If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash, the attorneys in our Sarasota office can review the details to determine whether you can take legal action. Typically, 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 wreck, 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 wreck.
Our lawyers 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.
When Can I Sue?
If you were hurt in a car accident that was caused by another’s negligence or recklessness, our lawyers 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.
Morgan & Morgan’s attorneys handle automobile 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 texting while driving
- Improperly maintained automobiles
- Bicycles and pedestrians
- Improperly maintained roads
In addition, we represent people who have been injured because of defective parts, including malfunctioning airbags, seatbelts, brakes, and tires. In these cases, our 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 accident lawyer may:
- Interview witnesses and review traffic video surveillance footage, if available
- Review police reports
- Examine photos of your vehicle
- Obtain municipal records to determine if the area has a history of motor vehicle wrecks
- Work with forensic experts to recreate the accident
- Review and evaluate all medical records
Work With Medical Experts
Your automobile 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 wreck. Expert medical testimony is important 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
Morgan & Morgan 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 or file a 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 crash, 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 crashes, your lawyers 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. Trucking companies are known to hire high-priced corporate attorneys to defend them. Morgan & Morgan is 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.