If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash, the attorneys in our Sarasota office can review the details of your accident to determine whether you can take legal action. Typically, car accident lawsuits can only be filed when someone has been injured due the recklessness or negligence of another individual or entity, such as another motor vehicle driver. We will work with a team of investigators who can determine the cause of your accident, as well as the parties who could be held legally responsible for your losses. These losses may include costly medical bills, lost wages, and physical and emotional suffering incurred as a result of the crash.
Our car accident attorneys have represented hundreds of injured motorists against negligent drivers, trucking companies and other parties, and have helped these individuals obtain the compensation they needed to recover following an accident. If you have been injured in a crash and have questions about your legal rights, the attorneys in our Sarasota office may be able to help. Complete our free case review form to contact us today.
When Can I Sue?
If you were hurt in a car accident that was caused by another’s negligence or recklessness, our attorneys may be able to file a lawsuit on your behalf seeking compensation for your injuries. A person may be considered negligent if he or she is failing to drive how a reasonable person would drive under similar circumstances.
The attorneys in Morgan & Morgan’s Sarasota office handle car accident lawsuits involving:
- Reckless and aggressive driving
- Drunk driving or driving under the influence of narcotics
- Accidents involving speeding and other violations of traffic laws
- Distracted driving, including accidents involving texting while driving
- Improperly maintained automobiles
- Bicycle and pedestrian accidents
- Improperly maintained roads
In addition, we represent people who have been injured because of defective car parts, including malfunctioning airbags, seatbelts, brakes, and tires. In these cases, our car accident lawyers may be able to help you file a lawsuit against the company that made your vehicle or the defective auto part.
What Will My Attorney Do?
Investigate the Crash
When investigating your case, your car accident attorney may:
- Interview witnesses and review traffic video surveillance footage, if available
- Review police reports
- Examine photos of your vehicle before and after the accident
- Obtain municipal records to determine if the area has a history of car accidents
- Work with forensic experts to recreate the accident
- Review and evaluate all medical records regarding the treatment you received after the accident
Work With Medical Experts
Your car accident attorney may also work with a medical expert to fully understand the extent of your injuries. This medical expert may also serve as a testifying witness to explain to the judge and jury the injuries you suffered in the accident. Expert medical testimony is important in many car accident lawsuits and can help ensure you receive full compensation for your injuries. Morgan & Morgan regularly works with some of the leading medical experts in the state of Florida.
Deal With Insurance Companies
The attorneys in Morgan & Morgan’s Sarasota office can help you complete all necessary paperwork so that you receive the insurance benefits to which you are entitled under the law. If the insurance company refuses to provide proper compensation for your injuries, your attorney may be able to negotiate with the company for a higher settlement. Furthermore, if the insurance company refuses to pay any legitimate medical claims, your attorney may be able to file a separate lawsuit against the insurance company.
What You Need to Know About PIP Coverage
Florida requires all drivers to carry what is known as “personal injury protection” insurance, which is sometimes referred to as “no-fault” insurance. Under Florida’s PIP system, if you do not seek medical treatment within fourteen days after the motor vehicle accident, you may not be eligible to receive insurance coverage for your medical bills.
If you have suffered an “emergency medical condition,” PIP will generally pay 80 percent of your medical expenses and 60 percent of lost wages, subject to the limitations of the policy. If you have not suffered an emergency medical condition, your PIP benefits are generally limited to $2,500. An emergency medical condition is defined as a medical condition that requires immediate medical attention and could reasonably be expected to result in serious jeopardy to the patient’s health.
Sarasota Truck Accidents
In cases involving truck accidents, your attorney may be able to file a lawsuit against the company that owns the truck. In Florida, trucking companies can be held responsible for the negligent and reckless acts of their drivers. For example, if you were involved in an accident with a truck that was speeding or otherwise failing to follow traffic safety laws, our attorneys may be able to file a lawsuit on your behalf against the trucking company involved in the accident.
Trucking companies are known to hire high-priced corporate attorneys to defend them. Morgan & Morgan’s attorneys are experienced in dealing with the litigation tactics used by trucking companies and their lawyers and have recovered millions of dollars in jury verdicts and settlements for their clients.
How Much Does a Car Accident Attorney Cost?
Our attorneys work on a contingency-fee basis, which means that you will only pay a fee if we are able to obtain a favorable result in your case. Under the contingency-fee model, your attorney may receive a percentage of the amount of money that you recover through a lawsuit or out-of-court settlement.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash and you have questions about filing a lawsuit, contact Morgan & Morgan today for a free consultation.