Tampa Car Accident Lawyer

After a Car Accident, What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You!

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Survivors of car accidents often recount that the seconds just before impact seemed to pass like a slow-motion movie scene of flashing lights, squealing brakes, shattering glass, and crunching metal. For those who are fortunate enough to walk away unharmed, the entire experience becomes a reminder of how quickly life can change. Unfortunately, some survivors aren’t lucky enough to walkaway unharmed, these car accident victims must face a life that will never be the same as it was before.

And then reality hits you—what do you do now?

Regardless of the cause and circumstances of your auto accident, Armando Personal Injury Law Firm can help. Our practice is committed to helping accident victims get the compensation they need and deserve. We have handled hundreds of personal injury cases and have the expertise you need to get insurance companies to the negotiating table.

We work on a contingency basis, so you’ll never pay a cent unless we win your case. If you were hurt or suffered serious injuries because of someone else’s negligence, call to request your free consultation or to file a car crash lawsuit today.

What type of automobile accident cases do you handle?

We have more than a decade of experience fighting for clients who have been victims in a variety of auto accident scenarios. From head-on and rear-end collisions, to side-swipes, hit-and-run, and rollover accidents, we know how to navigate through the red tape to get the best possible outcome for your case. Follow the links below to learn more about the types of car crash cases we handle.

Car Accident FAQ

I was just involved in an auto accident. What should I do now?

Even though you may be emotionally or physically rattled after a car crash, remaining calm and focused on the following steps will help protect you as a victim of someone else’s negligence.

  1. Check on everyone involved in the accident. If injuries are minor, ensure that everyone involved is safely away from any oncoming traffic or other road hazards.
  2. Call 911. If you or anyone else has sustained serious injuries, call for an ambulance immediately.
  3. Contact the police. They’ll help secure the accident scene and create an official accident report. This is an important step, as the police report can often show if negligence played a part in the accident. This will be a key piece of evidence that the lawyer will need if you end up pursuing compensation.
  4. Get information from the other driver. Include contact details, license number, and insurance information, and his account of what happened. If the other vehicle was a commercial truck, also get the name and contact info for the trucking company.
  5. Do not admit fault. Avoid making any statements that could be misconstrued as an admission of fault in the accident.
  6. Seek medical attention. Even if you feel fine after the accident, that doesn’t mean that you weren’t injured. Obtain a professional health evaluation from your doctor as soon as possible to rule out any injuries that might not have been apparent at the time of the accident.
  7. Get a copy of the police report. Be sure to write down the name of the officers handling the accident.
  8. Inform your insurance provider.
  9. Begin collecting evidence by taking pictures of all vehicles involved. This is one of the most important steps! The more evidence you have, the easier it will be for your attorney to reconstruct the accident. If you end up pursuing compensation for injuries and property damage, this evidence will prove invaluable.
  10. Consult with an auto accident attorney. An experienced auto accident attorney can work to protect your legal rights, guide you through the complexities of filing a personal injury lawsuit, and start the investigation process quickly to ensure that you will not be taken advantage of by insurance companies.

How can I receive medical treatment if I was involved in a car accident?

Florida is a no-fault state, which means that regardless of whose fault the accident was, you have the right to seek medical treatment within 14 days of the accident as long as you carry PIP (Personal Injury Protection) coverage on your car insurance. Florida law requires everyone who owns a vehicle to carry PIP (Florida Statute 627.736).
This statute also outlines that if you are involved in an accident and are seen by a physician within 14 days who certifies that you have an emergency medical condition, you are entitled to receive up to $10,000 of medical benefits to help pay for your treatment and care.
At Armando Personal Injury Law, we can help you find a doctor to treat you for your injuries as well as guide you through the exhaustive process of filing a personal injury and property damage claim.

SEE OUR GUIDE: Getting Medical Treatment with PIP Benefits After an Automobile Accident

When do I need to contact an attorney if I’ve been involved in a car accident?

The quick answer is as soon as possible! However, some scenarios will affect how an attorney will best help you in your case. Below are recommendations for what you can do based on different accident circumstances:

