Florida Freeway Lane Change Accidents Caused by Falling Debris

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A recent accident on February 20th on I-95 was a nightmare scenario for so many of us: a couch fell off a truck and a driver had just seconds to swerve to avoid it. He lost control of his Toyota Corolla and struck a guardrail, coming to rest upside down in the median. The driver of the truck kept going. The driver and his girlfriend were taken to a local hospital by ambulance. 

It was at the hospital that the couple got a literal insult to injury: a Florida Highway Patrol trooper arrived at the hospital and delivered a traffic ticket for “failing to drive in a single lane.” 

Florida, like many states, has a lane change law that allows highway patrol officers to cite drivers who make unsafe lane changes. The law states “A vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from such lane until the driver has first ascertained that such movement can be made with safety.” 

Falling Debris Accidents Are a Common Occurrence 

Accidents like the one on I-95 occur frequently, and usually don’t make the news. Debris falling from the back of a truck can lead to severe injury or death when drivers have just seconds to slam on breaks or veer around debris like pallets, furniture, or cargo. Commercial vehicles are subject to federal regulation for cargo securement to withstand forces of deceleration, acceleration, and lateral movement. However, not all debris comes off of commercial vehicles. Pickup trucks are often piled high with cargo to go to a landfill or transfer station. In some cases, drivers may not even know that cargo fell off their vehicle and caused an accident. 

Debris can be anything: a cardboard box, a BBQ, a lawnmower, a trash can, or wreckage from a recent collision. Ladders and pallets are common because they are often thrown in pickup trucks and may not be tied down properly. The FDOT and the Florida Highway Patrol aim to remove debris from highways as soon as possible, but the average clearance time is about 50 minutes. 

Who Is Liable For Falling Debris? 

The driver and owner of a vehicle that causes a road debris accident (including a loss of control due to avoiding debris) is liable for a collision. But what happens if (1) the driver does not stop or (2) you have no idea where the debris came from? If you don’t know who the other driver was, you will not be able to file a claim against their liability insurance. If you maintain Uninsured Motorist Coverage, which is highly recommended, this may cover you. However, you will need to prove the debris was the cause of your injury. Report the accident and get medical attention immediately. 

Get a Free Consultation With a Florida Personal Injury Lawyer 

If you’ve been injured in an accident involving debris on a Florida freeway or highway, contact the Coleman Law Group to schedule a free consultation. We will listen to your story and review your legal rights and options. If we represent you in your case, we will not charge any legal fees unless we recover money for you. Call us at (877) 822-9292.

Dale Mabry Highway Crashes Tragically Take Four Lives This Week in Tampa

Two crashes on Dale Mabry Highway in Hillsborough County tragically took four lives this week, the Tampa Bay Times and WFLA 8 have reported. The deadly collisions occurred in the early morning hours of February 28th and March 2, 2021. 

The first crash occurred at about 1:20 a.m. on Sunday, February 28, 2021, at the intersection of Van Dyke Road and Dale Mabry Highway in Lutz. A sedan collided with an SUV at the intersection. The SUV was headed south on Dale Mabry, (designated State Road 597), and the sedan was headed east on Van Dyke. According to the news report, the front of the SUV collided with the left side of the car. The two occupants of the sedan, a 62-year old man, and a 57-year-old female passenger died at the scene. 

The second crash occurred on Dale Mabry Highway at about 3 a.m. on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, near Hunt Road in Tampa.  An SUV traveling southbound in the northbound lanes collided with a northbound sedan. Both the driver of the SUV and the sedan were killed. Further details were not available. 

Dale Mabry Highway, named after World War I airship aviator Dale Mabry, runs north-south for 22.6 miles in Tampa. It has three lanes in each direction for the majority of the route. For most of the route, the speed limit is 45 mph. Dale Mabry has made several lists of the most dangerous stretches of roadway in Hillsborough County. The intersection of  N Dale Mabry & W. Columbus Drive made Tampa Police’s list of 5 most dangerous intersections in 2018. 

Another fatal collision on Dale Mabry occurred on December 15, 2020, and a pedestrian was killed in a fatal pedestrian accident on November 28, 2020

These incidents and other similar collisions are painful reminders of the devastating consequences of automobile accidents that should never happen. Driving in the early morning hours can be dangerous, even for alert, well-rested, safe drivers. Visibility may be reduced, and there are higher numbers of drunk drivers and fatigued drivers on the road. On roads where vehicles travel at highway speeds, the forces of impact are more severe and the risk of serious injury or death is elevated in any collision. 

