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Car Accident Claims
Have you been hurt in a car accident in Florida? Call a car accident attorney at the Coye Law Firm for a free consultation. The injuries and property damage caused by an accident can devastate individuals and families. You may be able to hold a negligent driver responsible for your medical bills, lost wages, and cost of vehicle repairs. The accident injury lawyers of the Coye Law Firm want to help you recover from a serious car accident.
Car accidents in Orlando are particularly frequent. With so much tourism in the Orlando area, understanding what to do and how the Coye Law Firm can help you is important. If you're a college student, you should also be aware of the complex nature of a car accident and a subsequent claim.
Types of Accidents
Car accidents are common, but never easy. Two or more vehicles can cause serious damage or injuries depending on the force or direction of the impact. The most common types of car crashes every year are:
- Rear-end collisions
- Intersection accidents
- Head on collisions
- Hit & run collision
- Roadside construction accidents
- Red light runners
- T-bone collisions
There are many different types of car accidents, but there are also many different causes of car accidents.
If you feel any pain following a car accident, go to the hospital. Seek the medical care you need before you worry about the medical bills and lost wages. Our car accident lawyers can take care of those issues for you while you concentrate on healing. Your treatment and health is the most important thing to think about after any vehicle accident. Severe accident injuries can include:
Claims in a Car Accident
The Coye Law Firm can help protect your legal rights if you've been in a car accident. If you are involved in a collision, your claim may fall into one of the following categories:
- Personal injury
- Property damage
- Wrongful death (if a fatality occurs)
- Social Security disability (if a disabling injury results)
- Worker's compensation (if driving on the job)
- Spouse's loss of consortium (if a spouse is seriously injured)
- Parent's filial consortium (if a child is seriously injured)
Your claim may be against PIP (personal injury protection) insurance companies, uninsured motorist carriers, the other driver and his or her insurance company, or even the car manufacturer if a production defect was a factor in the accident. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident, it is essential to protect your legal rights by calling the personal injury lawyers at the Coye Law Firm today.
Document your car accident by using your cell phone to take pictures of the accident scene.
If this is not your first accident, read our article about multiple car accidents to understand what you need to do differently in this claim.
Read Frequently Asked Questions about Car Accidents to get answers about your concerns.
While your case is pending, you or a loved one should seek immediate medical attention for injuries sustained during the accident. Documentation of the accident plays a large part in your claim, so follow these steps:
- Take pictures of property damage to each car and the surrounding area.
- Write down the names, addresses, and phone numbers of anyone who was involved with or witnessed the accident.
- Have damage repaired correctly, even if it requires seeking multiple repair estimates.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has this sample driver's exchange of information form for people involved in a car accident. It reminds drivers of the important information that insurance companies want after a car accident. We can use this information to build your case and protect your rights if you have been involved in or affected by a motor vehicle accident.
Florida Motor Vehicle Accident Liability
Florida is a no-fault state. The no-fault car insurance law means that if an insured driver is injured in an accident, their minor injuries and lost wages will be paid for by their own insurance company regardless of who is at fault in the accident. The state requires drivers to carry insurance with at least $10,000 of personal injury protection and $10,000 of property damage liability.
Despite this law, many drivers in Florida are putting themselves and others at risk by driving with little or no insurance. The state has even earned a poor national reputation of having a high percentage of uninsured motorists.
Car accident cases can become complex very easily. Because Florida is known for its tourism, people from outside of the state or country visit and sometimes drive while on vacation. The insurance laws can leave these drivers vulnerable if they are involved in a car accident. Even those living in the state may have complicated cases if they are driving a company vehicle, driving their own vehicle on company time, or are drivers for trucking companies. It can be difficult to determine who is liable for injuries in these circumstances, so it is vital to have experienced legal counsel.
Crashed out of state? Read our white paper on out of state car accidents to learn more about different insurance policies and procedures in the United States.
By contacting the Coye Law Firm today, an experienced accident attorney can assess your situation and determine if you have a claim and who you have it against. With offices in Orlando, Clermont, Tampa, Kissimmee, and Melbourne, the Coye Law Firm can handle cases around the central Florida area as well as state-wide.
Contact the Coye Law Firm today to successfully resolve your car accident injuries and damage.