The Lawyer-Client Relationship in Personal Injury Cases

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Personal injury lawyers are civil litigators who represent clients, often referred to as plaintiffs, who are alleging physical or psychological injury as a result of negligence or careless acts by another person, company, organization or government entity. 

Personal injury law is a broad term that encompasses a number of different situations where a victim has endured physical or psychological damage.  The types of cases that personal injury lawyers typically handle fall within the area of tort law that include slip and fall accidents, motor vehicle accidents, flawed products, and other recreational accidents or accidents that result in serious personal injuries.

The role of a personal injury lawyer is to act on behalf of their injured client to negotiate fair compensation for damages sustained during an incident. 

Lawyers who practice personal injury law help their clients obtain compensation for losses incurred, such as loss of income, loss of capacity to earn, inability to perform activities of daily living, pain and suffering, loss of companionship, emotional distress and legal costs.

Individuals that seek advice or representation from a lawyer should be aware that the lawyer is bound by strict standards of professional and ethical responsibility.  In Alberta, lawyers are governed by the Law Society of Alberta and the Code of Conduct sets out the lawyer’s obligations to their clients, courts, counsel and to the public.

FIDUCIARY DUTY TO THE CLIENT

Lawyers are under a ‘fiduciary duty’ to their clients.  Lawyers owe a duty of good faith and must act honourably.  It is a lawyer’s predominant duty to perform legal services on behalf of his/her client to the standard of a competent lawyer.  A client is entitled to expect that his/her lawyer has the ability and the capacity to deal with legal matters. 

Lawyers have a fiduciary obligation to their clients and must act honestly and be candid at all times.  Lawyers must also act in good faith to advance their client’s best interests.  A lawyer is obligated to take all actions and give advice that will benefit their client and must use professional skill to protect their client’s best interests. 

SOLICITOR-CLIENT PRIVILEGE

One of the most important principles of the lawyer-client relationship is the right to have your private communications with your lawyer protected by solicitor-client privilege.  Your lawyer can’t reveal any information that you disclose in confidence, unless you give your express permission.  However, this privilege does not apply to communications for the purpose of committing a crime or an act of fraud.

The duty of confidentiality allows clients to participate in honest and frank communication with their lawyers.  This, in turn, allows lawyers to provide their clients with the most effective representation, equipped with all of the relevant facts.

In order to claim solicitor-client privilege, three pre-conditions must be met.  The communication must be:

  • Between the lawyer and the client;
  • For the sole purpose of seeking or giving legal advice; and
  • Intended to be confidential by the parties.

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

Lawyers also have a duty not to act or continue to act for a client where a conflict of interest exists.  A conflict of interest may occur where there is a risk that a lawyer’s representation of a client will be adversely affected by the lawyer’s own interest or his/her duty to another client or third parties. 

For example, a conflict of interest may arise where a lawyer is asked to represent a client in a matter where the lawyer has a personal stake in the outcome.  Another example is where a lawyer is asked to act for a client in a case against a former client.  In these situations, the duty to avoid conflicts of interest requires that the lawyer refuse to act in these circumstances.

YOUR ROLE AS A CLIENT

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In general, there are a variety of ways that you as a client can establish the most effective relationship with your lawyer.  These include the following:

  • Be truthful with your lawyer;
  • Preserve all evidence including photographs and videos;
  • Be cooperative and respond to requests for information by your legal team in a timely manner;
  • Always keep your lawyer informed of any changes in your medical condition or if new evidence becomes available as time progresses;
  • Attend meetings and legal proceedings, such as discoveries or mediation, advised by your lawyer and be punctual, and if you cannot attend a meeting let your lawyer know as soon as possible; and
  • Be considerate and polite with your lawyer and the entire legal team.

Hiring a lawyer is one of the most important decisions you make following your accident and the quality of legal representation you receive can have a major impact on your recovery.  When you hire Cuming & Gillespie Lawyers, you are hiring award-winning lawyers with over 20 years of experience.  You can rest assured that your case is in the best hands.

If you or a loved one have suffered serious personal injuries as a result of the negligence or carelessness of a third party, it is important to have an experienced personal injury lawyer by your side.  The professionals at our service are very familiar with how personal injuries can negatively impact one’s life and we want to help you during this difficult time by advocating on your behalf. 

13 Blog Topics for Car Accident Lawyers

For lawyers looking to drive more traffic to their website and attract more clients for their injury and accident practice, then blogging and content marketing is an excellent way to do just that. If you’re looking for blog topics and content ideas to get started, we have compiled a list of the best subjects and categories to include on your law firm’s blog.

Here are 13 car accident blog topics to write about:

  1. Claims process
  2. Types of motor vehicle accidents
  3. Bicycle collisions
  4. Pedestrian accidents
  5. Uber & ridesharing
  6. Types of injuries sustained
  7. Most common causes of accidents
  8. Driving and accident statistics
  9. Hiring a car accident attorney
  10. Maximizing compensation
  11. Evidence used in car accident claims and cases
  12. Determining fault in an accident
  13. What to do after an accident

1. Claims Process

Accident victims will likely have many questions about the claims process in general. They’re seeking information about everything from reporting to the insurance company to dealing with insurance adjusters, the average settlement for their type of case and how long it takes to settle their claim. “Do I have to go to court to settle my claim” or even “What happens if my accident claim goes to court?” are examples of the types of posts you could publish on this topic.

These are excellent types of questions to answer in blog format. Target your queries and answers to address victims questions within your state. You can use these types of blogs to convert visitors into leads and clients by selling them on the benefits of hiring an attorney.

For instance, in your article discussing how long a settlement can take, you can talk about why it might not be in a victim’s best interest to rush to settlement. 

Perhaps mention the different tactics insurance companies use to delay settlement and then put pressure on a quick settlement at the end of the statute of limitations period.

2. Types of Motor Vehicle Accidents

Many of the MVAs your firm sees probably deals with standard passenger vehicles. However, other cases, which tend to have higher awards or settlements, involve other types of vehicles.

When people who have been injured in accidents look for information about their case, they will usually look for information related to the types of vehicles involved in the accident. Some of these type of vehicles include:

  • Trucks and Buses
  • Motorcycles
  • ATVs
  • Recreational Vehicles
  • Boats
  • Bicycles

Provide high-quality information and helpful resources specific to the types of accident cases you would like to attract more of, if they involve any of the types of vehicles listed above.

