Car Accidents

As a personal injury lawyer, I strive to provide the highest quality legal representation to victims injured by the negligence of others. Conveniently located in Brandon, Florida, my full-service law firm has successfully handled all kinds of car accident cases, serving clients in Tampa Bay and beyond. I am dedicated to fighting for your legal rights and helping you obtain the compensation you deserve.

Most Car Accidents are Preventable

Car accidents are an unfortunate fact of life in cities throughout Florida. In fact, they are the leading cause of injury and death in the United States. But most of these accidents are preventable, meaning one driver is usually at fault. Careless conduct that causes an accident is known “negligence” or the breach of a legal duty to others. Under Florida law, at-fault drivers are liable for any injuries caused by their negligence. This means they must pay monetary damages to any injured parties. Because the extent of each party’s fault and injury are not immediately apparent, it may take time for you to take action. But even if a legal claim is the last thing on your mind, do not delay in seeking relief. Consult an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

Basic Rules to Remember Following an Accident

After an accident, pull over immediately to a safe place. Assess your body, which may be in shock. The “fight or flight” response of the nervous system can mask pain or paralyze you with fear. That is why it is crucial to take care of yourself first, as well as any family members traveling with you. If you are in pain, do not exit the vehicle until help arrives. It is crucial to remain still in case of neck injury. Even if you do not feel pain immediately, you should still seek medical attention if you sense any soreness, stiffness, or discomfort. Sometimes, symptoms do not appear until weeks after the crash. Remain calm and if possible, go through a prepared checklist of steps to take following an accident. The following provides a basic plan of action:

  • Call the police or ambulance if necessary
  • Exchange information with other drivers
    • Name, license plate, tag number
    • Insurance company name, policy number
  • Take pictures of the accident site and any vehicle damage
  • Make a list of all available witness and get their information
    • Name, address, phone number, initial reaction to the crash
  • Retain all documents relating to the accident and keep copies of everything
    • Any correspondence, witness statements
    • Mileage to and from doctors, hospital, therapy
    • Medical expenses, lost time from work or school
    • Obtain separate estimates for property damage to vehicle
    • Journal or diary of injuries, pain and suffering from accident
  • Do not apologize, admit fault, or vocalize what you “guess” happened in the accident
Caution with Insurance Companies

You may be required to contact your insurance company immediately after an accident. But you are no obliged to admit fault or liability at the scene of the accident or in a sworn or recorded statement. In fact, if you do not trust yourself to limit your testimony to the basic “facts” of the accident, consult a personal injury lawyer who has more experience advocating for your best interests. Insurance companies, looking out for their bottom line, want to minimize liability for your harm. So do not divulge information about the extent of your injury or medical treatment. Further, do not feel pressured to accept the first offer thrown your way; it often does not reflect the true value of your claim. Most importantly, do not sign any waiver or release of liability without consulting a legal representative.

Maximize Your Recovery from a Personal Injury Claim

If you are injured in a car accident , call my office immediately. I have extensive experience dealing with insurance adjusters and making sure you are fully compensated for your harm. I will work diligently to provide you with the best service possible. I know that accidents are traumatic and give others a chance to prey on your vulnerability, which is why I explain the legal issues and exactly what you are owed, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Because time is of the essence, I work efficiently to preserve all the evidence and the full value of your claim. Do not delay and forfeit your right to relief. Call now. (813) 413-8828. Free Consultation.

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