Car Accident Lawyer in Lakeland
Unfortunately, car accidents are a daily occurrence in Florida, and nobody on the road is truly safe from a possible collision. If you have been injured in a car accident in Lakeland, contact us at Abercrombie, P.A. now in order to find out if you are entitled to compensation for your injuries, and how we can help get you the money that you rightfully deserve.
Car accidents can cause extensive physical injury, and in addition, they cause extreme anguish for the victims. We will work to ensure that you are compensated for all of the damages, physical and emotional, that you suffer if someone else caused the crash. It is likely that you will be dealing with the driver’s insurance company, or in some cases dealing directly with the driver, but you can be certain that whoever you are dealing with is going to try to pay you as little as possible, while protecting themselves from additional legal issues.
The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can begin building a case that clearly illustrates the amount of money that you are truly owed, whether it is through settlement negotiations or a full case through the Florida court system. Read more below for some overview information about car accidents and personal injury law in Florida, and contact us now to get started.
Dealing With Florida Car Insurance Companies
From a consumer’s perspective, an insurance company is there to make sure that they only need to pay a deductible if they are responsible for an accident. While this is true, the goal of the insurance company is to pay as little as possible as well. This means that when you are dealing with an insurance agent, they are compiling information about the accident that their client caused, and the injuries that you have sustained, so that they can determine an amount that will satisfy you, avoid future legal issues, and cost them as little as possible. The amount they will offer you is highly unlikely to cover all of the injuries that you have suffered.
Before you accept an offer from an insurance company, it is very important that you discuss your options with a personal injury attorney. This offer is a start to negotiations, although they would like you to believe that it is your only chance. A personal injury lawyer will handle these negotiations, and will move to a full case if they are unable to reach an agreement. Once you accept an offer, you waive your rights to any future legal action for the accident, so it’s essential that you are confident in your compensation.
Common Car Accident Causes and Injuries in Florida
Causes of Car Accidents in Florida
There are many different ways that car accidents are caused in Florida, but below are some of the more common instances that result in personal injury lawsuits:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Motorcycle accidents
- Speeding or recklessness
- Cutting through red lights or ignoring road signs
- Texting and driving
- Failure to yield
Of courses, there are many other situations that can result in a car accident that will qualify for a personal injury lawsuit. If you are unsure, contact us immediately to learn about your options.
Common Injuries in Car Accidents
There are many different ways that people can be injured in car accidents, and we understand that no two accidents are alike. However, below are some of the more common injuries that we seek damages in Florida after car accidents:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Seatbelt injuries
- Airbag injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Damage to internal organs
- Spine and neck injuries
Everyone suffers from different injuries in a car accident, and we work to make sure that each injury, both emotional and physical, are accounted for in the personal injury lawsuit.
Calculating Damages in a Car Accident Lawsuit
Calculating the damages that a victim is owed in a personal injury lawsuit can be complicated, but our team is experienced in these situations and will be able to account for all of your injuries and suffering and apply a fair dollar amount applied to them. Take a look below at how damages are divided in these cases, as well as some examples of common injuries that are included.
Economic damages in a personal injury lawsuit account for all of the injuries and treatments that have measurable monetary values. This includes things like expenses for medical treatment, hospital stays, and surgical procedures, as well as lost income because the victim had to miss work. This also includes any paid time off or sick leave that the victim has used in order to keep their income steady during this time.
These damages are intended to repay the victim (and the victim’s insurance company) for the economic costs of the accident and the associated injuries and can be fairly simple to calculate after comprehensively compiling all of these costs.
Non-economic damages can be more complicated to determine than economic damages because they seek compensation for things that do not have a set, measurable value attached to them in an accident. This includes things like the actual pain and suffering of an injury, as well as mental anguish, sadness, depression, and a general lack of enjoyment in life after these injuries. An insurance company will work to avoid compensating a victim for these types of damages during their initial offer, and will likely push back through negotiations. Just because there is no set, agreed-upon dollar amount for things like pain does not mean that it is any less important during a personal injury case.
Contact Us Today To Get Started
If you have suffered injuries after a car accident that someone else caused, then you may be able to collect damages that exceed the offer an insurance company will offer you. Your best bet at getting the money you deserve is by partnering with an experienced personal injury attorney who will fight for your rights while you focus on recovery. Contact us today for your initial consultation, and let us start to fight for the money you deserve immediately.