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Jacksonville Car Crash Lawyer
You may be entitled to compensation if you got injured in a car crash in Jacksonville, FL. Hiring an experienced Jacksonville car crash lawyer significantly increases your chances of obtaining the much-deserved compensation.
Morgan and Morgan stands tall as America's largest injury firm, thanks to a track record spanning over 35 years and a reputation for winning huge settlements totaling more than $15 billion.
Fill out our free case evaluation form now to find out if you have a valid car accident case. Do not settle for less if you deserve more.
How a Morgan and Morgan Jacksonville Car Crash Lawyer Can Help
Are you feeling overwhelmed and uncertain about what steps to take after a car crash in this part of Florida? You are not alone. A Jacksonville car crash lawyer from Morgan and Morgan can help you navigate the state's complex legal process and seek the compensation you deserve.
Here's how we might be able to help.
The first thing we will need to know is whether you have a viable case in the first place. This happens when you contact us for a case evaluation. Our legal representatives will thoroughly assess the details of your case to determine whether you have legal grounds to pursue compensation, a lawsuit, or even both.
Note that Florida is a no-fault insurance state when it comes to these kinds of accidents, so regardless of who caused the accident, you may be able to file a claim with your own insurance company. Our job is to ensure that whatever compensation you obtain truly reflects the value of your injury and losses.
Keep in mind that even though Florida is a no-fault insurance state, your insurance company won't compensate you without asking any questions. They'll still want to know what caused the accident, and how it occurred, among other details, hoping to find a reason to jeopardize the claim or minimize the compensation you are seeking.
If necessary, your lawyer will gather additional evidence relevant to your claim. This is done to ensure that the insurance company has no excuse not to settle the claim. We'll do everything within our power to ensure there are no loopholes to avoid liability, including obtaining medical records, interviewing witnesses, gathering accident reconstruction reports, collecting copies of police reports, reviewing surveillance footage, and anything else that's necessary to support your case and establish fault.
Once we know who is responsible for the accident, we will also look at the exact injuries you or your loved one sustained. This could be anything from minor cuts and bruises to severe physical trauma. Our attorneys will collaborate with medical professionals to evaluate the extent of your injuries and determine how they could potentially impact your life, including those who were not involved in the accident, such as your immediate family members.
This is especially true if they depend on you as the breadwinner in the family. They do not deserve to suffer just because someone was negligent.
When we comprehensively understand your case, particularly the circumstances that led to the accident, we will develop a legal strategy tailored to protecting your rights and interests. This step is necessary to maximize your claim. For example, knowing when to file a claim or when to hold on a little bit longer could be the difference between recovering just any compensation or one that truly factors in your current situation and the future as well.
When all is set, we will handle the complex process of filing a claim with the relevant insurance companies. You won't even have to worry about the complex paperwork either; we have more than enough resources to get everything done, including ensuring that all necessary documents are prepared and submitted correctly and within the specified deadlines imposed by your insurance company, the other party's, the city of Jacksonville, or even the state of Florida.
In some cases, insurance companies may decide to play hardball. That is not a strange scenario to us. We've handled cases where insurance companies initially offered nothing but ended up paying millions to our clients.
If they end up choosing this path, we will be more than happy to file a lawsuit on your behalf. If we win, the insurance company will be responsible for the legal costs involved.
Damages a Jacksonville Car Crash Lawyer Can Help You Recover
The damage you may be able to recover will depend on where you file your claim. Under the state-mandated PIP insurance, you may be able to obtain compensation for medical costs, lost wages, and death benefits resulting from the crash.
However, note that this type of insurance covers only 80% of your medical costs. And if the injury is not deemed an emergency, you will be entitled to a maximum of $2,500 in benefits.
In the event that you suffer a disability resulting from the accident and you are employed, your PIP insurance will compensate you for 60% of your lost wages, up to a maximum of $10,000. This covers the cost of hiring a caregiver to help with tasks you can no longer perform due to the disability.
If the policyholder tragically loses their life in an accident, the survivors may recover up to $5,000 worth of death benefits. These will cover funeral and burial expenses.
