Florida Auto Accident Lawyer
If you ask any experienced auto accident lawyer, they will tell you that Florida routinely ranks among the worst states for car accidents. If you’ve suffered injuries due to the negligence of another driver, you may be entitled to compensation for damages such as:
- Property damage
- Medical bills
- Income loss
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
However, it’s not always easy to prove your personal injury case to the insurance companies or in court (if it goes that far). Obtaining maximum compensation for your injuries usually requires a proven lawyer’s experience, knowledge, and relationships.
Working with a skilled auto accident attorney can help you understand your legal options, stand up for your rights, and ultimately, pursue maximum damages for your injuries.
Don’t wait until it’s too late to file a personal injury claim.
Contact Schrier Law Group today for a free initial consultation with an experienced auto accident lawyer.
Do I Need a Car Accident Attorney?
Technically, you don’t need a car accident lawyer. However, pursuing a personal injury claim against multi-billion-dollar insurance companies alone is not usually recommended. That’s because insurance adjusters have tons of resources and high-powered attorneys on their side.
Their goal is not to make a fair offer. Contrarily, the insurance company has a vested interest in paying you the least amount of money possible or the least amount you are willing to accept). Negotiating a car accident claim without an experienced car accident attorney is like running without shoes; it’s possible, but it will probably hurt.
If your situation fits any of the following circumstances, it’s in your best interest to consult with an attorney:
- You were in an accident (due to someone else’s fault) and suffered injuries due to the accident.
- You suffered damages (i.e., property damage, physical injuries, etc.), and you want to receive maximum compensation.
- You are not familiar with Florida car accident and insurance laws
- You don’t have a lot of free time to pursue your car accident claim
- You have a complex car accident case (i.e., truck accidents, multi-vehicle car accidents, etc.)
Insurance companies are not typically known for understanding or fairness when handling personal injury claims.
There are many well-documented instances of insurance companies using pressure tactics, refusing to pay claims, and making lowball offers. Hiring a proven auto accident attorney in Florida can be the difference between a successful personal injury claim and an unsuccessful claim.
How Can a Florida Car Accident Lawyer Help Me?
At Schrier Law Group, our car accident attorneys work on a contingency basis. That means that you don’t pay us unless we win your case. With that in mind, it’s usually more costly not to hire an attorney than it is to hire one.
An experienced car accident attorney can be an asset when filing a personal injury claim in the following ways, but not limited to:
- Offer advice based on an in-depth understanding of Florida auto accident laws and case law precedent
- Investigate the car accident
- Identify and interview eyewitnesses
- Dealing with the insurance companies
- Determining fault and proving damages
- Calculating your damages
- Filing accurate and timely paperwork
- Taking your case to trial if the insurance companies don’t offer fair compensation
Every car accident case is unique. However, if you’ve suffered damages, you can be assured that an insurance adjuster will not take it easy on you. Working with an experienced car collision lawyer can help to ensure that you are fairly compensated, and your rights are protected.,
Compensation You Can Get After a Car Accident
Car accident victims who suffer injuries are often concerned about property damages, medical bills, lost income, and more. Winning a personal injury case via settlement or trial can help pay for current and future damages suffered as a result of the accident. Learn more below.
In many cases, medical bills start piling up immediately after the accident occurs. That can include ambulance fees, the cost of emergency medical care, rehabilitation, and much more. A few of the most common types of injuries sustained after a car accident include but are not limited to:
- Broken bones
- Head and brain injuries
- Spinal injuries and other types of back injuries
- Mental health injuries (i.e., PTSD, depression, anxiety, etc.)
- Injuries to the face or neck
Serious injuries often require time away from work. In extreme cases, injuries resulting from an accident could lead to the loss of occupation. Working with an experienced auto accident lawyer can help you determine how much income you’ve lost and how much you stand to lose in the future.
Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering are essentially physical/emotional discomfort and stress resulting from a car collision. Under Florida auto accident laws, individuals injured as a result of a negligent car accident can sue for pain and suffering (as well as other non-economic damages).
