Car Accident Attorneys in Orlando (407) 269-8774
Fighting to Protect Your Right to Compensation After an Accident
Tourism and a population of nearly 1.4 million people create challenging road conditions in Orlando. Car accidents can happen anytime and can result in serious damages and injury. The reasons for these crashes run the gamut, from distracted driving to poor road conditions and many other factors outside of a victim’s control. Regardless of the cause of the accident, insurance may not cover your total costs. If you have been injured in a crash caused by no fault of your own, contact an experienced car accident lawyer today.
What to Do if You've Been in a Crash
In Florida, drivers who have been in a car accident should notify law enforcement when damage, injuries, or fatalities could be greater than $500. Law enforcement officers will submit a report that can be used as evidence by insurance companies in your claim. If there are no significant damages, you still must file a crash report within ten days of your accident.
If you are able, be sure to check on any other drivers or passengers who may have been injured in the crash. Take note of the other driver's insurance and contact information and record details like the road condition, weather, and witnesses. These details are helpful when filing an accident claim.
Florida follows a no-fault insurance system. This means that each driver's expenses from the accident are covered by their insurance carrier regardless of fault. However, if there is property damage, it should be covered by filing a claim against the at-fault driver.
It is recommended that Florida drivers carry at least $10,000 in personal injury protection and property damage liability insurance. Be sure to review your policy to see how much coverage you have in the event of a crash and how long you have to file your claim. It is important to file as soon as possible, but please seek medical attention immediately. Also, consider holding off on repairs. Your insurance company may need to perform an inspection of your vehicle and have you complete repairs at an approved repair shop.
Car accident settlements depend heavily on evidence. Settlements are when the at-fault partyagrees to pay a company or driver to give up the right to pursue further litigation. The amount awarded in a settlement depends on the evidence you can provide to support your case. You must keep meticulous records of witnesses, damages, and the circumstances surrounding your accident.
Evidence helps to fortify your case not only in a settlement but also with your insurance company. Insurers are legally obligated to avoid using deceptive practices when evaluating your claim. These practices could involve not paying a personal injury claim or improper investigation of a claim. However, you should be aware that, ultimately, insurance companies are operating with their best interests in mind, not yours. They may require written documentation stating that you will not file further claims related to your accident in the future. It is advised that you wait and consult a legal professional before signing documents.
If your insurance company asks you to sign these forms, or you believe they have used deceptive means in investigating your claim, contact experienced Orlando car accident lawyers at the Sekou Clarke Law Group. Call us at (407) 269-8774.
Every accident is unique, and the amount you may receive from a settlement or claim depends entirely on the circumstances involved in your accident. Insurance companies do not follow a formula for calculating a claim, but there are essential elements to your accident that they will take into consideration.
Key factors include:
- The severity of your injuries
- Medical expenses
- Insurance coverage of both parties
- Evidence and documentation
- Your legal representative's ability to argue your case
An important element to Florida auto accident cases is called pure comparative negligence. This means that each party is responsible for their contribution to the accident. The court uses percentages to calculate the degree to which you are at fault. That percentage is subtracted from the overall verdict amount.
Fighting for the Compensation You Deserve
When you have been in a car accident, the last thing you should have to worry about is whether you have strong legal representation for your case. From filing a claim to pursuing a settlement, the Sekou Clarke Law Group's accident team has the diverse legal experience you need for your case. We understand how traumatic and costly car accidents can be. That's why we treat every client with respect and care. If you need a car accident attorney in Orlando, choose a team you can trust at the Sekou Clarke Law Group.
Call us at (407) 269-8774 or visit the Sekou Clarke Law Group online to schedule a consultation today
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