What to Do If You Are in a Car Accident?
The number of car crashes in the country that are not fatal amount to over five million every year. If you find yourself in a car accident, what would you do? Do you contact a car accident attorney in St. Petersburg? Firstly, even if it is a minor accident, don’t speed away from the scene; instead call the police. You will require a police report if you have to file claims from your insurance firm. Tell the police what happened with clarity and don’t enter the territory of speculation. If you can take pictures and record all the information, it is best to do so.
Get all information of the other car owner and driver; any relevant information regarding the other car is important and should be noted. Also, notify your insurance firm at the earliest. Get a property damage evaluation/estimate from the insurance firm. You could also seek quotes from a couple of other sources if you are not wholly satisfied with the estimate.
A case becomes a ‘personal injury’ one when one person is harmed from an accident and another might be responsible legally. If you find yourself injured, you could file a lawsuit or opt for a settlement informally. As a plaintiff, you have a limited timeframe in which you would need to file a lawsuit, called statute of limitations, which are governed by state law and vary, depending on the kind of injury.
Proving which party is at fault is very important in personal injury cases. You could look for support to prove who is at fault in police reports where there could be mention of a certain traffic law violation. You could also look for support in the state laws on driving under categories such as ‘speed limits’ or ‘right of way’. In certain accidents such as someone hitting you from behind or a left-turn case, it is mostly the other driver who is at fault and is easy to prove if you carefully reconstruct the accident.
If the injured person’s inaction or role in an accident is proved, that could lower the damages amount that can be claimed in a personal injury case. If you are also partly to be blamed, then, some states deem it negligence that is contributory and you may not get damages. How much of it was your fault reflects in the awarding of damages.
However, if you are an injured plaintiff and the other person is entirely at fault, you stand to gain compensatory damages. Punitive damage award, apart from compensation, is made if defendant was blatantly careless.
Hopefully, you will never be in a position in which you need the legal services of a Florida personal injury lawyer that specializes in St. Petersburg car accidents, but in the event that you do, please give Hoag Law Firm a call or complete your online Free Case Evaluation. A free consultation can help you understand your rights. With honest advice and an experienced attorney at your side, you can recover the largest possible settlement and get back to living your life.