3. Bicycle Collisions

Bicycle collisions is a large topic with the potential for many future blog posts. If you serve a large metropolitan area or practice statewide, then content for cyclist accidents can be hugely beneficial. There are many considerations in these types of cases that you can share with potential clients. 

Everything from the condition of the bike, whether or not the cyclist was wearing a helmet, was it worn correctly, with tight straps and fully buckled?

A number of articles can be written about the road on which the accident occurred. Was it a construction zone, was it a shared-use lane, was the cyclist riding across a sidewalk, instead of walking, were markings and signs pertaining to cyclists and motorists present as well as the condition of road striping and lane markings.

You can publish about the types of collisions such as intersections, right and left hook accidents and doorings. Detail how the collision scenario affects factors such as fault, damages and the overall case.

4. Pedestrian Accidents

Similar to motor vehicle accidents involving cyclists, pedestrian accidents can cause more serious injuries and can even be fatal. Who is at fault and responsible for the accident is different from conventional auto collisions.

On this topic, you can write helpful articles that discuss how fault is determined in a pedestrian collision. Other posts can be published on when pedestrians have the right of way, who covers medical expenses in pedestrian accidents and what to do when a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle.

5. Uber & Ridesharing

Uber, ride-hailing and ridesharing are wonderful examples of innovation to create more efficient markets in personal transportation. However, with more Uber drivers and similar service providers on the roads, there are more injuries caused by accidents involving drivers of these corporations.

Because these stories attract a lot of attention from the media, you can participate and contribute to the news cycle. Whenever an accident occurs involving or at the fault of a Lyft or Uber driver, report on the story in your blog.

Additionally, you can also write posts on how accidents involving these motorists could potentially affect the outcome of a claim.

6. Types of Injuries Sustained

There are many types of injuries that can be occasioned by an MVA. Soft tissue related injuries, such as whiplash are a result of many rear-end collisions. Catastrophic injuries such as brain injury, permanent injuries and disfigurement or even death are more typically seen from more serious accidents, such as those involving high speed collisions, 18-wheelers and motorcycles.

What impacts do different types of injuries (or even wrongful death) have on the process and outcome of an accident case?

If you rather focus on volume of cases rather than blog content that might drive less traffic for these types of catastrophic injuries and accidents, then there is a whole series of blog content that can be written specifically about STI (soft tissues injuries) and whiplash. There are many different grades of severity of whiplash and victims or loved ones of victims are searching for this information online.

7. Most Common Causes of Accidents

There are many causes for motor vehicle accidents, from driving while impaired, to poor road conditions, improper operation of the vehicle, texting and distracted driving. 

Write articles that deal with this topic and the implications of each cause. How does the type of accident affect the case – if at all? In many posts on this subject, you can describe how this supports the determination of fault for the accident (more on that later).

8. Driving and Accident Statistics

Blog content on statistics isn’t likely to directly drive many new clients. After all, what victims are looking at stats? 

However, it is extremely beneficial to publish high-quality posts with statistics on motorist and driving trends as well as accident statistics. This type of content will support your firm’s ability to earn and build backlinks for your law firm. This builds your firm’s authority and credibility in the eyes of search engines, which will in turn rank you higher for lucrative car accident and personal injury keywords.

9. Hiring a Car Accident Attorney

Accident victims hold a range of ideas about hiring a personal injury lawyer to handle their MVA case. With those thoughts come questions about the process of hiring and working with a car accident attorney. People at this stage in the process are looking for information about lawyers rather than seeking to hire one. This presents an excellent opportunity to be their first point of contact and the blogs they find on your law firm website will convert a number of them into engaged clients. 

On this topic, some post and content ideas include “Is it worth hiring a car accident lawyer” and “should I try to handle my car accident claim myself?” where you can discuss how it’s beneficial to them to hire a law firm. Address subsequent questions like “Will I receive more compensation after paying the legal fees?”

10. Maximizing Compensation

A substantial topic that you could write many articles about involves how car accident victims can get the most money from their auto injury claims. This includes the types of damages as well as the factors that lead to larger settlements.

Discuss the types of damages available for accident victims, how types of damages are awarded and the potential value of these damages. For instance, an example blog title could be “How much can you get for pain and suffering in New Jersey?” or “5 Common Types of Damages in Car Accident Claims”. Provide helpful and in-depth information to potential clients on the types of damages.

You can publish in more detail on each type of damage for property losses, disfigurement and income loss.

11. Evidence Used in Car Accident Claims and Cases

Evidence is an important part of a MVA victim’s claim or case. Provide helpful resources and blogs that empower accident victims with information for them to gather and collect their own evidence while they are at the scene of the accident and the process thereafter, such as with injuries and medical attention that can be used to achieve a favorable outcome and get the most compensation they are entitled to.

Post blogs that discuss the different types of evidence, the methods for gathering evidence as well as what is eligible evidence in their accident claims case.

12. Determining Fault in an Accident

Determining fault in car accidents is important for knowing who can claim damages. Many people know by the time they speak with a lawyer that this is important, but they usually learn it in the interim between the accident and contacting a firm. Publish content related to the laws in your state regarding fault in accidents as well as how fault (or partial fault) is determined.

Some examples of headlines are “The Guide to Determining Fault after an Accident in Texas”, “10 Common Car Accident Scenarios and Who is at Fault”, “Who is at Fault in Rear End Collisions in Florida?”

13. What to do after an accident

Accidents spike adrenaline and force people into response. Lots of things happen quickly and it can be difficult for auto accident victims to take stock of everything that’s happened and ensure they follow procedure. Furthermore, not everyone knows what they should do immediately after as well as the days, weeks and months following an accident.

Many blog posts and articles can be written on this topic, including what to do after an accident, as well as what not to do. Another angle on this type of post is what to and not to say at the scene of a car accident.

How an Attorney Can Help With Your Car Accident Claim

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If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you might be wondering exactly how an attorney can help you. In this article we’ll cover what a car accident lawyer brings to the table, including:

  • organization and analysis of key evidence and records
  • a network of investigators and experts who can help strengthen your case, and
  • negotiation skills that will get the best outcome for your car accident claim.

What Will My Car Accident Lawyer Do?

