Car Accident Lawyer Vero Beach, FL
Tuttle Law, P.A.
If you have suffered injuries while driving around the area, we urge you to notify a car accident lawyer Vero Beach, FL from Tuttle Law, P.A. as soon as possible. Our attorneys know from experience that soon after an accident, injured parties often realize the true value of their loss cannot be measured without proper analysis and investigation of their case.
The pain of an injury might last for the rest of your life. Mental health conditions, like PTSD, might affect your ability to function. You may never be able to return to your career. Plus, your personal and professional relationships may be negatively affected because of your injuries. These are just some things that car accident victims often face in the aftermath of a collision.
When an accident could have been avoided but occurred because of the careless actions of another party, Tuttle Law, P.A., will be ready to fight for compensation. Although no amount of money can turn back time, it can help to provide financial relief and some degree of closure. If this is something you are ready to pursue, please call a car accident lawyer today.
Causes and Types of Car Crashes
The majority of vehicular accidents will involve at least one other vehicle, such as a car, motorcycle, truck, or bus. In 2019, there were 4.4 million car accidents in the United States that involved injuries serious enough to warrant the need for medical attention. An estimated 38,800 people lost their life; of these 1,600 were children. Approximately 2 million people suffered a permanent injury that will require ongoing care.
Our car accident lawyers have handled cases involving:
- Large trucks
- Collisions with a parked car
- Rollover accidents
- Accidents involving animal
- Reckless driving
- Distracted driving
- Texting while driving
- Drinking and driving
- Aggressive driving
We also handle cases that involve a vehicle defect, road condition, road obstacle, or other non-vehicular causes. In these scenarios, we may pursue compensation from a government entity or municipality, company, manufacturer, distributor, or supplier.
No two claims are exactly alike. Therefore, we would encourage you to give Tuttle Law, P.A., a call to talk about the specifics of your case, as well as any questions you might have.
How does an insurance company prove who was at fault in an automobile accident? One would think that for most accidents the fault is obvious. But to insurance companies, the process of determining who was at fault is sometimes more complicated. It is important to figure out who was negligent or liable when processing claims. If you provide the insurance company’s evidence supporting your side of the story, the more likely you will be to collect a fair settlement.
Here are some points to help you establish fault if you are in a car accident:
Traffic Laws in Your State
One way to prove that the other driver was at fault is to direct the insurance provider to the traffic law documentation illustrating the specific law the other driver violated. Provide the exact wording of the traffic code along with other evidence proving the other driver violated the code to further strengthen your case.
If the police were called to the scene of the accident there will be some type of official report filed about the accident. If no one is injured or if the accident does not disrupt traffic, you may not have seen a police officer at the site of the accident. If the police were present at the scene, be sure to ask how to get a copy of the report after it has been filed.
If there were no law enforcement officers present, the parties involved in the accident may be required to report the accident to the nearest police station.
You can request a copy of these reports. Insurance investigators may also get copies of these reports when looking into the details of the accident as well.
Included in the police report are the details of the accident, road conditions, length of skid marks, damage to vehicles and anything else, the demeanor of drivers, weather conditions, witnesses, etc. The officer may also include their opinion as to who was liable, whether they were speeding or violating any traffic laws. Also included in the report is the indication of any traffic citations given as a result of the accident.
Police reports can provide pretty strong pieces of evidence. The sooner the insurance companies can get a copy of these reports, the faster they may act on the settlement.
What if the Police Report is Not Accurate?
You can amend a police report if you are correcting factual information such as names or contact information for insurance companies or specific vehicle facts. It is more difficult to amend a police report if you want to change facts that may change who was at fault. If you strongly feel that the fault needs to be changed, you should seek the advice of a personal injury attorney that is experienced in automobile accidents.
A Florida car accident lawyer in Vero Beach from Tuttle Law, P.A. can discuss your accident and determine if you have a strong case, and help you get the police report amended if necessary. Your lawyer can represent you throughout the case, whether it be getting a fair settlement from the insurance provider or going to court to fight for your rights.
Recovering Compensation After a Car Accident
As soon as you retain a lawyer, he or she will open up an extensive investigation into what happened. Depending on the circumstances of your case, Tuttle Law, P.A., may seek damages for;
- Any related medical bills or treatment (including future-prospective treatment)
- Lost wages and loss of income
- Permanent loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
When Does a Car Accident Case Go To Trial?
Most often the majority of claims that are handled by a car accident lawyer Vero Beach, FL can be settled without going to trial. However, that may not always be the case, and in some situations, you must go to trial in civil court. Generally, litigation can occur for several reasons:
- Your claim is denied by the insurance company because it refuses to take responsibility.
- The insurance company makes an unreasonably low offer.
- The insurance company denies accepting your medical documentation for your injuries.
- Two or more defendants don’t agree on which defendant is responsible for the accident.
If any of these reasons occur, then you can expect your case to go to trial and for your car accident lawyer Vero Beach, FL to guide you through the process of going to trial and fighting for the outcome that you deserve.
A Pre-Trial Settlement
Pre-trial settlements are one of the most common outcomes when dealing with a car accident claim because trials can be long and drawn out, not to mention, costly and unpredictable. A pre-trial settlement is when a settlement is made before the lawsuit is filed in Court, however, that does not mean you cannot settle before you end up in a courtroom. Both parties need to reach an agreement before the trial starts to have a pre-trial settlement. Having a lawyer on your side could ensure that you do not agree to anything that would not be beneficial to you and your future. Hiring a skilled and experienced professional may seem costly, but a lawyer understands the laws and most likely is familiar with cases similar to yours and understands what to expect from the law and pre-trial settlements.
When All Settlement Negotiations Fail
Not every insurer will agree to a fair settlement and that is when you can expect a case to go to trial. During a civil trial there will opening statements, evidence and witnesses from both sides, and refutations of liability if there are any. Afterward, both sides will present their closing arguments to the jury and the jury will decide the outcome of the case.
Of course, every case is unique and has its hiccups. The above is a simplified account of the process that can happen. A trial can take weeks, months, or even years, from start to finish. It is important to have a lawyer with expertise in car accident claims like a car accident lawyer Vero Beach, FL from the law firm Tuttle Law, P.A. They can help your case move quickly and will work to ensure that you receive the compensation that you need at the time that you need it. Worrying about medical bills, damages to your car, or taking days off of work can be daunting and hold a heavy burden. Going to trial and representing yourself can be extremely stressful and costly on top of everything that you are still dealing with because of your car accident. Working with a lawyer could work out for the better in the long run for you and it is something to consider.
Call Tuttle Law, P.A. Today
You are free to file a claim through the insurance company without a legal advocate. However, when doing so, you’ll be dealing with an adjuster who is trained to do everything in their power to reduce the value of your claim. Their efforts could result in you receiving a settlement that does not cover all of your losses. The attorneys of Tuttle Law, P.A. are familiar with the tactics utilized by insurance company representatives. Our efforts will maximize your recovery and ensure all of your losses are properly accounted for.
Contact our office to schedule a time to talk with a Tuttle Law, P.A. car accident lawyer in Vero Beach, Florida to learn more.