Away from the umbrella of PIP insurance, you may be able to recover more damages from the other party. However, this is only possible if your injuries are worth more than $10,000 in terms of medical expenses. In addition to your medical expenses, the lawsuit might also seek compensation for the pain and suffering you or a loved one endured as a result of the accident, including other non-economic damages such as the loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress, and permanent disfigurement.
Type of Cases Can a Car Crash Lawyer Handle
The right attorney should be able to handle a wide range of cases related to car accidents, including but not limited to the following:
- Rear-end collisions, which occur when one vehicle crashes into the back of another.
- T-bone accidents where the front of one driver crashes their vehicle into the side of the other driver’s vehicle.
- Head-on collisions, which happen when the front ends of two vehicles collide.
- Multi-vehicle accidents, where more than two vehicles are involved in a single accident, making it difficult to prove liability.
- Hit-and-run accidents, which involves a situation where the responsible driver flees the scene of the accident.
- Car crashes caused by a driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Uninsured or underinsured motorist accidents, where the driver at fault does not have insurance or has insufficient coverage.
- Collisions involving large trucks, buses, or other commercial vehicles.
- Accidents that involve the death of a loved one.
If you or a loved one is a victim of any of the accidents mentioned above, contact Morgan and Morgan today for a free case evaluation.
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Will My PIP Insurance Cover All Members of My Household?
It depends. In Florida, you have the option to choose whether your PIP coverage applies only to yourself (the policyholder) or also covers other residents in your household. In other words, your choice will determine the scope of coverage.
What Is the Deadline for Filing a Car Crash Lawsuit in Florida?
The legal deadline for filing such a lawsuit in Florida, also known as the statute of limitations, has recently changed. If the accident occurred on or before March 23, 2023, you generally have four years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit.
However, if the accident took place after that date, the timeframe is reduced to two years.
It's important to note that while the general time limits mentioned above apply in most situations, there are exceptions that can affect the deadline to file a lawsuit. If you file a claim outside this window, the other party could file a motion to dismiss, which requests the court to dismiss your case because the deadline has expired.
How Much Will It Cost To Hire a Car Crash Lawyer in Florida?
That is the last thing you should be concerned about when it comes to these types of cases. That's because we use the contingency payment system, which allows you to hire a car crash lawyer from our firm without having to pay them directly out of your pocket during the legal process, which can be expensive.
Under this system, your car crash lawyer will typically enter into a fee agreement with you, known as a contingency fee agreement. You will only pay this fee, usually between 30% to 40% of the total recovery (the settlement or verdict you obtain after winning the case). If you don't win the case, you won't pay anything.
This system has many benefits, including:
- No need to pay any upfront fees or retainers to your lawyer.
- The attorney handles most costs associated with your case upfront, such as court filing fees, expert witness fees, and other necessary expenses to build a strong case on your behalf.
- You'll get access to top-notch legal representation without paying anything out of pocket.
To learn more about the contingency payment system and what it could mean to your case, we've broken it down even further on this page.
How Much Is My Car Crash Claim Worth?
When determining the average settlement for a car accident in Jacksonville, the first thing you need to know is that the entire process can be challenging as each case is unique and dependent on specific details, such as:
- The severity of your injuries — the more injured you are, the higher the compensation you may be entitled to, at least in most cases.
- Whether there was any damage to your vehicle — the other party's property damage insurance should be able to cover any damage to your property.
- Fault allocation also plays a role; effective March 24, 2023, Florida follows the modified comparative negligence rule, which bars recovery for individuals found to be more than 50% at fault for an accident.
- Your attorney's experience is critical. The more experienced they are, the higher your chances of obtaining a fair settlement.
Note that, unlike many states, Florida does not impose a cap on non-economic damages, which allows you to fight for the maximum compensation you may be entitled to.
Don't Settle for Less When You Can Have More
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash, it's crucial to take action and protect your rights. By contacting Morgan and Morgan, America's largest injury firm, you'll have access to an experienced car crash lawyer in Jacksonville, fully equipped with everything they need to fight for the compensation you deserve.
Keep in mind that these cases are time-sensitive, as we mentioned earlier. So the sooner you contact us for a case evaluation, the better your chances of obtaining a fair settlement.
Fill out this form today to find out if you have a viable claim.