If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a car accident, there is a lot that you need to know. From protecting yourself against the insurance companies to collecting the evidence needed to support your claim for financial recovery, nearly every aspect of your claim will require strategic planning and careful attention to the mistakes you need to avoid.
While our Fort Walton car accident lawyers strongly encourage anyone who has suffered traumatic injuries in a car accident to promptly seek legal advice, these resources will help you begin to understand some of the key aspects of your car accident claim:
Steps to Take After a Car Accident in Florida
First, following a car accident, there are some steps you should try to take as soon as possible. These steps have to do with protecting your health and preserving your claim for financial compensation. We outlined five steps car accident victims can take to protect themselves in: I Was Injured in an Accident. What Now?
Understanding Car Accident Liability
In order to recover financial compensation, you will need to be able to demonstrate that someone else (or something else) was to blame in the collision. While this usually means proving driver negligence, there are a variety of other factors that can cause and contribute to car accidents as well. To learn about some of the factors that can support a claim for compensation, you can read:
- Are You Entitled to Compensation? 10 Common Car Accident Claims
- Common Types of Car Accidents Involving Driver Negligence
- Product Liability: Can Your Car Cause an Accident?
Evidence of Fault
Proving liability in a car accident requires one thing: evidence. However, there are numerous forms of evidence, all of which may or may not be available depending upon the circumstances involved in your collision. You can learn about common types of evidence (including evidence you can collect yourself) in: What Types of Evidence are Available in Car Accident Injury Claims?
Dealing with the Insurance Companies
Typically, all drivers involved in an accident will report the accident to their insurance companies. While your compensation will most likely come from the at-fault driver’s (or some other third party’s) insurance company, it is imperative that you not settle your claim too soon. You can learn about the risks of dealing with the insurance companies directly in:
- Five Important Considerations for Settling an Auto Accident Claim
- Three Reasons Not to Deal with the Insurance Companies on Your Own
Adding Up Your Losses
The biggest risk in any car accident claim is the risk of settling for less than you deserve. To avoid settling for too little, you need to understand how much you have lost (and will lose) as a result of what happened. For information on the full extent of the losses you can sustain as the result of an accident, we encourage you to read: Determining the Costs Associated With Car Accident Injuries.
Contact the Fort Walton Car Accident Lawyers at Powell, Powell & Powell, P.A.
For more information about protecting your rights after a car accident in Florida, you can contact the Fort Walton car accident lawyers at Powell, Powell & Powell, P.A. We provide free initial consultations, and we do not charge any legal fees unless we help you secure just compensation. To find out how much your claim is worth, please call (850) 682-2757 or request an appointment online today.