Tampa Car Accident Lawyer

Tampa Car Accident Lawyers

Did you suffer an injury in a car accident on I-275?

Did someone rear-end you while you were trying to leave a Tampa Buccaneers game at Raymond James Stadium?

Perhaps a drunk driver hit you on N. Westshore Boulevard?

No matter where your auto accident occurred in Tampa, you may be able to file a claim to collect compensation for the damages you suffered. 

It only takes a second for a negligent or reckless driver to change your life forever. When you experience serious injuries in a Tampa car accident caused by another driver, you face a future of great uncertainty and loss.

In addition to your painful injuries, you may feel stress regarding your finances due to time away from work. Depending upon the severity of your injuries, you may never fully return to your career or life as you knew it.

If you were seriously injured in a car crash anywhere in the Tampa Bay area due to no fault of your own, contact a Tampa Car Accident Lawyer at Sibley Dolman Gipe.

Why You Should Choose Our Tampa Car Accident Lawyers

From Brandon to Clearwater, our Tampa car accident attorneys have helped countless accident victims recover millions in damages. We understand the issues facing Tampa auto accident victims and their families and we know how to aggressively fight for the money you need. We have what it takes to succeed in and out of the courtroom. We are experienced negotiators and litigators and are not afraid to take complex cases to trial.

Our car accident lawyers have a combined 100 plus years of experience handling serious injury claims. Matthew Dolman is a lifetime member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for obtaining results in excess of $1,000,000.00 and $2,000,000.00 respectively.  He has also been selected by his colleagues as a Florida Legal Elite and Florida Superlawyer on multiple occasions.  Stanley Gipe is a Florida Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer which deems him as an expert in the discipline of trial law.  Julia Dolman has been selected by her colleagues as a Florida Superlawyer Rising Star (top lawyers under the age of 40) five years in a row.  These selections by our fellow colleagues (other Florida lawyers) illustrates the respect our law firm has garnered in the Tampa Bay community. Brent Sibley is an ivy league graduate (University of Pennsylvania) who has garnered a reputation as a savvy negotiator and he often implements the strategy on our most complicated cases.

Here are the top 4 reasons to choose our law firm!

1.) Many law firms refer to us their biggest or most complicated cases. They trust us to maximize the compensation our clients will receive. Our Tampa car accident lawyers have handled numerous catastrophic injury claims and lawsuits over the past decade.  Our law firm has the financial resources to take on the biggest corporations.  In fact, we have litigated lawsuits against Walmart, Walt Disney World, Publix, Winn Dixie, McDonald’s, Amazon, Uber, State Farm, Allstate, Geico, and practically every car insurance carrier one can think of. This firm has the necessary financial resources, experience, and expertise to handle any size Tampa auto accident. 

2.) Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, P.A. (hereinafter referred to as “Sibley Dolman Gipe”) will negotiate all of your outstanding medical bills to ensure you are not left holding the bag upon resolution of your car accident case.  Further, we will assist our clients with obtaining the proper medical treatment when requested or necessary to treat their car accident injuries. Keep in mind Florida is a no-fault state.  In other words, if you have a Florida car insurance policy; there is $10,000.00 of personal injury protection coverage available for you to immediately treat under. 

3.)  Our Tampa car accident attorneys have a reputation for taking cases to a jury verdict when an insurance carrier fails to make a reasonable settlement offer. An auto accident attorney or firm that does not regularly take cases to trial or even litigate their auto accident claims are similar to a dog who lacks any bite despite barking loudly. Every car insurance company keeps detailed notes on all Tampa car accident lawyers they have dealt with. The settlement offers provided by an insurance carrier are based on the risk they face if the Tampa car accident victim refuses to settle based on an unreasonable amount and opts to pursue a trial.  Law firms that do not try cases pose zero risks to the insurance carrier. Our car accident lawyers have litigated over 2500 lawsuits to date throughout Tampa and the state of Florida and have served as lead counsel on numerous jury trials.

4.) We are NOT a Tampa auto accident settlement mill  Many of the higher volume law firms you see advertised are considered little more than settlement mills by auto insurance carriers. Further, high-volume law firms have difficulty providing personal attention to their clients.  In fact, a common complaint we receive from clients who retained Sibley Dolman Gipe, after firing a large advertising law firm is they never met with nor spoke with their previous lawyer. Every Tampa car accident client of Sibley Dolman Gipe is provided the cellphone of their handling car accident attorney as well as the Managing Partner of Sibley Dolman Gipe. Take a look at the reviews of many of the high-volume car accident lawyers in Tampa and you will notice a disturbing trend.  The accident lawyer on the television commercial is often impossible to reach for your common injury victim (see the reviews) and chances are they have never tried a case despite claiming they are the best law firm.

