Titusville Car Accident Attorney
Expert Brevard County auto wreck lawyers
Even careful drivers run the risk of accidents every time they travel on the busy highways and streets of Titusville, Florida. According to Florida’s Crash Dashboard, a total of 29,154 crashes were reported in Brevard County in 2019. These auto accidents claimed the lives of 216 people and produced 13,117 injuries. A car accident that injures you sends you into the world of insurance and legal issues. You run the risk of missing out on compensation if you speak with your insurer or the opposing party’s insurer before you consult a car accident lawyer. We can help you understand the often bewildering language of insurance policies and prepare a claim that defends your financial interests.
The importance of medical care
Unless you suffered obviously bad injuries, you may not have gone to a hospital or urgent care clinic. If you felt just a “little banged up,” then you may have wanted to avoid the hassle of seeking medical care. We understand the urge to brush off an inconvenience and soldier on, but this could be a mistake. What appears to be nothing in the first hours after a crash might be whiplash, a concussion or a back injury. Even minor injuries could cause you to miss work or develop headaches.
When you see a physician right away, you create a medical record associated with the date of your auto accident. This official documentation makes it much harder for an insurance company to argue that your injury did not result from the collision.
Actions that could jeopardize your accident settlement
Getting hurt in a car accident and needing to compensation are probably new experiences for you. The event has no doubt been painful and disruptive to your daily life. Unawareness of rights and a sense of urgency about collecting an insurance settlement could make you vulnerable. You might want to talk to an insurance adjuster without delay and resolve your problems.
What’s important to keep in mind is that an insurance adjuster does not have your best interests at heart. Ideally, you will obtain legal guidance so that you can avoid pitfalls that sometimes reduce the compensation that accidents victims can collect.
Top mistakes to avoid after an accident are:
- Admitting fault to an insurance company or anyone else
- Failing to seek out medical attention
- Failing to follow a physician’s treatment plan
- Sharing pictures or your thoughts about the car crash on social media
- Failing to take pictures of injuries, property damage and the accident scene
An insurance company that wants to devalue your claim could use any of these actions or inactions against you. For example, when you do not follow a physician’s treatment orders, an insurer might argue that your prolonged pain arises from inconsistent treatment and not the severity of a car crash. Additionally, insurance companies frequently investigate the social media activity of accident victims. They look for evidence that you are not really as hurt as you claim or that you actually bore some responsibility for the car accident.
As for taking pictures of the accident scene and your injuries, you may not have even been able to do that if you were hurt badly. One of the duties of a car accident lawyer is to collect evidence about the wreck. We will gather as much photographic evidence that we can in addition to interviewing witnesses and asking for cell phone records when necessary.
Personal injury protection
As an insured driver in Florida, you have a policy that includes personal injury protection (PIP). This is a State requirement. PIP is necessary because Florida is a no-fault state. Your PIP coverage will pay for your damages up to your policy limit no matter who caused the accident.
Your options when PIP is not enough
Your financial losses and suffering could far exceed what your insurance policy will cover. When your injuries are very serious and the other driver was negligent, you might have the option of filing a personal injury lawsuit against that driver.
Serious injuries are defined as:
- brain trauma
- back or spinal cord damage
- permanent scars or disfigurement
- broken bones
The other driver’s insurer will strive to limit your compensation. Our representation could counteract such efforts through the presentation of meaningful medical evidence.
Common types of motor vehicle accidents
- Head-on collisions produce the most deaths due to the direct, often high-speed impact of two vehicles going in opposite directions.
- Rollover accidents may also inflict devastating injuries. Consider the family hit by a Titusville Fire Rescue car. When the family’s SUV rolled over, the damage left the woman pinned. First responders had to cut her free. The man, woman and infant required transport to a local hospital.
- Read-end collisions are notorious for inflicting whiplash neck injuries.
- Speeding can cause all sorts of accidents. A vehicle might lose control on a wet road, or a driver might misjudge the approach of a speeding vehicle and pull out in front of it. Every extra mile per hour increases the severity of injuries.
- Intersection collisions typically cause T-bone crashes that threaten passengers with direct side impacts.
- Parking lot accidents may not sound too threatening but they are extremely prevalent and sometimes hurt people.
- Drunk driving crashes create an extra level of complexity for victims because the driver will be involved in a criminal case on top of your claim for damages.
When these events get complicated, they might benefit from an evaluation by an accident reconstruction specialist, which we can arrange. A specialist may provide testimony that clarifies the assignment of fault.
Compassionate Titusville car accidents lawyers
Couture Law P.A. provides you with compassionate legal representation when you are in pain and worried about the immediate and long-term financial consequences of your accident. We know how the system works and will press responsible parties to meet their legal obligations to pay your legitimate damages. If you have been hurt in an accident in Titusville, deadlines exist that affect your ability to collect PIP benefits or file a lawsuit. The statute of limitations on auto accident cases is two years. Learn about your rights by talking to us immediately.