Brandon Car Accident Attorney
There are literally hundreds of car crashes occurring every day in the state of Florida, adding up to around a quarter of a million auto accidents every year. These collisions result in nearly 200,000 injures and over 2,000 deaths every year. The vast majority of car accidents can be attributed to negligence or reckless driving, including distracted driving, on the part of one of the drivers. At Reed & Reed, our Brandon car accident attorneys help people throughout east Hillsborough County and the state of Florida recover compensation for their car accident injuries, including compensation for their medical bills and lost wages under their no-fault insurance policy and pain and suffering damages for serious injuries where applicable.
Recovering Compensation for Personal Injury Under Florida’s No-Fault Insurance Law
Florida law requires all drivers to carry $10,000 in Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance. This coverage comes into play whenever you are injured in a car accident and enables you to recover 80% of your medical bills as well as 60% of your lost income or earning capacity if you are unable to work due to your injuries, up to a total of $10,000. This compensation is available regardless of who was at fault in the accident, and you do not have to sue the other driver to recover this compensation. Be aware that under recent changes to the law, you must seek treatment within 14 days of the accident to be reimbursed for your medical bills, and your compensation will be limited to only $2,500 unless you had an “emergency medical condition.”
What if you were seriously injured and had damages above the $10,000 threshold? Florida’s PIP insurance law does allow you to sue the other driver if you suffered any of the following:
- Significant and permanent loss of an important bodily function
- Permanent injury within a reasonable degree of medical probability
- Significant and permanent scarring or disfigurement
- Death (lawsuit brought by the personal representative of the estate)
In these cases, a person can sue to recover compensation above the $10,000 threshold for “pain, suffering, mental anguish and inconvenience.” Whether your case involves negotiating a settlement with the insurance company or going to court and having a jury decide the matter at trial, qualified legal assistance is necessary to ensure that you receive the full value of your claim. Contact our Brandon car accident attorneys today.
Legal Assistance from Personal Injury Attorneys Who Understand Florida Car Accident Law
It is important to understand that determining whether you were “seriously injured” for the purpose of recovering additional compensation, as well as terms such as “medically necessary” and “emergency medical condition,” are as much legal definitions as they are medical ones. It is important to have an attorney who understands the legal meaning of these terms and can make sure the medical reports are written in a way that supports your claim for compensation.
If you have been injured in a car accident and are unsure about your rights to be compensated for you injuries, give us a call at (813) 438-5960. We will make sure you understand the process and help you get the care and compensation you need to recover from the crash. From our office in Brandon, we help clients in Tampa, New Tampa, Plant City and throughout east Hillsborough County and the state of Florida. Contact Brandon car accident attorneys, Reed & Reed for a free consultation with one of our dedicated personal injury attorneys.
Brandon Car Accident Attorneys – What To Do After Auto Accident
Being in an auto accident is a scary experience. Even if only property damage is involved, you can still be shaken up and not be thinking clearly about what to do. If you were injured in the accident, it can be even harder to focus on the appropriate steps to take. However, the things you do or say, or don’t do or don’t say, can have an impact later on regarding your ability to receive compensation for your injuries. Feel free to print this page and keep it in your glove compartment should you ever need to refer to it. If you have any questions or need legal advice following an auto accident in or around east Hillsborough County, call Brandon auto accident attorneys, Reed & Reed at our office in Brandon at (813) 438-5960.
What to Do at the Scene of a Car Accident
Your first concern in an accident should be for the safety of yourself and others involved in the accident. If anyone is injured, call 9-1-1. Give any First Aid that you know how to do, but remember that you should never move an unconscious or immobile person unless it is absolutely necessary, such as if they are lying in traffic and you are afraid they might get run over. You should also move the cars off the road if they are posing a danger, and if it is possible to move them safely. Don’t leave the scene before the police arrive, even if the accident is somebody else’s fault.
Even if no one appeared injured, you should still call the police unless the accident is very minor (less than $500 in damage). You can call the local police, the sheriff, or the highway patrol, depending upon where the accident occurred. While waiting for the police to arrive, exchange information with the other driver, including name, driver’s license and plate numbers, and insurance information. Do not share details about your policy, but provide your insurance carrier’s name and your policy number only.
You should also take this time to take pictures of the scene, including the damage to all the vehicles and damage to other property, such as guardrails or signposts. If witnesses are present, find out what they saw and ask for their names and contact information.
If the police were called to the scene, they will make a report of the accident. You or your auto accident attorney may want to get a copy of the police report as soon as it is available. It is important that your side of the story is accurately portrayed in the report. The police should interview both drivers as well as any passengers or other witnesses. In some cases, you may have been too injured at the scene to make a coherent statement, or you may have been taken to the hospital before the police arrived. In that case, the police may interview you at the hospital or a later date. If you are present at the scene, ask the police for the report number to make it easier to get a copy later. Let our Brandon auto accident attorneys help you today.
After the Car Accident
Report the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible, but avoid making any recorded statement to them if possible. If you did not receive any emergency medical care at the scene or afterward, schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as you can. Some injuries are not immediately apparent. Your doctor may want to perform some simple tests and perhaps order x-rays or other tests. If you do not have a regular doctor, we may be able to refer you to someone.
The other priority on your agenda should be to contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Important facts and evidence about the accident are best collected soon after the accident, and your attorney can go to work right away collecting this evidence, while also advising you on how to interact with the other parties and the insurance companies. Your attorney will look out for your interests every step of the way and make sure you do not give up important rights or say or do anything that could hurt your case.
Brandon Car Accident Attorneys at Your Service and at Your Side
In Brandon, Tampa, east Hillsborough County and the state of Florida, contact Reed & Reed for assistance. Our phone number is (813) 438-5960. We offer a free initial consultation which will be kept completely confidential and will not obligate you in any way. We are here to help you get the care and compensation you need and deserve when you have been injured in a car accident because of the careless or reckless driving of another, let our Brandon car accident attorneys assist you.