Car Accident Attorneys in Orlando
Community-Minded Service in Central Florida
NeJame Law is an established firm that has extensive knowledge and experience across various practice areas, including personal injury law. One of the most common cases we see within personal injury is car accident claims, which comes as no surprise—over 6 million car accidents occur in the United States every year. Florida has one of the highest traffic death rates per 100,000 residents, at 14.7, and in 2018 alone, there were 3,133 traffic fatalities. Car accidents often result in severe injuries and deaths, and these consequences are easily avoidable. Our Orlando car accident lawyers can be trusted to hold at-fault drivers responsible for negligence and support you during this challenging time. As a community-minded firm, we make sure to not just deliver optimal legal representation, but to put your needs and well-being first.
Contact our team online or by phone at (407) 500-0000 today. We offer language services if you wish to communicate in a language other than English, such as Spanish. We offer 10% off attorney fees for personal injury cases.
Establishing Negligence In Car Accidents
The following factors may be considered negligence:
- Driving speed: A person driving either too fast or too slow may cause an accident.
- Failure to observe traffic ordinances such as stop signs, red traffic lights, etc.
- Drunk driving (DUI)
- Reckless or careless driving
- Failure to use headlights
- Text messaging or talking on a cell phone
Hit And Run Accidents
A hit and run accident occurs when one or more drivers involved in an car
accident flee the scene.
If you are a victim of a hit and run accident, DO NOT PURSUE THE FLEEING DRIVER – it is illegal and unsafe to flee the scene of an accident that you were involved in.
If you can do so safely, pull over. If you, your passengers, or anyone involved is injured, call 911 and seek medical attention immediately. Although it might be difficult due to the circumstances, try to gather as much information as possible, including:
- License plate number of the vehicle
- Make, model, and color of the vehicle
- Damage to the other vehicle
- Description of the driver
- Description and number of any passengers in the vehicle
- Location and direction in which the fleeing vehicle was traveling
- It is really important to get names and contact information of witnesses
- Call our attorneys as soon as possible
Once law enforcement arrives at the scene, share all the information with the officer to help authorities investigate and locate the at fault party and ask for a copy of the crash report. The contact information on the crash report can be used later on to ask the investigating law enforcement agency if the at fault party has been located.
What Evidence Do You Need in A Car Accident Case?
It may seem obvious to you who is at fault for your accident and injuries. In a rear-end collision, for example, the driver who rear-ended you is clearly to blame. However, the legal system can be tricky to navigate. The more evidence you’re able to collect to support your claim, the better.
Collected evidence is key to proving your car accident case, and may include:
- Witness statements: This includes the statement from anyone present at the accident site as well as any driver/passengers involved.
- Photos and videos of the accident scene: Surveillance videos from nearby businesses can be very helpful.
- Medical records
- Police and crash reports
- Accident reconstruction
- Experts testimony
Documentation is essential. Make sure to take photos of your injuries as well as of any damage your car sustained. Our lawyers can use all of this to fight for your rights to compensation.
What Should You Do If You Are Involved In An Auto Accident in Orlando?
Whether you are a driver, passenger, or a pedestrian, being involved in an auto accident is a traumatic, life altering event. In a split-second, victims are faced with injury, mounting medical bills, questions concerning liability, insurance and property damage and the prospect of legal action against those who caused the car accident. Accidents may be so severe that drivers may face vehicular manslaughter charges. Knowing what to do ahead of time can make the legal process run much more smoothly.
Your priorities after an accident (in order) should be the following:
If Someone is Hurt, Call 911
Call 911 and seek immediate medical attention if necessary. Report that you have been involved in an automobile accident and provide your location. As first responders arrive, be respectful and cooperative. In your own words, explain to the officer how the automobile accident occurred so a crash report can be made. Politely request a copy of the crash report once the officer is finished.
Collect Information and Evidence
- Try to get the contact information from anyone that was involved or witnessed the accident
- Collect the insurance information from all parties involved. This includes insurance companies and insurance policy numbers
- Collect the vehicle information of all the vehicles involved
- Collect anything that can be used as evidence in your case (see above)
- If possible to do so safely, photograph each vehicle involved, along with anything that may have contributed to the accident (potholes, disabled vehicles, construction cones, or any other obstruction in the road)
- Draw a diagram of the accident scene and write a detailed description of the auto accident. This can be helpful when proving your accident claim
- Call the police, and make sure to get a copy of the police report
See a Doctor
Always see a doctor as soon as possible after a crash, even if you initially feel fine. Seeing a doctor promptly after an accident can not only protect your health, but it can also protect you from potentially having your claim denied. In order to be able to receive your full Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits after being injured in a car accident in Florida, "you must seek your initial medical treatment within 14 days of the day of the accident. This is called the "14-Day Rule."
