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Auto insurance companies have a reputation for dismissing and downplaying car accident claims whenever and however they can. The problem is that they often get away with it, too, because claimants try to represent themselves. Insurers know they have the advantage in that situation, and they do not hesitate to use it.

After you have been struck by a negligent driver in Tampa or the surrounding area, you need to show the insurance company that you are serious about your claim by teaming up with a law firm like Jerry Jaramillo & Associates, P.A. Our car accident lawyers are recognized in the industry for our tenacity, experience, and history of impressive case results. Put us in charge of your car accident claim to rest easy knowing it is in good hands.

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Types of Car Accidents

Our Tampa car accident lawyers are well-equipped to manage any car accident claim that comes our way. We know how to investigate all sorts of crash types to get down to the root of its cause. When liability is not initially clear or the evidence is muddled, we can turn to crash reconstruction experts, mechanical engineers, and others to strengthen your claim. Defense insurance companies rarely expect such a tenacious opposition, so our thoroughness sometimes catches them off-balance and gives our clients the advantage of the initiative.

Call us if you have been hurt in any of these crash types and more:

  • Rear-end fender benders: The most common type of vehicle collision is the rear-end accident. Many of these crash types happen at low speeds, but do not expect that to mean that no one is injured. Whiplash is common among drivers who have been rear-ended at stop signs, in parking lots, and elsewhere.
  • T-bone accidents: When a vehicle crashes into the side of another, it is called a T-bone accident because the two cars form a T. If the crash’s impact is focused on the driver’s or passenger’s door, then it can be deadly. Vehicles have little force absorption on the sides, so the brunt of the impact can slam into the motorist inside and cause catastrophic injuries.
  • Head-on collision: A crash between two vehicles heading in opposite directions also has a frighteningly high chance of causing severe injury or death. In a head-on collision, the force of both vehicles combine. For example, two cars traveling at 30 mph that crash head-on will hit with an impact equal to crashing into a solid wall at 60 mph.
  • Multivehicle crashes: Determining liability in a multivehicle crash is difficult, to say the least. Every insurance company involved will argue that their driver is not liable, which could mean three, four, or more insurers are going back and forth while the injured parties suffer the consequences.

Causes of Car Accidents

Every driver instinctively knows that reckless and negligent driving habits are unacceptable and dangerous. Yet there are thousands of crashes across the country every single day. What is it that motorists are commonly doing to cause such severe accidents?

Some of the worst causes of car accidents in Florida and beyond are:

  • Texting-and-driving: Driver distractions have always been a serious danger on the roads, yet it has become much worse in recent years now that practically everyone who has a car also has a smartphone. Texting-and-driving is sometimes estimated to be as dangerous as driving while drunk.
  • Intoxication: Speaking of drunk driving, intoxication continues to be a common and dangerous driving habit. Consuming a single alcoholic beverage is enough to change a driver’s reaction times, visual clarity, and overall judgment. Many people erroneously believe that they must be legally intoxicated with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of 0.08 before they will be affected.
  • Speeding: Drivers who are in a hurry and speed to try to make up the time they lost elsewhere in the day put themselves and everyone else on the road in danger. Drivers must always adhere to posted speed limits, which have been carefully calculated to represent the safest maximum speed given the road and traffic conditions along that street.

Florida’s PIP & PDL Insurance Requirements

Florida is one of a handful of states that require motorists to purchase personal injury protection (PIP) and property damage liability (PDL) automobile insurance. Your PIP insurance will provide up to 80% of medical expenses until the policy’s cap is reached. PDL insurance is used to pay for damage to another driver’s vehicle in a crash.

Insurance coverage minimums in Florida are currently set at:

  • $10,000 for PIP
  • $10,000 for PDL

PIP insurance works by giving you medical cost coverage for your injuries, regardless of who caused the accident. Although, it is a common misconception that Florida drivers cannot sue other motorists because of PIP insurance. The truth is you can still file a personal injury lawsuit against an at-fault driver if they cause you to suffer a “serious and permanent” injury, such as a brain injury, back injury, amputation, or lifelong disfigurement. It is important to work with an auto accident attorney who can evaluate your injuries and help determine if you have legal grounds to file a personal injury claim in addition to PIP and PDL claims.

Pain & Suffering Damages

PIP coverage will do nothing to compensate you for the pain and suffering you have experienced in a car accident. It only provides for medical costs and sometimes lost wages, depending on the policy details. PDL coverage only compensates drivers for property damage to their vehicles. In order to seek noneconomic damages for pain, suffering, emotional trauma, PTSD, and so forth, an injury claim is required.

There are two different methods to calculate a value for pain and suffering following a car accident: per diem and the multiple methods. More commonly, the multiple method is used, but understanding both is useful.

Your pain and suffering damages could be calculated by:

  • Per diem: In Latin, per diem means ‘by the day.’ If your noneconomic damages are calculated per diem, then a flat amount of compensation is assigned to each day until you reach your maximum medical improvement (MMI). For example, your per diem rate is set at $100 and you take 1,000 days to reach MMI. In this scenario, your total pain and suffering damages would be calculated at $100,000.
  • Multiple: The ‘multiple’ method totals all of your economic damages, including medical costs, lost wages, property repair, and anything else with a tangible receipt or bill. The total is then multiplied by a number that your attorney deems fair and just. For example, your total economic damages are $25,000 and you are expected to experience difficulties and trauma from your injuries for the next 5 years. We might say it is fair to multiply your damages by 5, reaching a total of $125,000.

What to Do After a Car Accident

Before anything else, address life-threatening injuries. Then if possible, you should take the following steps after a car accident:

  • Take photographs of the scene where the incident occurred.
  • Call 911 and wait for the police to arrive on scene so that they may properly document the incident.
  • Make sure to get a copy of the “Driver Exchange of Information”. This is typically filled out by the police officer on scene and contains vital information about the accident such as the at-fault driver’s name, address, and insurance information
  • Do NOT leave the scene without the at-fault driver’s name, license plate number, and insurance information – Even if you feel the damage to your car was minimal or you are not in pain at the scene, you must always get the other driver’s information. There may be internal damage to you or your vehicle that may not reveal itself right away
  • If physically injured, seek medical attention right away. If you do not seek medical attention within 14 days of an accident, you may forfeit your Florida “No-Fault” Benefits, which pay 80% of your medical bills up to $10,000. Even if you do not seek medical attention in the first 14 days, you can absolutely still pursue a claim for personal injury.
  • Do not discuss your case with anyone until you speak to an attorney (this includes NOT posting on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat)

How to Choose the Right Car Accident Attorney

You might know for certain that you want a car accident lawyer to help you with your claim after a crash. But what you might not know is who it is you should be picking to manage your claim and represent you in and out of court. There are bound to be plenty of attorneys who want your business. How can you choose the right one for you?

A good starting point is to determine whether or not an attorney is local to your area. Local lawyers are familiar with courts, insurance agents, jury pools, and judges in the region, as well as specific municipal and state-level laws that might apply to your case. You will also want to find an attorney who has a reputation for being honest, communicative, and, of course, capable of winning high-stakes and difficult cases. We believe you will find all of these traits and more among our team here at Jerry Jaramillo & Associates, P.A. in Tampa.

We Can Defend Your Rights with No Additional Fees Required

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the legal options or intimidated by an uncaring insurance company, rest assured that our experienced Tampa car accident lawyers can guide you through this difficulty time. We work on contingency fees, meaning you can put our skilled law firm on your side to go toe-to-toe with big name insurance companies without further burdening your finances.

Contact us online today to schedule your free consultation, or call our law firm at (813) 305-7697 when you have an opportunity.

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