Auto Accident FAQs
There are few things more frightening or overwhelming than being involved
in a car accident. Some collisions are minor, such as low-impact fender
benders that occur in a parking lot. Other accidents, however, can prove
to result in life-threatening injuries that can cause unforgettable emotional
and psychological scars for all victims involved.
If you were involved in a car accident, you probably have thousands of
questions or concerns running through your head at this time. You may
be least concerned about the legal aspects of your claim, and we at Boohoff
Law, P.A. completely understand the stresses or anxieties that you may
be encountering. We recognize the very emotional aspect of any type of
accident and can provide you with the caring, compassionate, and attentive
listening ear that you need.
To make your situation easier, our Brandon personal injury attorneys have
provided a series of commonly asked questions that we receive from our
clients. Take a moment to browse through the following set of questions
and answers so you can gain a better understanding of your own situation.
Your Questions Answered by Our Experienced Legal Team
What should I do if I was involved in an auto accident?
If you were involved in an accident, there are a number of things to keep
in mind. One of the most important things that you can do immediately
following an accident includes taking notes of the entire situation. Write
down things as soon as you can so that you do not forget what occurred
later on. Include even the smallest details for these things could prove
to be the most meaningful elements in determining the cause and value
of your accident claim.
Some things to take note of:
- Write down the time, date, location, and other relevant information regarding
- Write down the other driver's insurance information
- Take note of witnesses or other passengers in your vehicle
- Take photographs of the damage
- Take note of the injuries that you or your passengers have suffered
- Take note of any police officers who have arrived at the scene or anyone
else you may have spoken to regarding the accident
What is negligence, and how does it play a role in my accident?
Figuring out who is "at fault" in any type of automobile accident
will be crucial when it comes to filing a claim after an accident. Sometimes
negligence or fault will be obvious - such as a clear violation of traffic
laws that caused the accident. In other cases, however, fault will not
be obvious. In these situations, proving negligence will be the key to
determining who must pay for the resulting damages of a car, truck, motorcycle,
or pedestrian accident.
When should I speak with an attorney about my claim?
Immediately! As legal professionals, we always encourage our clients and
potential clients to first seek the appropriate medical attention after
an accident. Once you have received proper medical treatment, we encourage
you to consult with a skilled legal professional about your potential
Save all of your medical bills or any other relevant assessments by medical
professionals, doctors, or repairmen. These initial assessments can serve
as evidence as we determine the maximum value of your claim. Your attorney
can use this as leverage against insurance companies to ensure you receive
your full amount of financial compensation after an accident.
Should I accept what an insurance company tries to offer me?
Sadly, insurance companies typically do not have your best interests in
mind when offering a settlement for a car accident claim. All too often,
we see innocently injured victims accept an initial offer from an insurance
company without even consulting a legal professional.
Blindly accepting the first offer that you receive could mean that you
are accepting a value that is far less than what you are actually entitled
to. By settling for less, you could be setting yourself up for future
disaster, making paying for medical bills or lost wages even more financially
How much is my claim worth?
Because no car accident is the same, claim values can range on a case-by-case
basis. Certain factors can increase the value of a car accident claim,
whereas other circumstances may devalue a car accident claim. Some circumstances
that may enhance the value of your claim may include: medical expenses,
wages lost, extensive property damages or total property losses, permanent
physical injuries, or where and when your claim is filed.
Of course, there are other external factors that must always be considered
when valuing a claim. A judge and a panel of jurors could also have an
impact on the value of your claim. Because there are so many working elements
that can influence the final outcome of your case, we encourage you to
contact our legal team as soon as possible. We can inform you of all the
options available to you at this time.
Do you have more concerns? Call Boohoff Law, P.A. today for more information!
If you still have more questions or concerns, do not think that your case
is too complex or too difficult. Our Brandon car accident lawyers have
handled all types of car accident claims, including complex and high-stakes
situations. We are confident that we possess the knowledge and experience
needed to address and of your concerns and provide you with a composed
peace of mind.
For more information about car accident claims in Brandon or any other
surrounding communities in Florida, please
contact Boohoff Law, P.A.
to schedule a
free case consultation