accident occurred due to faulty car parts, the manufacturer of the car can be considered at fault regardless of which driver caused the accident.
Road Conditions, Design, Or Faulty Construction
Though Florida allocates large sums toward road maintenance each year, car accidents still occur due to faulty road design, conditions, and construction.
When this happens, and no other factors were at play, the driver is not considered responsible. Lack of proper signs, faulty traffic signals, or problems with the design or maintenance of the roads are all factors which can contribute to compensation for a related accident.
Injuries From Car Accidents
Each car accident is caused by unique factors and can result in a number of injuries. Unfortunately, treatment for certain injuries is not always covered by your insurance policy.
Injuries you may sustain in a motor vehicle accident include:
- head trauma
- broken bones
- joint or muscle injury/damage
- neck or back damage
- loss of limbs
- damage to spinal cord
In some cases, injuries resulting from a car accident entitle the injured party to compensation. However, pursuing a claim with the negligent party’s insurance company may be difficult as they will be looking out for their own interests when it comes to paying out.
For this reason, it’s important to work exclusively and honestly with your Florida auto accident lawyer, providing all the necessary information to make the most reliable claim.
Compensation Following A Car Accident
If your personal injury lawyer and the insurance company cannot reach an agreement for your claim, it may be necessary to take the case to trial. Before the case is settled, however, expenses and charges related to your incident can often mount.
An excellent Florida car accident attorney, such as those at Florin|Roebig, can help you recover as much of these costs as possible.
Compensation you may be entitled to from your personal injury claim include:
- pain and suffering
- mental anguish related to the incident
- medical expenses, current and future
- lost wages
- loss of future earning ability
- punitive damages
- wrongful death
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What To Do After A Car Accident In Florida
If you have just been in a car accident, you may be pretty shaken and possibly injured. In addition to making sure you are safe and unharmed, there are a few steps to take right away which can make filing a personal injury claim easier in the long run.
First, make sure your vehicle is not blocking the roadway, if possible. Then, help anyone in your vehicle or any other vehicles involved who may be injured. Contact emergency personnel for medical treatment, if necessary and get the police on the phone right away.
Cautiously approach anyone else involved in the accident to exchange personal and insurance information. Be sure to get their car’s license plate number, name, and phone number.
If your phone is in working order and you are able, take photos of the scene of the crash and your vehicle and any other cars involved. Do not turn in a statement to your insurance just yet— be sure to wait until you have contacted a lawyer who can handle car accident cases first.
Perhaps most importantly, ignore any attempts to settle damages with a personal payoff or to leave police out of the accident. This can be of utmost importance to your case.
Legal Steps To Take After A Car Accident
Insurance companies may be unwilling to meet your claim or may present a number of reasons to avoid compensating you following an automobile accident. While insurance companies are always securing their own best interests, you may have the right to a claim based on any number of factors related to your incident.
It is important to pursue legal advice immediately in order to lose no time on your claim. At Florin|Roebig, our car accident lawyers will obtain any information necessary to pursue your claim and deal with the complexities of insurance companies for you.
Car Accident Investigations
The very first step toward filing your injury-related car accident claim is to ensure a full investigation of the car accident takes place. This is why it is so important to have the police involved. You can file a police report online to ensure your account of the incident is considered.
You will also want to speak to any witnesses who were present at the crash. Because you may be shaken, injured, or emotionally distraught after a car accident, you can always contact witnesses at a later date if you have their contact information.
Filing A Personal Auto Injury Claim
As with many court-related tasks, filing a claim can be a confusing process. First, you will need to know if you are filing a claim against another party, a car manufacturer, parts manufacturer, or, due to road conditions, the county or state.
This process can be intimidating, especially if you are still struggling with your injury. The team at Florin|Roebig can ease this task by providing assistance with filing your personal injury claim.
Once the claim is filed, a Florida car accident attorney can begin investigating the accident and communicating with the insurance company and/or other parties involved in the case.
How A Florida Car Accident Attorney Can Help
Once your claim has been filed and the car accident investigated, a Florida car accident attorney can assist you in many ways. You may be wondering if seeking legal aid for your claim is even necessary. However, getting help with your personal injury claim increases the chances that you will recover damages and receive compensation.
Negotiating The Best Offer
If you pursue your claim alone, an insurance company may sell short your compensation offer, assuming you will take the offer in order to be done fighting.
When you work with a Florida car accident lawyer, they can pursue your claim to ensure all damages are addressed in your offer. Our attorneys will not be intimidated by insurance companies and will challenge them until the best offer is made.
Defending Your Personal Injury Claim In Court
If a settlement cannot be reached for your claim, it may be necessary to take the claim to court (trial). A Florida accident attorney is prepared to defend your claim and help you recover the greatest amount in compensation according to your suffered damages.
Best Florida Car Accident Lawyers Near You
When seeking legal help for a personal injury claim related to a car accident, your first step may be researching a list of car accident attorneys near you who can offer a free case evaluation.
Our award-winning legal team includes the following attorneys, as well as many more:
- Wil H. Florin, B.C.S.
- Tommy D. Roebig, B.C.S.
- Chase P. Florin, B.C.S.
- Neil P. O’Brien, M.B.A.
- Shaun M. Cummings
- Luca G. Esposito
- Chad K. Florin, M.B.A., LL.M.
- Nicholas S. Costantino
- Jordan A. Kolinski
- Parker Y. Florin, LL.M.
- Taylor D. Roebig
- Matthew L. McMullen
- Michael A. Ossi, O.C.
- Lawrence J. Najem, O.C.
- Andrew M. Leone, O.C.
- Nollys R. Solarte, O.C.
- Brian R. Dettman, O.C.
At Florin|Roebig, we service cases throughout the state of Florida, as well as in several other states.
Some areas in Florida served by Florin|Roebig include:
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Contact The Florida Car Accident Attorneys Of Florin|Roebig
When you contact our team of experienced, dedicated Florida attorneys, we will ensure the proper handling of your auto accident case. With over 30 years of experience and $1 billion in settlements, Florin|Roebig is one of the most distinguished litigation teams in the Tampa Bay area.
Car accident cases were some of the first handled by our legal team, which services all of Florida and has now expanded to include Texas, Minnesota, and Colorado.
If you are looking for legal aid following a Florida car accident, contact the law firm of Florin|Roebig for a confidential free consultation today.
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