Personal Injury Attorneys Serving Lakeland, FL
At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, our Lakeland injury attorneys have one goal: To seek maximum compensation for each client’s losses. If you have been injured in an accident in Lakeland, call us for a free consultation today.
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If you are struggling to cope with the fallout from an accident, you know that the process can be exhausting. Going to the doctor. Getting your car or bike repaired. Explaining to your employer that you need more time off from work. These tasks just scratch the surface of everything that is involved in recovering from traumatic injuries resulting from someone else’s mistake or neglect.
At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, our Lakeland accident lawyers understand what you are going through, and we are here to help make the process as quick and painless as possible. We have been helping accident victims in Lakeland for decades. Let us help you pursue the compensation that you deserve.
Do I Need an Attorney for My Lakeland Personal Injury Claim?
When you get injured in an accident that is someone else’s fault, you are entitled to seek financial compensation for all of your accident-related losses. This includes not only your outstanding medical bills and the costs to repair your vehicle (if you were injured in a collision), but your future medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and other losses as well. It takes an experienced Lakeland personal injury lawyer to calculate the total losses resulting from a traumatic accident – without legal representation, you will almost certainly end up with less than you deserve.
Remember, when you file an insurance claim – even when you file a claim with your own insurance company – the insurance company is not on your side. The adjuster will not make sure you understand your rights, and you will be pressured to settle quickly before you know the true extent of your harm.
Important Steps to Take After an Accident in Lakeland
If you get into an accident in Lakeland, there are a few steps you should take to make sure that you are safe and can build a strong claim.
- Get to Safety. Making sure you and your occupants are safe is the number one priority when you are in an accident. Check to see if anyone is injured, apply first aid, and call 911 if necessary.
- Gather Evidence. Make sure you get all of the information you can about the drivers and vehicles involved in the accident, including license plate numbers, insurance information for the other driver, and the accident report number given by the responding officer.
- Document the Accident. Take as many photos as possible of the scene. This includes pictures of vehicle damage, the roadway, and injuries.
- Get Contact Information from Witnesses and the Reporting Officer. Try to get contact information for witnesses before they leave the scene. If there are no witnesses, make note of nearby businesses or homes whose occupants may have witnessed the accident. Make sure to get the name and badge number of the reporting officer as well, whether they be from the Florida Highway Patrol or the local Lakeland Police Department.
It is important to not apologize for the accident. Apologizing can be seen as accepting blame, even if you are not at fault. Make sure you only give out necessary information, like your name and insurance information, to the other driver.
If you follow these steps, you and your Lakeland personal injury attorney can likely build a stronger case and potentially increase the value of your Florida car accident settlement.
Can Delays Hurt My Lakeland Personal Injury Claim?
Yes, there are a number of different ways that delays can potentially hurt your claim for financial compensation. First, after an accident, you need to collect evidence to establish liability. If you wait too long, this evidence could vanish. Similarly, if you wait to seek medical attention, your doctor may not be able to conclusively link the accident to your injuries.
In addition, under Florida law there is a time limit for filing a personal injury claim (known as the “statute of limitations”), and if you miss the window to file your claim you could lose your rights entirely.
At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, all we do is represent accident victims and their families. We know what is at stake, and we can take action quickly to preserve your claim for compensation.
How to Get Your Lakeland Police Department Accident Report
To get your Lakeland Police Department accident report, you must fill out a notarized Sworn Statement form and turn it into the records department. Typically, the Lakeland Police Department allows you to request an accident report within 60 days of the crash.
There is a small fee to receive copies of your Lakeland Police Department accident report as well.
You can turn in the Sworn Statement in-person or by mail. Either mail or stop by the Records Section at:
Lakeland Police Department Records Section
When you request your Lakeland Police Department accident report, make sure you have the following information:
- Date of the accident;
- Name(s) of the driver(s);
- Location of the accident; and
- Signature of a Notary.
Having this information will ensure that there are few delays in obtaining a copy of your accident report.
Lakeland Police Department Accident Report Fees
There is a small fee to receive a copy of your Lakeland Police Department accident report. The cost for copies is:
- $0.15 per one-sided copy;
- $0.20 per double-sided copy; and
- $1.00 per certified copy.
Any accidents requiring extra research, audio, DVDs, color photographs, etc. will have additional fees.
Car Accident Crash Statistics for Lakeland / Polk County
According to data from Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were more than 400,000 crashes in Florida during 2018. More than 11,000 of these crashes occurred in Polk County.
Half of the accidents in Polk County resulted in an injury or fatality. With 7,821 injuries and 127 fatalities, Polk County is one of the most dangerous areas in the state. In addition to the high amount of injuries, nearly a quarter of all accidents were hit-and-runs.
While a majority of these crashes happen between cars, a significant portion of accidents involve motorcyclists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Almost 10% of all crashes in Polk County were in this category, as well as 28% of all fatalities.
After examining this data, the traffic dangers in Polk County are clear. If you ever suffer injuries in an accident in Polk County or Lakeland, it is important to have an experienced Lakeland personal injury attorney on your side.
Is It Expensive to Hire an Experienced Lakeland Car Accident Lawyer?
No. Or, at least, it shouldn’t be. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we handle all personal injury claims on a contingency-fee basis. This means:
- There are no up-front costs.
- There are no monthly legal bills.
- There are no fees or costs of any kind unless we win your case.
If we succeed in securing an insurance settlement or a verdict at trial, your legal fees will be a percentage of the amount we recover on your behalf. If we don’t win, you don’t pay any fees or costs. You decide when (and if) to settle, and we will make sure you know exactly how much you can expect to take home so that you can make an informed decision about resolving your claim.
Our former clients have provided hundreds of positive online reviews. Nevertheless, each case is different and prospective clients may not obtain the same or similar results. We always strive for excellent client communication and client satisfaction. We would be honored to have the opportunity to review your case.