The experienced car accident attorneys at Sibley Dolman Gipe represent Tampa residents who have suffered serious injuries and tragic losses due to the negligence exhibited by an individual or corporation. A significant part of our practice focuses on advocating for victims of a Tampa car accident. Our mission in every case is to obtain the maximum compensation to help our clients pay for the high costs of unexpected car accident injuries and to support them through a terribly difficult and disruptive period of their lives. Our car accident lawyers are experienced in handling every conceivable fact pattern. Further, our law firm has the financial resources to go toe to toe with any corporate giant.

Additionally, our accident lawyers have handled in excess of 8500 car accident cases over our combined careers. We do not just claim to be experienced, the numbers and results do not lie.  If you have sustained an injury or injuries related to a Tampa car accident, rest assured we are the right firm to handle your case.  

Car Accident Settlements We’ve Won

Over our combined decades of practice, we have obtained multiple million-dollar settlements and judgments for our clients in car accident cases. Recent successes include a $1.58 million jury verdict for a client who suffered herniated discs that impinge on her spinal cord; and $1 million for the family of a father killed in a rideshare vehicle accident by Brent Sibley, a recognized car accident attorney. We have handled practically every type of auto accident injury imaginable.  You can read about more of our motor vehicle accident results here.

We know how to win when the stakes are high!

Of course, no Tampa car accident case has a guaranteed outcome. However, clients of Sibley Dolman Gipe, enjoy peace of mind in knowing their car accident lawyers and personal injury lawyers have the experience, know-how, and resources to achieve top-dollar results in Tampa car accident cases.

Located Conveniently in Tampa

If you suffered an injury in a Tampa car accident, you need a law firm that can get to you quickly. Our law firm is conveniently located at 13513 Prestige Pl. Suite 102 in Tampa. We are located just blocks from Tampa Road and Race Track Road near the Tampa Bay Brewing Company. If you can’t come into our office, we can meet with you at your home, your hospital room, or wherever is convenient. Our law firm offers FREE initial consultations and reviews for all injured clients. This way you can get the answers you need quickly and without commitment. If you do choose our law firm, we work on a contingency basis. This means that you don’t pay us unless we can collect money for you. It is that easy.

Contact the Tampa car accident lawyers at Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA at (813) 303-0916 or fill out our confidential contact form.

The Most Important Steps Following A Tampa Car Accident

  1. You should ALWAYS exchange insurance and vehicle information no matter how minor the property damage.
  2. Take photos of both the scene of the accident and all vehicles involved in the collision.  Pictures tell a story and often contradict what an insurance adjuster may label as a “minor impact.”
  3. Go see a physician and get checked out to document your injuries or rule out that you sustained an injury.
  4. Retain an experienced and competent accident attorney with a reputation for actually taking cases to trial.

What Will A Tampa Auto Accident Lawyer Do For My Car Wreck Claim?

We immediately commence an investigation of the motor vehicle accident once our client signs a contract.  Time is of the essence as witnesses forget facts and evidence often disappears.  Our team will attempt to obtain the following

  • the police report
  • procure pictures of the vehicles involved and the accident scene
  • medical records
  • employment records
  • cellular phone records
  • the black box or EDR (event data recorder)
  • statements from any eyewitness

Our investigation is purposely thorough to give you the best chance at obtaining the highest compensation possible.

How Much is My Tampa Car Accident Case Worth?

After a car accident, injured accident victims often want to know how much their car accident case is worth. While no two cases are ever quite the same, in general, auto accident victims can seek money to help them pay for the following damages:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Future medical expenses and care
  • Long-term care
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium
  • Emotional distress

Our Tampa injury lawyers know that car accidents can completely turn your life upside down. As such, you will need money to help put your life back on track after a serious injury. In some cases, you may face permanent disability and impairment. When this occurs, you need the peace of mind knowing that you have the money you need to face whatever the future brings. Our lawyers can help you do just that.

We work quickly to locate all liable parties and build a case that is designed to collect maximum compensation. We then negotiate aggressively with insurance companies to be sure that the award or settlement you receive is what you deserve – nothing less.

