There are few things worse than being injured in a car accident. Unfortunately, virtually every car accident is avoidable, but accidents often occur when people fail to exercise caution on the roads. If you are someone who has been hurt in such an accident due to no fault of your own, contact a dedicated Pasco County, FL car accident lawyer from The Law Offices of Matthew J. Jowanna, P.A. so we can start fighting for the compensation you deserve and need to heal.
Car accidents can be more complicated than they seem. There is far more to know and discover than simply who had the right of way. Litigating car accident cases can involve knowledge of medical treatments and conditions, toxicology, physics, accident reconstruction, and biomechanics. Wesley Chapel, FL, personal injury lawyer Matthew J. Jowanna has prosecuted and defended car accident cases involving these issues and many more.
As you may know, car accidents can take various forms. Some of the most common types of car accidents that our firm sees are as follows:
Car accidents can occur for a number of reasons. Sometimes, factors that are out of a driver’s control (at least to some degree) may contribute, such as inclement weather conditions, defective car parts, and more. However, in most cases, driver negligence is the number one cause of car accidents in Florida. Just some of the most common examples of driver negligence that we see are as follows:
If you were injured in a car accident because another driver was exhibiting any of the aforementioned behaviors, there is a strong chance you will qualify for compensation in a personal injury claim.
After sustaining an injury in a car accident, the first thing you should do is call the police to the scene. They will send emergency medical services and write up an accident report once they arrive. After you’ve called the police, if you can, you should try and take the following steps:
As long as you and your attorney can prove you were hurt as a direct result of another driver’s negligence, you should receive compensation to help recuperate from the economic and non-economic damages you’ve incurred. These can include lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and more.
Personal Injury Protection insurance, also known simply as “PIP,” is a type of no-fault auto insurance. In Florida, all motorists are required to carry at least $10,000 in PIP insurance. When someone is hurt in an auto accident (regardless of who caused it), the injured person should have up to 80% of their medical bills and 60% of their lost wages (up to $10,00) covered by PIP insurance. In some cases, however, if the injury doesn’t meet the standard of an “emergency,” PIP may only cover up to $2,500 of the injuries you’ve sustained.
As you can see, PIP seldom covers the full cost of an auto accident, and if you’re hurt in a crash due to another party’s negligence, the best route to recover the compensation you need is likely through a personal injury claim. There is no pre-determined cap on the amount of damages a person can recover via a personal injury claim here in the state of Florida, and a dedicated car accident lawyer from our firm can fight for the full compensation to which you are entitled.
In the state of Florida, the statute of limitations for most personal injury claims is two years, which gives accident victims two years from the date of their accident to file a personal injury claim. However, you should note that it is never wise to wait this long to file a claim. Instead, the best course of action is to simply file a claim as soon after an accident as possible. You should also note that in some cases, the statute of limitations is shorter than two years, so the sooner you file, the better off you will be.
The bottom line is that if you’ve been hurt in a car accident due to no fault of your own, the time to act is now, and our firm is here to help. Contact a seasoned personal injury attorney from The Law Offices of Matthew J. Jowanna today. Our consultations are free, and you don’t pay us a dime unless we win compensation on your behalf.