Head-on collisions, like the one on March 2, and intersection accidents on highways like the one on February 28th, are among the most lethal of all accidents. Our hearts go out to the families of the victims of both of these crashes. Losing a loved one unexpectedly is heartbreaking and devastating. 

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating these accidents and will determine the cause. Family members of the victims may choose to file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver to seek compensation for their losses, including funeral costs, future lost income, and loss of love, care, and companionship. 

The aftermath of a fatal accident can be overwhelming. At the Coleman Law Group, founder Constance Coleman and her team offer support, resources, and advice for families. An empathetic and understanding Tampa car accident attorney may be able to help the victims’ families understand their legal rights and options under Florida Law. 

Tampa Uber/Lyft Accidents

Ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft offer convenience and lower price points than traditional taxi cabs. Uber is a classic example of a disruptive technology, which took a foothold on a market and industry. In 2018, CNBC listed Uber second on its list of most disruptive companies in the world, second only to SpaceX. Uber officially began operating in 2011 in San Francisco and launched in Florida in 2014. In the last 10 years, the rideshare industry has developed and grown. With that growth, so have the number of accidents involving ridesharing vehicles. Accidents involving Uber vehicles occur on highways, city streets, and at intersections. With so many rideshare vehicles on the road, accidents are a daily occurrence. 

Have you been injured in an Uber accident in Tampa?  If so, you may be eligible to seek monetary compensation in a personal injury claim. Before you accept any compensation offer from your rideshare driver’s insurance company, or from a rideshare company, speak with a Florida personal injury lawyer. Rideshare injury claims can be complex, especially if the claim is directly against the rideshare company. 

Common Injuries Resulting from Uber Accidents in Florida 

Rear-end accidents and left-turn accidents are common types of rideshare accidents. These collisions may cause whiplash injuries, strains and sprains, concussions, and broken bones. If you are injured in an accident, seek medical attention immediately. Seeing a health care provider is important for your own health and well-being, as well as for documenting your injuries should you file a personal injury claim later. If your treating doctor recommends a follow-up visit to your primary care provider or a specialist, make sure to follow all recommendations. As soon as your immediate medical needs have been addressed, contact a lawyer immediately. 

Getting Maximum Compensation For a Personal Injury Claim 

Although Uber drivers must pass a background check, a clean driving and criminal record will not prevent an accident caused by a distracted or fatigued driver – or an accident caused by a negligent driver in another vehicle. If you are injured as a passenger, it is unlikely that you were responsible for an accident. Although rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft have insurance policies, they also aggressively defend claims. Without a lawyer representing you, it may be impossible to recover the maximum, full and fair compensation you are entitled to. 

Every accident and personal injury claim is unique. The amount of compensation you can recover after an accident will depend on many factors, including the severity of your injuries and how they will affect you going forward. Another factor that may determine the ultimate outcome of your claim is the knowledge, skills, and experience of your personal injury attorney. 

Talk to a Lawyer About Your Potential Case 

The Coleman Law Group has represented numerous individuals injured in rideshare accidents along Florida’s Gulf Coast. If you’d like to speak with an attorney about your legal rights to financial compensation for medical expenses, lost earnings, and pain and suffering, call us today. If we represent you in your case, we will not charge any legal fees unless we recover money for you. Call us at (877) 822-9292 to schedule your consultation. 

Understanding Florida’s Statute of Limitations For Personal Injury Claims

All 50 states have laws that limit the amount of time people have to file a claim for injuries.

For many states, two or three years is common, and some states have up to six years (Maine and North Dakota). Florida Statutes Section 95.11(3)(a) allows people four years to file a personal injury claim. 

Although you have up to four years to file a lawsuit, you should not wait this long to contact a lawyer in any scenario. If you were involved in a vehicle accident, you will need to notify your insurance company promptly, per the terms of your insurance policy. If you hire a lawyer shortly after an accident, your attorney can handle communications with your lawyer, and ensure your legal rights are protected. Many people delay contacting a lawyer and end up answering questions and providing a recorded statement to an insurance adjuster, which can diminish the value of their claim.  

Once you hire a lawyer, they may not immediately file a lawsuit. However, a good Florida personal lawyer will immediately investigate the event that caused your injury and begin preserving evidence. They can arrange for an independent investigation of the accident if necessary, and begin work on calculating damages. 