Filing a Tampa Car Accident Lawsuit

When the insurance company denies your claim or refuses to reach a settlement, you may need to file a Tampa car accident lawsuit to collect the money you deserve. To do this, you will need aggressive and persistent Tampa car accident attorneys on your side. At Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, our lawyers will work quickly to build your case. To do this, we will need to gather solid evidence of your accident and your injuries. This may include:

  • Medical records
  • Police reports
  • Photographs from the accident scene
  • Eyewitness testimony
  • Expert testimony
  • Accident reconstruction reports
  • Traffic camera footage
  • 911 call recordings
  • Cellphone records
  • Toxicology reports

This evidence is used to clearly establish liability and show how your injuries have adversely affected your life. In some cases, multiple parties may share the blame for the accident and for your injuries. This can include the government entity responsible for maintaining the roads, the bar that served the drunk driver, or even the car manufacturer who produced a defective product.

Unfortunately, insurance companies will want to reduce the amount of money they pay you. They will use numerous tactics to do this. We know the tactics insurance companies use to reduce settlements and claims and we work to combat those tactics from the start.

How long do you have to get a lawyer after a car accident in Tampa?

In Tampa, you only have four years from the date of the accident to file a claim. This is known as a statute of limitations. If you miss this deadline, you will not be able to file a future claim to collect compensation. Our Tampa auto accident lawyers can help you through this difficult time and ensure that you do not miss any critical deadlines.

Where Do Car Accidents Occur in Tampa?

Tampa is located in Hillsborough County in Florida. In 2017, nearly 28,000 car accidents occurred in and around Tampa. These accidents resulted in over 20,000 injuries and 191 deaths. Many of these crashes occurred on the roads in and around Tampa where residents commute to and from work. According to the U.S. Census data, 20 percent of all Tampa residents spend at least 45 minutes or more getting to and from work every day. This long commute time makes car accidents more likely.

Some of the most dangerous roads in Tampa where car accidents occur, include, but are not limited to:

  • Sheldon Road
  • Waters Avenue West
  • Anderson Road
  • Hanley Road
  • Hillsborough Avenue
  • 301 HW S
  • Bell Shoals Road
  • Bloomingdale Avenue
  • Himes Avenue North
  • Big Bend Road
  • I-4
  • Brandon Boulevard
  • Gibsonton Drive
  • Fletcher Avenue
  • Dale Mabry Highway
  • US Hwy 60

The Types of Tampa Car Accidents Our Firm Handles

Of the many factors that contribute to a car accident, a significant number relate to driver error of one form or another. As everyone knows, driving is a privilege, not a right. Drivers who engage in risky behavior behind the wheel put innocent lives at risk.

Some of the most common causes of a Tampa car accident that results in injury are:

Head-On Collision

Head-on collisions are typically caused by an impaired or drowsy driver crossing the center median into oncoming traffic.  We have also handled cases wherein a careless driver recklessly attempts to pass a vehicle on a two-lane road.

T-Bone Collision

Also known as a side-impact accident, these collisions often result in serious injuries due to the sides being the most vulnerable section of a vehicle.  They typically occur at an intersection as a result of failing to adhere to a stop sign or traffic light.

Rear-End Car Accident

According to the Department of Transportation, rear-end accidents are by far the most common type of car wreck. These collisions are often a result of one motorist following too closely to the vehicle immediately in front of them.  The act of tailgating or following too closely will result in liability.  Keep in mind that the back vehicle must maintain the proper following distance.  In the event of a rear-end accident; the trailing vehicle is presumed to be at fault.  This is a rebuttable presumption that can be rebutted by an independent eyewitness. 

Drunk or Drugged Driving

The act of driving while intoxicated or stoned displays a callous disregard for the safety of fellow motorists.  Over 25% of fatal car accidents in Tampa are related to impaired drivers.  

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that approximately 30 people die every day in a drunk driving-related car accident. Although Florida law sets a legal limit of 0.08 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC), the truth is that impairment starts with the very first drink.

DUI is not just limited to alcohol, either. Of the 671 people killed in Florida crashes in a recent year, 31 percent involved drug-impaired drivers. There is no roadside test for marijuana and chemical testing for the drug in blood and urine is not always reliable. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)—the chemical responsible for producing the psychological effect of marijuana—can stay in a person’s system for days or weeks.

Recreational marijuana is still illegal in Florida, but medical marijuana is legal for permanent or seasonal residents with a qualifying medical condition. More than 300,000 Florida residents have met the requirements needed for a medical marijuana card, increasing the risk of an accident caused by driving high. Our Tampa car accident lawyers have represented hundreds of DUI accident victims.  We are presently pursuing over fifty car accident cases caused by the reckless conduct of an intoxicated driver.

Uber Lyft Rideshare Accident

We have handled over 500 claims collectively against Uber and Lyft with many of them resulting in lawsuits.  If the rideshare driver is at fault, insurance coverage from Uber/Lyft kicks in.  

