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Why should I call a lawyer after a car accident in Florida?

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It is essential to call an attorney after you have been injured in a Florida car accident so you know what your rights are. Motor vehicle accidents are not always as straightforward as they may seem.

Determining Fault In A Car Accident

When vehicles collide, it is not always as easy as “the blue car hit the red car.” Many other factors may need to be considered. It is not really in your best interests to work with the other party and just exchange information, offering apologies. That may feel right at the time, and it may be polite, but it is not in the interest of protecting your rights in the long run.

Your car accident attorney would be able to obtain:

  • Information regarding whether any laws were broken
  • Information on any traffic citations police issued
  • Accident re-creation information
  • Witness statements
  • Driver statements immediately following the accident, as given to police or witnesses
  • Obtain traffic camera recordings
  • Photographs of the vehicles, scene, surroundings and bodily injuries
  • Angles of impact
  • Other evidence

Do Not Fight A Car Insurance Carrier Alone

In today’s world, it is common that after an accident, people call a lawyer. You do not want to go up against an insurance company alone. Even your own auto insurance company (certainly not the other driver’s insurance company) will not be looking out for you. They have one goal: pay out as little as possible. They are looking to obtain the maximum for them and minimum for you.

The Impact Of Car Accident Injuries Can Last A Lifetime

The physical and emotional impact of a car accident can leave scars that take a lifetime to treat and heal. Sometimes individuals are scared to drive or even ride in cars, and some suffer deeper, physical injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, broken bones and more. Medical bills can continue long after the initial treatment has stopped, as follow-up appointments and ongoing care continue. Without legal representation, you may be left dealing with all these bills on your own, even if you were not at fault in the accident whatsoever. Do not listen if the other person promises to pay if you do not call a lawyer. Is it wise to trust your future to someone’s word? Unfortunately, no. It is best to protect yourself by seeking out true protection with the help of an experienced car injury lawyer who knows personal injury law.

Contingency Fees For Car Accident Cases

Many personal injury attorneys handle cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that you pay no money upfront to the lawyer. Instead, the injury lawyer gets a portion of the award when the case is settled in your favor. Each lawyer’s fee structure varies and you need to speak to your injury lawyer specifically to learn more about how he or she handles fees. Initial consultations with our firm are free and our fees are modeled after the Florida Bar approved personal injury contingency fee contract. Essentially, our fee structure works as follows:

  • 33.3% before a lawsuit is filed
  • 40% after a lawsuit is filed (only if one needs to be filed and the client and our firm decide, together, that filing suit is in their best interests)

We believe in maximizing the benefit to our clients and so we offer a No Win, No Fee (or Cost) Guarantee. If there is no recovery, even if we have laid out costs, you will never owe us a dime (we only take cases if we are confident that a financial recovery can be made).

Experienced Car Injury Lawyers Provide Insight

Having years of experience handling motor vehicle accident cases and knowing the laws gives attorneys an insight that laypeople do not have. They know the ins and outs of these cases and can find even the smallest fact upon which to build a case or defend your rights.

If you’ve been in a car accident, I assure you that the insurance company is already taking action to defend their rights and protect their interests; we suggest you hire an experienced car accident attorney to do the same for you.

Our firm has over 100 years of combined personal injury experience ready to be put to work to maximize the amount of money you need to compensate you for your medical bills (and future need for healthcare), lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

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