Car accidents are traumatic experiences that can change your life forever in just a split-second. Even if you’re a cautious driver and follow traffic rules and regulations, it still doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be 100 percent safe on the busy roads of Tampa, Florida. Also estimating the cost of a Tampa, FL car accident can be hard.
Even today, auto accidents remain a serious issue in the State of Florida. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles, there were:
- 395,785 traffic accidents in 2016 with 1,081 crashes daily,
- 374,342 crashes in 2015 with 1,025 collisions on a daily basis (243,316 reported injuries; and 2,939 confirmed fatalities)
- 344,170 crashes in 2014 with 943 accidents per day.
Furthermore, accidents have been increasing year after year. More specifically, the figure for car accident injuries increased by 8 percent in 2015 and fatalities were up by a startling 17.84%.
As no one is safe from car accidents, the State law gives victims of auto accidents the right to compensation. However, how much you get in compensation is the tricky part. To ensure you get compensated fairly, you must seek assistance from an experienced car accident attorney Tampa.
A seasoned car accident attorney, Tampa will have the experience, knowledge about the state laws and claim filing procedures. They have a complete know-how on how to navigate through the legal complexities and estimate the expected, current, future and hidden costs associated with the accident. By factoring all these costs, you can file for the appropriate claim amount that provides you with the financial security that you need to pay for the ongoing medical expenses and move forward in life.
Estimating Cost of a Tampa, FL Car Accident—Factors to Consider
Here’s a quick overview of the estimated cost of a Tampa, FL car accidents:
Even if the accident is minor, chances are that you will get injured. Depending on the force involved in the car accident, injuries can vary in type and severity. Sometimes, accidents can result in life-long disabilities and death. The most common injuries resulting from car accidents include:
- Fractures and broken bones,
- Head injuries,
- Injuries to soft tissues,
- Internal bleeding and injuries,
- Leg, ankle and knee injuries,
- Shoulder injuries, and
- Spine, back and neck injuries.
These injuries require emergency care, costly surgeries and follow-up treatments. In some situations, injuries caused by the accident can take a long recovery time continuing for years or even a lifetime thus racking up your medical cost.
Vehicle Damage Cost
Besides the medical cost, you’re almost certain to suffer from vehicle damage. The accident may have totaled your car completely or wrecked it from the front or rear, resulting in costly car repairs and equipment replacement cost.
Loss of Income/ Career Interruption
In case you happen to incur serious injuries that require long recovery and bed rest, then you are likely to incur a huge financial cost in the form of lost income due to missed days at work. And when you’re unable to work and earn, it can cause disruption in your career growth and you are likely to get behind on your bills—adding to more cost and expense. Besides this, you’re inability to work and make money can also create a hole into your savings and wreak havoc on your finances.
Loss to Others (Family and friends)
To take care of you, your family or friends may have to take time off from work. From giving you a ride to medical appointments to staying with you in the hospital or helping you around the house, all can result in time away from work for them, thereby adding to the cost.
Once you get an injury in a car wreck, to fight your case you will have to hire a lawyer who may charge you legal fee up front for the services. Though you can’t get compensated for legal expense incurred, it can however affect your finances after an accident. So, we’ll count it as an expense pertaining to your car accident in Florida.
After adding the direct and indirect costs, you can image how an accident can cripple you financially. This is why you need the support of an experienced injury law firm in Tampa who can protect and fight for your rights in conformance with the legal rules and regulations.
Ways to Establish Liability
To get the compensation that you deserve, you must first prove the fault of the responsible party. Some of the things that you can do in this regard are as follows:
- Get the copy of the police report the officer made who responded to the accident scene as it contains assessment of the accident scene.
- In some cases the type of accident itself can be self-evident in determining the party at-fault and establishing liability. For example rear-end collisions. These collisions indicate that the person who hit you from the back is at fault.
- Also, medical records serve as crucial evidence in building a strong and credible case. Get immediate medical help for two reasons. Firstly, to make sure that you get proper treatment for injuries incurred and because if you don’t see a doctor right until several days after the accident, the insurance adjuster may use this against you. This is means that if you wait longer to seek medical aid, it will make it easier for the defendant to argue that the injuries were not serious enough.
Contact us today
At Winters & Yonker, P.A, we work closely with victims and health care professionals to determine the full extent of your injuries, the care and timeframe you will require for healing and recovery. All this helps us to factor all the expenses accurately to determine and justify the estimated compensation amount for your case.
Once we have it all worked out, car accident attorney Tampa will pursue your case aggressively and negotiate a full and fair settlement with the liable parties. Also, as we work on a contingency basis you don’t have to bear any kind of legal expense unless we win the case and get you compensated. Our goal is to make the process stress-free while maximizing the value of your compensation.