Distracted Driving/Texting and Driving

We have witnessed a growing number of serious car accidents related to distracted drivers playing with their phones, radio, stereo system, etc.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that distracted driving kills approximately nine people per day in the United States, and injures as many as 1,000 more. Although cell phone use has garnered the most attention as a dangerously distracting driving behavior, the CDC notes that distracted driving constitutes any behavior that takes your eyes off the road (a visual distraction), your hands off the wheel (a manual distraction), or your mind off of safe vehicle operation (a cognitive distraction).

Texting is so dangerous because it involves all three types of distraction. At 55 mph, in the time it takes to send or read a single text, a car can travel more than the length of a football field. Other behaviors that result in dangerous distractions at the wheel reaching for items, eating, applying makeup, using an app, or programming a GPS. Our auto accident injury lawyers regularly subpoena phone records to illustrate what the negligent party was doing at the time or within seconds of the car wreck.  Distracted driving is playing a growing role in your typical Tampa car accident resulting in serious bodily injury.

Speeding

Motorists traveling in excess of the speed limit or driving too fast in relation to weather conditions often cause devastating collisions. 

Truck vs. Automobile Accident

These are often horrific accidents attributable to the driver of a semi-truck who has driven for far too many hours without a break.  Many truckers and trucking companies fail to adhere to the Federal Statute governing the allowable hours of operation.

Pedestrian Accidents

A motorist is required to exercise due caution for the safety of other motorists and pedestrians.  Pedestrian accidents are typically caused by drivers who are simply not paying proper attention to their surroundings or rushing.

Driving While Tired

Tampa residents, like most Americans, do not get enough sleep. The CDC reports that more than one-third of adults in the Sunshine State sleep less than the 7 to 8 hours that the vast majority of us need in order to wake up refreshed and recharged. That chronic sleep deprivation leads to serious risks of car accidents in Tampa.

A person who drives at the end of as little as 18 hours without sleep will suffer the same impairments behind the wheel as a driver with a 0.08 BAC. That’s right, driving fatigued is as dangerous as driving drunk. Fatigue likely contributes to the cause of far more car accidents in Tampa and around Florida every year than we even know, considering how many people drive while tired. However, just because lots of people take the wheel without proper rest does not make it okay. Driver fatigue puts lives at risk. A competent car accident lawyer will research the driving logs of truck drivers to determine whether they had enough rest time.  This becomes far more difficult in your typical Tampa car accident case.

Aggressive Driving

According to research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, nearly 80 percent of drivers admitted to expressing anger through their driving behaviors. Additional research found that over the course of a four-year period, more than half of all traffic fatalities involved an aggressive driver.

Examples of aggressive driving include:

  • Tailgating
  • Changing lanes without signaling
  • Blocking cars from changing lanes
  • Cutting in front of a car, then slowing down
  • Weaving in and out of traffic
  • Running red lights
  • Speeding in heavy traffic

Road Rage

This type of driving can also escalate into road rage. Other drivers are at risk for serious harm when aggressive drivers start honking unnecessarily, passing dangerously, throwing objects, or even forcing another driver off the road.

How common is road rage? AAA found that over the course of one year, 51 percent of drivers admitted to tailgating and 47 percent admitted to yelling at another driver.

Additional Dangers for Tampa Drivers

In addition to dangerous driving behaviors, Tampa drivers also encounter risky situations on the road because of:

Semi-Trucks

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When fully loaded, a semi-truck needs 20-40 percent more distance to stop compared to a passenger vehicle. A semi-truck also weighs many times more than other cars and trucks on the road, which translates into catastrophic damage in a crash. Semi-trucks are also taller and have greater ground clearance than other vehicles, so they pose a constant risk of rolling over or of pinning a smaller vehicle under their trailers.

Many passenger car drivers do not appreciate these risks when sharing the road with semi-trucks, which can lead them to make unsafe decisions about when to pass a semi and how to avoid unnecessary accident risks. Truckers, in contrast, may understand the dangers their vehicles pose to everyone else on the road, but they face their own wide array of challenges. As a group, truckers suffer from excessive fatigue. Their irregular working hours and relatively poor health often prevent them from getting the sleep they need, even when they obey regulations that limit their time behind the wheel. Not every car accident lawyer is experienced in handling truck accident injury claims.  Further, many law firms lack the financial resources to effectively prosecute these cases.  Truck accident cases are expert intensive and it costs significant money to retain the best experts to illustrate liability, negligent retention, and hiring, and failure to adequately maintain the truck.