While much depends on the specifics and the complexity of your car accident case, in general a lawyer can:

  • communicate with the other driver’s insurer
  • obtain the necessary evidence with respect to fault for the accident
  • organize your medical records and bills
  • communicate with your health care providers to obtain missing records
  • work with your doctors to make sure they provide the medical information you need so that you can prove damages in your claim
  • organize and present the evidence in order to prove liability and damages
  • negotiate with lien holders on your claim (such as health, disability, or workers’ compensation insurers) to potentially reduce the amount of those liens, and
  • negotiate a satisfactory settlement with the insurance adjuster or defense attorney.

Let’s look at a couple of these things in-depth.

Communicating with the Other Driver’s Insurer

In any personal injury case, your lawyer will open up a line of communication with the insurance adjuster for the other party (or parties) involved. The adjuster has the pocketbook, and so it is critical for a plaintiff’s lawyer to have good communications and a good relationship with the adjuster.

Obtaining Necessary Evidence of Liability

A good lawyer can help obtain all of the evidence that you will need to prove liability in a car accident claim. Although you may have already taken photographs of the accident scene, your lawyer will probably go back to the scene him/herself to see what it looks like. While a picture may be worth a thousand words, actually seeing the scene can be worth a thousand pictures.

The lawyer will make sure to get all of the accident or police reports in the case and will often speak with the investigating police officers and witnesses. A good lawyer will leave no stone unturned when it comes to obtaining evidence of liability. Learn more about proving fault for a car accident.

Obtaining Necessary Evidence of Damages

This is where a good lawyer can be essential to your case, especially when you’ve suffered significant car accident injuries.

It is critical to obtain all documentation related to your injuries, but it isn’t always easy to get your hands on those records and bills from health care providers. Although the records are technically yours, and you have an absolute right to them, sending medical records to patients and lawyers is just not a health care provider’s first priority.

Small doctors’ offices may not have the staffing or the time to respond to medical record requests on a timely basis. Large hospitals may have specific procedures that must be followed in order to respond to medical record requests. If you don’t follow their procedures (which they often don’t publicize very well), they simply won’t respond to your request.

Then, when the health care provider does respond to the request, the records may be incomplete. Any lawyer’s secretary or paralegal will tell you that they often have to request the same records more than once and that they have to follow up endlessly with the provider’s office.

Finally, it may turn out that the doctor did not use the “magic words” as to causation, prognosis, and disability in his or her notes. In order to successfully prosecute any type of personal injury claim, you must be able to prove, through medical evidence,

  • exactly what your injury, disability, or physical limitation is, and
  • that it was caused by the defendant’s negligence.

Doctors often don’t mention causation and extent of the injury or disability in their medical records. If this happens in your case, your lawyer will write the doctor and ask for a special letter in which the doctor gives his/her opinion that the accident caused your injury or disability and that, as a result of the accident, you will be hindered or disabled for a specific period of time.

Negotiating With Lien Holders

If you received benefits from a health, disability, or workers’ compensation insurer, that insurer will have a lien on your claim. A lien means that the lien holder gets paid before you do, out of any settlement or judgment you receive. A good lawyer will work with the lien holder to try to get the lien holder to reduce its lien. This is important work. Every dollar less that the lien holder takes is one more dollar that goes into your pocket. Learn more about health care provider liens on personal injury settlements.

Negotiating With Insurers/Defendants

Negotiation is a very specific skill (some might even call it an art). A personal injury lawyer is always going to be far better at settling a car accident case than a layperson would be. A good lawyer knows how much the case is worth and knows how to work the case and conduct the negotiations in order to arrive at the best outcome for the client.

When Can I Handle a Car Accident Claim Myself?

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If you weren’t hurt all that badly, if you’re comfortable gathering necessary evidence and documents, and (most importantly) you’re ready and willing to engage in the settlement negotiation process, you can certainly handle your car accident claim yourself. But there’s really no substitute for a skilled legal professional’s help. Learn more about the advantage of legal representation in our personal injury reader survey results.

If you’ve been involved in a car accident and you’re ready to discuss your options, you can use the chat and case evaluation tools on this page, or get tips on finding the right lawyer for you and your case.

Why Should I Hire a Lawyer After a Car Accident?

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If you have been injured in a car accident caused by another’s actions, it is in your best interest to hire a car accident lawyer as soon as possible to help with your injury claim. An attorney will represent your interests throughout the process and will be dedicated to defending your rights. Our law firm handles these cases on a contingent fee, which means you do not have to pay anything unless and until the case settles. That means you will never receive a bill from us. We only get paid if you get paid.

Our seasoned car accident lawyers in Silver Spring have decades of experience recovering compensation for those who have been injured by another motorist. We are committed to fighting for our clients and helping them get the compensation they need to recover from their injuries and losses.

6 Ways an Attorney Can Help

Hiring a car accident lawyer can be extremely valuable to your injury claim. These are some of the many benefits to hiring a lawyer and how he or she can help with your claim.

1. Handle the Insurance Company for You

Insurance companies are in the business of making money. Their insurance adjusters are highly trained at negotiating insurance settlements and will do everything they can to minimize what they pay, even to the point of denying a valid claim.

If you do not have experience negotiating with insurance companies, it can be difficult to ensure your best interests are represented and that you receive the full value of your claim. Furthermore, an insurance adjuster may get you to inadvertently issue a statement or make a comment that could affect your ability to recover the compensation you deserve.

Having an attorney represent you before the insurance company can have a significant impact on your claim. Your attorney will:

  • Negotiate with the insurance adjuster
  • Handle all details of your claim for you
  • Help prepare a written or verbal statement that is carefully crafted to your benefit
  • Represent your best interests and fight to obtain the compensation you deserve

Our lawyers have decades of experience working with insurance companies and negotiating fair settlements for our clients. We are familiar with all of their tactics and know what it takes to prevent unfair settlement offers and help ensure you receive the compensation you need.

2. Prove Liability for Your Injuries

Often one of the most complicated parts of a car accident injury claim is proving that another’s negligence caused your injuries. This is an important part of every car accident claim, as individuals harmed by another’s actions have the right to compensation.

However, all parties involved will likely attempt to shift blame, making it difficult to prove exactly who is liable for your injuries.

An accomplished personal injury attorney will be able to sift through the evidence to determine exactly who caused your injuries and then build a strong argument on your behalf.

