Florida Car Accident FAQ
Tampa Car Accident Lawyers
If you were injured or lost a loved one in a serious
car accident, you are experiencing first-hand the financial, physical and emotional
burden of a personal injury. You understand the need to collect full and
fair compensation for your injuries or loss. By talking to an attorney
about your options and having your questions answered, you can make a
better decision about your claim and your legal counsel.
Your initial consultation with a
Tampa car accident attorneys at Smith & Stallworth, Attorneys at Law is always free, and we have
included some frequently asked questions in order to address your immediate needs.
What should I do immediately after an accident?
after an auto accident occurs, there are several important steps to take:
- Seek medical attention (for yourself and the other party, if necessary)
- Exchange contact, driver and insurance information with the other driver
- Do not talk to the other party’s insurance company about the accident,
your injures or who may have caused the collision
- Consult a legal professional about your options
Is hiring an attorney really necessary?
While you are not required to
hire an attorney for an auto accident case, it is highly beneficial to have a professional
on your side who understands exactly what your case may be worth and what
party should be held responsible. Your attorney can also then take the
necessary measures to recover just financial compensation on your behalf,
either through an insurance claim or in civil court.
How much compensation can I recover for my auto accident claim?
The amount that your auto accident claim is worth will vary depending
on quite a few different factors. It is impossible to say what your claim
may be worth without a careful evaluation of your injuries, past medical
bills, projected future medical expenses, affect the injuries will have
on your life and ability to work, and much more. Fortunately, an experienced
personal injury lawyer can look over your claim to determine what it should
be worth - and then pursue that amount on your behalf.
The other driver's insurance company is saying the accident was my
fault. What should I do?
It is important that you do not discuss the circumstances of your accident
with the other driver's insurance company. Of course, they are looking
to see whether they should pay for your injuries, or whether you can be
held liable and therefore eliminate their liability to pay for their client's
actions. They may ask you questions and may attempt to have you admit
that the accident was your fault. Before you talk to the other driver's
insurance company, be sure that you talk to a lawyer about your case.
If you retain an attorney, they can handle all communication with the
insurance company on your behalf and therefore help you avoid hurting
your chances of making a full financial recovery.
How can you prove that the accident was the fault of the other driver?
At Smith & Stallworth, Attorneys at Law, we work with a network of
experts in different fields, including accident reconstruction, engineering,
medicine and much more. We can use cutting-edge technology to recreate
the scene of the accident and go about proving that your actions were
not the cause of the accident, but rather that the other party was to
blame. We can also use witnesses from the scene, information from the
police report and physical evidence on your behalf.
What types of damages can I recover financial compensation for?
In the wake of an auto accident, you may be able to recover financial
compensation for: medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Depending on the case, you may be able to recover additional compensation
for emotional trauma, future medical care and any loss of earning potential.
Find out more about your auto accident lawsuit by
contacting a Tampa car accident attorney at Smith & Stallworth,
Attorneys at Law.
Your initial consultation is free, and you pay nothing unless we are successful
in recovering compensation on your behalf.