Seeking a Car Accident Injury Attorney After a Car Accident
Car accidents are annoying and frustrating. Not only do you have to deal with the resulting damage to your vehicle, but you must also deal with your injuries, some of which may be extremely severe.
As a result of your car accident, you’ll have unexpected medical bills that you may find hard to pay because your injuries may also cause you to miss work. Receiving compensation for these financial losses is important and can help to relieve your stress as you focus on what really matters: your recovery. The faster you hire a car accident lawyer, the quicker you can preserve evidence, file a claim, and recover the compensation you deserve under the law to make a full and complete recovery.
Common Car Accident Causes
There are over 400,000 car accidents on Florida roads each year. The reason for these accidents varies greatly, but there are some recurring accident types, including:
- Rollover – Human error plays a large part in most car accidents, and rollovers are no exception. A car will not roll over unless there is some violent impact or some sudden motion from the driver. Nearly 85 percent of all fatalities resulting from a rollover crash are single-vehicle accidents.
- Single vehicle – Many car accidents only involve a single vehicle. Most of these are sudden movements by the driver, collisions with animals, or collisions with debris on the road.
- Rear-end collision – Rear-end collisions occur when the car behind you slams into your car. This may happen because the at-fault driver wasn’t paying attention, he or she misjudged where to stop, or poor weather impacted the roadway.
- Side-impact collision – These accidents are commonly referred to as T-bone accidents or broadside collisions, and they frequently happen at intersections. Side-impact car accidents can be severe, depending on where your car is struck. These types of accidents account for about one-quarter of all car accident deaths in the United States each year.
- Head-on collision – These are tragic car accidents where two vehicles impact each other head-on. These accidents often result in death because of the sheer force of the impact. These accidents result from driver impairment, confusion, and poor road conditions.
No matter the type of accident that caused your injuries, it’s important that you speak with a trusted Florida car accident lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. You don’t need to stress about how your bills will get paid. Let us deal with that while you focus on your recovery.
Car Accident Injuries
The type of car accident you’re involved in plays a big part in the severity and the type of injuries that you ultimately suffer. However, there are some commonalities among all car accident injuries.
You may find yourself suffering from the following:
Whether your injuries are seemingly minor or severe, you deserve to have your car accident injury claim reviewed by a seasoned car accident injury lawyer. If your injuries are severe enough, you may require a lifetime of medical care and attention, multiple surgeries, and rehabilitation. None of these situations will be cheap. It’s important to remember that you did not cause the car accident and thus shouldn’t bear any responsibility for the costs associated with your injuries.
This is where an experienced car accident injury lawyer in Florida can help. We know you’re suffering right now, and we know we can help move on from this tragic and traumatic time in your life, just like we’ve helped so many other Floridians.
Steps to Take After Your Car Accident
What you do immediately after your car accident plays a big part in your physical and financial recovery. Here is what we suggest you do right after you’re injured in a car accident.
- Call 911. This seems like common sense, but many people who are involved in a car accident are embarrassed and want to remove themselves from the situation as quickly as possible, even if they weren’t the ones at fault. Regardless, calling 911 and remaining at the accident scene will help your case. When the police arrive, they’ll conduct a quick investigation of the accident, and while they may not assign fault in the accident, they will likely create a diagram that may indicate who is to blame.
- Allow medical personnel to treat you. Beyond alerting the police, calling 911 allows you the opportunity to be seen by a medical professional right away. This is an important step in your recovery, as you want to make sure you get treated as quickly as possible for any injuries you may have. This also gives the on-site medical team the ability to check you for more serious injuries that might require hospitalization or surgery. If your injuries are serious, it’s important to have them treated immediately.
- Take pictures. If your injuries are severe, you might need a trusted friend or family member to take pictures for you. Get images of the accident scene, all the vehicles involved in the accident, and your injuries. These images can play an important part in not only your physical recovery, but also your financial recovery.
- Do not admit fault. If you’re not at fault for the accident, this should be easy. But many times, people will say something seemingly innocent like, “I looked down for a second” or “I’m sorry this happened”. Unfortunately, these statements can be taken as an admission of guilt and could reduce your ability to recover for your injuries.