  1. No Injuries | Other Driver’s Fault
    • Take pictures of the accident.
    • Secure a driver’s exchange form from the other driver.
      • Information should include the following: The other driver’s name, driver’s license information, address, phone number, and the name, policy number, and contact phone number of their insurance company, also called the adverse concerned insurer.
    • Take names and contact info of any witnesses.
    • Report only to the adverse concerned insurance company using the other driver’s policy number.
    • Ask the officer on-scene to complete a police report. The copy of the police report should be ready for pick-up at the police department in 10-12 days.
    • Mark your calendar during the process to keep track of all calls, appointments, and progress.
    • Call adverse insurer. Ask adverse insurer if they are going to accept liability.
      • Call every day until you receive a response. Keep track of calls.
      • If they accept liability, they should give you a rental car while your car is being repaired.
  2. No Injuries | My Fault
    • Hire a lawyer to fight the ticket to keep points off your license and to prevent an insurance rate increase
    • Contact your insurance company to provide details and obtain a claim number.
      • It’s the insurance company’s duty to defend you and their duty to pay for damages.
      • However, if you don’t have enough coverage to pay for damages, you may want to consult a lawyer in order to protect your assets.
  3. Injuries Sustained | Other Driver’s Fault
    • Hire a personal injury lawyer first to help with filing a claim report with your insurance company.
    • Your insurance company will request a copy of the police report.
    • Your insurance company will issue a claim number that will be necessary for obtaining PIP insurance coverage of any medical bills up to $10,000.
    • Find a board-certified doctor who accepts PIP insurance to receive treatment for your injuries.
    • Secure all pictures and any additional evidence collected at the accident scene.
    • Try to call witnesses to get written statement of what you saw – do it quickly!

As you can see, the process can be overwhelming. If you’ve sustained injuries due to someone else’s negligence, contacting Armando Personal Injury Law would be the first step to ensure that these details will be taken care of by an experienced car accident attorney. The sooner that you have our team working for you, the faster that you will have peace of mind during your recovery.

The Insurance Company Made me an Offer, Why do I Need to Hire a Car Accident Attorney?

Without legal counsel you would be bringing a knife to a gunfight. Although an attorney is not required, you are proceeding at your own risk, especially if you were injured or your vehicle sustained extensive damage. If you represent yourself in a car accident case, you are playing a serious game, which has rules that you may not know, so losing could be a life-changing mistake.

It’s important to remember most car accident lawsuits do not involve suing the negligent party personally. In most cases, you will need to get compensation from an insurance company, and they want to get away as cheaply as possible. They spend thousands of dollars on training their insurance adjusters and attorneys to find ways to deny and or minimize the amount you can recover. Don’t help them. Hire your own attorney and investigator to help you.

Should I accept a check from the at-fault driver’s insurance company?

In many cases, the other driver’s insurance company will pressure the victim of a car accident into settling for an amount far less than what they deserve. For example, if you were to accept a $200,000 check from the insurance company without realizing that your future medical needs might eventually cost $500,000, you are putting yourself at risk. It’s not uncommon for an insurance company to resort to intimidation in order to negotiate a settlement that suits their interests. Don’t fall victim to these tactics, or you’ll be the one who continues to pay the price.

Our experienced personal injury lawyers will protect your rights by communicating directly with the insurance company on your behalf. In fact, all insurance providers will back off when they find out you’ve hired a lawyer from Armando Personal Injury Law to represent you. They know that going to court may end badly for them, so they’re more likely to settle for an appropriate amount.

How do I know if I have a case?

Proving negligence is the primary goal in any auto (car, motorcycle, and truck) accident that results in serious injuries. To do so, attorneys must take an in-depth look at the events leading up to the wreck. This is often a difficult process that involves an extensive investigation. However, our experienced lawyers will know how to spot an instance of negligence and what evidence to gather to prove it. Give us a call or schedule a free consultation so that we can review the details of your case.

What types of negligence cause car accidents?

NHTSA's National Center for Statistics and Analysis: Police-Reported Motor Vehicle Crashes 2016
Negligence, or failing to act with care, consists of the following:

  • Speeding
  • Swerving
  • Improper lane changes
  • Texting while driving
  • Talking on the phone while driving
  • Failing to yield
  • Failing to use turn signals
  • Distracted driving
  • Disobeying posted traffic rules
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI)
  • Other unlawful and careless acts

When you hire Armando Personal Injury Law, we’ll examine the circumstances of the accident to determine if negligence on the part of the other driver caused the crash. If we find that negligence played a part in the accident, we’ll seek compensation from the liable party and their insurance company to help pay for medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. It’s our job to navigate you through the legal process and either negotiate an appropriate settlement or fight for your rights in court through a trial.

What types of damages can I recover?

Compensation after a car accident may consist of a financial award following a verdict, lawsuit settlement, insurance claim, or a combination of these. There are two main types of damages: compensatory and punitive. Compensatory damages can be used to reimburse you for medical bills, property damage, and lost wages. Punitive damages are sometimes awarded as an additional punishment for the defendant’s especially negligent or illegal behavior that would compensate the plaintiff for pain and suffering, lost consortium, etc.