Suppose you or a loved one suffers a permanent disability as a result of an auto accident. In that case, it could threaten your career, income earning potential, as well as personal life. An experienced auto accident attorney can help ensure you recover maximum damages.
A wrongful death occurs when someone unintentionally kills someone as a result of negligence. If a family member or loved one suffered a wrongful death in a Florida car accident, you may be entitled to compensation.
Types of Car Accidents:
Car accidents can occur at any time, any place, and to anyone. With that in mind, individuals eligible to pursue damages can be involved in many types of accidents. Learn more below.
Drunk/Under the Influence Driving
There are more than 5,000 alcohol-related traffic accidents in Florida every year. Individuals who get behind the wheel after drinking can be held both criminally and civilly liable. However, receiving maximum compensation for injuries caused by an alcohol-related accident often requires a skillful and determined auto accident attorney.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are more than 3,000 distracted driving-related fatalities each year in the US. Distracted driving can include but is not limited to:
- Texting and driving
- Eating and driving
- Handling radio, navigation, or other types of electronic devices
- Talking to passengers
Nearly 10 percent of all crashes involve observable symptoms of driver drowsiness. Some studies suggest that driving after being awake for more than 20 hours is equivalent to driving drunk. With that in mind, drowsy driving is not a viable excuse for reckless driving. Individuals who cause accidents due to tiredness may be liable for any damages, injuries, or deaths caused as a result.
Accidents involving commercial vehicles usually produce severe injuries (at minimum). With that in mind, pursuing compensation for injuries after a truck accident can be complex, frustrating, and lengthy. That’s especially true if you don’t hire an experienced car accident lawyer.
Florida routinely ranks in the top ten for motorcycle accidents and motorcycle fatalities. If you’ve suffered injuries in a car accident while riding your motorcycle, it’s in your best interest to consult with a proven car accident attorney as soon as possible.
Pedestrian accidents involving negligent drivers are more likely to result in severe injuries or death for the pedestrian. Establishing liability in pedestrian accidents can be challenging without the help of an attorney.
Rideshare accidents in Florida occur every day. Companies like Uber and Lyft offer robust insurance packages and coverages. However, it’s not always easy to determine fault or receive maximum compensation for injuries sustained in rideshare accidents. That’s because it often involves multiple parties, drivers, passengers, and insurance companies.
Self Driving Car Accidents
Contrary to popular belief, self-driving cars are still more accident-prone than human drivers. However, proving fault in a self-driving car accident can be a complex process. Our attorneys understand the recent driverless car legislation passed in Florida and how personal injury claims apply.
What You Should Do Following a Car Accident
Building a strong personal injury case starts immediately after an accident occurs. If you’re involved in a car accident in Florida, it’s in your best interest to do the following:
- Check on others involved in the accident (if possible)
- Exchange identification and insurance information
- Take plenty of pictures and videos of the car accident scene, property damages, and injuries suffered
- Seek immediate medical attention
- Contact the police
- Contact an experienced auto accident lawyer to discuss your case
Florida is a no-fault state. That means that every driver must carry at least $10,000 in personal injury protection insurance (PIP). While PIP insurance covers medical damages up to a certain amount, it often isn’t enough to take care of every expense. An attorney can help you recover the compensation you’re owed.
Further, Florida has one of the highest percentages of uninsured drivers on the road. It can be difficult to receive compensation after an accident with an uninsured driver, but it’s possible. Contact Schrier Law Group to learn more.
What Our Florida Auto Attorneys Can Do for You
Our auto accident attorneys at Schrier Law Group have aggressively pursued maximum compensation for our personal injury clients for more than 40 years. Our personal injury attorneys listen compassionately, thoroughly investigate every accident, and relentlessly pursuing fair compensation for every client.
If you’ve suffered injuries in an accident on Florida highways or roads, we can help. Contact Schrier Law Group today for your free initial consultation.