If you think back to events in your life 3 years ago, it may be hard to remember specific details. Even recollections of traumatic events may be difficult to piece together. Even long after an accident occurs, it is possible, with photographs, notes, and medical records, to accurately detail a chain of events. However, it is always within your best interests to reach out to a lawyer as soon as possible. 

What Damages Are Available for Florida Personal Injury Claims? 

Damages available in a Florida personal injury claim may include medical care expenses (current medical bills and future medical care), lost earnings, and pain and suffering. When injuries are serious and prevent you from working, the money you recover in your personal injury settlement can make a significant impact on your quality of life going forward. 

Should You Accept a Quick Personal Injury Settlement? 

Never accept a settlement offer from your insurance company without talking to a lawyer first. One of the reasons a lawsuit is typically not filed immediately (and you should never accept an immediate settlement) is it takes time to understand how your injuries will affect you. If you are moderately sore a couple days after a rear-end car accident, you do not know if you will still be sore in two weeks, or two months? 

There Are No Up Front Fees to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer 

The lawyer you choose to represent you matters. Personal injury victims are able to hire a lawyer at the Coleman Law Group with no out-of-pocket costs or fees. Because we handle all cases on a contingency fee basis, we assume all risks associated with your case. We are only paid if and when we recover money for you. 

This arrangement allows our clients to focus on healing and recovery, while we fight to ensure you are fairly compensated and justice is served. Talk to a lawyer with proven results and experience. Call us at (877) 822-9292 to speak with a member of our team about your case. 

Bicyclist Critically Injured February 18th in Clearwater Collision

The Clearwater Police Department reported a collision involving a bicyclist and a vehicle occurred on Thursday, February 18th, at Dimmitt Drive and the service lanes of U.S. 19. The crash was reported just before 11 AM. Helicopter Ambulance Air Life 3 responded and flew the injured bicyclist to a hospital. 

Photos posted on IONTB showed a bicycle pinned underneath what appeared to be a water delivery truck. Further details were not available, and the cause of the collision remains under investigation. 

What Caused this  Bicycle Accident? 

Based on the limited information provided, it appears this collision happened at an intersection. It is not clear what direction the cyclist and vehicles were traveling and if factors such as speeding, distracted driving, or impairment were factors. There are a number of unanswered questions that hopefully will be addressed in the investigation. 

We hope the individual involved in this collision makes a full recovery and is able to heal. We wish them and their family the very best as they face the difficult aftermath. 

Bicycle Accidents Occur All Too Often Along Florida’s Gulf Coast 

In October of last year, the Clearwater Patch reported that the Tampa Bay metropolitan area reported continually ranks high numbers for bicyclist and pedestrian deaths. In Florida, walking and biking are common ways to get around, but some areas have insufficient sidewalks, bike lanes and crosswalks to protect cyclists and pedestrians. Last year, the Florida Department of Transportation launched an initiative to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. Visit alerttodayflorida.com to learn about Florida’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Strategic Safety Plan (PBSSP). 

Bicycle Accidents Cause Serious Injuries 

Bicyclists are extremely vulnerable to serious injury or death in any collision with a vehicle, or even a near-miss collision that causes them to be thrown from their bike.  Catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and broken bone injuries. Although a helmet reduces the risk of head injuries, bicyclists are not immune from concussions, skull fractures, and brain injuries even with a helmet.  Injuries sustained in a cycling accident may cause permanent disability. 

Recovering Compensation For Bicycle Accident Injuries 

If you or a loved one are involved in a bicycle collision in Florida caused by the negligence of another driver, you have the right to pursue compensation for your medical expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and other injuries. Recovering fair compensation can be challenging without a lawyer advocating for  you. All accident victims are well-advised to speak with an attorney before accepting any insurance settlement offer. 

A skilled and knowledgeable Clearwater personal injury lawyer can help you understand your legal options to protect your rights. To speak to a Tampa personal injury attorney at the Coleman Law Group about your potential case, call us today at 727-214-0400. All consultations are free and if we represent you, there are no legal fees unless we recover money for you. 

Concerns Mount Over State Route 580 Accidents After Another Deadly Crash

On February 13, 2021, the Clearwater Police Department and Clearwater Fire and Rescue were called to the scene of a devastating car accident:  a vehicle was submerged in a pond, near the intersection of State Route 580 and McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater. The 22-year-old driver of the car, unfortunately, did not survive. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family of the victim of this crash. Losing a loved one unexpectedly is shocking and heartbreaking, and the effects of a loss are far-reaching. 

