Car crashes are deeply disturbing and often devastating events.
Most of them happen because of another driver’s decision to drive carelessly or break the rules. In these cases, victims are sometimes entitled to financial compensation for their damages.
There is a lot to know about Florida auto accidents, though. As Tampa car accident attorneys, we at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk want you to make careful and informed decisions regarding your rights.
The answers below provide a general overview of some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from our clients. Remember, though, that general answers are never a substitute for speaking with our injury law team. We invite you to give our Tampa car accident attorneys a call to talk about your situation in detail.
We recommend committing these six steps to memory:
- Seek a safe place, away from traffic. Your safety matters more than anything.
- Check on any other drivers, passengers, or pedestrians involved.
- Call 911 to report the crash. Let them know if anyone is in medical need.
- Be careful what you say. “My bad,” “I’m sorry,” or “It was my fault” might be used against you.
- Take pictures and make a quick written record of what happened, in detail.
- Stay put until the police officers have arrived and finished their report.
Immediately after that, give our Tampa car accident lawyers a call. In fact, we suggest storing our firm’s phone number in your smartphone now so that you can access us if you ever need us.
What Compensation am I entitled to in a Car Crash?
Auto accident victims in Florida can pursue compensation for any pain, suffering, or losses reasonably related to the negligence of the at-fault party. Courts commonly award compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Hospital stays
- Time away from work
- Loss of future wages due to inability to work
- Property damage
- Emotional distress
What if the Insurance Company Contacts Me?
You are not required to talk to the other side’s insurance company or to answer their questions. They don’t work for you, they don’t represent your best interests, and they will probably try to use your statements against you later. When you hire one of our Tampa car accident attorneys, you can tell the insurance company to contact us instead. The insurance adjustor might make you a settlement offer. Don’t accept their offer until you’ve reviewed it with your lawyer.
What if I Was Hit by Someone with No Insurance?
Getting hit by a driver who doesn’t have enough (or any) auto insurance can be frustrating, and you might be tempted to panic. There is still hope, though. You might have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage through your own auto insurance provider without even realizing it. Otherwise, we might still be able to pursue compensation from your own insurer, from the at-fault driver directly, or from other responsible third parties. Don’t give up — talk to us first.
How Can I Possibly Afford an Attorney?
Most of the clients we work with are in a tough economic situation. After all, you’ve just been in an accident, and that is never easy on anyone’s wallet. Don’t worry. We are proud to offer The Abrahamson & Uiterwyk Guarantee: No Costs or Fees Unless We Win!
Our firm operates on a 100% contingency basis. That means we don’t charge you a penny unless we win or settle your case. Your financial situation does not have to stand in the way of justice.
Is There a Time Limit for Filing a Car Accident Claim?
Yes. Florida applies very strict time limits on car accident claims. If you miss it, you’ll lose your chance to pursue compensation through the state legal system.
It’s also important to note that the time limit applies to the actual filing of the lawsuit. There is a lot that needs to be done before that happens, though, and it can take some time.
While we will always work hard to meet your deadlines, it is unwise to wait too long on an accident claim. The sooner you call us, the sooner we can start taking your next steps together. Please don’t risk running out of time.
Call Now (Before It’s Too Late)!
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident in Central Florida, the Tampa car accident attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk can fight to try to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us to set up a free consultation right away.