Having handled many complex personal injury and auto accident cases, our attorneys have the skills and resources to obtain the evidence needed to build a case on your behalf. This can include:

  • Consulting medical experts to validate the seriousness of your injuries
  • Reconstructing the accident scene
  • Obtaining the accident report
  • Gathering your medical records from all of your doctors
  • Interviewing witnesses

We are also experienced in defending our clients against claims of contributory negligence, which can prevent an injury victim from recovering compensation if he or she was even partially at fault for the accident. We are committed to defending your right to compensation.

3. Determine the True Value of Your Injuries

Another complicated part of many car accident claims is making sure you receive compensation that is representative of the true value of your claim and the damages you have suffered. Insurance companies are skilled at convincing injury victims to accept lowball settlement offers and will work to pay as little as possible for your claim.

However, attorneys who have handled countless auto accident claims know the true value of your claim and will not accept any settlement offer that does not cover the full extent of your losses. We will work to help make sure you receive compensation for all of your losses, including those you have lost in the past and may lose in the future. This can include:

  • Past and future medical bills
  • Lost wages and future lost income
  • Pain and suffering

4. Negotiate a Fair Settlement

Insurance adjusters spend their days negotiating insurance settlements. They are skilled negotiators who vigorously fight for their best interests. So too are auto accident lawyers. We regularly negotiate with insurance companies and other attorneys. However, the significant difference is that we are solely focused on the best interests of our clients.

Before entering into a negotiation with an insurance adjuster, contact a trusted car accident lawyer who has experience doing just that on a regular basis. Our attorneys are experienced in negotiating fair settlements for our clients that help them obtain the compensation they deserve. We will not settle for anything less.

5. File a Personal Injury Lawsuit if Necessary

A significant benefit to hiring a car accident lawyer to handle your claim is that we can advise you of all of your legal options. If the insurance company is unwilling to offer a reasonable settlement amount, we are prepared to file a personal injury lawsuit to help you get the compensation you deserve.

This step is often the action that pushes the insurance adjuster to offer a fair settlement, even before the case goes to court. However, we are always prepared to take a case to court if it is in the best interest of our clients.

6. Explain the Laws and Regulations that Apply to Your Claim

Insurance policies are nothing more than contracts that detail the responsibilities of each party. However, deciphering the details of these legal documents can be complicated. Our attorneys are trained in the law and can read through your policy to help ensure the insurance company is acting in good faith and upholding the requirements of the contract.

If not, we can explain the legal options available to you that can help you hold that company accountable and help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

Additionally, there are likely many laws and regulations that apply to your accident that only an attorney will be able to identify and potentially use to your advantage.

We will guide you through every step of the insurance claim and legal process, making sure you understand the many laws and rules that apply to your case.

When to Contact a Car Accident Attorney

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Although it is always in your best interest to contact a lawyer after a car accident, there are some situations when it is highly recommended, including if:

  • You suffered injuries in the collision
  • Your injuries are permanent or long-lasting
  • Liability is contested
  • The insurance company refuses to pay
  • You have been asked to provide medical records or a statement
  • The insurance company has offered a low settlement that does not cover your full expenses related to the accident

Contact Our Silver Spring Car Accident Lawyers for Help Today

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No matter the circumstances of your claim, you should contact a trusted car accident injury attorney as soon as possible following an auto accident. The lawyers at Goldberg Finnegan offer free, no-obligation consultations to discuss the details of your claim and to explain how we can help you.

Do not hesitate to contact us today to get started right away. We do not charge upfront fees and only require payment if we obtain compensation for you.

Working with a Car Accident Lawyer

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If a car accident was relatively minor, resulting in only property damage and minimal injuries, you may be able to handle the resulting insurance claim on your own. However, if you are suffering from catastrophic injuries after a serious accident, you may have a lot at stake in terms of medical bills, lost income, and other damages. The insurance company also may put more resources into contesting all or part of the claim. In these situations, or in situations in which liability is unclear, you may benefit greatly from hiring a car accident lawyer.

Attorneys who handle car accident cases and other personal injury cases usually work on a contingency fee basis. This means that they will take their fee from any eventual settlement or judgment that you receive, usually in a percentage around 30-33%. If they do not get money for you, you usually do not need to pay the attorney anything. There are certain other costs associated with filing a claim, however, and you will want to determine who will cover those costs when you retain an attorney.

How an Attorney Can Help

One of the main tasks that your attorney can handle for you is communicating with insurance companies and adverse parties in your case. This can help take the stress out of the process and make sure that an insurance adjuster does not take advantage of you. Negotiating a settlement in a car accident case is a complex and often hard-fought process, but an attorney may understand better than the victim how much the case is worth and how to get the insurer to pay out. Also, complexities can arise in some claims involving lien holders. These are other insurers that provided benefits to an accident victim before the auto insurer provides them, which gives these insurers a lien on the claim. An attorney can help you try to reduce the lien so that you retain as much of the settlement or judgment as possible.

Another key area in which an attorney can help is gathering evidence to support your claim. You will need to collect evidence regarding both liability (who caused the accident) and damages (your losses from the accident). An attorney can retain experts to investigate the accident, and they can discuss the events with police officers and witnesses. They can also help obtain evidence from medical providers to establish the scope and extent of your injuries. In some cases, an attorney might retain medical experts to explain the effect of your injuries.

Choosing a Car Accident Lawyer

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When you are looking for an attorney, you should make sure to choose someone who relates well to you. They also should have experience handling cases similar to yours. Trial experience can be an important asset, since insurers may take a claim more seriously if they know that a victim’s attorney is willing to go to trial. You may also want to make sure that your attorney actually will be handling your case, rather than passing the work to paralegals or other assistants.

You can read more here about the process of finding and working with a personal injury lawyer.

Getting a Case Evaluation

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In your initial meeting with the attorney or their assistant, you will describe the facts of the accident and your injuries. The attorney or assistant may ask about certain key issues before deciding whether to take the case, such as your insurance coverage and any previous communications with insurance adjusters and others about the accident. The attorney may ask you to bring certain documents to the meeting so that they can better understand your case. These may include medical bills, the police report of the accident, and correspondence with insurers, among other things. You should be aware that the attorney-client privilege will protect the contents of this conversation, so you should be as candid with the attorney as possible. This will help both sides determine the value of your case and whether it makes sense to move forward together.

