Tampa Car Accident Lawyer
If you were involved in a crash and sustained injuries or property damage, you need to hire a car accident lawyer to fight in your corner. Ask2Amigo Law Firm in Tampa, Florida has Spanish speaking attorneys here to help get you the compensation and justice you deserve after an auto collision. Call to request your free consultation today.
Filing a Car Accident Lawsuit in Florida
Car accidents are an unfortunate fact of life. No matter how safe you drive, there are millions of other drivers who disobey the rules of the road and put everyone else at risk. In fact, of the 32,675 traffic fatalities of 2014, the majority of them could have easily been prevented had one or both parties taken the appropriate precautions.
Cell phones are present in 40 percent of all auto collisions, drivers under the influence of alcohol cause almost one third of all traffic fatalities, and excessive speed is present in 40 percent of all single-vehicle rollover fatalities.
With these numbers in mind, it should be obvious how our driving behaviors affect road safety. If you or a loved one has been injured, or a family member has lost their life, in an auto accident, it is important to contact an experienced car accident attorney today.
Proving Car Accident Negligence
In almost every motor vehicle accident scenario, one or more parties will be found negligent. That is because even though we refer to them as “accidents,” they are anything but. As described in the previous section, auto collisions are not pure accidents. They are caused by mistakes including carelessness, recklessness, and a lack of regard for the lives of everyone else on the road. Unfortunately, if you are involved in an accident with a truck, the consequences of that mistake could prove deadly.
All members of society owe each other a duty to act with care in all realms of life. This certainly pertains to driving on the streets, highways, and freeways of Tampa. If someone causes another injury or death, they may be deemed negligent if it is determined that they failed in their duty to act with care.
Examples of Negligence in a Car Accident
Negligence, or failing to act with care, can consist of
- texting while driving
- improper lane changes
- talking on the phone while driving
- failing to yield
- failing to use turn signals
- distracted driving
- disobeying posted traffic rules
- Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs
and other unlawful acts. The party found negligent will be held liable to pay compensation to the victims they injured or killed. An experienced car accident lawyer can help you navigate through the lawsuit and settlement process.
Auto Accident Compensation
Car Accident compensation may consist of a financial award, lawsuit settlement, insurance claim, or a combination of these. The compensation can be used to reimburse for medical bills, property damage, and lost wages, but also for punitive damages like pain and suffering, lost consortium, etc.
In the event of a death, you may be able to ask for compensation by filing a wrongful death claim to pay for funeral costs, loss of future income paid to the deceased member’s family, and loss of enjoyment in life for the survivors. Proving negligence is the most important step to take in order to receive compensation.
Do I really need an Attorney’s Help after a Car Accident?
Yes, without legal counsel you would be bringing a knife to a gunfight. Alhough an attorney is not required, you are proceeding at your own risk especially if you were injured or had damage to your vehicle. Remember who the enemy is, the insurance company, they spend thousands of dollars in training the insurance adjusters and insurance company attorneys to find ways to deny and or minimize the amount you can recover, don’t help them – hire your own attorney.
How Can I get Medical Treatment if I was involved in a Car Accident?
Florida is a no-fault state which means that regardless of whose fault the accident is you have the right to seek medical treatment within 14 days of the accident as long as you carry PIP coverage on your car insurance. Florida law requires everyone who drives a vehicle to carry PIP. PIP or Personal Injury Protection is found in Florida Statue 627.736.
Florida Statue 627.736 outlines that if you are involved in an accident and are seen by a physician within 14 days who certifies that you have an emergency medical condition you are entitled to receive up to $10,000 of medical benefits to help pay for your treatment and care. An attorney can help you find a doctor to treat you for your injuries as well as guide you through the endless process of filing a personal injury and property damage claim.
Do I need money to hire a Lawyer after a Car Accident?
The answer is no you do no need money to hire a lawyer because we work on a contingency basis. Meaning we only get paid of the clients gets a recovery and/or jury verdict. So our fee is contingent upon making a recovery for the client. Additionally, we (the lawyers) pay for all of the costs to prosecute the claim with the hope of making a recovery, so the client can re-pay us. If we are not successful in making a recovery then YOU OWE US NOTHING – NO FEES OR COSTS UNLESS WE MAKE A RECOVERY.
What Evidence Can I Collect After a Car Accident that Will Help Me?
If you have been involved in a car accident you need take pictures of the cars to show the location of the accident, along with the damage and the location of the cars. This information will be helpful if an accident reconstructionist is needed to show how the impact occurred at trial.
Furthermore, write down all witnesses’ names and phone numbers, and any and all statements that the other driver says to you such as “I’m sorry I was on my phone” or “I didn’t see you” these are all admission against interest that will be helpful in establishing fault at trial.
Do not call any insurance companies or give an recorded statements until you your coverage information and have spoken to a lawyer. We are available 24/7 to speak and meet with clients. We are here to help you.
Ask2Amigo Law Firm is Here to Help
In many cases, the negligence of the party who caused the crash may seem incredibly obvious. They may even admit fault at the scene of the crash. However, days or weeks later, they may have a change of heart and insist upon their innocence. In other cases, insurance companies will fight tooth and nail, withholding the compensation that you deserve.
Their insurance adjusters have nothing to lose by holding out and forcing your hand, while you have everything to lose. With medical bills to pay and wages lost from not being able to work, they know that you are vulnerable and hope that you take the bare minimum they are required by law to pay. For both these reasons (dishonest drivers and stingy insurance companies) it is important that you hire an experienced Tampa car accident attorney.
Contact a Car Accident Lawyer in Tampa, FL
The car accident lawyers at Ask2Amigo Law Firm are here to help you fight for what you deserve. Call us today at 813-482-0355 to schedule a free consultation or contact us. You don’t pay anything unless we win your case.
- United States Department of Transportation – National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Traffic Safety Facts. 2014 Crash Data Key Findings, November 2015. URL: http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812219.pdf
- Swanson, Brittany-Marie: Distracted Causes Nearly 40%. Automotive Fleet, Safety Issue 2010. URL: http://www.automotive-fleet.com/fc_resources/af1010-safety-20-distracted-1.pdf
- United States Department of Transportation – National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Alcohol Impaired Driving. 2014 Data, Published December 2015. URL: https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812231
- United States Department of Transportation – National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – Safercar.gov, Rollover Causes. URL: https://www.safercar.gov/Vehicle-Shoppers/Rollover/Causes