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Auto Accident Lawyer in Lakeland, FL

Today’s drivers are more careless than ever before, due in large part to a never-ending source of distractions available to those who should be focused on the road. What happens when someone else’s poor driving choices cause you to get in a car accident? You turn to a trusted car accident lawyer for help getting the compensation you deserve. Learn more about the car accident claim process and contact Darla K. Snead, P.L. to discuss your options.

What to Do After a Car Accident

 It’s hard to react calmly and productively after an accident, but panicking and lashing out at the other driver doesn’t get anything done. What you do in the minutes and hours after a car accident matters. Here’s what you should prioritize after you’ve been involved in a crash:

  • Call emergency services. If anyone is injured, they will need to be assessed by emergency medical technicians and possibly get transported to the hospital. Even if no one is injured, the accident must be reported to the police so they can create a police report.
  • Communicate with the police and medical care providers. Provide your contact and insurance information, and get the other party’s insurance and contact information.
  • Gather evidence. Take pictures of the scene of the crash, your injuries, the road conditions around you, and any damaged property. If possible, take a video recording as well; this is harder to alter and may strengthen your case. You should also get contact information from any witnesses who stopped to offer help.
  • Seek medical care. Get checked out by medical professionals as quickly as possible after the crash. Some injuries may not be visible right away, but still, have the potential to cause serious harm. A medical checkup offers peace of mind and creates a paper trail of the injuries you sustained during the accident.
  • Reach out to an attorney before you have any contact with the other party’s insurance company. As soon as you can, connect with a top injury lawyer in Lakeland. If you communicate at all with the liable party’s insurance company, you risk losing or decreasing your settlement.

Are You Entitled to Compensation?

If you did not cause the accident, you may be able to seek compensation from the other party. Much comes down to determining liability. An investigation may indicate that one party is 90% responsible for the accident and the other party shares 10% of the blame. It may come out to a 50%/50% liability split. Regardless, you may be able to get compensated if you are less liable than the other party. Your award would simply be reduced according to the amount of fault you share.

Many types of compensation are awarded in personal injury cases. During your consultation, we’ll discuss what you may be entitled to, including:

  • Medical expenses. This includes the expenses you’ve already accrued because of the accident, as well as compensation for any future medical care you are likely to need.
  • Lost wages. If you had to take time away from work to go to medical appointments or you were unable to work for a period of time because of your injuries, you may be able to recoup those losses with a personal injury claim.
  • Disability or Disfigurement. Those who suffer permanent disability or the loss of a limb or sense are often entitled to further compensation to make up for their irreversible losses.
  • Property damage. Damage to your vehicle is a significant expenses and should not be forgotten during your personal injury case.
  • Pain and suffering. Car accidents often leave victims with serious pain and ongoing trauma. This is accounted for in many court awards and lawsuit settlements.

Note that under Florida law, drivers must have at least $10,000 of personal injury protection coverage.

Motor Vehicle Insurance

Certain motor vehicle insurance is required by Florida law. The law requires that every driver carry at least $10,000 in personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. The PIP coverage pays for an injured person’s medical costs up to the policy amount in the event of an accident, regardless of that person’s fault. Drivers are also required to maintain a minimum of $10,000 in property damage liability to cover any damage caused to another person’s property which is damaged in a car accident. These minimal amounts of insurance are often not sufficient to compensate a person who was injured in an accident. By consulting an experienced Lakeland attorney like Ms. Snead, you can learn what money damages you may be entitled to by pursuing a claim against the responsible party and/or your own insurance company.

If you are in pain, you should seek medical treatment on the day of the accident if possible.  Most people don’t really like going to the doctor, but although you may not require transportation by ambulance to the hospital, it is important to have a doctor examine you right away. Florida law requires that you seek medical treatment within 14 days of an accident or you may be giving up very important benefits under your insurance policy. When an accident occurs, there could be several insurance policies that may apply. It is important to consult with an attorney, like Ms. Snead, who has years of experience reviewing and interpreting insurance policies in order to rest assured that you are pursuing a claim against all responsible parties.

Preparing for a Meeting with a Lakeland Injury Lawyer

Gather and bring:

  • Any documents or photographs related to the accident
  • All motor vehicle insurance cards
  • All health insurance cards (Including private insurance, Medicare and Medicaid)
  • Any medical bills or medical records
  • A list of all Hospitals, Medical Doctors or Chiropractors you have seen since the accident
  • Information about any work you have missed because of the accident

Additionally, it is important to discuss with the attorney how the accident has affected your ability to work or any limitations on your daily activities. The attorney will want to know in detail what physical problems you are experiencing that you believe are caused by the accident and how often you are experiencing those problems. Therefore, it is helpful to keep a calendar or notes on how you feel on a daily basis.

Why You Need Darla K. Snead On Your Side

Choosing the right car accident lawyer for your needs is crucial. You need an attorney with substantial experience going up against insurance companies, fighting for clients’ rights, and securing fair settlements.

With almost 50 years of combined experience, Darla K. Snead and Michael H. Dulin know all of the tricks that insurance companies use and they know how to fight back. From securing evidence and creating a clear timeline of your accident to calculating damages and demanding a fair amount from the other party, they are ready to stand with you throughout your case and help you get what you deserve.

You might be wondering why it’s so important that you choose an attorney who knows how to work with insurance companies. This is because the vast majority of personal injury claims are settled out of court, so it’s likely that your case will never even reach the courtroom. However, the insurance company is not going to pay up without a fight. Their goal is to protect their shareholders by paying out fewer claims and paying out lower amounts. That means that even if their client was clearly negligent in a crash, they’ll do whatever it takes to pin some blame on you.

Bringing a lawyer into the conversation completely changes the insurance company’s strategy. They know that they can’t intimidate or lowball a Lakeland car accident attorney the same way they can an accident victim. Through multiple rounds of negotiation, Ms. Snead and Mr. Dulin will fight aggressively to secure a fair settlement that covers your losses from the accident.

You can expect Ms. Snead and Mr. Dulin to be with you throughout the entire process. When you have questions or concerns, they’ll be there to update you, answer your questions, and provide insight. Our team will handle the legal side of your claim so you can focus on resting and healing.

Contact Us Today to Start Your Personal Injury Claim

The earlier you reach out to a Lakeland car accident lawyer, the sooner they are able to start building a case for you. Take the first step now by reaching out to Darla K. Snead, P.L. You can contact us online or call our office to get started.

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