Where to look to find good car accident attorneys and what to ask

So you’ve been involved in a car accident and think you may have a case. How do you find the right attorney to help you?

You already know this is an important decision. In fact, finding the right lawyer from a good shortlist of car accident attorneys may be one of the most important decisions of your entire car accident case.

We’re going to help you with that right now.

You should do careful research and select an attorney who has years of proven experience handling personal injury cases such as yours. We want to offer you some helpful tips to find that perfect attorney to get you compensated for your car accident injuries.

Top reasons why you need a personal injury attorney after your auto accident

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When should you hire a personal injury attorney after a car crash, and why? What does a lawyer do for you? Do you need a lawyer for a minor car accident? We asked attorneys from all over the country these questions and here’s what they said.

Research shows that car accident victims, particularly those with perceived “minor” injuries, are reluctant to hire a personal injury attorney for a number of reasons. Perhaps they don’t think they need one, they are intimidated by the prospect of talking to a lawyer, or they don’t want to get dragged into court like they see on TV shows. Or maybe they mistakenly believe that they could never afford to hire an attorney or that their injuries aren’t that serious.

Whatever the reason, the reality is that not hiring an attorney after a car accident can have long-term negative consequences on your final settlement or award.

While it’s hard to quantify exactly how much it helps to hire an attorney since there isn’t recent data looking into this issue and cases vary widely, one commonly cited study by the Insurance Research Council from 2004 found that 85 percent of cases where the insurance company settled a car accident claim were handled by a hired attorney.In addition, auto accident injury victims who are represented by an attorney are awarded 3.5 times more compensation in settlements than those accident victims who represent themselves, according to the same study.

In this article, Enjuris developed a comprehensive list of tips and advice from reputable attorneys around the country about the benefits of hiring an attorney following a crash. Our goal is to help accident victims understand the settlement difference that having a great attorney on their side can make by providing answers to related questions like:

  • What are the top reasons why people should hire an attorney?
  • What advantages do personal injury attorneys offer in car accident cases?
  • When should you hire a personal injury attorney after a car crash?
  • Do you need a lawyer for a minor car accident?

Below you’ll find answers to these questions and more from experienced car accident attorneys based in cities all across the country, from Miami to New York to Houston to Denver.

Before you look up car accident attorneys, know what you’re looking for

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Before you even start doing searches it will pay off to have a good idea of the qualities and terms you are looking for in a car accident attorney. This may differ a little according to your case, your personality, your area of the country, even.

These questions will give you a framework for a list you can check off:

  • Evaluate the complete team of staff, not just the partners or people who make up the public face of the law firm. Keep in mind as you research and interact with the firm that it may not be the same person you speak with initially who will be your primary contact.
  • Firm age, size, experience. Awards and leadership roles in organizations can also be good indicators.
  • Good judicial connections: Find out if they participate in the local bar association and contribute to campaigns.
  • Comfort with going to trial: Find out how many of their cases go to trial and the success rate of those that do. Some lawyers will have this information posted on their websites.
  • Have they tried or settled similar cases in your city or county? Do they have an office near you?
  • Look for experience with your type of case specifically.
  • Negotiation ability: What sort of settlements they have obtained (remember, 95% of personal injury cases are settled without trial). Again, some car accident attorneys will have this information posted on their websites.
  • Your personal comfort with the lawyer. This can be a big one.
  • Timing: Are they too busy to devote enough time to your case? Can you get a sense of how long their cases are taking?
  • Past problems: Has the attorney ever been censured or disciplined by any legal or ethics committees in the past? You will want to look this up before contacting them, so you don’t waste your time.
  • Past client reviews: Be alert to what others say about them, especially on independent review sites.

Should I Hire a Lawyer After a Minor Car Accident?

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Follow these 4 steps: 

  • Always exchange driver information even when in a minor car accident!
  • Be sure to take photos of ALL cars involved in the accident.
  • Get yourself checkout for injuries as soon as possible.
  • If you’re injured, call a car accident laywer.

checklistYes, you should hire a lawyer, even after a minor car accident. Here’s the thing… That question actually has nothing to do with the car accident and more to do with your injuries. If you were injured, then you need to speak to a car accident lawyer as soon as possible.

I Was in an Accident, Do I Need a Lawyer? – When to Hire a Lawyer After a Car  Accident

You’re sitting at the red light after a long day. You reach down to change the radio station when…BAM! You have been hit by another driver who wasn’t paying attention. You both step out of your cars to assess the damage. You both feel fine and your cars have very minor damage. It’s been a very long day so you decide not to call the police to file a report or exchange any information between the two of you. Hey, do you really need to hire a lawyer after a minor car accident?

Do you really need to make a big fuss about all this? Maybe we can just forget the whole thing and go on about our day. After all, you want to get home, the last thing you need is to wait on the side of the road, inconvenience all these other drivers, and site here frustrated and emotional… so you leave.

That was your first mistake and the biggest mistake you could have made. 

In most states, failing to file a police report after a car accident, even if it’s just a fender bender, is illegal. It becomes a citable offense when you get in your car and drive away. It doesn’t matter if you don’t think you were injured or if the vehicles didn’t sustain damage. An accident is still an accident, even if it’s only a minor car accident.

Also, once you leave the scene of a car accident, it becomes so much more difficult to get the facts straight. Even a minor car accident becomes murky. So whether or not you want to hire a lawyer after a minor car accident, consider this your moment right here. You should think about calling the police before leaving the scene.

Aside from the legalities of the issue, you may have just ruined any potential claim you may have against the other driver. Even if there is no damage to your car. Here’s the problem:

Hidden Injuries

Studies have shown that there are several injuries a person can sustain in minor car accidents that don’t show up for days after the incident. You get hit from behind, you’re barely jolted and you feel fine. You have no obvious injury and you would know if you were hurt — wouldn’t you?

Not always. People often think of “injuries” as broken bones, lacerations, and even head trauma. Our minds turn to severe, life-altering conditions. We don’t often consider stained tendons, stretched ligaments, or contusions, but we should.

If your body went forward, your neck snapped back or you moved forward in a sudden manner, you may wake up with severe back pain tomorrow or the next day. The adrenaline following an accident can mask an injury. Most Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers will tell you to see a doctor as soon as possible to ensure you are not suffering from hidden injuries.

