Auto Collisions, Motorcyle Accidents, Rental Car Collisions
Automobile and Rental Car Collisions
Florida auto accidents can range from being an annoying nuisance, to completely catastrophic and destroying a person's ability to live a normal life or ever work again. Over the years, our Orlando personal injury law firm has handled hundreds of automobile injury cases resolving in settlements and jury verdicts. We assist clients with every aspect of their case from property damage, to insurance issues and conduct a complete independent investigation of a case so that clients can focus solely on their medical treatment and physically healing.
Motorcycle Accidents and Bicycle Injuries
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While similar to auto collisions, accidents on motorcycles and bicycles usually involve much more serious injuries and therefore entail more complex legal and medical issues. Proving fault in these cases is often difficult as many jurors feel that pedestrians and on drivers bikes are prone to dart out unexpectedly. Florida has one of the highest rates of pedestrian accidents in the nation and injuries from these type collisions often involve major injuries, broken bones and internal organ damage resulting in many thousands of dollars in hospital bills. Our Orlando law firm has extensive experience in handling these claims and reducing these enormous medical bills to maximize your final settlement or verdict.
Airline and Boating Accidents
Collisions which occur on bodies of water or in the air may involve maritime law or international treaties which govern legal issues arising from these unique cases. Florida is surrounded by water and has hundreds of lakes which create a disproportionate number of these claims in this state. If you or a loved one dies or survives an airplane crash, a Florida lawyer should be immediately contacted. Airline representatives will waste no time in contacting injured parties or surviving relatives and you will need representation before this contact occurs.
What to do if you are in an auto accident:
Being involved in a car accident or automobile collision is never a pleasant experience. It is a major inconvenience at best and can be a major life-changing event at the worst. If you have been injured in a car accident or any motor vehicle collision as a result of someone else's fault, there are a number of things you can do immediately to protect yourself:
- Contact the police. Do not let the party who caused the car accident talk you out of calling the police. Obtaining a police report is most likely required by your insurance coverage and you risk voiding your insurance coverage by failing to call the police. It can also help to document who was at fault and document all the facts of the car accident. The police also are better at getting the names, address and phone numbers from witnesses.
If you feel that you have been injured by a car accident, do not refuse medical attention at the scene. Let the medical personnel on site at the scene of the automobile accident know how you are feeling. Try to describe each area of your body where you feel pain, whether it is a feeling of disorientation, headache, neck and back pain or something else. It is important to have your injuries documented. Sometimes people are shaken up by the car accident and don't realize that they are injured. Do not feel rushed or forced into saying that you feel all right.
It is also important for you to follow-up with a medical provider if you are still experiencing pain and discomfort after the day of the car accident. Once again this is necessary to document your injuries. Documentation of your injuries by a medical provider is important to protect your rights.
- Take pictures of the damage to your car as soon as possible and before any repairs are started. It is important to take pictures of each side of your vehicle so that you can see the entire side of the vehicle in the picture. If any estimates are prepared, make sure to retain copies for your records.
- You must notify your insurance company of the car accident. You must reasonably cooperate with your insurance company to assist them in investigating the auto accident. On the other hand, you may receive a phone call or be contacted by the insurance company for the person that caused the automobile accident. You are not obligated to provide them with a recorded statement or to sign any paperwork allowing them access to your medical records or other personal information.
- If you are in doubts about your rights, you are urged to contact a Florida car accident attorney. If you do not have an attorney, feel free to call Orlando Personal Injury Lawyer John Stemberger for a free consultation.