Many accidents over the years have occurred near the intersection of SR-580 and McMullen. This most recent incident reminded locals of similar events nearby.  After last weekend’s crash, one nearby resident told Fox 13 News that he had “seen probably about anywhere from 10 to 20 bad accidents here at this one intersection.” 

Florida State Route 580 is a 28-mile commuter route from Dunedin in Pinellas County to Temple Terrace in northeastern Hillsborough County. It has a number of names depending on the location. 

  • Skinner Boulevard
  • Main Street
  • Tampa Road
  • Hillsborough Avenue
  • Busch Boulevard. 

Accidents on SR-580 occur on a daily basis, causing devastating injury and death to drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Some of the recent major accidents on Interstate 580 include: 

  • October 12, 2020: A 27-year-old Orlando man was fatally struck by an SUV on State Route 580, east of George Road, in Hillsborough County.
  • July 9, 2020: An 18-year-old motorcyclist was seriously injured when a vehicle making a U-turn turned into the path of his bike at State Road 580 (W Hillsborough Avenue) and Hoover Boulevard.
  • December 25, 2019: A woman was critically injured after being hit by a car while trying to cross SR 580  east of Webb Road in Hillsborough County. 
  • April 22, 2018: A woman was tragically killed in a solo-vehicle crash on SR-580 near Charles Avenue. 
  • December 18, 2016: A motorist playing “Pokemon Go” on a cell phone near the intersection of State Road 580 and County Road 1, veered off the roadway and struck two pedestrians on a sidewalk.

Anyone involved in a State Route 580 accident is well-advised to speak with a knowledgeable and reputable Clearwater personal injury lawyer. Do not provide a recorded statement to your insurer, or accept any compensation offer without first speaking to an experienced and reputable lawyer. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries or loved one’s wrongful death. However, it may be difficult to recover the maximum compensation you’re entitled to without an attorney advocating for your rights to compensation.

Causes of State Route 580 Traffic Accidents 

One of the most common causes of car accidents in Florida is distracted driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2.841 people were killed in distracted driving accidents in the U.S. in 2018. Other causes of car accidents include driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding, or operating too fast for weather conditions. Less frequent causes of Florida vehicle accidents are dangerous road conditions and vehicle manufacturing defects. 

Get a Free Consultation For Your Florida Car Accident Case

Anytime a vehicle accident is caused by a negligent party, accident victims and their loved ones may pursue a personal injury claim. The Coleman Law Group is here to answer your questions. We provide a free consultation to discuss your potential case and evaluate your legal rights. To talk to a member of your team about your potential case, call us at 727-214-0400. 

Why Choose the Coleman Law Group For Your Florida Personal Injury Claim?

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You have many choices when considering a Florida car accident lawyer. Whether you are injured in a car accident, motorcycle accident, truck accident, or pedestrian accident, it is critical that you choose one that is a good fit for you, and a good fit for your case. You want a lawyer who will give your case personal attention, and give you a sense of calm and confidence.  Because so much of your future rests on the outcome of our case, it is imperative to select an attorney you are comfortable with and trust. 

There are about 400,000 traffic accidents reported each year in Florida – In 2020, there were 403,626 crashes reported. . Many of these collisions result in serious injury, including broken bones, concussions, and spinal cord injuries. When accidents are caused by the negligence of other drivers, such as driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, or driving under while distracted by a cell phone, responsible parties may be liable. A skilled and reputable Florida car accident attorney can help accident victims recover the maximum compensation they’re entitled to. At the Coleman Law Group, we strongly advise potential clients to not accept any compensation offer without first speaking with an attorney. 

Every Case Starts With A Thorough Review 

When you contact the Coleman Law Group, we will do everything we can to get as much information about your case. We will listen to your story, review your medical treatment history, and evaluate the evidence you have. Evidence, including the police report, surveillance footage, photographs of the accident scene, and witness statements may establish the cause of an accident and potentially liable parties. In some cases, additional investigation by a third-party investigator is required. The Coleman Law Group works with some of the most experienced and reputable investigators in Florida.

Pursuing the Best Interests of Clients While Advocating Against Injustice 

Constance D. Coleman has always been committed to supporting her clients and advocating for their needs. Having lost her own brother in a devastating accident, she understands the painful journey families go through. Along with representing individuals and families in personal injury and wrongful death claims, Constance Coleman advocates against racial injustices and biases in the legal community. 

