Port Charlotte Car Accident Attorneys
Assisting Injured Motorists in North Port, Englewood & the Surrounding Areas
Very few people go through life without being involved in a car accident at some point. Some car accidents are small fender-benders with minimal damage to the vehicle and none to the driver or passengers. Other car crashes, even at low speeds, can result in significant injuries, medical bills, and property damage. Additionally, victims of vehicle accidents may suffer some level of emotional or physical trauma. Because of this, it is important to prepare a plan of action before the accident happens.
Contact Frohlich, Gordon & Beason, P.A. to speak to one of our Port Charlotte car accident attorneys about your case today. Call (941) 960-7225 for a free consultation.
When to Contact a Car Accident Lawyer
The first thing to do when you are involved in a car accident of any type is to call 9-1-1 to report the accident. This is especially true if anyone involved is injured or in pain. It is also important not to make assumptions or claims about who was at fault in the accident. Each person involved offers a limited perspective of the circumstances.
Once authorities have been notified, the following are important items to consider:
- Photos taken at the scene can be critical to documenting the accident. Use your cell phone camera to take pictures of damages to vehicles involved and the accident scene.
- Be sure to gather identification and contact information from other drivers, along with their insurance information.
- Be sure to gather identification and contact information of any witnesses to the crash.
- Cooperate fully with emergency responders and law enforcement. Request a copy of the accident report.
- Seek an immediate medical exam for yourself and any of your passengers, even if you don’t think you are injured.
Once you have taken care of these initial items, it is time to contact an experienced car accident lawyer to protect your rights.
If you contact Frohlich, Gordon & Beason, P.A., we can deal with your insurance company for you and handle all the communication going forward. We will be your one point of contact so that there is no confusion regarding what you should or should not do following your car accident.
Florida Car Accident Statute of Limitations
Under Florida's statute of limitations for personal injury cases, if you have been injured in a car accident, you have until four years from the date of your crash to file a lawsuit. Filing a claim after this deadline has expired could result in your case being dismissed, effectively prohibiting you from being able to take legal action. This window can sometimes be extended if your injuries were not discovered until some period of time after your collision. If your loved one was killed in a fatal crash, you only have two years to bring a wrongful death case against the at-fault driver. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your crash, it is imperative you retain the services of an experienced attorney as soon as possible to begin collecting key evidence and comply with all applicable legal deadlines.
Comparative Negligence in Florida
It is likely that the person you believe to be responsible for your accident will attempt to blame you for the crash, either in full or in part. Florida's comparative negligence laws dictate that the amount of compensation that an injured person can receive will be reduced by their percentage of fault. For example, if a court finds you 20% at fault for your collision but suffered damages totaling up to $20,000, your eligible compensation will be reduced to $16,000 (Or the $20,000 total minus $4,000 which accounts for your share of the fault). Our attorneys can review the circumstances of your crash and build a case that maximizes your chances of success.
Damages for Car Accident Claims
You may seek compensation for a variety of economic damages after a crash, including:
- Present and future medical expenses
- Lost present and future wages
- Lost earning capacity
- In-home health care costs
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy
- Vehicle repair costs
If the crash resulted in serious injuries, you may also be able to recover compensation from the at-fault driver for non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, or loss of consortium if a loved one died in the crash. It is best to consult with a skilled attorney to get a more accurate representation of your case's value.
Can I File an Accident Claim by Myself?
You can file an insurance claim without a lawyer after a car accident if you only suffered minimal damage to your car and no injuries were involved. Since Florida is a "no-fault" state, your insurance company will provide you compensation for your losses under your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage regardless of who was actually at fault for the crash.
If you have suffered serious injuries that will permanently change your life or require you to miss work for an extended period of time, contact our firm. We can help you seek additional compensation from the at-fault driver and ensure your rights are protected during every step of your claim.
Assisting You with All Aspects of Your Car Accident Insurance Claim
Your vehicle needs to be repaired or replaced. You and your passengers may have medical bills to pay and treatment decisions to make. There may be missed time from work and other interruptions to your regular routine for necessary medical care. In some cases, there may be long-term disability or trauma issues in the future. You carry insurance to protect you from these losses—but will it suffice?
Unfortunately, your friendly insurance agent has little to say about the results of your claim. The insurance company will do their best to limit their liabilities and settle the claim in their best interest, which may not always match yours. That’s why you need personal representation for your interests from a skilled and understanding personal injury attorney. Our Port Charlotte car accident lawyers have dealt with many car accident cases in Sarasota, Desoto, Charlotte, and Lee counties.
Contact Frohlich, Gordon & Beason, P.A. at (941) 960-7225 for a free consultation with one of our experienced car accident attorneys.