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Questions About Automobile Accidents

How common are automobile accidents?

According to statistics maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are over 250,000 auto accidents in Florida annually. Most of these are low-impact collisions with no injuries; however, there are many serious accidents that result in catastrophic injury and loss of life. Whether minor or serious, car accidents are extremely stressful events that can lead to physical, emotional and financial harm.

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Is it necessary to call the police after I’m in an accident?

Even if the accident seems minor to you, it is often a good idea to notify the police, file a report, and call your insurance company. Doing so will provide proof that the accident actually took place, and it will allow for an immediate investigation at the scene of the accident. The police can get the names and addresses of witnesses and may test the driver for substances that may have impaired perception.  If you speak to the police, it is frequently recommended that you not admit fault.  An admission of fault by the negligent driver can ordinarily be used as evidence in the personal injury trial.

 

An insurance company offered me a settlement. What do I do?

It is usually not prudent to accept an insurance settlement, especially from the other driver’s insurance company, without the advice of an experienced accident attorney. Keep in mind, the goal of the insurance company is to pay as little as possible to resolve a claim.  An experienced auto injury attorney like Michael V. Barszcz, M.D., J.D. in Orlando, Florida can meet with you and explain what your legal rights are after an automobile accident. If you or a passenger was injured, or if you believe the insurance company is claiming you are not covered or have inadequate coverage, please contact our office immediately. You should also not give an oral statement to any insurance company before first consulting an attorney. Insurance claims adjusters are professional negotiators who can be very charming in order to get the information they need to settle a claim. Be aware and don’t fall for these tactics.

 

What should I do at the scene of the accident?

It would be very helpful to a future personal injury claim to have as much information as possible about the accident, road condition, weather, witnesses, etc. Take down the names, addresses, and phone numbers of anyone who can describe what happened. Take photographs of your vehicle, the other driver’s vehicle, any road hazards, and weather conditions that may have played a part in the accident. If there are skid marks, take pictures of those, also. These will give an accurate record of what exactly took place in the accident.

 

My loved one was seriously injured in a car accident through no fault of his own. For what damages may he collect?

Of course, all automobile accident personal injury claims are different, but, generally speaking, victims may collect monetary damages for any of the following:

 

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Future loss of wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Property damage
  • Funeral expenses (in cases of wrongful death)
  • Loss of consortium
  • Punitive damages (only in some cases)

 

If you or a loved one has suffered or died in an automobile accident in the Orlando area, please contact our experienced Florida auto accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Michael V. Barszcz, M.D., J.D., for a free consultation.

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