Hurt in a Car Accident?
Our Orlando Auto Accident Lawyers Offer Experience, Assistance & Free Consultations
Our Orlando car accident lawyers represent people injured in vehicle collisions caused by someone else’s negligence. This involves the coordination of a broad range of legal issues, which include:
- Establishing fault and proving damages, including in distracted driving accidents
- Assisting with insurance benefits, such as no-fault coverage, health insurance, liability insurance and uninsured motorist coverage
We have included information that should be useful to you after an auto accident; however, please take advantage of our free consultation to discuss your car accident. You do not owe any attorney fees unless we win your case. You can call us at (800)235-7060.
- Five Important Steps to Take After an Auto Accident
- Frequently Asked Questions about Florida Car Accidents
- Choosing a Repair Shop after a Car Crash
- How to Get a Free Consultation with a Personal Injury Attorney
Five Important Steps to Take After an Auto Accident
Being involved in an auto accident can be a confusing and scary time for an individual and his or her family. However, you can help the situation run more smoothly by following a few easy steps.
- If you are medically able, exit your vehicle and evaluate the safety and security of the scene. If at all possible, you are required by Florida law to remove your vehicle from the roadway. However, this should not be done if there are injured people still in the car. Call 911 and treat those with medical emergencies first, to the best of your abilities. If there is no imminent danger, do not move the injured.
- Gather witnesses and others to both help you secure the scene of the accident and gather the facts of what happened, such as:
- Names, contact information and insurance information of any drivers and passengers involved in the accident, as well as witnesses who saw it happen
- The name and contact information of the police officer and the report number
- Types of cars involved in the crash, including license number, year, model and make
- If possible, take photographs using your cellphone of your car, any other cars involved and the accident scene
- If your vehicle needs to be towed away, write down the location of where it is being towed
- You may also want to draw a picture and write down how you think the accident happened, which may later help you recollect facts that you may otherwise forget
- Once police and emergency vehicles arrive, cooperate with them and provide information of which you are 100 percent sure. It is important never to admit fault because you do not know all the facts; it is likely you will be confused and dazed by the wreck.
- Receive treatment for any injuries you may have received. Although you may not feel any symptoms at the scene, it is important to go to the doctor anyway. Some medical conditions may not appear immediately following the accident, but a doctor will know how to diagnose and treat these injuries.
- Before reporting the incident to your insurance company, talk to a lawyer as soon as possible. If you do talk to the insurance company, you do have the right to refuse to have your conversation recorded, which we recommend, as well, because anything said can only hurt you later. Gaining the help of an attorney can protect your rights and best interests. When choosing an attorney, it is important to base your selection on his or her credentials, history of successful car accident cases and the comfort level he or she brings to you and your family during this difficult time.
If your family is not already on the Florida Highway Patrol’s DAVID database, our firm highly recommends it. In the event of a serious accident, your loved ones would receive immediate notification. Adding your name to the database is free and you can register online by visiting the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website. The personal information you provide is private and only available to law enforcement agencies. Our lawyers recommend that all of our clients register with DAVID.
What Does Florida No-Fault Insurance Coverage Mean?
The Personal Injury Protection (PIP) law is the primary health insurance for injuries arising from a car crash and ensures that car insurance companies pay for 80 percent of the medical bills for injuries arising from the accident. This goes for anyone who was driving or riding in the car. PIP may also cover 60 percent of lost wages from an accident. You can only pursue an accident claim outside of this system if you have permanent or life-altering injuries.
Many doctors will wait to collect the remaining 20 percent until after all legal proceedings finish. However, the PIP laws in Florida change year to year. It is important to contact your insurance provider or schedule a free consultation with an Orlando lawyer who would also know the most up-to-date information.
Our Orlando Auto Accident Lawyers Explain the Basics of Choosing a Repair Shop
After a car accident, you need to get your car repaired, but even this task creates many questions: Which auto body shop should you take your vehicle to, and do you have to use the one the insurance company recommends?
The bottom line is that your carrier cannot force you to use a certain body shop for repairs. Many insurance companies will partner with shops and intervene if a problem occurs. However, be wary of the body repair shops approved by the insurance companies. The ultimate goal of the insurance company is to keep your repair costs as low as possible. Does this mean they will cut corners just to meet the insurance company’s required rates? No one really knows.
The Better Business Bureau is a good resource to see how many complaints have been lodged against the repair shop recommended by your insurance company. Gaining the assistance of an insurance lawyer can ensure the law upholds your rights if you feel your insurance company may be acting in bad faith.
Call a Lawyer in Orlando for Free Accident Advice
Our lawyers have over a hundred years of combined experience holding negligent parties responsible for the damage they caused. We provide free consultations to all families suffering from wrongful deaths or catastrophic injuries. If you are not sure where to turn, call us at (800)235-7060 or submit a contact form online.
If you are visiting from out of state or out of the country, we have a great deal of experience helping tourists and other Florida visitors who are involved in roadside crashes or other auto accidents. If you need the assistance of a barrister or solicitor, please call us to find out how we can help.