Ms. Coleman was recently featured in the November/December 2020 and January/February 2021 issues of the Paraclete, the bimonthly publication of the St. Petersburg Bar Association. She discusses her goals for her practice, and work in the community. As president-elect of the Fred G. Minnis, Sr. Bar Association, Ms. Coleman aims to bring the legal community together and support talented minority attorneys, while promoting justice and education in Pinellas County and surrounding communities. 

Get a Free Consultation with The Coleman Law Group 

If you were injured due to the negligence of another driver in Tampa, Sarasota, Land O’ Lakes, St. Petersburg, or Lakeland, you have the right to seek compensation for your medical care expenses, lost earnings, and pain and suffering. Contact the Coleman Law Group to discuss your case and legal rights to pursue a claim. All consultations are free, and there are never any fees unless we recover money for you. Because you have a limited window of time to pursue a claim, do not wait to speak with a personal injury lawyer. 

Constance Coleman of Coleman Law Group Featured in St. Petersburg Bar Association Publication

Constance Coleman, Esq., founder of the Coleman Law Group, was recently featured in “The Paraclete“, a bi-monthly publication of the St. Petersburg Bar Association. The focus of the January/February issue of the magazine is “Celebrating Diversity,” and discusses attitudes, beliefs, and implicit biases. Mrs. Coleman was honored to sit down with the Paraclete and share some of her story and inspiration to be a trial lawyer. Today, she is proud to be a mentor for law students and up-and-coming lawyers in Florida.

In the article, Coleman shares her background, and personal story of the devastating loss of her brother in a motorcycle accident, two years after being a trial lawyer.  Her experience through grief and advocacy for her family has allowed her to understand the situations her clients are going through. She has been in their shoes, and will never take her responsibility as an advocate lightly. Coleman says “I am 100% confident that none of us has gotten where we are in life without the support and/or encouragement of someone who made a conscious effort to help someone else.” As an advocate for the injured in her trial practice, Mrs. Coleman fights to protect the rights of her clients, whether they were involved in a car accident, truck accident, pedestrian accident, slip and fall accident, or due to the negligent supervision or care of a third party. 

Part of the article discusses the ongoing challenges and issues that diverse attorneys face in Pinellas County and Florida. Coleman discusses Florida’s long history of racial division and inequality, and how being an attorney does not exempt anyone from those struggles. Coleman’s steadfast determination to advocate for her clients will never be swayed. Her long history of successful personal injury settlements in the last decade is a testament to her dedication and commitment. 

Coleman also discusses her position as incoming president of the Fred G. Minnis Sr. Bar Association, which has a 20-year history of serving and supporting African American lawyers in Pinellas County. As president of the Minnis Bar, she will aim to bring like-minded lawyers together to connect and build strong and essential alliances. 

Visit the St. Petersburg Bar Association website to read the article in the January/February 2021 Issue

If you have been injured in an accident in Tampa, Sarasota, Land O’ Lakes, St. Petersburg, or Lakeland, you do not have to face your future and take on the insurance company alone. The Coleman Law Group will advocate for your rights and negotiate the maximum compensation available for medical expenses, lost earnings, and pain and suffering. 

Do not accept any insurance company offer for compensation without first talking to a lawyer. At the Coleman Law Group, we offer a free consultation to evaluate your case, answer your questions, and discuss your legal rights and options to recover compensation. Under our contingency fee agreement, we are only paid if we recover money for you. Call us at 727-214-0400. 

Understanding Rear End Accidents and Whiplash Injuries

The most common accident scenario, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), is the rear-end accident. This type of accident is responsible for nearly 1/3 of all car accidents.  

A common misconception is that rear-end accidents don’t cause serious injuries, and that these claims are of little value. A collision should never be labeled as “just a rear-end crash,” as every accident is different and some rear-end collisions cause permanent injury, and even wrongful death.  

Rear-end crashes often cause whiplash, which is a broad term to describe injuries caused by a rapid backward and forward movement of the neck, similar to cracking a whip. A whiplash injury is frequently associated with rear-end accidents, but can result from any type of collision. Another common misconception is that whiplash accidents only occur in high speed accidents. Multiple studies have determined that low speed collisions can cause serious injuries. 