If you drive away from the scene and fail to make a report with either the police or your insurance (or both), you will have a difficult time taking your personal injury to court, even if you have a medical professional on your side.

The “Other” Guy

What if you exchanged information with the other driver, shake hands and go about your business without reporting the minor car accident to the police?

Several weeks later, you are summonsed to court because the “other” guy has filed their own claim against you. You know they were at fault and you know that the injuries they are claiming and the property damage they say you caused are exaggerated if not downright false. Remember when you chose to drive away without a report? You’ve now stepped solidly into a “you say, they say” type of situation.

In truth, most of these types of suits won’t get very far. After all, the other guy left the scene, too. But do you really want to deal with the hassle and time it’s going to take to answer the summons, potentially appear for hearings, and argue on your behalf when you know you were in the right? Chances are you have better things to do!

And here’s another great tip for you, “Do not admit fault or reveal policy limits”. That’s a direct quote from the Geico insurance website. Be careful about what you do and say!

What to Do After A Minor Car Accident

Maybe you and the other party didn’t drive away from the minor car accident. Perhaps there was some minor damage to one or both of your vehicles that made you second guess yourself, so you decide to file a police report. You file with your insurance companies and the other party is found to be at fault. Their insurance company offers you a settlement and you take it. It seems the easiest thing to do and will enable you to get your car fixed more quickly.

But wait a minute. The settlement wasn’t enough to fix your car and you think you have an injury, possibly whiplash!

An insurance company is a business and they are out for their bottom line, not your best interests. If you accept an insurance settlement, the paperwork will likely say that you are giving up your right to any future legal action. It’s not unusual for people to believe that an insurance company offers what’s fair — and it’s not unusual for that to be far from the truth.

Even in minor car accidents, you should have a personal injury attorney look at your case before agreeing to any settlement! They can help you get the most compensation possible for your case. That way you will not have to come out of pocket for your car and medical bills.

But don’t move on just yet, remember these 10 things to avoid doing after a car accident:

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  1. Leaving the Scene of An Accident Without Reporting It To the Police: Just as we mentioned in the notes above, leaving the scene of a minor car accident without reporting it to the police is a major mistake. The Police report will be used in a minor car accident lawsuit to help the judge award the plaintiff the appropriate damages.
  2. Failing To Gather Evidence At the Scene: Take as many pictures as you can, collect as many phone numbers as you can, and ask for as many accounts as you can from people nearby and let your car accident attorney sort through what is valuable and what is not. Simple collect as much evidence as possible while you still can at the scene of the accident.
  3. Admitting Fault: Never admit fault, even if you believe you are at fault for the minor car accident. The fact is, you cannot possibly know who is at fault from your vantage point and you are merely attempting to understand what may have happened to form your perspective. Never admit fault. Instead, let your attorney and the police figure out who may be at fault and how much comparative fault is at play.
  4. Not Seeing a Doctor: You should see a medical professional as soon as you feel as if you have sustained injuries from your accident. If you do not, and you develop any injuries from the minor car accident, it may become difficult to attribute them to the accident and not to some other wear and tear and you may find it even more difficult to be compensated.
  5. Not Taking Advantage of PIP: Remember that Florida requires that you have Personal Injury Protection and that is used to make sure that you are protected in the event of a car accident. Do not feel any obligation to avoid not claiming from this insurance policy if you have been involved in a minor car crash.
  6. Failing to Understand Insurance Companies: Remember that insurance companies are first and foremost a business and they exist to make money and that means they want to collect and hold as much money as possible while paying out as little as possible (in theory). So when you make claims, they will try to settle for less if they can.
  7. Not Reviewing the Police Report: You must review the police report to make sure that the facts contained on the police report are correct and that you agree with them and if you do not agree, do your best to make your voice heard right then and there and get any and all changes made as soon as possible and before signing.
  8.  Taking the First Settlement Check Offered: Just like most negotiations, the first check and the first offer will be the lowest that the insurance company thinks they can offer to satisfy you while also ensuring they are not overpaying in their estimation and saving as much money on the car accident settlement as possible.
  9. Trying to Settle Your Own Case: Though you may think that a minor car accident may not warrant a car accident lawyer, we can confidently say that clients who hire experienced attorneys earn a settlements check that is on average 3X larger than those who do not hire an auto accident attorney.
  10. Not Hiring a Car Accident Lawyer: For all the reasons stated above and more, we believe it’s in your best interests to hire a car accident lawyer as soon as possible.

Making Sure You Understand Your Legal Rights in a Vehicular Accident

When you are involved in a vehicular accident, it is essential to know your rights so you can best protect your own interests. Often times, a car accident can be a traumatizing experience, leading its victims to act upon emotion. However, it is advised for all parties to remain calm and follow standard post car accident procedures, including exchanging identification, insurance information and license numbers. Being in a vehicular accident may present many overwhelming issues, including property damage and health complications. If you understand your legal rights prior to being involved in an accident, then you have a better chance of handling the situation as a lawyer would advise you to.

Never Apologize

Even though it may be unfair at times, the person who caused the accident isn’t always the person who is legally at fault. Without legal counsel onsite, you should be very careful with your words. Keep your interaction to a minimum. Additionally, apologizing after a car accident may seem polite or kind. However, it will only put you at further risk. By saying that you are “sorry” no matter the context, the other driver could use your apology as an admission of guilt and fault. Even when communicating with your insurance company afterwards, you should never mention that you apologized at any moment when recounting your accident details.

Understanding Fault in A Car Accident

Whoever is found at fault will affect whose insurance will have to pay for vehicle and property damage. The party at fault will also be responsible for personal injuries. For example, in most states, if a driver violates a traffic law, then the driver is mostly responsible for a resulting vehicular accident. However, determining fault isn’t always very obvious. Many states have complex systems used for determining fault. For example, sometimes, both drivers will be held liable as both failed to avoid the accident, hence requiring each driver as well as an insurance provider to accept responsibility and monetary penalties.

