How much does it cost to hire a car accident lawyer?
Car accident lawyers work on a contingency fee. A contingency fee means you’re only paying the lawyer if there’s a recovery. Generally speaking the recover is 1/3 of the end result if a law suit isn’t filed. If a lawsuit is filed then the fees go up to 40%, plus you’re responsible for cost. Generally speaking client is not responsible for attorney fees or costs if a recovery is not made on your behalf.
Can I sue my neighbor, who supplied liquor to a minor that I was hurt by?
If your neighbor had a party in which minors were in attendance and the minors were drinking your neighbor may be at fault. There are laws and rules that govern this type a situation. Consult an attorney to find out specifically what the rules are laws are in these circumstances.
If I am involved in Florida car accident, do I have to tell my insurance company right away?
When youre involved in a car accident it is always better to notify your insurance company immediately. You don’t want your insurance company to deny rights to you based on your failure to provide them with information. Maybe not immediately, but a short time after the accident you should notify them. Find out who you’re talking to, make sure a claim has opened up, get a claim number and get the claim representative information for future contact reference.
What evidence of injury is necessary to recover damages in a Florida auto accident case?
In a Florida auto accident case what you look to is the police report, witnesses, and physical evidence. You’re able to make a determination based upon all those factors, and several other factors, which the lawyer will use determine after reviewing all the information and evidence in the case.
What documents/evidence should I bring the first time I meet my attorney after an auto accident?
It’s important for you to bring all the documents that you have when you meet with your attorney. Specifically insurance information, police reports, witness information, any information that relates to the medical care and treatment you received in the accident. Give the attorney everything that way we can better represent you and assist you in your case.
What is negligence?
Legally speaking negligence is a breach of duty, causation, and damages. Consult with an attorney to specifically discuss what that means, but it basically means that someone has done something wrong and caused you damage.
Can a passenger recover damages in Florida for accident injuries cause by a driver of the same car?
A passenger can recover damages for any sustained injury either through the fault of the negligent driver or the driver of another car. You have to look at the facts and circumstances, but yes the driver is responsible for the passenger as well as a another driver that strikes a car that the passenger was in.
My insurance company says they're reserving their rights. What does that mean?
When an insurance company states that they’re reserving their rights it means they’re investigating the claim. Insurance claims are based on a policy, a policy is a contract, there are certain rights that go back and forth between the parties. If the insurance company has a doubt about whether or not the policy is going to be in full force or effect, they’ll send you a letter saying that they have a reservation of rights. Consult with an attorney to discuss that because often times the insurance company is doing the wrong thing and you need to amke sure you have the available and applicable insurance coverage at all times.
What is the statute of limitations to bring a Florida auto accident case?
Florida is govened by what’s called the comparative negligence statute. What that means is that even if you’re at fault to some extent, you still can make a recovery. However, either a court or insurance company will reduce the recovery based on the percentage of fault of you or any other people.
What is no-fault insurance?
Florida is a no-fault state, meaning that regardless of whether you’re at-fault in an accident or not, the insurance company is responsible for providing for your PIP benefits. PIP is personal injury protection. What that means is that a certain amount of medical bills are paid as well as lost wages. Consult your attorney or insurance company for details on your amount of coverage in regards to this.
I loaned my car to a friend who was involved in an accident. Am I liable?
If you loaned a car to a friend or a child or anyone else, you may still be responsible. Look at your individual insurance policy to see who is responsible, though the law is pretty clear on this issue. If you voluntarily give your car to anyone else, and they’re in an accident, both the driver and the owner are responsible.
What must I prove in order to win my Florida auto accident case?
In order to win in an automobile auto accident case, you must prove that someone else did something wrong, that there’s liability or fault, and then you have to prove damages. You also need to prove causation, that the accident itself caused you certain damages. You as the plantiff, or person pursuing the case, have what’s called the burden of proof by a proponderance of the evidence. You have to establish or prove that the injury was caused by the accident in question.
How is fault determined in a Florida auto accident case?
Each automobile accident case works on its own merrits and its own facts. You have to look to see whose at fault, what they did wrong, and why the accident happened. Very possible that there’s something wrong with the street, lights, or signs which may have caused or contributed to causing the accident. Accident reconstruction experts can be obtained to discuss the accident and why it happened. Consult an attorney because they’re going to be best suited to determine who was at fault and which parties are responsible.
What information should I obtain after a car accident?
It’s important when you’re involved in a car accident to obtain certain information. Things such as witness information, polic information, insurance information from other participants involved in the accident. If you speak to your insurance company you should get the names of the insurance adjuster, claim number, and have information with regards to the type of coverage for you. You should also get information on what the insurance coverage of the other driver has as well as what type of coverage is available to you from any other party involved in the accident.
After an accident should I speak to a lawyer before cooperating with the other party's insurance company?
It is always better to speak with a lawyer before consulting with any insurance company, whether it be your insurance company or the other party’s insruance company. Often times things are said which can be misconstrued and questions are asked that may be inappropriate. I suggest strongly speaking with an attorney before speaking with an insurance representative.
What should I look for in hiring an attorney to represent me in my Florida auto accident case?
In hiring an attorney to respresent you, you should look for abilities, skills, and financial ability to handle your case. At PPS we are board certified civil trial lawyers. You should find an attorney that will work with you. You should speak with the attorney, not the paralegals or secretaries. At our firm we speak with and interact with our clients, which is very important.
How much money can I expect to receive from my Florida auto accident case?
We’re often asked about how much money the client can expect to receive in an auto accident case. That number varies. It depends upon the property damage, the injuries sustained, and the amount of insurance coverage that’s available. If anyone tells you they know what the case is worth, that’s not being honest with you. You need to wait until the end of the case in order to determine how much your case is worth based upon available funds, injuries sustained, and other factors that your attorney can discuss with you.
I had an injury accident while driving a rental car in Florida. Who pays for my injuries?
When you’re involved in a car accident in a rental car your car insurance company is still primary for your medical expenses and lost wages. That’s called PIP or personal injury protection. You also have the option of purchasing extra insurance coverage through the rental car company. I suggest you call your insurance company if you’re unaware of what coverages are available to you or what coverages you have when renting a car.
Do I need an attorney for my Florida auto accident case?
It’s always better to have an attorney represent you in a an automobile accident case. There are certain factors that occur in an accident that you may not be able to handle. Property damage, medical expenses, and lost wages, are all issues that attorneys address. You can always handle these on your own, but it’s better to get an attorney to represent you.
Do I have to go to court if I want to recover monetary damages in my Florida auto accident case?
Its not always necessary to go to court to recover damages when you’re involved in an auto accident case. Depending upon the facts and circumstance in your case, the lawyer may be able to resolve the case without the need for going to court. However, you should consult with an attorney to make that determination.
What is the purpose for obtaining uninsured or underinsured motorist benefits?
There are two types of additional coverage available to Florida drivers. These are uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage. Uninsured motorist coverage protects you when the other, at -fault, driver does not have coverage. Underinsured motorist coverage protects you and provides benefits to you when the other driver does not have adequate coverage. If your insurance company provides these benefits to you, you should speak with them to determine whether its avaiable to you and afforable to you and something that you’d like to get.
Are there alternatives to going to court in a Florida auto accident case?
It isn’t necessary to go to court in every case. We try to resolve cases without the need for court. Court is time consuming and expensive and often burdensome for our clients. If we’re able to resolve a case without the need for court, we do. However, if it is necessary we’re prepared to go to court on your behalf.