Tampa Car Accident Attorneys

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A sudden car accident can be devastating. It could leave you with unpaid medical bills, needed car repairs, and ongoing injuries. If you’ve been hurt in a car accident, our experienced Tampa auto accident attorneys can help. We work with victims of Tampa Bay car crashes to fight for the compensation they deserve for their injuries and suffering.

We offer free consultations to discuss your case and share how we can help you get the support you need. Contact us today to speak with our team and see what your claim may be worth.

Why Work With Our Tampa Auto Accident Lawyers?

Our personal injury attorneys have extensive experience representing car accident victims throughout Tampa and the surrounding areas. We will be by your side every step of the way during the claims process, offering our legal advocacy and services, including:

  • Handling all steps necessary for you to get compensation
  • Experience with different types of car accident claims
  • Talking to the insurance companies and making an insurance claim on your behalf
  • Settlement negotiations and sharing honest advice about whether to accept an offer
  • Preparing legal documents and filing your claim
  • In-depth knowledge of Florida car accident laws to ensure your claim is complete
  • Building evidence and pursuing your claim aggressively
  • Working to settle your case for the maximum settlement or present it at trial
  • Helping you understand your damages and what your claim is worth
  • Compassionate support for you and your family throughout the process

Our founder, Jack Bernstein, brings a wealth of legal experience to his practice. He served as a clerk to a circuit court judge and is a member in good standing of the Florida Bar Association and the Cuban American Bar Association. With decades of personal injury litigation practice in both state and federal courts in Florida, Jack Bernstein has the knowledge and skills to maximize your compensation.

What Compensation Can I Recover With a Car Accident Claim?

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What is your claim worth? If a victim is injured and suffers after an accident, they may claim damages through a legal claim. You may receive compensation for your losses, including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Cost of ongoing medical care
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Mental health treatment
  • Lost wages
  • Vehicle damages, other personal property damage
  • Incidental costs of securing medical care, over the counter expenses
  • Mental anguish
  • Pain and suffering
  • Compensation for disfigurement

In Florida law, you are not eligible for non-economic damages unless you have a qualifying third party claim. Qualifying injuries are significant disfigurement, bone fractures, permanent limitations and dysfunction of bodily systems.

When you’re the victim of a car accident, it can affect you physically, emotionally, and financially. The compensation you receive should reflect all the ways in which you’ve suffered after the car wreck. Our lawyers are dedicated to ensuring that you receive justice and the financial compensation you deserve.

Does No-Fault Law Apply to Auto Accidents in Tampa?

Yes, no-fault law applies to auto accidents in Tampa and throughout the State of Florida. The law requires all drivers to maintain Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and property damage insurance in minimum amounts.

As a result, most car accident claims go through the driver’s own insurance regardless of who is at fault for the accident. Even though no-fault laws apply in Tampa, third-party claims are still available in cases of serious or permanent injury. Talk to our team of car accident attorneys to see what your options are for claiming compensation.

What Are Common Car Accident Injuries?

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Victims of car accidents can suffer many different types of injuries, depending on the severity of the crash. Some common auto accident injuries include:

  • Broken ribs, arms, and legs
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Neck and spinal cord injuries
  • Whiplash and other soft tissue injuries
  • Bruises, cuts, and scrapes,
  • Internal bleeding and damage to organs

However, physical injuries are just part of the aftermath of a car wreck. Victims may also deal with the emotional and mental effects of an accident¹, such as:

  • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Chronic anxiety
  • Depression
  • Extreme stress
  • Inability to enjoy activities or social contact
  • Insomnia and night terrors
  • New phobias

What Are the Different Types of Car Accidents?

Unfortunately, several types of car accidents occur on the road every day. Some of the most common accidents are:

  1. Rear-end collisions – These accidents occur when a car suddenly stops and is hit from behind. The vehicle that hits the first car is usually following too closely or speeding.
  2. T-bone collisions – Most commonly seen in intersections, this type of crash happens when a driver fails to stop or yield and collides with the side of another vehicle.
  3. Hit-and-run accidents – Guilty drivers who cause accidents will sometimes flee the scene of the accident. However, surveillance or witnesses can help bring the responsible party to justice.
  4. Distracted driver accidents – Many drivers are distracted by their phones, passengers, pets, or other distractions, which can lead to an accident.
  5. DUI accidents – When a driver chooses to get behind the wheel after drinking or using drugs, the results can be devastating or even fatal. Talk to your attorney about the possibility of claiming punitive damages.
  6. Head-on collisions – These accidents typically occur when a driver is going the wrong way on the road.

No matter the type of car accident, we have experience handling every kind of auto accident case. We will collect evidence and build a strong case to ensure you get the maximum settlement for your claim.

Do I Have To File a Lawsuit to Seek Compensation?

Many car accident claims are handled directly through insurance claims. Our Tampa car accident lawyers represent you throughout the entire claims process. Let us negotiate directly with the insurance company and file a legal claim if it is necessary for you to receive the compensation that you deserve.

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What Is Florida Law on Car Accidents?

Florida’s car accident laws come from Florida Statutes § 627.737², which states:

  • Anyone registering a four-wheeled vehicle in Florida must show proof of Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and Property Damage Liability (PDL) insurance.
  • Other types of car insurance are available.
  • The owner or operator of a motor vehicle is exempt from tort liability for bodily injury unless an exception applies. Most minor accidents are handled through a no-fault system, through each party’s own insurance.
  • If the victim has a qualifying serious injury, they may bring a claim against the party responsible for the accident.
  • When injuries meet the threshold for a third-party claim, pain, suffering, mental anguish, and inconvenience are compensable damages.
  • The legal standard for third-party accident liability is negligence or more serious misconduct.

When a victim has qualifying injuries, they may bring a legal claim for economic and non-economic damages. Speak with an auto accident lawyer to see if you qualify and how much your case may be worth.

Free Consultation With Our Car Accident Lawyers in Tampa, FL

Hiring a car accident lawyer can help you get the most from your claim. If you’ve been injured in a car crash, the Jack Bernstein, Injury Lawyers law firm is accepting new car accident cases. However, there is a time limit to bringing your claim.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with our team! We’re ready to fight for your rights as a victim and claim the maximum compensation you need and deserve.

Sources:

¹Brooks, J. (20 August 2021). Impact of Car Accidents Can Be Long-Lasting.WebMD. Retrieved 30 March 2022.
²FLA. STAT. § 627.737 (2021)

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