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By the end of 2016, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) reported that there were almost 16 million licensed drivers in the state of Florida, and tourism is Florida’s biggest industry by GDP. What that means is that there are millions of drivers operating vehicles on Florida’s highways and roadways every day.

With these kinds of numbers, the potential for you to be involved in a major accident is high. In 2016, in fact, over a quarter of a million people were injured in car accidents and there were 3,176 fatalities due to serious car crashes. If you’re one of the hundreds of thousands of drivers, passengers, and pedestrians who were impacted by a Florida car accident, you’re entitled to compensation for your injuries. And a Florida Car Accident Lawyer can help you receive full reimbursement.

Medical Treatment After a FL Car Accident

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, the first few hours are critical. Unless you have an immediate safety concern, don’t exit your vehicle. Call 911 and wait for the police and rescue workers to arrive. Allow the paramedics to examine you, and if they deem that it’s necessary, transport you to the hospital. Getting out of the car and moving around the scene of the accident can put you in danger of additional injuries from passing vehicles. Furthermore, you can exacerbate any existing injuries you sustained in the crash.

If rescue workers determine that it isn’t necessary to transport you to the emergency room, you should seek the advice of a medical professional at your earliest convenience. Paramedics are trained to detect overt signs of injury or shock, but they’re limited in what they can do on scene. Your doctor may uncover latent or developing medical conditions resulting from the accident. The examination can also provide a documented baseline for any legal claims that you have to make in the future as a result of your involvement in an accident.

The True Costs of a Car Accident With Injuries

If you’ve been injured in a car accident on the Florida roads, you probably know that you may have to cover a few costs out of pocket until the insurance company pays your claim, but medical expenses can quickly mount. To make matters worse, you may also face an interruption in income. You may feel like you’re drowning in debt. When your car accident lawyer reviews your case, they’ll prepare a comprehensive list of damages before pursuing a settlement through your insurer. If the offer from the insurance company doesn’t fully cover your damages, they can pursue them in court.

Here are some of the expenses commonly associated with car accidents:

  • Emergency room visit
  • Follow-up appointments
  • Specialist appointments
  • Surgeries
  • Medication
  • X-Rays and MRIs
  • Medical Tests
  • Physical Therapy
  • Ambulance Fee
  • Lost wages
  • Vehicle repairs
  • Towing and storage

In addition to dollar-for-dollar reimbursement, you may also be entitled to receive compensation for intangible losses, like diminished earnings capacity, loss of quality of life, and pain and suffering.

Accidents and Insurance Companies

Under Florida law, both vehicle owners and drivers must have $10,000 worth of personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. PIP benefits are paid by your own insurance, and not the at-fault party. That’s what’s meant when Florida is referred to as a “no-fault state.” PIP will pay 80% of your medical bills and 60% or your lost wages up to $10,000. The rest is recovered from the at-fault driver and their insurers.

Most insurers will honor claims for property damage and medical expenses that are covered under their policies. With more serious accidents, they’ll sometimes even send a claims adjuster to the scene of the accident or the hospital to offer you a check to cover your property damage and medical bills. First settlement offers, however, tend to be insufficient to pay for a full recovery, and if you sign a waiver, you won’t be able to seek further damages. Before accepting a settlement offer for your injuries, speak to a Florida car accident lawyer to discuss your claim.

Motorcycle and Truck Accidents in FL

Accidents involving cars striking motorcycles and large commercial trucks striking smaller vehicles are particularly dangerous due to the substantial differences in mass. Consequently, nearly all crashes involving motorcycles and commercial trucks end in injuries.

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcyclists take a risk every time they get on their bikes. Even with a helmet, a motorcyclist has virtually no shielding from their motorcycle. In addition to the initial impact from the other vehicle, the rider will almost always slam into the roadway or another vehicle. But just because you’ve chosen to ride a motorcycle doesn’t mean that you’re responsible for the negligence of another driver. A Florida motorcycle accident lawyer can help you establish your claim by demonstrating the increased peril caused by a motorcycle accident and how the actions of the at-fault party contributed to your crash.

Commercial Truck Accidents

The Federal and state laws regulating commercial trucking are designed to create a safer environment for all motorists. But because these regulations are so rigorous, many drivers and companies try to work around them. Most commercial vehicles are several times heavier than cars, so even a low-speed crash can cause injuries. If you’ve been struck by a commercial truck, a Florida car accident attorney can review all of the factors that led up to the accident and can present it in the proper context to the responsible insurer or in a civil court.

What a FL Car Accident Lawyer Can Do For You

Recovering from a car accident requires time and financial support. In addition to your physical injuries, you may have sustained a certain degree of mental trauma and it might be difficult for you to get to work, doctor appointments, and physical therapy sessions. With all of this going on, how can you possibly also pursue your accident claim? In addition to helping you navigate the accident recovery process, your car accident lawyer will:

  • Pull the police report
  • Request your medical records
  • Subpoena the medical records of other drivers
  • Recommend doctors and specialists to assist you with a speedy recovery
  • Act as a liaison between you and insurance companies
  • Represent you in issues with your employer arising from the accident
  • Retain the services of accident reconstruction experts and medical experts
  • Depose all witnesses
  • Represent you in any civil actions arising from your accident

Whatever the degree of your injuries are, having a seasoned car accident attorney in your corner will assist you in getting the best medical treatment available. Refers Clients to Professional Legal and Medical Services in FL

Being in a serious car accident is a traumatic experience, and the recovery process can be long and arduous. Hiring a car accident attorney will ensure that you receive the compensation that’s required to make a full mental, physical, and financial recovery. Car accident lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means that you won’t pay out of pocket. Contact us to discuss your Florida car accident.  

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