Gathering Evidence at the Scene

It is your legal right to build your case by collecting evidence. After a car accident, the last thing on your mind might be to gather evidence at the scene. However, it is essential to your case that you record any comments made by the other drivers and take pictures of both cars as well as the general area that impacted the accident. In addition to contact, license and insurance information, you should also record into your smartphone details of the accident, including the location, description of the road, etc. You should take pictures of the accident scene close up as well as from a distance. Do not forget to capture snapshots of the scene, including traffic signs, crosswalks, etc. All of these details may be needed later on. Moreover, if there were any witnesses, you should retrieve their contact information and record what they saw with your smartphone. You could always wait until a later day to contact the witnesses for their accounts of the accident, but their memory might not be as sharp as time passes. If you are able to record the whole post-accident scene, then that may be also very helpful to your case in the future.

Filing a Police Report

You are entitled to a police report after an accident. If you call the police, they will show up on the scene, interview both drivers and document what they see along with witness statements, etc. Before the police leave, be sure to ask them for their names so you can obtain copies of their reports without much hassle. In the event that you are not comfortable with speaking with a police officer because you are too shaken up from the accident, you can go to the station the following day and file a report. However, the officer will record your initial refusal, which might be used against you in court.

Statute of Limitations

If you live in South Carolina, you should be aware there is a state law that restricts the amount of time that you are allowed to bring a lawsuit to court. Even though the statute of limitations in South Carolina does not affect car insurance claims, insurance companies require claims to be made within a reasonable time after the accident, not exceeding a few weeks. However, this state does have a statute of limitations for a case that could result from a vehicular accident, including car damage, personal injury or wrongful death claims. The law allows you three years to approach the state courts for civil action, starting from the day of the accident. However, in this state, if there was a death as a result of the accident, then the clock starts on the date of the victim’s death. It’s imperative to be mindful of the time because your case could get thrown out of court if you file after the time limit. Unfortunately, car accident lawyers often see this happen to their clients. Ensure that this does not happen to you by prioritizing your claim and seeking legal representation within an appropriate amount of time.

The Right to an Attorney

If you believe that your case will be handled and resolved peacefully through the car insurance claim process, then you will want to file your lawsuit once you have leverage from the insurance company to use during settlement talks. However, this does not mean that you should not speak to an attorney prior to filing a lawsuit. After your accident, contact a local lawyer for a free consultation and review your rights if you have any questions about your timeline for filing a suit or other possible case complications. Once you are ready, you can hire an experienced car accident attorney who can help you throughout the process.

Finding yourself in a car accident is an unfortunate situation, but you can stop your situation from getting worse by hiring the right lawyer to be by your side. If you or someone you know has been injured from a car accident, suffered property damage, lost wages due to the accident, etc., then you should contact a local attorney who specializes in personal injury law who can help. Most lawyers offer a free consultation and only charge you if you win your case. Beforehand, they will discuss what percentage of the settlement would cover their fee. Without the right representation, your chances of obtaining justice may be slim; therefore, it is important to choose your attorney wisely as well as taking the right steps after your car accident.

Top 7 Reasons Why You Need A Car Accident Lawyer

Most car accident victims significantly benefit from retaining a qualified New York or New Jersey car accident lawyer as soon as possible after the collision. Consider the following reasons why it is a good idea to hire an attorney:

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  1. Advice – From the moment you find yourself the victim of a car accident, you will have questions without answers. Whose car insurance policy will cover your medical bills? Who pays for the damage to your vehicle? How can you find a doctor to treat your injuries? Are you entitled to pain and suffering damages? Having an experienced New York or New Jersey car accident attorney on your side provides you with invaluable advice from the moment the accident occurred through the resolution of your case.
  2. Direction – Because New York and New Jersey are no-fault insurance states, a car accident claim could be handled in one of two ways. Accidents that involve only minor injuries are usually handled through the no-fault system, meaning your own car insurance policy compensates you for out-of-pocket losses. Accident victims who suffered “serious injuries” are entitled to pursue additional compensation through a traditional personal injury lawsuit.
  3. Communication – A car accident victim should not discuss the case with anyone without the advice of a car accident lawyer. From the moment you retain the services of an attorney, your lawyer will become your voice and handle all communication with your insurance company, the other driver’s insurance company and anyone else involved in the collision.
  4. Investigation— Sometimes an accident reconstruction expert is needed to determine how an accident occurred and who was at fault. A car accident lawyer has the resources and experience required to properly investigate your accident to ensure that you are compensated fully and fairly for your injuries.
  5. Evaluation – How much compensation you are entitled to depend to a large extent on the type and severity of your injuries. Often, the insurance company responsible for compensating a victim will contest the amount of an accident victim’s medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages. Attorneys understand how to properly evaluate all of the medical documentation and other evidence to ensure that you receive proper compensation.
  6. Negotiation— Most car accident cases settle through pre-trial negotiations. Most accident victims have no experience negotiating a settlement of this type, which could lead to either overvaluation or undervaluation of the claim. This can result in the victim being under-compensated or the case not settling. With an experienced attorney on your side, you can rest assured that you have a skilled negotiator fighting for your interests.
  7. Advocacy— While most car accident cases are settled out of court, some do end up going to trial. If this occurs, you need a lawyer by your side to advocate for you in front of a judge and jury. You can be certain that the insurance companies will have lawyers representing their interests. You need an attorney who is on your side in the courtroom.

Get Help from a Car Accident Lawyer at the Ginarte Law Firm Today

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Put the Ginarte law firm to work for you. With over 150 years of combined experience, our personal injury lawyers have protected the rights of car accident victims in New York and New Jersey. The claim evaluation and consultation are free. We receive compensation only if you win your case.

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Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyer in Tampa, FL

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On the busy roads and highways of the Tampa area, car accidents are a common occurrence. While some crashes are minor fender-benders, many other accidents can leave a victim with life-altering injuries and put them in a bad financial position.
In these cases, it is essential for people injured in Tampa car accidents to speak with a lawyer who can help seek the maximum compensation available under the law.

The car accident attorneys in Tampa of Brooks Law Group are ready to help you understand your rights and legal options, and we’ll help you seek justice. We know that you did nothing to deserve the pain you’ve endured, nor should you struggle financially in the aftermath of this crash.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you during a free case evaluation.

How Our Car Accident Lawyer in Tampa Can Help You

If you’ve been hurt in a car accident in Tampa, Brooks Law Group can help you navigate the minefield of dealing with insurance companies and filing a claim.

Unfortunately, insurance companies work hard to limit the amount of money they pay out for car accident claims. They are not looking out for your best interests.

