Regardless of where you are driving in Florida, you cannot underestimate the possibility of encountering an auto accident. While we are not trying to be pessimistic about the practice of driving, accidents occur all too frequently. Some accidents result in minor dents, but there are other accidents that cause serious damages, injuries and even death. Regardless of the magnitude of the crash, if you have suffered an injury due to someone else’s negligence, it requires the advice and assistance of a competent auto accident attorney. The attorney you choose should be able to handle all legal aspects of the auto crash claim. Having a well-qualified accident attorney on your side will help alleviate the worries that accompany these unfortunate events.
Motor vehicle crashes cost time, health, property and in extreme cases, human life. There can be various causes to an auto accident. For instance, accidents can be the result of human error, negligence like inattentive driving, manufacturing defects, bad weather or a combination of the above. No matter what the cause is, an accident can bring physical and emotional trouble to a victim and their families. These problems can become multiplied if you do not have competent, experienced legal representation behind you.
Am I Contacting the Right Attorney?
An auto accident can change someone’s life significantly, and even permanently. Not all attorneys have the knowledge, training and experience to handle these types of unique claims. When looking for an auto accident attorney, you should find someone who has handled these types of claims before. Investigate how long he or she has been practicing law. What type of results has the attorney and the firm achieved for its former clients. You should not rely solely on attorney advertising. Many well-qualified, competent personal injury attorneys do not use billboards and commercials to advertise their services. Reading reviews is key. Research how former clients of the attorney and law firm felt about their experience.
A good auto accident attorney will work hard for you, communicate with you and obtain results to obtain compensation for areas such as:
- Medical expenses in the past and in the future;
- Lost wages in the past and in the future;
- Mental and emotional pain and suffering;
- Inconvenience, loss of enjoyment of life;
- Damage to your property.
In extreme situations, like when you have been the victim of a drunk or impaired driver, the attorney may even be able to obtain “punitive” damages.”
Finally, having an attorney and law firm where you are able speak with and communicate directly with your attorney (and not only the paralegal or assistant) is crucial. You do not want to be stuck with a law firm where your calls and emails go unreturned.