If you are in a car that is struck from behind, your body is immediately thrown forward, with your head trailing behind. Your head will be thrown back, which will stretch and possibly tear ligaments, muscles, tendons. This injury is essentially invisible – occurring without any signs of bruising, swelling, or scarring.  A diagnosis is not usually made by a CT scan, MRI or X-ray, but rather by asking a patient how they feel. These imaging scans are sometimes used to rule out other injuries, such as a cervical fracture. 

Always Go to the Emergency Room After a Rear-End Accident 

In the immediate minutes and hours after a car crash, whiplash may not be felt.  Symptoms may not show up until you wake up the next morning, experiencing severe neck pain, back pain stiffness, loss of range of motion, pain and tenderness. Some patients report blurry vision, insomnia, ringing in the ears, difficulty concentrating, irritability, memory problems, and depression. 

Many people will evaluate how they feel to determine if they go to the hospital after an accident. If a whiplash event is suspected, you are well-advised to seek medical treatment immediately. Your visit to the doctor (and record of it) is important for your own health and well-being, as well as for your personal injury claim. 

Don’t Accept an Immediate Settlement Offer Without Talking to a Lawyer First 

It may be surprising how quickly an insurance company will want to pay out (and close out) a claim. Insurance adjusters will be eager to settle your claim – if it’s for a low amount, because you are permanently waiving all rights to any future compensation. 

In the immediate hours or days following an accident, it is impossible to know how your injuries may affect you. Will you have pain in two weeks, or two months? Will you experience severe headache? If you do not get evaluated by a medical professional it may be impossible to know. Accepting a quick Tampa car accident settlement can mean receiving far less compensation than you are entitled to. Always speak with a lawyer before accepting a settlement offer.

Get a Free Consultation With The Coleman Law Group 

The Coleman Law Group offers a free consultation to review your case and answer your questions. If you have been injured in a car accident in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Land O’ Lakes, Sarasota, or Lakeland, contact us to discuss your case. All consultations are free and we are only paid if we recover money for you.

Maximizing Financial Compensation After a St. Petersburg Car Accident

Each year in Florida, there are about 400,000 traffic accidents, including about 17,000 in Pinellas County. Many of these collisions result in serious injuries like broken bones, concussions, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries. 

Soft-tissue injuries like strains, sprains, and whiplash can cause excruciating pain and require lengthy rest. Car accident injuries may require hospitalization, rehabilitation, and future therapy and surgeries. The costs of emergency room visits, medical care, and lost earnings due to being unable to work can cause severe financial hardship. 

If you suffered injuries in a St. Petersburg car crash caused by another driver’s negligence, you have the legal right to pursue compensation for your medical bills and expenses,  lost earnings, and pain and suffering. Although it is possible to proceed with a personal injury claim without a lawyer, it may be challenging to obtain the maximum damages you deserve. A skilled and experienced St. Petersburg car accident lawyer can help you protect your legal rights and be fairly compensated. 

Get Medical Care Right Away 

After an accident, do not delay in reporting the accident (so that a police report can be made), and seeing a doctor. Without a prompt visit to a healthcare provider, it will be difficult to establish your injuries resulted from a collision. If your treating doctor recommends you follow-up with a specialist or another doctor, be sure to follow-through with recommendations. 

Insurance Companies Will Want To Pay You As Little As Possible 

When you report an accident to your insurance company, the adjuster is the representative that ensures your claim is legitimate. When you are introduced to them, they will be identified as someone providing you customer service and helping you resolve your claim quickly.  Although there are different types of adjusters w. also an employee of a company, and paid to compensate you as little as possible. 

St. Petersburg car accident attorney Constance D. Coleman has seen the lengthy efforts insurance adjusters have taken to minimize car accident claims and compensate injury victims as little as possible. We encourage all people involved in car accidents to proceed with extreme caution when providing information to an insurance adjuster. 

Adjusters will often ask for a recorded statement under the guise of confirming details or speeding a claim along. It is often implied that providing a recorded statement is a task that will help your claim. You are not required to provide a statement and can tell the adjuster that you would like to wait. Even statements like “I feel fine today” may be used to blame you for your injuries, or suggest your injuries were not as serious as you claim. Sometimes adjusters throw in “impossible” questions about speed, reaction time, or distance traveled. It is always advisable to avoid these questions and allow communications with insurance adjusters to be handled through your personal injury lawyer. 

Get a Free Consultation 

To learn more about your legal rights following a St. Petersburg car accident, contact our St. Petersburg, Florida law office at 727-214-0400. If we represent you, we will not charge any legal fees unless we recover money for you.