Oftentimes, car accidents are the result of one driver’s negligence. No matter how careful you are, if there is a driver who isn’t paying attention, it can cause an accident. If you’re hurt in a car accident, you will need a New Port Richey car accident lawyer.
It doesn’t matter if it was the result of someone texting and driving or driving too fast. The first thing you need to do is to make sure you receive medical attention immediately following the accident. The second thing you need to do is call Winters & Yonker to schedule your free initial consultation.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you’re not alone. We see people on the roadside involved in car accidents every day on our way to and from work and never stop to think that the same thing could happen to us. We drive carefully and pay attention to the traffic rules always making sure we wear our seatbelts and make sure to get our car serviced. So, we shouldn’t have to worry about getting into an accident, right? Sadly, this is not the case.
If your accident occurs near New Port Richey, you will want to contact an aggressive attorney from Winters and Yonker. You can meet with one of our expert staff absolutely free. This will give you a chance to ask any questions or concerns you may have. It also gives our attorneys a chance to review your case and let you know what needs to be done.
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Common Causes of Auto Accidents in Florida
There really is no limit to the types of car accidents you can suffer in New Port Richey, Florida. Even if your injuries are only minor, a car accident can be scary and frustrating. This is even truer when the accident wasn’t your fault. The following are just some of the most common types of car accidents we see in Florida:
Rear-End Car Accidents
This is probably the most common (and thankfully, less serious) type of accident. We see this type of accident every day on our way to and from work. Oftentimes, a rear-end accident happens because the driver behind you simply isn’t paying attention. They are either changing their radio station or talking on their cellphone and they don’t realize you have stopped. Or, they’re driving too fast and can’t slow down in time to avoid hitting your car. There are also times when you may have contributed to a rear-end car accident. If you had faulty brake lights or you came to a sudden stop, it’s important to tell your attorney.
Florida is a comparative negligence state so your settlement will be reduced by your percentage of fault. However, if you aren’t upfront with your attorney, you may find yourself in trouble down the road. You need to put your lawyer in a position to get the most money possible. There is no way for him to do this if he doesn’t have all the information.
Anything that may have contributed to the accident is going to come out anyway. The other driver’s insurance adjuster or attorney will produce evidence showing that you had brake lights that weren’t working properly. He will also question eyewitnesses to see if you slammed on your brakes and were, therefore, partly at fault.
Texting and Driving
One of the most senseless types of car accidents is a texting and driving accident. There are laws against texting and driving in Florida. This does not mean people don’t do it. In fact, you may even be guilty of doing the same thing from time to time. People just don’t realize how dangerous it is. A few seconds of texting means a few seconds with your eyes off the road. There is no limit to what can happen during these few seconds. Texting is not the only type of distraction that can lead to an accident. Some of the other types of distractions that can lead to serious and even deadly auto accidents include:
- Eating or drinking while driving
- Adjusting your radio
- Reading a map
- Looking on the seats or floor for misplaced items
- Talking on the phone
- Watching a video on a handheld device
- Searching for music on a device
Any of these actions can cause a traumatic accident. Take your eyes off the road for a few seconds and you can be involved in a wreck.
This type of accident can lead to the most serious kinds of injuries. When you have two cars driving at high rates of speed, any collision between these two cars can be deadly. Head-on collisions are usually the result of reckless driving. They are often caused by drinking and driving or driving under the influence of drugs. The victim often has no idea what is happening and doesn’t have time to avoid the collision. As a result, you end up with two cars full of people who certainly need medical treatment.
Wrong-way accidents have been puzzling car accident attorneys for years. What kind of person goes the wrong way down the road? And, what kind of person do so when they’re speeding? We can understand if you are in an unfamiliar neighborhood and go down the street the wrong way. However, there is no justification for a driver who is barreling down the road going the wrong way.
Oftentimes, wrong-way drivers are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Others are actually speeding away from the scene of a crime or traffic stop. Reckless drivers have no regard for other people on the road. They often hurt or kill other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. Your attorney will produce evidence to show that the other driver was at fault. This is not very difficult in a case when one driver is going down the road the wrong way.
How to Fight Insurance Companies?
One of the first things you do at the accident scene is trade insurance information with the other driver. Even before you know who may be at fault, you need to trade insurance information. You really want to make sure you call the police so they can create an accident report. This report will help your attorney prove that the other driver was, indeed, at fault.
