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Need Help Recovering Your Losses After in a Car Accident in Tallahassee?
As both the geographic and cultural center of the Florida Panhandle, Tallahassee sees more than its fair share of car accidents. From permanent residents to students, and from visitors to truck drivers passing through on I-10, all types of drivers are at risk for being involved in serious collisions in and around the Tallahassee area.
Tallahassee is well-known for various reasons. While sports fans know Tallahassee as the home of Florida State University, the city also has a bustling economy, and its historical and ecological significance attract visitors from across Florida and the entire United States. As Florida’s capital and seventh largest city by population, Tallahassee is home to several notable Florida residents, and it has been featured in several movies and television shows as well.
Tallahassee Car Accident Data
Unfortunately, Tallahassee’s growth and popularity mean that car accidents are a common occurrence in and around the city. Each year, thousands of people are injured in collisions in Tallahassee and the surrounding areas of Leon County. According to the latest data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV):
- On average, there are more than 7,000 car accidents in Tallahassee and the surrounding areas of Leon County each year.
- Of the accidents that occur in Leon County each year, more than 4,000 result in serious but non-fatal injuries.
- Each year, between 30 and 40 people die in car accidents in Leon County, including fatal accidents within the Tallahassee city limits.
- Alcohol and drug use are factors in more than 100 serious and fatal car accidents in Leon County each year. More than one accident every three days in Leon County is attributable to a driver being impaired or intoxicated behind the wheel.
- In addition to collisions between motor vehicles, there are also hundreds of motorcycle, bicycle and pedestrian accidents in Tallahassee and the rest of Leon County each year.
- Due to Tallahassee’s location near I-10, there are approximately two accidents per day in Leon County involving large trucks and other commercial vehicles.
- Approximately half of all vehicle collisions in Leon County involve teen and young adult drivers (under the age of 24).
What Do You Need to Know After a Car Accident in Tallahassee?
If you have been involved in a car accident in Tallahassee, the most important thing you need to know is that it is up to you to make sure you receive the insurance coverage (and potentially additional compensation) you deserve. While the insurance companies will investigate your accident once you file a claim, the purpose of their investigation is not to help you recover your losses. Rather, the purpose of their investigation is to find any possible grounds to deny your claim, and the insurance companies will utilize various tactics to try to minimize the amount they have to pay.
It is also important to ensure that you have a clear understanding of Florida’s “no fault” insurance law. Under this law, you are limited to obtaining personal injury protection (PIP) coverage unless you can prove that you have suffered a “significant” or “permanent” injury. If your injuries qualify you for liability-based compensation, then you must also be able to prove that the other driver was at fault in the collision.
Given these challenges, when seeking to recover your losses after a car accident in Tallahassee, it is important to hire an experienced personal injury lawyer to represent you. At Searcy Denney, our lawyers have decades of experience helping accident victims recover, and we can use our experience to help you. Not only will our lawyers deal with the auto insurance companies on your behalf, but we will conduct a thorough investigation to determine whether you may have a claim for a road defect, vehicle defect, or other non-driver-related issue as well.
What Losses Can You Recover After a Car Accident Under Florida Law?
When dealing with the aftermath of a serious car accident in Tallahassee, one of the most-important questions you need to have answered is: How much can you recover for your losses? Until you know the value of your claim, you will not be able to make an informed decision about settlement. Unfortunately, the insurance companies know this, and they will often try to pressure accident victims into settling before they realize the full extent of their losses. For this reason, it is extremely important that you not settle your claim until you speak with an attorney.
The value of your case will depend on factors including the extent of the damage to your vehicle, the nature of your injuries, and the impact your injuries have on your life (not only now, but in the future as well). Generally speaking, however, accident victims in Florida are entitled to the same types of financial compensation. These include:
- Property damage
- Diminished value of your vehicle
- Medical treatment, therapy and rehabilitation costs
- Prescription and other out-of-pocket medical costs
- Loss of income and benefits
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Post-traumatic stress
- Pain and suffering
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life and other types of non-financial losses
When Should You Consult with an Attorney about Your Car Accident?
Unfortunately, some people think that they should only hire an attorney if they run into an issue when dealing with the insurance companies. However, waiting this long can be a costly mistake.
In order to protect your legal rights, there are several important steps you need to take as soon after your accident as possible, and you need to rely on the advice of an experienced attorney every step of the way. Your attorney will need to conduct an investigation as well, and he or she will need time to assess all of the potential grounds for recovering just compensation. As a result, if you have been injured in a car accident in Tallahassee, we strongly encourage you to contact us right away.
Discuss Your Case with a Tallahassee Car Accident Lawyer at Searcy Denney
For more information about protecting your legal rights after a car accident in Tallahassee, call us at 800-780-8607 or contact us online. Your initial consultation is free, and you do not pay any fees or costs unless we recover just compensation.