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Have you been injured in a car crash? Don’t settle for empty promises from insurance companies and the at fault party. Call Paul K. Schrier, PLLC now on 1-877-959-4889 for a free evaluation of your case. Having an experienced Florida car accident lawyer by your side from the get go is crucial. Getting seriously injured is already a bad situation. The last thing you need is a denial of rightful compensation.
What Should You Do After a Florida Car Crash?
After a serious accident, you could be looking at soaring medical bills, significant property damage and potentially lost wages. Seeking medical treatment must certainly be your first priority so call 911.
If you do not already have a regular doctor you go to, Paul K. Schrier, PLLC can provide recommendations of doctors who can not only manage your injuries but also develop the documentation necessary to file a claim later on.
Gathering as much evidence of the crash as soon you can is key. Ergo, use your phone or other camera available to take photos of the accident scene. Capture the damage to the cars or other property, and injuries to the persons involved.
If there were witnesses at the time the collision happened, request them for their contacts. Call law enforcement. The police will do a report that documents the details about the accident including the likely cause of the crash. Contact a Florida auto crash attorney who will guide you on the proper legal process to follow post-collision.
Types of Car Accident Claims
The No-Fault system in Florida reduces the likelihood of lawsuits following a car crash. For accidents that lead to minor injury or damage, the Personal Injury Protection (PIP) cover should be more than enough.
Where death or severe injury occurs, PIP may not suffice. Without an additional insurance cover, the costs of treatment and other consequences of the accident could suck you into a financial quandary fairly quickly. You’ll need to file lawsuit to obtain additional compensation. The following are the suits likely to be filed after a serious car crash.
Most claims will be hinged on the at fault party’s negligence. That is, they failed to exercise reasonable care while operating the car. Your Florida car accident lawyer as well as the other party’s insurance company will both try to establish who actually caused the crash. As your auto crash attorney, we will seek to demonstrate that the defendant failed in their duty of reasonable care and this subsequently caused the collision.
One of the most famous recent cases of accidents due to manufacturing defects was one involving giant car maker Toyota. If you have been in a collision and your car or that of another person had a defect that contributed to the crash, you can file a lawsuit against the manufacturer.
The average car maker is a behemoth with billions of dollars in annual revenue. As you would expect, manufacturers will put up a spirited fight against any claim that insinuates an inherent defect caused a crash. Most such lawsuits will usually cite problems with engines, braking, acceleration, airbags or seat belts.
When we file a suit against a car maker on your behalf, Paul K. Schrier, PLLC seeks to show that the defective vehicle was unreasonably dangerous, that the driver was operating the car as they should, and that there had been no change to the vehicle’s performance since it was first purchased.
Faulty road design, construction or maintenance can cause accidents. Some road features a Florida car accident lawyer will pay attention to during crash investigation include the nature of embankments, medians, guardrails, barriers, speed bumps, road surface, hazard signage, stop and yield signs, and traffic lights.
In the past, accident victims could readily sue government agencies for collision compensation. Nowadays, car crashes caused by road design are perhaps the most difficult to successful sue. Government agencies push back strongly and will invoke sovereign immunity while rejecting liability. In very few circumstances do state or federal agencies not enjoy liability protection.
Still, do not give up on your claim before you speak to a Florida car accident lawyer. Your case might just be one of those that qualify for compensation.
Losing a loved one is a life-changing event. If the deceased was a sole or part provider of the family, the grieving over their departure will be accompanied by anxiety on the household’s financial future. If an accident has caused the death of a family member, there is legal recourse via a wrongful death lawsuit.
The attorney of the victim’s family must demonstrate that someone else’s negligence was the cause of the fatality. If the suit is successful, the court can order payment of various economic and non-economic benefits to the family.
Time Is of the Essence
Florida law sets out specific cut-off dates that must be met following a car crash. One of the most important is that persons injured in a crash must seek medical treatment no more than 14 days after the accident. Failure to that will jeopardize access to full PIP compensation. I
Injured persons or anyone whose property (car or otherwise) was damaged by the crash has 4 years to file an injury lawsuit. This presumes that one party was solely or mostly responsible for the accident. In the event of death, the family of the deceased has 2 years to file a wrongful death suit. The counting of the 2 years begins from the date of death if this happened on a different date from the crash itself.
Two or four years may seem like a long time. You’ll however be surprised at the number of victims that fail to beat this window. When you consider that the injured person is probably preoccupied with their medical treatment or that the deceased’s family will grieve about the accident for a while, the 2 and 4 years can move fairly quickly.
Moving quickly has other benefits. The longer you wait after a crash, the harder it becomes to reconstruct the events of that day. Some witnesses may have moved to another state and even those who are available no longer have a reliable recollection of what happened.
Waiting until the statute of limitation is almost exhausted only serves to increase pressure on the claimant and makes building a solid case significantly harder. Remember that the insurance company will be looking for contradictions and inconsistency in any aspect of your evidence as this will provide solid ground to challenge the claim.
That being said, it’s better to file a claim late than not file one at all. If you think you are running out time for an accident where you were injured or a loved one was killed, it is time to talk to a Paul K. Schrier, PLLC Florida car wreck lawyers. Just because you are late does not mean your case is irredeemable. We have handled dozens of accident lawsuits very close to the statute of limitation’s end and still managed to obtain compensation on our client’s behalf.
Talk to a Florida Car Accident Lawyer Today
The legal process following a serious accident can be exhausting and complex. Insurance company attorneys are aggressive and will pursue all legal avenues at their disposal to deny you the benefits due to you. If you want to tip the scales in your favor, hire a reputable law firm like Paul K. Schrier, PLLC.
We have done battle in courts across Florida against some of the largest insurers and corporations in the country. Our exceptional record in fighting and winning cases on our client’s behalf often means many insurers would like to settle well before the case lands in court. We work hard to seek the highest settlement and obtain appropriate justice for you and your loved ones. Do not delay. Call 1-877-477-9161.