Although car accidents are a relatively common occurrence on the roads of Florida, if you have never been involved in a crash you may have questions about your legal rights and options after you are injured in an accident. Below are some of the most common questions injured victims of car accidents have for personal injury attorneys.
How Much Is My Case Worth?
Determining how much compensation an injured car accident victim may be entitled to can be difficult. Factors that affect an accident victim’s ultimate compensation include the severity of his or her injuries, the details of the accident (including who bears responsibility for causing the accident), the limits of available insurance coverage, and the strength of the parties’ respective legal cases.
What Evidence Will I Need?
Any successful car accident claim will require you to have evidence proving who was at fault for the crash and what kind of injuries and damages you sustained as a result of the accident. Evidence frequently used in car accident cases includes police accident reports, photographs of the accident scene, vehicle damage/repair reports, and medical records for treatment of the injuries suffered in the accident.
How Long Will My Case Take?
As with the value of a car accident claim, the length of time it will take an injured accident victim to recover compensation from those responsible for the accident will depend on various factors, including the strength of the evidence of liability and damages, the amount of damages an accident victim has incurred, or whether he or she is still undergoing treatment and recovery from his or her injuries. All of these factors can complicate the process of negotiating a settlement of a car accident claim. And if it becomes necessary to take the claim to court, the duration of a lawsuit is often dependent on the complexity of the evidence and on the availability/scheduling of the court.
What Should I Do after an Accident?
You can take actions in the minutes, hours, and days following an accident to help protect your right to pursue compensation for injuries and damages. These actions include calling 911 or the local police department to report your accident and summon paramedics if necessary, taking photos of the accident scene (if possible and safe to do so), getting the contact and insurance information from all the drivers involved in the crash, seeking medical attention at the scene or as soon as possible afterward at the emergency room or with your physician, and talking to a car accident attorney about your rights and options.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
Although it is not required that you hire an attorney to file a claim for compensation with the insurance company or a lawsuit against an at-fault driver following a car crash, accident victims who are represented by legal counsel almost always recover significantly more compensation than those who pursue claims by themselves. A lawyer can help you to build a much stronger legal case, which can ensure that you receive full compensation for your injuries and damages; an attorney will have extensive experience negotiating with insurance companies, who are always looking to pay you as little money as possible. If your claim does end up going to court, you can rely on an attorney’s knowledge of the law and court procedures to ensure that your claim is properly prosecuted.
Contact a Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Car Accident Case in Florida
Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a car accident in Florida? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Lawlor, White & Murphey represent clients injured because of car accidents in Pembroke Pines, Weston, Plantation, Coconut Creek, and throughout Florida. Call (754) 226-1747 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 2211 Davie Boulevard, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312, as well as offices in Pembroke Pines, Weston, Coconut Creek, Plantation, and Pompano Beach.
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