Jacksonville Auto Accident Attorney
Car accidents can be life-changing. If you are injured in a car accident, you medical bills may be piling up, your car may not be drivable, and you may be unable to return to work. You will also be dealing with an insurance adjuster who will try to settle your claim as quickly for as little as possible. Make sure you retain an experienced Jacksonville auto accident attorney to help you get the compensation you are entitled to.
Compensation in automobile accident cases can include:
- Medical bills
- Damage to your vehicle
- Pain and suffering
- Mental Anguish
- Future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of the ability to earn income in the future
What to do if you have been in a car accident
First, contact the appropriate authorities as required under Florida law.
Next, if possible, take photographs of all vehicles involved and the scene of the accident. If there is a dispute over who is at fault, experienced attorneys often work with experts who can reconstruct an accident from photographs, which can be crucial in proving your case.
Make sure to exchange insurance information with any other driver involved in the accident, and get the names and phone numbers of witnesses, if possible.
If injured, it is critical that you receive medical attention immediately. Florida law requires all drivers to have personal injury protection insurance, otherwise known as “PIP”. In order to receive PIP insurance coverage, accident victims must get “initial services and care” from a qualified health care provider within 14 days of a crash. Examples of qualified health care providers may include hospitals, independent medical doctors, or chiropractors. While you may feel fine initially, this may be because of the adrenaline rush often experienced after a crash. Other times, even serious injuries can take days to present. Make sure to seek medical care within 14 days of the crash or you may forfeit your PIP benefits.
Finally, make sure to contact an experienced auto accident attorney who can advise you how to best proceed.