Car Accident Attorneys
We’ve Recovered Millions for Victims of Vehicle Accidents
Florida is a popular travel destination and a beautiful place to live. This means that, at any given time, there are hundreds of thousands of vehicles on Florida highways and roads. Unfortunately, with increased traffic comes an increased risk of serious collisions.
In fact, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were over 400,000 motor vehicle accidents in Florida in 2017 with approximately 166,612 of those accidents resulting in injury. And, perhaps unsurprisingly to anyone who drives in this area, US 41 in Tampa has been named the second deadliest road in the nation.
Call our office at (727) 784-8191 to request an initial evaluation. We do not charge upfront fees and you only pay if we successfully recover compensation for you.
Most Dangerous Roads in Clearwater
The US-19 runs through Clearwater, FL and it is notorious for being one of the most dangerous highways in all of Pinellas County.
It is this way because of those who speed, run red lights, and otherwise break the law here. In fact, some of the most dangerous intersections exist along this highway, which are:
If you were involved in a car crash in Clearwater, Tampa, Palm Harbor, St. Petersburg, or throughout the Greater Tampa Bay region and beyond, The Fran Haasch Law Group can help you fight for a fair recovery. When another person acts carelessly or recklessly and you are injured as a result, you are entitled to take legal action.
Should I Get An Attorney After A Car Accident?
Steps to Take After an Accident
Taking specific actions after being involved in a car accident can be crucial to the effect of your claim and the compensation you are able to achieve for car repairs, medical expenses from resulting injuries, and other bills that may be piling up. Having a plan and knowing that you followed it will help you find better rest at night.
Here are some steps that you should take immediately following a vehicle accident:
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
According to Florida Statutes section 95.11(4)(d), the statute of limitations in Florida is two years. This means you have two years to file a personal injury claim for your car accident or you may lose your right to pursue compensation. Florida does acknowledge some exceptions to this two-year rule, an attorney from our firm will be able to let you know how they might affect your case.
Like most personal injury claims, a successful car accident case hinges on the concept of negligence. Victims of serious collisions must first determine if they are eligible for compensation based on whether or not another person or entity acted negligently. Victims must then show that this negligence led to their injuries. It is important to note that harmful conduct does not have to be intentional for a victim to take legal action; mere negligence is enough to give rise to a claim.
When it comes to car accident claims, Florida personal injury law follows what is known as “pure comparative fault law.” This means that it is possible for more than one driver to be determined negligent. Most people think that only one person is at fault for an accident, but that is not the case in Florida. We see this as a very common practice in the car accident cases we have handled. It is a tactic that is often used by a defense attorney to work to reduce the amount of compensation an injured victim is able to receive.
A pure competitive fault law means that no matter your degree of fault for an accident you are still entitled to pursue compensation. The court determines your percentage of fault which is then reduced from your total compensation amount. For example, if you are found to be 15% at fault for an accident your total compensation would be reduced by 15%.
The amount of compensation an injury victim recovers varies based on the specific circumstances of their case, what they can pursue compensation for, however, remains consistent. What a claimant can pursue compensation for is also called “damages” and there are three main types, economic damages, non-economic and punitive.
Economic damages, as the name suggests, compensate for financial losses associated with sustaining an injury such as medical bills, future medical expenses and missed days at work. Non-economic damages compensate for more abstract losses such as pain and suffering. Since non-economic damages compensate losses intangible by nature they are also called general damages. Punitive damages are the last type and are different from the first two in that their main purpose is to punish the defendant for their negligent behavior. Of the three punitive damages are awarded the least.
How We Can Help
If you decide to retain the legal services of The Fran Haasch Law Group, our attorneys will work diligently with you to review all documentation and evidence that we know is required to build your car accident case. We work tirelessly to help you maximize your recovery so that you can focus on getting the crucial medical treatment you need—without having to worry about how you will pay your bills.
Our Clearwater car accident attorneys have nearly 20 years of experience handling all types of complex personal injury and wrongful death claims; we can help you work to secure the compensation you need to heal and move forward from the accident.