Florida Car Accident Attorneys Fighting to Get You the Justice & Compensation That You Deserve
With Florida being a premier vacation spot for people from all over the world, some areas in the Sunshine State, such as Orlando, Tampa, and South Florida, can experience heavy traffic and subsequent serious motor vehicle accidents caused by both locals and tourists.
If you’re injured in a car accident in Florida and have lost wages or incurred high medical bills, you’re not alone, and you’ve found the right law firm to help you.
RTRLAW’s car accident attorneys have been providing caring and compassionate legal advice and skilled representation to car accident victims like you since 1988. For more than three decades, we have helped tens of thousands of clients with their accident cases and secured hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for them.
If you’re involved in a car accident with a local or out-of-state driver, you need to speak with a qualified car accident attorney and get legal advice you can trust. RTRLAW has been fighting for our clients in Florida for 35 years and we’re confident we can assist you after an accident.
What Type of Injuries Can Happen in a Car Accident in Florida?
Accidents are an unfortunate reality in Florida and everywhere else. While you may be a cautious, defensive driver, you can’t control the behavior and skills of the other drivers sharing the road with you.
Where accidents happen, injuries follow, and sometimes they can be serious. Though you always hope that any vehicle accident would spare you severe and life-altering injuries, the truth is that they can and do happen. There are a variety of car accident injuries possible, such as:
- Cuts, bruises, bumps, and scrapes
- Soft tissue injuries, including but not limited to whiplash, muscles getting pulled or torn, strains, and the stretching or tearing of ligaments (sprains)
- Fractures (both simple and compound)
- Injuries of the head, shoulders, and neck
- Injuries affecting the back and neck (spinal cord injuries)
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Organ damage, internal bleeding, and other internal injuries
- Amputation of limbs
- and even death
When you’ve been in a car accident, it’s important to seek medical attention promptly. While you may be able to recover fully from some of these injuries without medical assistance, others are life-altering and life-threatening.
We know you’re in enough pain – not just from your injuries but also from financial hardships sustained from not being able to work or live your life to the fullest from your car accident. We will work to hold those responsible for our clients’ injuries accountable for their actions. We will fight for the most compensation possible for our clients.
If we choose to take your case, you will not pay anything upfront. RTRLAW works on contingency fees, which means you pay NOTHING unless we win your case and recover money for you.
What Should You Do After You’ve Been in a Car Accident in Florida?
After an accident, if you or anyone else involved requires immediate medical assistance, be sure to call 9-1-1 to get emergency first responders to the scene. Your first priority should be to seek medical attention if you’ve been injured. You may not be able to tell the extent of your injuries. You need an exam by a qualified medical professional as soon as possible.
If you’re seriously injured in a car accident, you may need to be transported by ambulance to an emergency room. However, if you are capable after an accident or your injuries are not life-threatening, contact the police so they can come to the accident scene and make a report. While you are waiting for the police, look around for any potential witnesses of the accident and get their contact information. Then, use your phone camera to take photos and videos of the accident scene. This is important because once the scene is cleaned up and traffic begins again, much of the valuable evidence of the accident will be gone.
It’s a good idea at this point of the process to speak with an experienced car accident attorney who can review your case, refer you to a qualified medical professional for treatment and recommend next steps for getting you the compensation you deserve as quickly as possible.
After you’ve dealt with the police and visited a medical professional for injury assessment and treatment, it’s time to contact your car insurance company. Having a car accident attorney to advise and assist you with the insurance process is a good idea, so you have someone on your side that knows what kinds of tactics the insurers might try to use against you. Keep in mind, while you may be required to report the accident to the insurance company, be very careful what you say to any insurance representatives. Their goal is often to pay out as little as possible, so they may try to get statements from you with the intention of denying your claim. Or they may try to get you to admit certain things that could potentially make you look bad in court later.
How Do You Establish Who is at Fault in a Car Accident in Florida?
Florida is a “no-fault” auto insurance state when it comes to paying for medical expenses and accident-related damage. This means that Florida drivers are required to carry at least $10,000 in personal injury protection insurance (also known as PIP insurance) that will pay out first if you’re injured in a car accident. If the cost of your injuries are higher than your coverage amount, you could qualify to recover additional compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance.
In this case, who is at fault in an accident is vital in establishing the potential of your claim and how much compensation you may be eligible to get in Florida. However, it’s not always easy or direct to establish fault. Sometimes, fault can fall on more than one party.
For instance, in Florida, if you’re hit by a vehicle that drove through a red light, then in all likelihood, the fault is 100% on the other driver. However, if both vehicles were speeding and that resulted in an accident, then the fault might be shared by both parties.
It’s important to establish what, if any, percentage of the fault is on you in an accident, because that will determine how much compensation you may be entitled to in Florida. For example, if you are 40% responsible for the accident you were in, then you are only eligible to seek compensation for 60% of the expenses that come from the accident. However, not every case is the same. Only a qualified Florida car accident attorney can speak to the specific details of your individual case.
That’s why it’s so important to have elements like a police report, eyewitness statements, and as many photographs and videos as you can take. They will help to tell the truth about what happened and demonstrate to the insurance companies and the other driver what their level of responsibility is.
Is a Lawyer Really Necessary for Your Car Accident Case?
In the United States, no one is required to have an attorney to handle their car accident case, but here’s the crucial truth: Insurance companies DON’T want you to have an attorney. It’s better for them if you don’t.
Insurance companies don’t want to pay you, and they know that the average person in a car accident doesn’t know the law well enough to get everything they deserve. Insurers will use every tactic possible to keep from giving you the compensation you have earned.
In addition, many studies show that you’re not only more likely to get compensation with a personal injury attorney than trying to negotiate with an insurance company on your own, but you’ll also secure a higher settlement amount with an attorney. Car accident attorneys are tough negotiators who always push for the most compensation possible.
That’s why retaining a car accident attorney like RTRLAW is a smart choice. Our attorneys, in particular, have spent the last 35 years negotiating with insurance companies on our clients’ behalf, so we know what they are likely to try and use against you. Car accident lawyers can use the power of the law to bring forth and compel evidence, make demands, and request documents. What’s more, using an attorney will keep your claim transparent, so the insurance company can’t hide anything.
RTRLAW Can Help with Your Car Accident Case
Don’t spend your time after an accident struggling alone to put your life back together and get the compensation you need. You deserve someone in your corner who will fight to get you everything you require to get back to living the life you had before the accident.
At RTRLAW, we fight for our clients’ rights and to recover what they deserve after suffering injuries from another’s negligence. Our team is professional, experienced, and ready to take on the insurance company or take your case to court should we need to. We’ll build your case so you can get back to rebuilding your life.
Our experienced and aggressive Florida auto accident attorneys are available to meet with you to discuss your car accident case TODAY over the phone, by video conference or at one of our convenient offices in Florida, including:
If you can’t come to us, our lawyers and investigators can come to you – even if you’re in the hospital or confined to your home due to your injuries. What’s more, you can handle all the paperwork electronically by email or text, so you can quickly get on with your day and life. Our legal team will advise you, answer all your questions and be there by your side throughout the process.
If you or a loved one are hurt in a car accident in Florida, don’t waste another minute: Call or text us 24 hours a day, seven days a week for a FREE, no-obligation case review toll free at 1-833-HIRE-RTR (1-833-447-3787), CHAT WITH US NOW, or fill out the contact form on this page.