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AUTO ACCIDENT INJURY LAW

WHAT TO DO AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT

  • Call 911. You want the police to make sure everyone is safe and an ambulance can get there quickly if needed. 
  • Be helpful, give the police a detailed explanation of what happened during the car accident.
  • Get a medical evaluation immediately. Even if you don’t think you were injured or hurt, see a doctor, it is not uncommon to have injuries that are not physically present or visually observable.
  • Gather as much information at the scene as possible, take pictures and or video with your phone of the car accident scene, skid marks on the road, any injuries sustained by you or your loved ones and the damage to your vehicle.  Make sure that you get all contact info, names and the insurance company of the other driver. 
  • Don’t ever admit fault or take blame even if you think you were at fault for the accident, contact us first. The car accident may have been unavoidable and your admittance of fault can damage any claim you may have. 
  • Call your insurance company.  They will assign you an adjuster to handle your claim. 

TYPICAL QUESTIONS POST ACCIDENT

Do I need a car accident attorney?

  • Evaluation by an attorney post accident is very important because of the serious impact a car accident can have on your life.
  • A car accident can result in lost work, expensive car repairs and injuries that should be evaluated by a professional.
  • A car accident attorney can help you obtain medical care and can advise you about damages you may be entitled to.  
  • A car accident attorney can help you navigate through the various types of car accidents 

What should I look for in hiring a car accident lawyer in Tampa?

  • Look for an attorney that is competent, knowledgable and skilled in this area of law.

How much is hiring an auto accident attorney going to cost?

  • A car accident attorney only gets paid if he/she win’s your case, they get a percentage of what is won on your behalf.

Who is going to help me get better?

  • We will help you find a medical provider that’s right for the injuries you have sustained.

Who will fix my car?

  • We will help resolve the damage done to your car at no cost.

What happens if I miss work?

  • Your inability to work due to physical therapy sessions, time spent in a hospital, problems with mobility, or other factors that prevent you from earning your usual wages are things that an experienced car accident attorney will use to substantiate damages. 

Who is going to pay for my medical expenses?

  • There are several different ways to pay for medical cost incurred as a result of a car accident:
  1. Your own auto insurance policy PIP (personal injury protection)
  2. Your health insurance.
  3. The person who caused the car accident

Note: It is very important to get medical care within 14 days of a car accident. If you don’t, you could risk losing up to $7,500 in medical benefits.

SAFE DRIVING TIPS

  1. Always conduct a vehicle safety check to confirm that your vehicle is operating in good order.
  2. Have your vehicle oil levels and tire pressure checked regularly by a professional.
  3. Don’t rush, give yourself plenty of travel time and preplan for traffic delays and accidents.
  4. DON’T TEXT
  5. DON’T SPEED
  6. Take traffic conditions into consideration.
  7. Have an emergency kit and roadside kit in your vehicle at all times.
  8. DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE, HAVE A DESIGNATED DRIVER IF YOU PLAN ON DRINKING.
  9. IF YOU NEED TO USE YOUR PHONE USE A BLUETOOTH DEVICE.

If you and or a family member has been injured because of someones negligent or careless driving, seek the advice of an experienced car accident lawyer as early as possible. Negligence issues related to personal injury, insurance coverage, and auto accident injury claims are complicated and having an experience attorney protecting your rights is a very important decision that should not be taken lightly. 

torres|benet, p.a. provides legal representation that protects your rights and seeks to resolve the many problems that come with being involved in a car accident.

The material on this page has been prepared and or compiled by torres|benet, p.a. for informational purposes only. RECEIPT OF THIS INFORMATION DOES NOT CREATE AN ATTORNEY-CLIENT RELATIONSHIP.