Keep Track of Your Damages
If you are unable to attend work, make note of how many days you have missed, keep a log of all extra expenses incurred due to any injuries and save all of your medical bills.
Call Us Before Speaking to Any Insurance Company
Our experienced staff is standing by 24/7 to offer free advice concerning an automobile accident that either you or someone you know, maybe a loved one, has been involved in. Being involved in an automobile accident, either personally or while supporting someone else, can be a life-altering and painstaking experience. If you or someone you know has been involved in an automobile accident as a driver, passenger, or pedestrian, our attorneys can make ourselves available to you.
Florida’s “No-Fault” Law
All Florida drivers are required to carry car insurance, but what do these
insurance plans actually cover? Florida Statute § 627.730, commonly
referred to as the “No-Fault” Law, controls auto accidents
in the State of Florida. This law provides that if you are involved in
an car accident, your insurance company will cover your medical bills
and lost wages up to a certain amount, regardless of who was at fault.
If the other party was at fault and caused the accident, you may only
sue them if you meet certain threshold requirements including, but not
limited to, significant or permanent loss of a major bodily function,
disfigurement or significant scarring, some forms of permanent injury,
or death. (Florida Statute § 627.737(2)).
Bodily injury coverage is optional in Florida. If you or a loved one are injured in an car accident and the at-fault driver does not carry any automobile insurance or has insufficient coverage, uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily injury coverage can protect you. Uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM) bodily injury coverage can cover different expenses including, but not limited to medical bills and lost wages. UM coverage is highly recommended and drivers should be sure that each car in their household is covered.
Why You Need a Lawyer
Those injured in car accidents due to another person’s negligence may be entitled to compensation, including for:
- Medical bills (present and future)
- Pain and suffering (physical and emotional)
- Lost wages (present and future)
- Loss of life’s enjoyment
- Psychological and psychiatric bills (present and future)
- Property damage
Our lawyers have years of experience and can fight for the full amount of compensation you need to pay for your damages. Attempting to handle your case on your own can result in you losing valuable compensation that you need to pay for things like car repairs and hospital bills.
Additionally, having a lawyer is important if you wish to abide by the statute of limitations, or your state’s deadline for filing personal injury claims. The statute of limitations under Florida law for filing a car accident claim is four years from the date of the accident.
If you or anyone you know has suffered an injury in a car accident or someone was killed due to the negligence of another driver in Orlando or Central Florida, we can help you obtain the financial compensation you need to cover your medical bills, loss of wages, pain and suffering, car repairs, and other damages. Our office is conveniently located in downtown Orlando, minutes away from Winter Park and Longwood. One of our personal injury attorneys will contact you back shortly. We value your privacy and will keep any information strictly confidential.
Q:How much coverage does PIP insurance provide?
A:Florida PIP entitles insured drivers injured in an auto accident to have 80 percent of their medical expenses paid, up to $10,000.
Q:How long do you have to seek medical attention after an accident?
A:In order to be able to receive your full Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits after being injured in a car accident in Florida, you must seek your initial medical treatment within 14 days of the day of the accident. This is called the "14-Day Rule."
Q:What is "Emergency Medical Condition" Under Florida PIP Law?
A:An Emergency Medical Condition Under Florida PIP Law is defined as a medical condition that would reasonably be expected to result in serious jeopardy to patient health, serious impairment to a body function, or serious dysfunction of any bodily organ or part.
Q:What happens if my medical provider does not declare that I have an "Emergency Medical Condition" after a car accident?
A:If your medical provider does not declare that you actually have an Emergency Medical Condition, as defined by the Florida PIP law, you will lose $7,500 of your PIP coverage.
Q:Who qualifies as a medical provider under the Florida PIP Law?
A:Medical providers that fit the bill include hospital facilities, Medical Doctors, Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, chiropractors, Dentists, Physician’s Assistants, or Registered Nurse Practitioners.