After an accident it can be difficult to think clearly and make good decisions as emotions are running high. It is crucial to try to stay calm and to contact the police or other law enforcement. Do not admit, or assign fault to the other driver; it’s best to be polite, courteous and give the police as accurate of information as you can provide.
For accidents involving injury, death or damage greater than $500 (almost any accident outside of a very minor fender bender will have damage greater than $500) a police officer will need to submit a report and should be called right away. For very minor accidents or where no police investigation was conducted the driver must file a report within 10 days.
Florida has adopted a no-fault policy to settle smaller auto accident claims (involving less than $10,000 in property damage and less than $10,000 in personal injury) in as efficiently as possible. If the accident involves damages greater than the no-fault policy limits, you will have to pursue compensation through the at-fault driver’s auto insurance policy.
The relationship between who was at fault in an auto accident, who will pay for the medical bills and property damage, and how much each driver’s insurance policy will pay are very complex. Call 407 995 6770 or email for a free initial consultation where I can review your case and give you an idea of how Florida law applies to your case, and your options for pursuing compensation.
The overwhelming majority of auto accident cases do NOT end up in court. Instead, a settlement is reached between the injured party and the insurance company(ies) found responsible to pay. While your case will likely not end up in court, there is still a fair amount of investigation, documentation and negotiating that will affect how your claim turns out. The insurance companies will have a team of lawyers working to protect their profits, and it’s a good idea to have a lawyer on your side to protect your rights.
There are several variables that can affect the amount of an insurance settlement from an injury sustained in an auto accident. Some of them include:
In addition to the factors listed above, the experience and familiarity your attorney has with settling auto claims can have a major impact. Every case has an acceptable range, having an experienced lawyer on your side helps ensure that you receive the top end of the range instead of the bare minimum that the insurance company can settle for without legal repercussions.
Don’t make the mistake of getting hurt by an auto accident twice - get the compensation you are entitled to. In a free consultation, I will help you understand how Florida law applies to your case, and your options for moving forward. If you decide you would like me to handle your case, there is no up-front fee; instead I am paid a percentage of the funds I secure on your behalf, which means if we don’t win, you don’t pay.
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