With year-round tourism and an influx of winter residents, motor vehicle accidents in Sarasota are inevitable. In fact, Sarasota has averaged over 5,000 car accidents for the last three years, a 23% increase from the previous three-year average. These automobile crashes have resulted in hundreds of wrongful deaths and thousands of serious injuries, which were not the fault of the innocent victims.
Unfortunately, too many car accident victims see their situation go from bad to worse, quickly finding out that the insurance companies, including their own, are only looking out for their own interests. Claims for medical bills, lost wages or damaged vehicles are often delayed or outright denied. If a settlement is offered, it’s typically well below the true costs associated with the accident.
Most of our seriously injured clients have never hired a personal injury lawyer. They aren’t necessarily in favor of suing anyone and typically aren’t looking for a financial windfall. They’re simply in a bad situation and want to be treated fairly and with compassion.
If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in a car accident, we offer free initial consultations. We also take all injury cases on a contingency basis. This means you owe no attorney’s fees unless we settle your case or win a favorable verdict in court.
We believe that the costs associated with hiring a lawyer shouldn’t prevent any serious car accident injury victim from obtaining sound legal counsel. Because of this, our law firm handles all car accident injury claims on a contingency fee basis. This means there are no out of pocket expenses and you only owe attorney’s fees if we settle your claim or win a favorable verdict in court.
To present a successful auto accident claim to an insurance company or at a jury trial, you need substantial evidence. That evidence may include the vehicles themselves, crash reports, testimony or reports from medical experts, engineers, accident scene investigators or accident scene reconstruction experts. The success of your claim will rely heavily on the collection, preservation and presentation of this evidence.
Unfortunately, auto insurance carriers are often unwilling participants in these claims. Auto insurance adjusters are paid to save their company money, by reducing the value of accident claims. Saying something as innocent as “I feel fine today.”, to an insurance adjuster, can be used to reduce the compensation an accident victim is entitled to. Having an experienced car accident lawyer can help prevent costly mistakes.
Each car accident case is different. Car accidents vary in the magnitude of physical and emotional injuries to the passengers, the damage associated with the vehicles involved and possibly property damage to surrounding buildings or structures. In addition, each driver involved in the accident may have different levels of auto insurance coverage available to file an accident claim against. Because the damages, available evidence and auto insurance coverage vary in accident cases, the value of each accident claim will be different.
For serious car accident claims, you may be entitled to compensatory or monetary damages and non-monetary damages. Monetary damages focus on the accident victim’s financial loss. They may include medical bills, future medical bills, lost wages, lost income earning potential and property damage. Non-monetary damages focus on intangible losses stemming from the accident. They may include pain and suffering. emotional distress, loss of companionship and possibly punitive damages.
“Under Florida Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance law, you only have 14 days after an auto accident to seek medical treatment. Failure to seek medical treatment within 14 days of the accident means you may have forfeited your personal injury auto insurance coverage.”
Lutz, Bobo & Telfair, P.A. is recognized as one of the premier civil trial law firms in Southwest Florida. We are Martindale-Hubbell AV® rated, the highest possible rating for legal ability and ethical standards. For over 25 years, we have helped good people who have been seriously injured or had a loved one killed in a car accident.
If you’ve been seriously injured or are the spouse of someone killed in a car accident, we invite you to contact our experienced car accident lawyers today. We offer no cost case reviews for all injury cases. We also work on a contingency fee basis. This means that you owe no attorney’s fees unless we settle your claim or win a favorable judgement in court.