In busy cities like Orlando, car crashes occur every day. For the most part, the people involved in those crashes walk away relatively unharmed. Unfortunately, not everybody involved in automobile accidents in the Orlando area is so lucky. Some motor vehicle crashes result in life-altering injuries.

If you or your family member are struggling to recover after a serious crash, an Orlando car accident lawyer can help you recover compensation. Our personal injury attorneys have a great deal of experience at trial and would not be afraid to stand up on your behalf against large corporations, insurance companies, and defense attorneys.

Common Causes of Automobile Crashes in Orlando

Most motor vehicle collisions occur due to driver error. Automobile drivers endanger the lives of everyone else on the road when they make negligent or reckless driving mistakes, such as:

  • Distracted driving (i.e., cellphone usage, eating, changing the radio station, talking to passengers)
  • Speeding
  • Drunk driving
  • Reckless and aggressive driving (i.e., unsafe lane changes, illegal passing, tailgating)
  • Driver inexperience

Even when all drivers follow the rules of the road, accidents can still occur. Poor weather conditions, such as rain, can impair visibility and cause cars to slip and collide with one another or with a crash barrier.

Accidents also occur when motorists encounter obstructions in the road, such as potholes. A local car accident attorney could use their years of experience to skillfully investigate to determine the accident’s cause and who bears legal liability.

Tips for a Successful Auto Accident Claim

Feeling powerless is a very common emotion among victims of auto accidents. It might feel frustrating to have been involved in something so horrible due to the carelessness of another driver on the road. We want you to know that you do have some power in the situation. There are things that you can do to strengthen your case, as well as things we want you to avoid doing that could potentially weaken your case.

Here are three things you should know about how to increase the success of car accident claims:

  1. Don’t admit guilt. After a car accident, a lot of people want to get out of their vehicle if they can and talk to the other people involved. It’s natural to be apologetic and sympathetic, but we strongly discourage you from saying it was your fault. You likely have a lot of adrenaline running through your veins, and you might not see the situation clearly for what it was. If you say, at that moment, that it was your fault, but our investigation down the line shows that it was not your fault, that can harm your case and prevent you from getting justice.
  2. Seek immediate medical attention. Your injuries are probably pretty serious, and getting to a doctor is going to be essential for your well-being. If you delay seeking medical attention, you’re only going to harm yourself. Whether you delay because you have a family to take care of or you wanted to wait and see if your injuries got better, it’s not a good idea. As soon as you are finished at the scene of the accident, you should get yourself to an urgent care or an emergency room. If you delay and the insurance company is looking for excuses to devalue your claim, they’re going to say that the delay indicates you are lying about the severity of your injuries.
  3. Do not speak to the insurance company about the details of your claim. The only information the insurance company needs is your name, the fact that you were involved in the accident, and possibly your insurance information. They are going to be reaching out to you as quickly as they can to get a statement from you. This statement is not going to help you get justice. It is designed to help them devalue your claim by getting you to say something that incriminates yourself.

Determining Liability for a Car Crash

When the accident occurs and the investigation is done, the liable party will be determined and identified. Some car crashes have one liable party, while there might be shared fault in other cases. Regardless, those who are primarily responsible for causing the auto collision are going to be considered liable.

The liable party will be represented by their insurance company, who is the second player in a claim for a car accident. The insurance company has a primary objective of compensating you for the damages that their insured caused. That does not stop them, however, from trying to save themselves money. They are going to do everything in their power to prevent you from getting the compensation you deserve because it’s going to cost them money.

Enlist the help of our Orlando lawyers to effectively prove to a local court that the defendant driver breached their duty of care and caused an otherwise preventable car accident. Our team can also speak to insurance representatives on your behalf to avoid accidentally giving them an unfavorable statement.

How Long do You Have to File a Car Accident Claim?

Injured individuals do not have unlimited time to file motor vehicle accident lawsuits. According to Florida Statutes §95.11(3)(a), survivors of car crashes generally have four years from the date of the accident to file a claim. Otherwise, if a car crash victim passes away from their injuries, their family members have only two years to file a wrongful death suit.

Although four years or two years might seem like a generous amount of time, it is critical to meet with a skilled Orlando attorney as soon as possible after a car crash. A dedicated attorney could help an auto accident victim gather and secure critical evidence before it becomes lost, misplaced, or destroyed. In addition, people’s memories of the accident might begin to fade as time passes. A diligent lawyer will interview eyewitnesses as soon as possible to learn what really happened and document the facts.

Get in Touch with an Orlando Car Accident Attorney Today

Many people try to handle their legal cases themselves, but that is often a mistake because car accident claims are not always as straightforward as they seem. Sometimes, people do not hire lawyers because they assume that the fees and costs will be too high. However, our firm charges no upfront fees or expenses, and we only get paid if we recover for you.

After a car crash, you should spend your time focusing on your physical and emotional recovery. Let an Orlando car accident lawyer handle your legal case against the people responsible for harming you. Arrange a free consultation by calling our firm today.

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