Our car accident lawyers have experience dealing with insurance companies. We know the tactics they will likely use to avoid making a fair payout on your claim. We will work to negotiate a settlement to fully compensate you for your medical expenses, repairs or replacement of damaged property, pain and suffering, and any future expenses you’ll incur.

If the insurer won’t agree to a fair settlement, we will be ready to take your case to court and vigorously advocate on your behalf to pursue a verdict in your favor.

Compensation for Car Accident Victims in Tampa

If you are the victim of a car accident, you may be entitled to several types of compensation for losses you’ve suffered. Compensation for personal injuries sustained in a car accident fall in two categories of damages: economic and non-economic.

Economic damages may include:

  • Medical expenses – Medical expenses can include emergency room visits and hospital stays, doctor’s office visits, physical and occupational therapy, surgery, durable medical equipment, prescription medication, and more.
  • Lost income and wages – You may be entitled to recover income you lose out on due to work missed as a result of your injuries. If your injuries prevent you from returning to work at the same pay as before, you may also collect compensation for future lost earning capacity.

Non-economic damages include:

  • Pain and suffering – Pain and suffering damages are intended to compensate a car accident victim for the physical and emotional or mental anguish caused by their injuries. It also compensates for the loss of quality of life caused by injuries, such as if an injured party is unable to do activities they enjoyed before their accident.
  • Loss of consortium and companionship – Your spouse and family may be entitled to claim damages for the loss of your companionship, society, and services to the family.

In addition to personal injury compensation, you may also be entitled to compensation to repair or replace personal property damaged or destroyed in the crash, such as your vehicle or any contents of your vehicle.

Time Limit for Filing a Car Accident Lawsuit in Florida

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The law imposes a time limit for filing a lawsuit for compensation for a car accident. This time limit is called the statute of limitations.

Under Florida law, the statute of limitations for a lawsuit for personal injuries or property damage suffered in a car accident is four years from the date of the accident. If your loved one was killed in a car accident, you have two years from the date of their death to file a lawsuit for compensation.

Failure to file a lawsuit within the statute of limitations means the court will dismiss your case in virtually all situations.

Under limited circumstances, a court will pause or extend the statute of limitations, known as “tolling”. One of the most common circumstances for tolling the statute of limitations is called the discovery rule, which says that the limitations period does not begin running until a claimant knows or reasonably should know of the facts giving rise to their claim.

What to Do If You’ve Been Hurt in a Car Crash

If you have been hurt in a car accident, there are steps you can take to protect your legal claim to compensation, including:

  • Seek medical attention – You should visit an emergency room, urgent care center, or your doctor as soon as possible after the accident. Symptoms can worsen days or weeks after your accident. Prompt medical attention may make your recovery quicker and improve your prognosis.
  • Contact the police – If you’ve been involved in a car accident, you should call the police to investigate the accident, even if the other drivers insist on not getting the police involved. A police accident report may provide important information about who is responsible for the accident.
  • Take photos – Use your cell phone to fully photograph the accident scene. Waiting too long to take pictures may mean that you lose evidence of critical details about the crash. Details you should photograph include the lighting and weather conditions, skid marks, damage to the vehicles, injuries you have suffered, and anything else that seems relevant.
  • Collect insurance information and eyewitness contact information – You should exchange insurance information with other drivers involved in the accident. If they decline to give their insurance information, the police will collect it. If there were eyewitnesses to the crash who are still on the scene, try to get their contact information.
  • Get help from a lawyer – Most importantly, you should also speak with a Tampa car accident attorney who can advise you as to your legal rights and options and what kind of compensation you may be entitled to for your injuries and damages.

How Will Florida’s No-Fault Law Affect My Case?

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Florida is known as a “no-fault” state. Under the no-fault car insurance system, if you are involved in a car accident, your own insurance coverage initially pays (up to your policy limits) for your medical bills and other economic damages under what is known as personal injury protection (PIP) coverage, regardless of who was responsible for the accident.

If you wish to file a lawsuit against the driver or other party responsible for the accident, your injuries must be deemed “serious” under state law. Florida law considers an injury to be serious if it involves one of the following characteristics:

  • Significant disfigurement
  • Bone fracture
  • Permanent limitation of organ or member
  • A significant limitation of a bodily function or system
  • Substantial full disability for at least 90 days

If your injuries meet one of these criteria, you are not limited to obtaining compensation solely from your own insurance company. Instead, you may also file a lawsuit against the responsible parties for not only economic damages but also for non-economic damages such as pain and suffering.

Common Car Accident Injuries in Tampa

Some of the most common car accident injuries include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Spinal cord damage, including paralysis
  • Whiplash
  • Injuries to muscles, ligaments, tendons, and other soft-tissue injuries
  • Joint damage, especially in the legs, caused by crushing injuries or hyperextension
  • Broken bones, including ribs, ankles, legs, hips, shoulders, arms, and wrists
  • Internal bleeding or perforation of internal organs
  • Herniated discs and other back injuries
  • Lacerations (scrapes and cuts)
  • Contusions (bruises)
  • Burns

In addition to physical injuries, a car accident can also inflict psychological trauma, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), development of phobias, and survivor’s guilt.

Common Causes of Accidents in Tampa

Car accidents are unfortunately all-too-common, especially in a densely-populated region such as the Tampa area. The majority of car crashes are caused by some form of human error, such as:

  • Distracted driving, usually caused by cell phone use, eating, self-grooming, or turning to talk to other occupants of the vehicle
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Speeding or driving too fast for conditions
  • Reckless driving, including excessive speeding, changing lanes without signaling, and other aggressive, non-defensive driving styles
  • Tailgating
  • Running red lights or otherwise failing to heed stop or yield signs or lights
  • Poor lighting condition, especially at night
  • Design or manufacturing defects in the vehicle
  • Tire failures
  • Potholes or other defective road conditions

Your car accident attorney in Tampa will be able to investigate your accident to determine the precise cause. From there, they will be able to identify the liable party, which may be another driver, vehicle manufacturer, or government responsible for maintaining the roadway.

Talk to our Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney in Tampa, FL Now

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If you have been involved in a car accident in Tampa that was not your fault, you may have the rights to compensation.

Contact a motor vehicle accident lawyer near you in Tampa, FL at Brooks Law Group today to schedule a free consultation to talk to a Car Traffic Collison attorney about your case. We can discuss your legal options and explain how we can help you pursue the compensation you deserve.