Why Hire a Florida Auto Accident Attorney?
You’re likely wondering if you really need to hire a lawyer to handle your car accident case. While some very simple claims may not require help from an attorney, most car accident victims benefit greatly from working with a lawyer.
In fact, studies have repeatedly shown that car accident victims end up with significantly more money when they work with a lawyer instead of going it alone.
But it’s more than just dollars and cents. When you hire a lawyer, you no longer have to deal with the insurance adjusters and others involved in the case. Your lawyer takes care of that for you.
Your attorney can ensure that all deadlines are met and all filings and forms are properly completed. Your attorney can fully calculate and document the extent of your losses, and then negotiate for an appropriate settlement.
If a settlement is impossible, your attorney will be prepared to pursue your claim in court.
Meanwhile, you can relax and focus on recovering from the crash, knowing that your best interests are in good hands. You don’t even have to worry about paying attorney’s fees upfront. In fact, if you don’t win, we don’t charge for our services.
How Our Florida Car Accident Lawyers Can Help
- We can start by investigating the facts of your case to determine who was really at fault.
- Our lawyers frequently work with investigators and accident reconstruction experts to determine the true cause of serious crashes.
- We also consult with medical and vocational experts to determine the total extent of your injuries and how they will affect the rest of your life.
- Our attorneys seek out every potential source of insurance in order to maximize the amount of compensation our clients recover.
- We will keep you updated about your case’s progress each step of the way.
- Our experienced attorneys will give you the advice you need to make informed decisions about settlement offers and other important matters.
Compensation Available for Car Accident Victims in Florida
Florida is a no-fault insurance state. This means that motorists rely on their own personal injury protection (PIP) coverage to pay for less severe accidents.
However, Florida law allows you to seek compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance company if your injuries are more serious. These include:
- Permanent and significant loss of an important bodily function
- Permanent and significant scarring and disfigurement
If your case falls into any of these categories – or your medical bills total more than $10,000 – you may be entitled to receive compensation for your losses such as:
- Medical expenses not covered by PIP
- Pain and suffering
- Lost future earning capacity
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of familial relationship
Common Car Accident Injuries
Common personal injuries suffered in car accidents include:
- Facial Injuries
- Back Injuries
- Soft-tissue injuries
- Head Injuries
- Neck Injuries
- Spinal cord injuries (paralysis)
- Internal injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
The injuries caused by a crash often go beyond just physical ones. Many car accident victims also experience severe pain and ongoing emotional trauma. You may be able to recover compensation for these injuries as well.
Causes of Car Accidents in Palm Coast and Florida
Common types of car crashes include:
Distracted driving: Any type of distraction takes the driver’s attention away from the important task of operating a motor vehicle. Distractions involving cellphones and other electronic devices often result in accidents. However, even “low-tech” distractions can be dangerous. For example, eating behind the wheel, adjusting the radio or even just talking with passengers can cause a crash.
Texting while driving: Texting while driving is particularly alarming because it involves three different types of driver attention: visual, manual, and cognitive. Even though this form of distracted driving is illegal in Florida, many drivers continue to engage in the risky habit. Despite popular belief, it’s not just teenagers and young adults who text while driving.
Drowsy driving: According to the National Sleep Foundation, 70 million people in the U.S. are sleep deprived or have sleeping disorders, and fatigued driving is a major contributing factor to the incidence of traffic crashes.
Driving under the influence of alcohol:Alcohol consumption impairs a driver’s judgment, perception, and reaction time. Despite aggressive campaigns against drunk driving, far too many motorists hit the road after having had a few too many. While drunk drivers may face criminal consequences, they and their insurance companies can be held financially responsible.
Aggressive driving: Drivers who speed excessively, tailgate, make frequent erratic lane changes, fail to yield the right-of-way, and disregard traffic signs and signals are a menace to other motorists on the road. These aggressive drivers can trigger serious crashes.
Drugged driving: The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that drug use can make driving a car unsafe. The Institute also states that NHTSA’s National Roadside Survey found that more than 22 percent of the drivers surveyed tested positive for over-the-counter, prescription, or illegal drugs.
Vehicle defects: In some cases, a problem with the vehicle itself causes the crash. In other situations, an automotive defect may make the crash victims’ injuries worse than they otherwise would have been. In cases such as these, an accident victim may have a claim against the company that designed, manufactured or distributed the defective vehicle or vehicle component.
Motorcycle accidents: Crashes involving motorcycles produce some of the most devastating injuries. Many times, the driver of the other vehicle will say that he or she simply didn’t see the motorcyclist. But that’s no excuse. All drivers must keep a proper lookout for all vehicles – including motorcycles.
Teen driving accidents: Statistics show that new drivers are more likely to be involved in serious car accidents – particularly young males. The combination of inexperience and a youthful feeling of invincibility can produce dangerous results on the road.
Uninsured/underinsured motorist accidents: Florida law requires all motorists to carry liability insurance, but thousands of drivers are on the road without coverage. Many others carry only the minimum level. If you are involved in a crash with a driver who has no insurance or not enough, you may be able to recover compensation under your own policy’s UM/UIM coverage. This can also apply in hit-and-run situations.