- Keep a journal. Over time, you won’t remember the daily minutiae of your suffering and your recovery process. By keeping a daily journal where you write every day about how you’re feeling, your pain levels, and any progress or setbacks you’ve had in your recovery, the journal can serve as a time capsule showing the judge what you suffered through to get better. This will help increase your recovery.
- Contact a car accident lawyer.
Determining Liability For a Car Accident
To recover damages for your injuries, you have to show that the other driver is liable for your injuries. This means you must show that he or she was at fault for the accident. This is more complex than most people think.
Liability is rarely obvious in a car accident. Most drivers, even if they know they are at fault, won’t hop out of their car and immediately accept responsibility and apologize for the accident. On the contrary, most car accidents require an investigation well beyond what the police conduct.
We have conducted countless car accident investigations in Florida for our clients who are victims of someone else’s negligence. We do this to make sure we hold the right party liable for your injuries, and that we include all potential parties. Be aware that these investigations are not quick. They require expert analysis, review of police records, surveillance video, witness interviews, and possibly even a reconstruction of the accident.
Types of Car Accident Damages
Car accidents aren’t usually without fault. The vast majority of the time, someone is to blame for the predicament in which you find yourself. This means that your injuries resulting from the car accident could have been entirely avoided if the other driver was paying attention or not driving recklessly.
Car accidents may also seem like easy claims to process. You were hit by another driver, and that driver’s insurance will cover your medical bills. The problem is that it’s not that simple, especially considering that insurance companies don’t want to pay claims as it reduces their profits.
So what you do is hire a car accident lawyer who can help you maximize your recovery by seeking damages, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Lost wages
- Loss of companionship
- Past, present, and future medical bills
Consider future medical bills when seeking compensation for your car accident injuries. You can easily calculate the existing medical bills you see sitting on your kitchen table. But estimating your future medical needs is more challenging and requires some expert analysis.
Depending on the type of injuries you’ve suffered, you may be in for a long recovery. This means you may need multiple surgeries, additional time in the hospital, or even ongoing medical care for the rest of your life. Having a trusted lawyer by your side who is aggressively fighting to protect your rights by ensuring you don’t have to pay a dime out of your own pocket is invaluable.
Settlement Offers in a Car Accident Claim
Not all insurance companies are looking out for your best interests, especially after you’ve been injured in a car accident. Shortly after your accident, you’ll be contacted by a representative from the insurance company of the at-fault driver looking to settle your case.
This may excite you. You may be out of work, and the medical bills are likely piling up fast. You need the money. Insurance companies know this, too. That’s why they make these quick, low ball settlement offers. The problem for you is that the offer likely won’t cover any future expenses. Besides that, if you sign this low ball settlement offer, you’ll also waive your right to bring a claim against the insurance company in the future if you realize the settlement wasn’t enough to cover all of your expenses. By then it’s too late.
We’ve seen this situation happen many times, and we don’t want to see it happen to you. The best way to avoid this tragic circumstance is to have all settlement offers reviewed by a skilled Florida personal injury lawyer. The last thing we want to see is you having to pay out of pocket to cover medical expenses for injuries you didn’t cause.
Questions to Ask Potential Car Accident Lawyers
When looking to hire a Florida personal injury lawyer for your car accident injury claim, you want to make sure the law firm is reputable, experienced, and able to handle your case. Here are some suggested questions:
- Does the law firm have the resources to handle your case?
- Does the law firm take any case, or do they only take personal injury cases?
- What experience does the lawyer assigned to your case have in personal injury law?
These questions are important, as you not only want to get to know the lawyer who will be handling your case, but you also want to know if the law firm has the budgetary resources to handle a personal injury claim. Even though car accident claims may seem easy, they aren’t. Car accidents require extensive investigations, review of police and medical records, expert witness testimony, depositions, settlement negotiations, and even trial experience.
The last thing you, as a car accident injury victim, need to worry about is how you’re going to pay your bills. Let your car accident lawyer worry about that while you worry about your physical recovery, putting all of your focus and effort into getting better.
Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765