There are 400,000 car accidents in Florida each year, earning the state has the dubious distinction of ranking near the top in the United States. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, of the 400,000 accidents, 46,000—or 28 percent—result in personal injury. Over 9,000 accidents injure pedestrians. Florida averages a little over 1,000 car accidents a day; the potential for personal injury is high. Regardless of the high number of accidents and injuries in the state, dealing with the legalities of fighting for an injury settlement can be a tricky business.
Leading Causes of Accidents
The factors leading to accidents are many, including:
- Drunk driving
- Reckless driving
- Vehicle non-maintenance
- Vehicle defects
Steps to Take Following an Accident
If you are injured in an accident or if you have injured someone, there are basic steps you need to take immediately. Without them, you and even the best attorney will have a hard time proving your case. These steps include:
- Calling 911 or the local police
- Exchanging contact and insurance information
- Getting the names and contact information from bystanders
- Taking photos
- Seeking medical attention as soon as possible
- Following medical instructions
- Keeping copies of medical and other related bills
- Avoiding social media commentary on the accident
The Benefits of a Personal Injury Attorney
You’ve covered all the bases and believe your injury case is solid. Remember, the “other guy involved in the accident” has done the same. That’s when a personal injury attorney becomes invaluable—organizing and analyzing key evidence and records; employing a network of investigators and experts to support your case; and utilizing practiced negotiation skills to ensure the best legal outcome.
Attorneys look for available insurance coverage that exceeds what is being presented. There may be coverage that you have no idea existed. It can mean the difference between a small award and one in the thousands in settlement money.
“Pain and Injury” is another area factored into settlements. In Florida, it is generally calculated by a “multiplier method.” The economic damages are multiplied by a number 1 to 5 depending on the severity of the injury. It takes a good attorney to accurately factor pain and suffering into the final settlement equation.
In- and Out-of-Court Settlements
Depending on case details, an attorney strives to achieve an out-of-court settlement through negotiation. Court trials can get messy; even solid evidence, if expertly refuted by an opposing attorney, can end up costing you the case. While you may not be all that astute about your best interests, smart attorneys have the wisdom and experience to know when a trial is appropriate and when out-of-court negotiations are the best way to go.
The Range of Settlements in Florida
The average injury settlement in Florida is $15,000, lower than the average $18,500 in other states due to Florida’s no-fault insurance laws. No-fault significantly lowers out-of-pocket medical bills. Of course, severe disabling injuries suffered in a car accident can result in awards in the hundreds of thousands. One attorney reported that 75% of clients who had surgery as a result of a car accident received a settlement of $100,000 or more.
What is your case worth?
Each year, the Injury Assistance Law Firm helps hundreds of clients to get the settlements they deserve. If you live in the Orlando or Winter-Haven areas and think you have an injury claim, call us now. Our expert attorneys and their extensive legal experience are here to help.
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