Determining the amount of compensation is a complex process. It requires an attorney skilled in handling auto accidents and experienced in trial and out of court to properly evaluate the case. We evaluate a number of factors surrounding the wreck and the condition your injuries have left you in. Some of the things we’ll look at in order to calculate compensation include:

  • Current ongoing medical bills and past medical bills related to the accident
  • Medical records and a diagnosis from your doctor
  • The effect the accident has had on your lifestyle
  • The accident report
  • Emotional trauma
  • Loss of income or the inability to continue working

If a family member died in a fatal automobile accident, you may be eligible to seek compensation by filing a wrongful death claim to pay for funeral costs, loss of future income paid to the deceased family members, and loss of enjoyment in life for the survivors. Proving negligence is the most important step to take in order to receive compensation.

Why is it important for me to seek medical treatment?

When you’re injured in a car accident, it’s crucial you receive medical treatment right away. Failing to see a doctor immediately can have a huge impact on your ability to recover damages. Many times, symptoms of certain injuries won’t appear for weeks, even months. Even if you feel fine, it’s better to see a doctor as soon as possible.

Some of the most common injuries victims of car accidents suffer include:

  • Whiplash, which is often caused by rear-end collisions
  • Broken bones
  • Head injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Spinal injuries such as a herniated or bulging disks
  • Knee and leg injuries
  • Chest trauma due to impact with the steering wheel
  • Chemical burns caused by the deployment of an airbag

It’s important to continue receiving medical treatment for your injuries. This could include ongoing physical therapy or follow-up appointments with your doctor. A good rule of thumb is to adhere to your doctor’s recommendations and keep detailed records of your medical treatment. These records, along with your medical bills, will help your attorney prove to a judge and jury that you need proper compensation to get your life back on track.

What evidence should I collect after a car accident that will help me with my case?

  • Pictures. Take pictures of the vehicles to show the location of the wreck. Try to take photos of the entire scene, including any tire marks and damage caused to things like road signs or light posts. Make sure you take photos of all the vehicles involve not just yours.
  • Witnesses’ Names and Contact Information. Write down all the witnesses’ names and phone numbers. Ask them if they’d be willing to make a statement regarding the accident. Their statements will help confirm how the wreck occurred and who was negligent.
  • Notes. Take note of any and all statements the other driver makes such as “I’m sorry, I was on my phone,” or “I didn’t see you.” These are admissions of negligence that will be helpful in establishing fault during the trial.

What should I NOT do after a car accident?

  • DO NOT call any insurance companies or give any recorded statements until you’ve spoken to a lawyer. Armando Personal Injury Law is available 24/7 to speak and meet with clients. We are here to help you and you can text us through the website for an immediate response.
  • DO NOT admit fault. Avoid saying things like “I’m so sorry,” or “My fault.” Admissions of guilt, even in a passing statement of apology, can be used against you later in court.
  • DO NOT sign anything other than an official statement for a police report. In an exchange of information with the other driver, do not agree to sign any type of statement.
  • DO NOT offer the other driver cash to pay for damages on the scene. Do not accept the same cash offer from the other driver, either.

What makes Armando Personal Injury Law Firm the best choice among all the others for my case?

Simply put: Our expertise and extensive experience sets us apart from other personal injury attorneys in the Tampa area.
We’ve seen it all and will know the best approach to your case. Our credentials and expertise mean that you’ll be hiring professional with outstanding reputations and track records specifically in personal injury law.

It’s also better to hire a lawyer who practices in your area. We will be familiar with the local court system and will have relationships with judges, other attorneys, and court clerks. We also have connections to resources such as expert witnesses, doctors, and accident reconstruction specialists. All these factors will prove beneficial to your case.

If your accident occurred in the Tampa area, Armando Personal Injury Law should be your top choice. We provide tough, knowledgeable personal injury representation to victims of a wide range of accidents.

Do I need money to hire a lawyer after a car accident?

After an accident, there’s a good chance you’re facing expensive medical bills and lost wages. Paying for an attorney to represent you may seem impossible, but you DO NOT need money to hire a lawyer to fight for your rights.

At Armando Personal Injury Law, we work on a contingency basis. This means we only get paid if you’re awarded a settlement and/or jury verdict. Our fee is contingent upon making a recovery for our clients. Additionally, we (the lawyers) pay for all of the costs to prosecute the claim with the hope of making a recovery, so the client can repay us. If we are not successful in making a recovery then you owe us nothing—no fees or costs—unless we make a recovery.

I was injured extensively and cannot travel to your office—can you still help me?

Of course! We’ll come to your home to work with you on your case. We understand the difficulties in trying to manage transportation during your recovery period, so we are happy to help alleviate the burden in order to help fight for you.

At Armando Personal Injury Law, we don’t back down when it comes to protecting our client’s rights and helping to secure a better future for you. Contact us at (813) 440-3213 or schedule a free consultation through our website today!

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