When to seek legal advice for a car accident
Seeking legal advice might be on your mind after being involved in a car accident. Then again, it might not. Maybe you’re too concerned about the health and well-being of yourself and your loved ones (as you should be!).
Maybe you’re just trying to wrap your head around what happened. Or maybe you think the incident was minor and a car accident lawyer isn’t necessary.
Believe it or not, you should ALWAYS consult with a legal professional after being involved in a car accident – no matter what the circumstances or how severe the damage may be.
Understanding Florida’s accident laws
There are a wide variety of laws you’ll need to be aware of when you’re involved in a car accident in Florida, including:
- The no-fault system, which means each party turns to their own insurance provider for coverage (with exceptions for when damages exceed coverage)
- The comparative fault system, which states that you can claim costs related to your portion of fault in the accident
- The 14-day PIP rule, which requires you to seek medical attention within two weeks of any automobile incident
Navigating these laws and regulations is difficult for the average person who has limited experience working with them. An experienced lawyer will be able to keep everything running smoothly and argue for the best possible settlement for your unique situation.
Increasing your settlement compensation
It can be complicated to prove your injuries and how much you deserve in compensation for them. The other parties involved in your accident may try to claim that your condition was pre-existing or insignificant.
In other cases, you won’t get a fair settlement offer from your insurance company and a personal injury lawsuit may be in your best interest.
Snedaker Law has experience building strong claims on our clients’ behalf. No matter your situation, we’ll work with you to prove the full extent of your injuries and fight against insurance companies to get the full compensation that you deserve.
The average car accident claim in Florida settles for $15,000. Our years of experience and personalized attention have generated settlements of up to $400,000+ for our clients.
Protecting your rights
Most car accident claims involve negligence: the other driver made an illegal stop or turn, ignored a road sign, or was driving while distracted. In other cases, claims may involve gross negligence (such as a DUI), defective car parts, or faulty road design.
We know the ins-and-outs of any legal situation and will always make recommendations based on what’s in your personal best interests.
We’ll explore every possible avenue, explain your legal options, and ensure that our actions set you up to receive the best possible care and compensation going forward.
Guarding against insurance companies
Your insurance company is concerned with two things:
- Making money
- Limiting their liability
This means that after any accident, their main concern is settling the claim as quickly and as cheaply as possible. You may be denied a perfectly valid claim, or receive compensation that is much less than what you deserve. An experienced automobile accident attorney will negotiate with the insurance adjuster, handle the details of your claim, and demand appropriate compensation.
Snedaker Law Can Help
You never know what’s happening behind the scenes of a car accident. The other driver might be uninsured, using another person’s vehicle, or argue that you’re at least partially at fault for the accident.
Snedaker’s team of car accident lawyers have handled hundreds of car accidents. There’s no situation too complex or challenging for us! We’ll work with you to develop the best plan based on your circumstances and fight for your right to appropriate compensation.