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If you have been involved in a car accident in St. Petersburg, an experienced attorney at the Coleman Law Group can help you recover maximum, full and fair compensation for your injuries.

Contact our St. Petersburg, Florida law office at 727-214-0400 to arrange a free case evaluation today. We can help you determine your rights to take legal action and recover compensation from those responsible for your medical bills, lost earnings, and pain and suffering.

Your initial consultation is free. If we represent you, we will not charge any legal fees unless we recover money for you. This means you can hire us with zero out-of-pocket expense, and zero risk.

How the Coleman Law Group Can Help After an Accident in St. Petersburg

Being injured in a car accident can have far-reaching physical, mental, and emotional effects. The financial costs and expenses of medical bills, lost earnings, and lost earning capacity to work in the future may be overwhelming.

Being injured in a car accident can have far-reaching physical, mental, and emotional effects. The financial costs and expenses of medical bills, lost earnings, and lost earning capacity to work in the future may be overwhelming.

If your accident was caused by another party's negligence or recklessness, you have the right to seek compensation in a personal injury claim. However, recovering this compensation, and recovering a fair amount, may not be easy. Insurance companies are profit-oriented businesses with professionally trained adjusters who will use every tactic available to compensate you as little as possible. Without a knowledgeable and experienced personal injury lawyer representing you, recovering fair compensation may be impossible.

Having represented so many victims of St. Petersburg auto accidents, we know how critical recovering fair compensation is. When you contact the Coleman Law Group for representation after a car accident, you can count on our team to:

  • Empathetically listen to your story to understand how your injuries affected you and your family.
  • Collect evidence and witness information to support your claim and establish you were injured through no fault of your own.
  • If necessary, arrange an independent investigation to determine the cause of your accident
  • Give you advice regarding how to protect the value of your claim.

Constance D. Coleman, the founder of the Coleman Law Group, has more than a decade of experience litigating Florida personal injury cases and holding negligent parties accountable. She moved to St. Petersburg in 2006 and knows the Pinellas County area very well.

How Common are Car Accidents in St. Petersburg, FL?

Covering 137.6 square miles on Florida's gulf coast, St. Petersburg is known for its pleasant weather, sandy beaches, and is nicknamed the "Sunshine City." The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles * has compiled statistics for auto accidents in Pinellas County.

  • In 2019, there were 17,078 motor vehicle crashes reported in Pinellas, resulting in 108 fatalities and 10,404 injuries.
  • In 2018, there were 17,875 motor vehicle crashes reported in Pinellas, resulting in 130 fatalities and 10,751 injuries.

We know from these figures, people are injured every single day in Pinellas County. Victims of a St. Petersburg car crash should contact a skilled and reputable personal injury lawyer as soon as possible following an accident.

What is My Florida Car Accident Case Worth?

One of the most frequently asked questions in a personal injury case is "How much is my case worth?" Some damages are easy to calculate, like the medical bills you've already accumulated. If you have missed three weeks from work already, it is simple to calculate your lost wages. However, calculating your future medical bills going forward, and lost earning capacity, can be more challenging. This is something that can be discussed in more detail in your initial consultation.

When you call the Coleman Law Group, we will give you an experience-based opinion about how much your case could be worth, and can provide information about what other claims have settled for. However, until we understand the full scope of your injuries and how they will affect you for the rest of your life, we cannot determine the full value of your case.

What Kind of Damages Are Available to Accident Victims?

In Florida, you can recover compensation for costs and expenses related to and resulting from your accident, including:

  • Past and current medical expenses related to your injuries
  • Future medical expenses
  • Rehabilitation, home health care, and physical therapy
  • Lost wages and benefits
  • Future lost wages and benefits
  • Cost of lost services (example, being a homemaker, providing childcare to your own children)
  • Pain and suffering.

Time is of the essence after a Florida accident. An attorney at the Coleman Law Group can help you determine the compensation you are entitled to and build your case. It is always advisable to get medical care promptly to document your injuries, and speak with an experienced St. Petersburg car accident lawyer as soon as possible after your immediate medical needs have been taken care of.

Can I Recover Compensation If I'm Being Blamed for a Car Accident in Florida?

Each state has different laws regarding partial fault and recovering compensation in negligence claims. Florida, along with Alaska, Arizona, California, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Washington, is known as a "pure comparative negligence state." You can pursue a claim for your injuries if you were partially negligent, even if you were 99% at fault.

If you were mostly at fault for a crash, it may not be advisable to pursue a claim, because it could open up a counter-claim against you. This is something you should discuss with a St. Petersburg car accident at the Coleman Law Group in a case evaluation.