Right after your car accident, you’re going to submit a claim to the other driver’s insurance company. If you’re lucky, they’ll just pay the claim without question. However, insurance companies are not in business to pay claims. They have to be discerning in which claims they pay and which they deny.
They can deny your claim for many reasons, including:
- The policy was canceled or it lapsed due to non-payment
- The driver was not listed on the policy
- The insurance company doesn’t believe their driver was at fault
- The insurer doesn’t believe you were injured or they believe your injuries weren’t caused by the accident
- The other driver’s license was suspended or revoked at the time of the accident
If you receive a denial letter in the mail, call a car accident lawyer in the city of New Port Richey right away. They can appeal your claim and take the necessary steps to try to settle your claim. A car accident lawyer has relationships with a lot of insurance companies. They know how insurance adjusters work.
You don’t want to go up against the insurance company alone. They have a lot of money and attorneys behind them. You need to have an experienced car accident lawyer by your side as well. Your attorney will present the necessary proof to show that you were not at fault. They will use it to fight your case.
Once an insurance company knows that you are represented by an attorney, they will change their tactics a bit. Instead of denying your claim, they may actually work to settle the claim with your lawyer. Whether it’s fair or not, insurance companies take attorneys more seriously than they do victims. They know that a skilled New Port Richey car accident lawyer isn’t going to be intimidated.
If your attorney can’t settle your claim with the insurer, he may have to file a lawsuit on your behalf. This may involve legal action against the insurance company or the driver himself. It depends on the circumstances surrounding your case.
Common Injuries Suffered in New Port Richey Car Wrecks
Depending on how serious your car accident is, you may end up with minor injuries. However, if the accident is serious, you may suffer some pretty serious injuries. If this is the case, you’re going to need significant medical care. You may miss an awful lot of time from work. You may even end up permanently disabled and unable to work ever again. It’s important that you have an attorney by your side to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.
Some of the most common types of injuries suffered in New Port Richey car wrecks are outlined below.
Some of the most serious injuries are head injuries. Your head is very fragile and houses the most important organ in your body – your brain! People who suffer car wrecks often end up with traumatic brain injuries. This type of injury (referred to as a TBI) causes short-term and long-term memory loss. It also causes long-term problems such as headaches, vision impairment, and even potential paralysis. Depending on the type of work you do, a head injury can cause you to never work again. Many jobs simply cannot be done with even the most minor brain injuries.
Many people who suffer head injuries need extensive medical treatment. You may need surgery and physical therapy. You may be on medications for the rest of your life and end up on disability for the rest of your life as well. Depending on your age and earning potential, a head injury can lead to significant losses. You should be compensated for these losses. Your New Port Richey car accident lawyer will work hard to make sure you are compensated fairly. They know – and the insurance companies know- how much head injury cases are worth. They will not let the insurance company take advantage of you.
Some neck injuries aren’t very serious, such as whiplash. Whiplash is caused when your head is thrown forward and backward during a car accident. The muscles get stretched beyond their normal range and this causes pain and limited range of motion. Whiplash usually goes away after a few days or a week. Damages for whiplash aren’t as high as you may think. Juries and insurance companies are suspicious of whiplash because they cannot be medically proven.
They also know that it is a short-term injury. Even an experienced attorney can probably only get you a few thousand dollars for a whiplash claim. He will have to call medical experts to testify that you have whiplash. There are no medical tests that can prove you have it. Insurance companies know this. They are not willing to pay a whole lot of money for whiplash claims.
If you have more significant damage to your neck, however, you may be able to claim more for damages. Some victims actually break their neck in a car accident. Not only is recovery from a broken neck long and strenuous, but some people never recover. A broken neck can lead to permanent disability or even paralysis. This is why it’s so important that you have an experienced New Port car accident lawyer by your side.
This type of injury is the most common in car accidents. You can suffer minor back muscle strains just from the impact of a car accident. You may also suffer herniated or slipped discs during an accident. Back injuries are some of the most painful types of injuries there are. No matter what we do in life, we rely on our back to support us. Dealing with back pain day-in and day-out is miserable. Back injuries can cause lifelong problems.
Regardless of what type of work you do, your job is bound to be affected by a back injury. Although people do live normal lives with back injuries, they often require surgery and long-term physical therapy. You can expect to miss a lot of work if you suffer a serious back injury. You can also expect the medical bills to pile up.
