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Florida Auto Accident FAQs

Recover Damages with a Proven Longwood Auto Accident Lawyer

After an accident, it can be difficult to think clearly and make take stock of the situation. 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 accurate information without casting blame.

You should not start discussing fault with anyone, including the insurance company, until you have spoken with an attorney. Our Longwood car accident lawyer can guide you through this process.

  • Do I Need to File a Police Report after an Accident?

    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.

  • If someone is injured in the accident, who is responsible?

    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) 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.

  • Will I need to go to Court?

    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 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.

  • How will the amount of my settlement be determined?

    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:

    • The severity of the injuries sustained from the crash
    • The costs of past and future medical expenses
    • Who was at fault in the accident
    • The type of insurance coverage both parties had at the time of the accident
    • The evidence and documentation (pictures, police reports, medical reports, etc.) that each driver can provide to support their case

    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.

    Call (407) 315-2932 for a free initial consultation where our Longwood personal injury attorney can review your case and give you and discuss for pursuing compensation.

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