Teen Drivers

The first 18 months of a newly licensed teen are the most dangerous for not only them but also their passengers and for other drivers. During this time, teens are four times more likely to crash due to their inexperience and because of distractions. Teens driving with teen passengers are more likely to drive distracted. Smartphones, apps, and GPS systems also add additional distractions that take their eyes and mind off the road and their hands off the wheel.

Alcohol is an especially dangerous combination for inexperienced teen drivers. Peer pressure often leads teens to make bad decisions. Despite Florida’s law of zero tolerance for underage drinking, teens continue to participate in this reckless behavior.

Rideshare Drivers

Rideshare companies have revolutionized how many Tampa residents get around town. Unfortunately, the convenience of hailing a ride through Uber or Lyft comes with downsides. Rideshare drivers have no special training, and they find rides by using an app that can easily distract them as much as sending a text or programming a GPS.

Rideshare passengers and anyone who shares the road with a rideshare driver may well face a higher-than-average risk that the driver will make a mistake and cause a car accident in Tampa. Our car accident lawyers are handling a significant number of rideshare car accident cases.  We have successfully resolved numerous Uber and Lyft accident claims with twenty cases resolving for over $500,000.00. Each car accident lawyer at Sibley Dolman Gipe is actively handling car accident cases and lawsuits against ride-sharing entities.

Types of Serious Injuries

According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), more than 400,000 motor vehicle accidents occurred throughout Florida in 2017. These crashes included 3,116 fatalities and 20,380 victims with incapacitating injuries—severe and disabling injuries such as broken bones or severed limbs, requiring immediate transport to a hospital.

Other types of possible serious injuries from a car accident include:

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI) – The CDC defines a TBI as a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that interrupts normal brain function. A severe TBI can result in long-term effects on a person’s cognitive and motor function, vision and hearing, and behavior. A TBI also affects relationships, employment, and the ability to do daily tasks. Consequently, a TBI can inflict extreme expenses on victims and their families.
  • Spinal cord injury – An injury to the spinal cord interrupts signals between the brain and the body, causing weakness, numbness, or paralysis. A severe spinal cord injury resulting in partial or total paralysis can cost over one million dollars to treat in the first year after an injury, and millions more over a lifetime.
  • Broken bones – Tampa car accidents frequently leave victims with broken bones. Even a minor fracture, such as a broken collarbone, can cause debilitating pain. Major fractures, such as those that happen when a crash collapses the passenger compartment, can lead to the diminished use of a limb or loss of the limb altogether. Any broken bone will lead to thousands of dollars of expense for the victim, at a bare minimum.
  • Neck and back injuries – Serious injuries to your neck and back can require surgeries, neck and back braces, and physical therapy, all of which can quickly deplete a victim’s insurance coverage, leaving massive out-of-pocket medical expenses in their wake.

Virtually any Tampa car accident injury imaginable can lead to severe financial strain for victims and their families. Medical expense, in fact, represents a leading cause of personal bankruptcy in the United States. No Tampa car crash victim should have to face financial ruin because of someone else’s careless, reckless, or intentionally harmful conduct. Victims deserve compensation, and with the help of an experienced Tampa car accident lawyer, they can get it.

Sibley Dolman Gipe: Your Tampa Car Accident Lawyers

There are more than 17 million licensed drivers in Florida and more than 125 million visitors every year. It is often not a matter of if a serious crash will occur, but rather when. The moment of impact is a stopping point in time for you and your loved ones. Your life changes as you face new physical, mental, and emotional limitations—all caused by someone else’s dangerous choices and actions.

Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, and Sibley Dolman lawyers proudly represent car accident victims throughout the Tampa region. We have convenient office locations along both Florida coasts. Our legal team treats all clients with respect and we keep the lines of communication open. Our clients always know the status of their cases.

Put the Tampa car accident attorneys at the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, and Sibley Dolman to work for you right away. The sooner we can get to work reviewing the circumstances of your Tampa car accident, the better your chances of recovering the maximum compensation you and your family deserve.

Contact Our Tampa Car Accident Lawyers Today

With offices across both Florida coasts, you can easily reach Sibley Dolman Gipe, at 833-552-7274 (833-55-CRASH), or you can write to us using our online contact page. We’re happy to provide a free, confidential, no-obligation case consultation.

We represent Tampa car accident clients on a contingency fee basis, which means they pay nothing upfront, and we only get paid if our efforts get them paid for their injuries and losses. But do not delay—the clock is ticking on your legal right to seek compensation for your injuries and losses.