St. Petersburg Car Accident Attorneys
At the law firm of Salter, Healy, Bassett & Rivera, our experienced St. Petersburg car accident attorneys are dedicated to helping victims of car crashes recover from their injuries and receive full compensation for all damages. We understand that you’re probably feeling anxious and frustrated after your accident. Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation and get the help you deserve. Let our experience and dedication work for you.
Statute of Limitations
You need to keep in mind that you do not have all the time in the world to bring a car accident claim. We suggest that you get to an attorney as soon as possible. You will be barred from receiving compensation if you wait longer than four years from the date of the accident. Do not take your time. If you ask an attorney to help you when you only have a week left of your statute of limitations, they may have to turn you away. It takes time to build a strong case and you want to be able to give your attorney as much time as possible but calling them right away.
How Compensation Works
Florida is a pure comparative negligence state which means that the only way to completely bar you from receiving compensation is if you are deemed to be 100% at fault. If you are 0%-99% at fault, then you eligible for a compensatory reward. The insurance company will try to deem you for as much fault as possible so that they owe you less money. We will make sure that they do not succeed. Your full and fair compensation is our priority. We will strive to get you the biggest award possible by keeping the insurance company from pinning any of the blame on you.
Important First Steps
Make sure that you treat your health as a priority after the accident. You need to seek medical treatment for your potential injuries. It is likely that you have adrenaline that is coursing through your body and you won’t be able to immediately recognize that you are injured. Make sure you either get on the ambulance when it shows up or go see a doctor as soon as possible after the accident. That can be an urgent care center, an emergency room doctor, or your general physician depending on how badly you need care.
If you are able to stay on the scene after the accident, make sure you move your vehicle to a safe place out of the way of traffic but near the collision site. Then call 911 if need be. After the authorities and ambulance are on their way, you can begin to collect your evidence. Take as many photos and videos as possible of the scene and both vehicles involved. If there are witnesses, get their contact information. You also want to get the insurance information off of the driver who collided with you. In doing all of these things, make sure you avoid saying this was your fault. It might seem like you caused the accident in the moment, but we have experts who have the ability to discern who was truly at fault and it very well might not be you.
Common Types of Injuries
Car accidents can have severe consequences that lead to disputes with insurance agencies over medical coverage. When your insurance company abandons you, our St. Petersburg car accident lawyers work diligently on your behalf to help alleviate your suffering from the following common injuries sustained in car accidents:
- Fractures and broken bones
- Nerve, tissue, and muscle damage
- Concussion or traumatic brain injury
- Internal organ damage
We want to emphasis how important it is that you get the compensation that you deserve. You won’t get it until we can show the insurance company the damages that their driver caused you. We do that in forms of medical records. Once you seek medical attention, we have proof that the accident caused you harm and we can seek compensation to cover those damages.
Our attorneys work to get you the damages available under the law. Whether at settlement negotiations or at trial, we help you recover compensation for:
- Medical coverage. We pursue damages for medical bills and for any rehabilitation that you need.
- Vehicle repairs. If your vehicle is salvageable, we seek coverage for the repairs it needs. We also help you secure a rental car while your vehicle is being repaired.
- Pain and suffering. Car accidents can cause significant emotional trauma. We seek damages to compensate you for your pain and suffering.
- Punitive damages. If your accident was caused by a drunk driver or someone on drugs, we ask the court for punitive damages to punish the person for their actions.
- Loss of wages. To compensate you for the time you miss from work, we seek damages to cover your lost wages and earning capacity.
Do Not Talk to the Insurance Company
Shortly after your accident, it is nearly guaranteed that you will receive a call from the insurance company of the other driver involved in the accident. They will want to get a recorded statement from you, but you need to know that it will not help your case if you give them one. In fact, it will most likely harm your case if you talk to them. You have no legal obligation to talk to them and you should let your attorney take over all communication as to avoid any reduction to your compensation.
Florida operates under a no-fault insurance system. This means that drivers are typically compensated by their own insurance company after an accident. Your personal injury protection (PIP) benefits cover your medical costs and certain other expenses, but if your injuries are severe enough to be considered permanent, you may be able to bring a lawsuit against another driver or their insurance company. Without an attorney, it can be difficult to stand up to an insurance company and prove your case. Never speak to an insurance adjuster without consulting your attorney first.
Call Us Today for a Free Consultation
If you have been involved in a car accident that gave you a serious injury, please call our St. Petersburg car accident attorneys today for a free consultation. We want to take the weight of your case off of your shoulders so that you can make your recovery your main focus. We will handle the insurance company and make sure that they are being held responsible for their insured’s wrongdoing. Contact our office today to get the results you deserve. We will begin working on your case as soon as possible.