We'll Fight to Recover Maximum Compensation For All of Your Car Accident Injuries

Car accidents are a leading cause of injury and death in Florida. The Coleman Law Group handles personal injury claims for all types of injuries, including:


Do not wait and see what the insurance company will offer you. Once you hire a lawyer at the Coleman Law Group, you can focus on your healing and recovery, while we fight to recover the maximum compensation available.

What Causes Most Car Accidents in St. Petersburg, Florida?

Many accidents are preventable and are the direct result of the negligence of others. Florida car accidents, including rear-end accidents, head-on collisions, sideswipe accidents, and intersection accidents often have multiple causes, including:

  • Distractions inside the vehicle (often cell phones)
  • Driving while intoxicated / under the influence of drugs
  • Speeding
  • Failing to yield
  • Unsafe passing
  • Failing to judge an approaching vehicle's speed
  • Disoriented/unsafe senior drivers
  • Road defects
  • Vehicle manufacturing defects

If another party's negligent, reckless, or criminal actions led to your injuries or loved one's death, you may seek compensation in a personal injury claim. Before you accept any insurance company's compensation offer for your accident, contact the Coleman Law Group to discuss your potential case.

How Do I Prove Negligence After a Car Accident in Florida?

Every accident is unique, and in some cases, negligence can be obvious. For example, if multiple people witnessed a driver speeding and weaving across lanes on a highway, when the driver rear-ends a stopped vehicle at a red light, it would be obvious that the driver was negligent.

However, in other cases, negligence is not so obvious. If a semi-truck and a car "sideswipe" on the interstate on a dark rainy night, both parties may claim the other driver caused the collision. In some cases, it may be necessary to hire an independent investigator to determine the cause of the crash and who was responsible.

When you report an accident to an insurance company, the adjuster may ask you to provide a recorded statement to collect details. Even if you know you are completely innocent, you should not provide a statement. Speak with a lawyer as soon as possible about how you can establish negligence. In some cases, the police or highway patrol report may place blame on the wrong party.

How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Car Accident in Florida?

Florida, like all states, has time limits for filing civil claims. Florida Statutes, Section 95.11 states that you have four years from the date of an accident to file a lawsuit in Florida. If a loved one died in a fatal St. Petersburg car accident, you would have two years to file a wrongful death claim.

Claims against the government or government agencies may have shorter statutes of limitations. For example, if you were hit by a car that is owned by the city of St. Petersburg, your claim would be against a municipality.

It's always ideal to speak with an attorney as soon as possible, to ensure evidence can be promptly preserved and deadlines are not missed. A knowledgeable lawyer at the Coleman Law Group can give your claim timely attention and build a strong and persuasive case.

Contact a St. Petersburg, FL Car Accident Lawyer For a Free Consultation

You have rights and options following a Florida car accident, including to get medical treatment and to pursue a claim against the party or parties responsible for your injuries. Call the Coleman Law Group to speak with a compassionate St. Petersburg car accident lawyer about your case. A lawyer can help you protect your rights and defend you against an insurance company's attempts to delay or deny your claim, or to blame you for your injuries. Call us today to arrange an immediate and confidential consultation.

FAQ's

I was just in a car accident and I don't feel hurt. Should I still contact a lawyer?

Yes, even if you don't initially feel pain, it is always best to contact a lawyer. Here at Coleman Law Group, we can set you up with a FREE consultation so you can have all your questions answered. You have not financial obligation at this time because we only get paid if your auto accident case receives a settlement.

What happens if the person who hit me does not have car insurance?

Uninsured motorist (UM) accidents happen a lot and can ruin a PIP (personal injury protection) case if you don't have the right insurance. Without Uninsured motorist coverage on your insurance policy, there may be no insurance company to cover the damage, and any vehicle damage could end up as an out of pocket expense for the victim. It's always a good idea to check if you have the necessary coverage before anything happens.

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Is a police report necessary?

YES. A police report is very necessary as it is reported evidence that an incident actually happened. Many insurance companies require a police report to even start a claim.

Will a consult cost ME anything up front?

Coleman Law Group offers free case evaluation for ANY car accident, motorcycle accident, truck accident, or slip and fall case. If we take on your case we only get paid if you do. So, NO, a Personal Injury Case Evaluation cost nothing up front, and you will only be charged if your case is involved in a monetary settlement. It cost $0 to make sure you are OK after an auto accident.

What happens if the insurance company doesn't want to settle?

This is a regular occurrence. This is simple answer, we file a lawsuit.

For more frequently asked questions, click https://colemanlawgroup.com/faq.html

* Source = the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles or FLHSMV



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