Car and Truck Accident Lawyer in Tampa, FL
Whether you’ve been involved in an accident that was relatively minor, significant, or catastrophic, it’s important to connect with a car accident lawyer in Tampa, FL as soon as you possibly can. Too often, accident victims hesitate to connect with an attorney because they are so stressed out and disoriented in the aftermath of a collision that the idea of dealing with the legal “side of things” feels too overwhelming. However, it’s important to understand that you need to act, right now, to preserve evidence, protect your legal options so that you can make an informed decision about taking action when you’re ready, and to safeguard your rights as an accident victim. The experienced Florida legal team at Jeff Murphy Law understands that the aftermath of a car or truck accident can be consuming. We will handle the legal “heavy lifting” on your behalf so that you can focus on seeking necessary medical treatment, recovering, and building a strong future despite all that you’re enduring right now.
I’ve Been Injured in an Accident – What Do I Do Now?
Chances are that you’re not reading this text while you’re injured, on the side of the road, and waiting for an ambulance to arrive. If you are, by all means, please call us so that we can begin supporting you immediately. However, if you’ve already spoken with police at the scene and obtained medical care, it’s certainly time to make contact with an experienced car and truck accident lawyer in Tampa, FL. The sooner we’re alerted to your situation, the sooner we can begin collecting evidence and building a case.
“Woah, woah, woah,” you may be thinking. “I’m not even sure that I want to file a lawsuit.” That’s okay. Whether or not to file legal action is a decision that is always up to you. By “building a case,” we’re referring to the process of gathering evidence, understanding the facts of your situation, and evaluating how much compensation you’re entitled to. Once we’ve reached this milestone, we’ll be in a position to effectively negotiate with any insurance companies involved in the accident and – if you choose to – file legal action against those that harmed you. You may be able to file such action, even if you were partially responsible for the collision.
Seeking Legal Advice Before Speaking with Insurance Providers
If you’ve already spoken to insurance providers involved in your case, please don’t panic. Once you inform us of what communications have occurred, we can devise a plan of action. However, if you have yet to connect with insurance providers (your own and/or those representing others involved in the accident) please speak with our firm before doing so. Insurance companies are private enterprises who aim to make money. They will almost certainly try to offer you less than what you deserve, pass liability along to other insurers, and even blame you for the harm you’ve suffered, if they are given the chance. We understand how insurance companies operate and can negotiate effectively on your behalf so that you don’t have to wonder whether you’re being taken advantage of. We won’t let insurers take advantage of you.
Let our legal knowledge and experience work for you
Car or truck accidents often cause devastating injuries that forever change of the lives of the victims and their families. The most common injuries are neck and back injuries, head trauma, brain injury and even injuries to the spinal cord. Accidents can be caused by a number of different factors, such as excessive speed, driver inattention, driver fatigue, a malfunctioning vehicle, or even bad weather conditions. Nowadays, drivers are often distracted by GPS devices, listening to music or podcasts, or using their cell phones for calls or texts. If you have been injured by the negligence of another, your lawyer will immediately want to investigate the facts of the accident. This will include obtaining the police report (if there is one), talking to witnesses, getting photos of the scene and the vehicle, and even taking recorded statements, if necessary. The passage of time can change the condition of the scene, as well as the memories of the witnesses. Therefore, it is important that you contact an experienced car and truck accident lawyer as soon as possible so the legal work can begin.
Truck accidents often occur due to driver fatigue. Although truck drivers are legally permitted to only drive a certain number of hours every day, they often try to circumvent these laws so they can reach their destination faster. Today’s technology can document how long a driver has been on the road, but truck drivers have sometimes tried to falsify their driver logs. Towards the end of a long shift, truck drivers can get drowsy and therefore pay less attention to their surrounding conditions.
Other common causes of truck accidents are driving under the influence of prescription medications and improperly loaded cargo, which can cause the weight of the vehicle to drastically shift, making it more difficult to turn or to stop quickly.
An experienced personal injury lawyer understands the effects a severe injury, permanent disability, or death can have on you and your entire family. Of course, the injury itself is usually the most immediate concern. You need to be certain the proper medical care is being received. A good car and truck accident lawyer will have experience dealing with many doctors and should be able to assist you in making sure you are seeing the right doctors and that excellent medical treatment is given. It is important to keep your lawyer advised of all issues concerning your medical care.
Aside from having to deal with the injury or death, other issues often soon arise. Who will pay the medical bills or funeral expenses? Will my health insurance pay my bills? Am I entitled to disability coverage? Can I recover for lost wages or the inability to earn money in the future? How will the family receive income now that the breadwinner is no longer working?
One of the most important elements of damage is pain and suffering. You will be entitled to recover these damages for what you have gone through in the past and for what you will have to endure in the future. An experienced car and truck accident lawyer will be able to advise you of the value of your claim and the best way to move forward to obtain a recovery for you and your family as quickly and effectively as possible.
Call Jeff Murphy Law for a free consultation to discuss your case. Jeff will give you honest legal advice so you can work together to determine the steps that need to be taken to get a full and fair recovery.