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Auto accidents happen every single day, in Tampa and across the United States. If you or someone you care about was harmed in a car accident that was caused by another person’s negligence, the Tampa Bay Car Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help. Most importantly, call us as close to the beginning of the matter as possible so that we can steer you away from many of the common mistakes in handling a Car Accident insurance claim in Tampa.
Preliminary estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for 2019 show that 36,120 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes across the nation. This is a decrease of 1.2% from 2018. The NHTSA saw a 1% increase in fatal crashes involving drivers 65+ as well as fatal car crashes involving large trucks.
While there are many reasons car accidents happen, they are most commonly caused by some type of driver error. If you have been injured by a drunk or drugged driver, a drowsy driver, or someone who just failed to pay proper attention when behind the wheel, the best course of action is to get in touch with our Tampa Car Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton for a free consultation. You can call us anytime at 813-221-3200.
Our Tampa Auto Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton never charge anything for an initial consultation. We also help all of our car accident injury victims on what is called a contingency fee basis. This means that all of your legal fees are contingent upon us recovering a financial award on your behalf. If you never recover a financial settlement or award, then you walk away owing us nothing. If we do secure financial compensation for you, then our payment will be a percentage of the money you receive.
This type of payment arrangement gives all Tampa car accident victims the ability to seek the justice they deserve under Florida law after an unfortunate car accident without the added stress of worrying about paying attorneys’ fees upfront.
The types of financial compensation you may be entitled to all depend on the circumstances of your specific case, but our Tampa Auto Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton may be able to pursue the following:
In cases that involve a severely negligent motorist, we will also pursue punitive damages, which are damages that are awarded to punish the at-fault party for their misconduct.
Our Tampa Car Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton urge you to speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible after your accident, even if it is just to discuss your legal options in a free consultation. We recommend this because an experienced car accident attorney will be able to thoroughly review your case with you so that you fully understand the types of damages that you may be entitled to.
It is also a good idea to have an attorney on your side from the beginning so that you do not have to worry about the added pressure of communicating with the at-fault party, the insurance companies involved, and even the billing offices of your medical providers. Moreover, our Tampa Car Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton will launch an immediate investigation into your car crash before any evidence has time to disappear and we will interview all witnesses before their memories start to fade.
The state of Florida gives car accident victims two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit seeking financial compensation. Regardless of this time frame, we would like to point out that we will start working on your claim right away so that we can build the strongest case on your behalf.
In Florida and most other states, every motorist owes other drivers a duty of care every time they get behind the wheel. When a driver breaches this duty and the result is a crash that injures or kills another person, the negligent driver can then be held liable for damages.
Choosing our Tampa Car Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton to represent your needs after an accident means that we will communicate with your healthcare providers to let them know that a claim is pending. We will explain to your medical providers that any questions regarding payments can be referred to us, which means you can dodge this added stress and focus on healing and recovering. Specifically, many competent healthcare providers will engage in what is called a Letter of Protection with our office, essentially holding your bill until the case is resolved. Other Medical Professionals will take Health Insurance when applicable.
All vehicles registered in the state of Florida are required to be insured with at least $10,000 in Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and $10,000 in Property Damage Liability (PDL). Unfortunately, until our leaders in Tallahassee (the Florida Legislature) take the Insurance Company’s grip off of the neck of Floridians, Bodily Injury coverage is not required, despite nearly the rest of the country requiring this type of coverage. This means often times a Tampa Car Accident will involve an at fault driver with no coverage for the injured involved.
If you are hit by a motorist who does not have insurance, then you may still be able to pursue financial relief through your own insurance policy as long as you have uninsured or underinsured motorist (UM or UIM) coverage. We are happy to answer any and all questions pertaining UM or UIM coverage.
We cannot stress this enough – do not sign any documents from the insurance company before speaking with your personal injury lawyer. The negotiation process can be a lengthy one, so the odds are that your first offer will be way lower than what you are actually entitled to. If you are suffering from major injuries, a settlement may seem enticing, but remember, you may not yet know the true extent of your injuries, so we recommend making sure to consult with our Tampa Bay Car Accident Attorneys before agreeing to a set amount of money. We can fully assess your damages, document the full scope of your injuries, and build you a strong case for a full and fair settlement.
We handle all types of car accident cases, including head-on collisions, rear-end crashes, T-bone accidents, intersection crashes, accidents that happen on the interstate, accidents involving wrong-way drivers, drunk driving crashes, drugged driving collisions, distracted driving crashes, drowsy driving accidents, accidents involving speeding drivers, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, Uber Lyft and rideshare accidents, and more. We welcome you to contact us and share your Tampa car accident story.
All car accidents are different, but the most common injuries our Tampa Car Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton see are:
Our Tampa Car Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton are dedicated to helping auto accident victims recover for their suffering. When you choose to work with us you can expect us to immediately begin investigating your case and start filing an injury claim to pursue the financial compensation you deserve. Call us today at 813-221-3200 so that we can get started in your case.
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