According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were 340,918 reported accidents in the state in 2020.
As a result of these accidents, more than 3,300 people were killed and another 212,269 were injured.
As scary as those numbers are, you still need to rely on motor vehicles for transportation to and from work, school, extracurricular activities, and more.
If you or a loved one was injured in a Florida motor vehicle accident, contact our law firm online or via phone at 561-983-4584. One of our experienced car crash attorneys will evaluate your case, answer your questions, and help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
The Many Types of Vehicle Accidents
There are many types of vehicle accidents, all of which have the potential to cause serious injury or death. These generally fit into one of seven categories:
- Car accident
- Truck accident
- Motorcycle accident
- Boat accident
- Bicycle accident
- Pedestrian accident
- Public transportation accident
Each type of motor vehicle accident is unique, but all of them have one thing in common: the risk of serious injuries and financial loss.
How to Seek Compensation
The financial damages of a motor vehicle accident have the potential to turn your life upside down. From medical bills to lost wages, you could soon find yourself facing financial uncertainty that adds unbearable stress to your life.
The first step in seeking compensation is filing an insurance claim. After doing so, it’s best to consult with a car accident lawyer who can guide you through the process and protect your legal rights along the way.
Your legal team will negotiate with the responsible party’s insurance company in an attempt to settle your claim.
Should you be unable to reach an agreement, your attorney can then file a personal injury lawsuit. With this, you’re showing the other party that you’re willing to go to court to obtain compensation for your damages.
How to Help Your Cause After a Car Accident
While your legal team can seek compensation on your behalf, there are also steps you can take to help your cause.
- Receive immediate medical attention: Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your accident, receive medical attention to ensure that you understand your injuries, treatment options, and long-term prognosis.
- Keep good records: If it relates to your accident, it’s a record you should keep. This includes but is not limited to medical bills, test results, police report, photos of the accident scene and your injuries, and correspondence from your insurance company.
- Don’t say too much: This is a mistake that many people make. For example, immediately following the accident, don’t speak with the responsible party. Doing so could lead you to admit fault. The same holds true with insurance company representatives. Keep in mind that these individuals are not on your side.
How Much is Your Car Accident Claim Worth?
This depends on a variety of factors, but one thing never changes: don’t let an insurance company dictate this to you.
An insurance company may offer you a low ball settlement early on in hopes that you take the money and close your claim. This isn’t in your best interest.
An experienced attorney will review your claim with an eye toward:
- The severity of your injuries
- The circumstances surrounding your accident
- The length of your recovery and potential to make a full recovery
- The impact of the accident on your ability to work
- Insurance policy limits
With all these details in mind, your attorney can provide an estimate of how much compensation to seek.
At Fetterman & Associates, P.A., we’re here to help you with all aspects of your car accident claim. Contact us online or via phone at 561-983-4584 to set up a free consultation.