If someone else is responsible for your injuries, they need to be held responsible. Your New Port Richey car accident lawyer will fight for you to get the compensation you deserve. Whether this compensation comes from an insurance company or an individual driver isn’t important. Your attorney will pursue any and all parties responsible for your injuries.
One of the most dangerous types of injuries is internal injuries. This is because you can’t see them. You may not even be able to feel them. Some internal injuries aren’t painful. You may not realize something is wrong for days after the accident. This is why it’s so important that you seek medical treatment immediately following a car accident. A doctor can perform the necessary tests to see if you have suffered any internal injuries. More often than not, your doctor is going to want to have you examined by specialists such as neurologists. Some of the internal injuries that are common with car accidents include:
- Bleeding on the brain
- Punctured lungs or organs
- Damage to spleen or liver
- Internal bleeding
You want to make sure you are treated for these injuries because if left untreated, internal injuries can be fatal. When you go to the hospital, the doctor will run MRIs, x-rays and CT scans to detect internal injuries. He will also keep you for observation to make sure all of your internal injuries are under control. Depending on how severe your internal injuries are, you could be facing months or years of physical therapy and surgeries.
If you’re involved in a car accident, even a minor one, you can end up with permanent facial disfigurement. This can be caused by cuts and lacerations. It can even be caused by the chemicals in an airbag. You want to make sure that you seek immediate medical treatment for any facial injuries. You may learn that you have to get major reconstructive surgery to repair a facial disfigurement.
Facial disfigurement can lead to severe depression and anxiety. The one part of our bodies that we cannot hide is our face. You also have to consider the social side of things. We are always concerned with our appearance and facial disfigurement can be devastating.
An experienced New Port Richey car accident lawyer will hire medical experts to testify to the seriousness of your injuries. They will also speak to the effects your injuries will have on your life. Juries are sympathetic to people with facial disfigurements. This is because they know how difficult it must be to have to deal with this type of injury. Your attorney will negotiate with the insurance companies to make sure you are justly compensated for your injuries.
No matter what types of injuries you suffer, you need a personal injury attorney to fight hard to get you compensated. If someone is responsible for your accident, they should have to pay.
Florida Auto Accidents Involving Deaths
Sadly, some auto accidents are so serious that the victims lose their lives. If you have lost a loved one in a Florida car accident, contact an experienced wrongful death attorney. The attorneys at Winters & Yonker are compassionate and experienced in this type of case. They understand that your family needs to focus on grieving and putting itself back together at a time like this. The last thing you need to worry about is legal matters.
Too many people are killed in auto accidents every year in Florida. This includes truck-related accidents (For truck accidents, contact us to speak with a New Port Richey truck accident lawyer too.). There are over 400,000 traffic accidents in Florida every year. Of these, over 668,000 people died in 2016 alone. The frustrating thing is that these deaths didn’t need to happen. A lot of deaths are the result of:
- Accidents caused by drunk drivers
- Accidents where the driver was under the influence of drugs
- Crashes involving reckless driving
- Tractor-trailer accidents
Almost all of these accidents could have been prevented. This is why it’s so hurtful for a family to lose a loved one this way. When someone dies in a car accident, their family is entitled to compensation. Some of the types of damages associated with a car accident fatality include:
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral expenses
- The Loss of income for the victim
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of advice and counsel
Your New Port Richey car accident lawyer will fight to get your family the justice and compensation you deserve.
Contact a Car Accident Lawyer at Winters & Yonker
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, call a New Port Richey car accident lawyer. The injury law firm that serves all of Florida at Winters & Yonker has decades of combined experience handling car accident cases. We have the expertise and knowledge to get you the compensation you deserve. Whether you’re pursuing an insurance claim or a lawsuit against an individual, you want to have an advocate. The insurance companies have lawyers fighting for them. You want to have one fighting for you too.
Some of the information you want to bring with you for your initial meeting includes:
- Accident or police report
- Contact information for eyewitnesses
- Insurance information for both you and the other driver
- Pictures of the accident scene
- Reports from your doctor
- Proof of wages
- Correspondence you received from the driver’s attorney or insurance company
Your initial consultation is important. It gives you a chance to meet with an attorney and ask questions or voice concerns you may have. The attorney can give you an idea of how strong your case is and what it may be worth. The consultation is free and you pay nothing until you settle your case.