How Much Should I Expect from My Florida Auto Accident Settlement?
Overview of Florida Car Accident Settlements
Car accident in Florida? This article will help you understand the factors that most impact the potential auto accident settlement amount for your injuries and damages.
If you were injured in a car accident in Florida, you are probably wondering how much money you can recover from a car accident settlement.
Many factors affect your car accident settlement amount. Every case is different, so your settlement entirely depends on the specifics of your accident, injuries and damages.
At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk our car accident lawyers research the specifics of your case extensively and represent you during negotiations. Along with the factors that we will explain below, legal representation significantly affects your settlement amount.
Due to our experience and expertise, our attorneys help clients achieve a higher average car accident settlement amount.
The car accident attorneys of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk are ready to discuss your accident and settlement amount during a free case evaluation.
What is the Average Auto Accident Settlement in Florida?
Unfortunately, there is no average settlement amount for car accidents in Florida. This is because settlements depend greatly on the unique circumstances of each case. Several factors affect your settlement, including:
- Negligence of the at fault party,
- Any contributing negligence of the injured party,
- Extent of impact and property damage,
- Whether the at-fault driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol,
- Amount of available bodily injury insurance coverage with the at-fault vehicle owner and driver,
- Amount of available uninsured/underinsured motorist insurance coverage with the injured party, their resident relatives, and the car they are in,
- Severity of your injuries,
- Extent of pre-existing injuries,
- Ability to prove the injuries were caused by the accident, and
- Extent of your damages including pain and suffering, past and future lost wages, and past and future medical bills.
Since settlement amounts are highly contextual, it’s best to discuss the specifics of your case with one of our personal injury attorneys.
Examples of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk Auto Accident Settlements
At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. Here are several recent auto accident settlements we have achieved for our Florida clients:
Some of our past cases have resulted in multi-million dollar settlements for car accident victims. Here are just a few examples:
$6.1 Million Vehicle Accident Settlement
A cement truck struck a 12-year old child, causing serious injuries. The accident was the result of negligent driving and construction that prevented the child from using a crosswalk. We filed a lawsuit against the truck driver, his employer, and the contractor.
$2.2 Million Vehicle Accident Settlement
In this case, a commercial truck rear-ended our client. The accident caused our client disc herniations that required anterior cervical fusion. We obtained a $2.2 million settlement in addition to a $2.5 million jury verdict.
$1,575,000 Rear-End Car Accident Settlement
The Defendant rear-ended our client, a 53-year old male. The collision caused our client to suffer a three-level herniation. The injury ultimately required anterior cervical disc fusion. The case settled for $1,575,000 shortly before trial.
$1,008,258 Red Light Car Accident Settlement
Our clients, a husband and wife, were involved in an accident when the Defendant ran a red light. The collision caused back, shoulder, and neck injuries. This settlement represented the maximum amount of insurance coverage available.
You are welcome to look over many of our other car accident case results featured on our website.
Will a Lawyer Help me Get a Bigger Auto Accident Settlement?
You might wonder whether you should hire a personal injury lawyer after an accident. Would a personal injury lawyer improve your chances of receiving a larger settlement amount?
Numerous studies and research have shown (including the Insurance Research Council) that car accident victims that hire experienced personal injury attorneys obtain larger settlements than those without representation.
Florida’s complex car accident injury laws are difficult to navigate without legal help. Our experienced lawyers can evaluate your claim and guide you through the legal hurdles of Florida’s insurance and personal injury laws.
How Will a Lawyer Improve my Chances at a Bigger Settlement?
Our experienced and knowledgeable injury lawyers can help maximize your settlement amount by:
- investigating the accident,
- gathering and preserving evidence,
- investigating the available insurance coverages,
- proving the full extent of your injuries,
- calculating your past and future losses,
- effectively communicating and negotiating with insurance companies to maximize the value of your case, and
Insurance companies are aware of our law firm’s reputation and case results at trial.
Gathering and preserving evidence
Evidence collection and preservation are critical factors and might affect the outcome of your case including the amount of your settlement.
Evidence increases your ability to prove your claim and maximize your settlement amount. Important evidence could include:
- Surveillance footage, if any, of the accident
- Statements from eyewitnesses
- Physical evidence from the scene of the accident
- Expert opinions and statements
Our experienced attorneys will know the key evidence for your case and how to gather it.
Calculating your losses for a fair settlement
In personal injury cases, you can recover the amount of your losses, also known as damages.
Losses can include past and future medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering. If you do not know the amount of your damages, then you will not know if a settlement compensates you fairly.
Our experienced attorneys can help calculate your damages for a fair settlement.
Effectively and smartly communicating with insurance companies
Insurance companies try to get statements from you, and they will use statements or admissions of guilt against you. This could potentially reduce your settlement amount.
The insurance company might record your statements or ask you to sign releases or settlement documents. These documents might prevent you from seeking further compensation related to the accident.
Our personal injury lawyers protect you from the insurance company’s manipulation by communicating on your behalf.
Pushing insurance companies to negotiate fair settlements
Having a lawyer negotiate with the insurance company gives you the best chance of recovering maximum compensation.
Insurance companies lose money by paying out accident claims. So, it is in the insurance company’s best interest to pay you as little as possible.
Insurance companies train teams of people to minimize the injured victim’s compensation and often take advantage of unrepresented claimants’ trust in insurance adjusters.
By working with our attorneys, you can avoid settling for less than you deserve. Our injury attorneys know the process involved in negotiating a settlement and understand the tactics insurance companies’ use to avoid paying claims.
Rather than negotiating yourself, our injury lawyers put experience on your side. It levels the playing field in negotiations between the insurance company and you.
Besides Car Damage, What Other Damages Might I Be Able to Get Compensation For?
After a car accident, you might recover compensation for vehicle damage or replacement. You might be able to recover several other forms of damages as well.
In addition to the property damage to your vehicle, car accident victims can also pursue compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
Complex insurance laws determine whether you can seek compensation for these and other damages. Consult a personal injury lawyer with our firm to discuss the damages you might be able to seek in your case.
Get a Free Florida Auto Accident Case Review
At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have over 30 years of experience representing injured clients. Through prompt and aggressive representation, our injury lawyers help maximize our client’s compensation.
We offer free consultations. Contact our attorneys today to schedule yours. We will calculate your car accident settlement together and make sure that you get the amount you deserve.