St. Petersburg Car Accident Lawyers

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Car Accident Lawyers in St Petersburg Florida

Serving You and The State of Florida

Millions of Americans every year are involved in auto accidents. They can be some of the scariest moments of someone’s entire life. These accidents result in no injuries and are merely property damage claims. When a person does suffer injuries from an auto accident, they need to know what to do next. 

Having a St Petersburg car accident lawyer who knows the intricacies of car accident laws can be extremely helpful. An attorney can help you get the money you deserve. Call us today at 1 (727) 933-0015 for a case review. Our St. Petersburg personal injury attorneys are standing by today and are ready and willing to assist.

What to do After a Car Accident in St. Petersburg

There are four essential things you must do following an auto accident that resulted in injuries: 

  1. Call the police. The officer can collect valuable insurance information that creates documented records of the accident. 
  2. Take photos if you can. Take pictures of the damage to both vehicles and photos of the scene in general. Additionally, take photos of all apparent injuries.
  3. Call EMS or seek medical attention. Adrenaline is high following an accident, and if you are injured, sometimes you don’t feel it right away. Whether or not you feel injured, you should get examined by EMS. Seeking a doctor creates documentation of any medical issues you may experience resulting from the accident.
  4. Only speak with authorities and EMS. You should not approach the vehicle driver and talk to them about what happened. We advise our clients not to talk with the driver’s insurance. If you have retained an experienced car accident lawyer, they can communicate with the insurance companies on your behalf.

When to Hire an Auto Accident Lawyer in St. Petersburg

While not everyone needs an attorney, those who hire an auto accident lawyer in Florida end up with a better outcome than they had tried to do it themselves. In Florida, you are entitled to $10,000.00 in personal injury protection (PIP) benefits if you were involved in an auto accident and had an auto policy that covers you. 

But often, the medical bills far exceed the available personal injury protection benefits. You need to tap into the bodily injury policy of the other driver’s insurance to compensate you for the injuries you sustained fully. If you feel your injuries and the treatment you received will be higher than the PIP, it would be best to get an attorney involved.

We’ve worked with clients from St. Petersburg just like you who weren’t sure if they needed a car accident lawyer. We successfully helped them recover settlements that exceeded their expectations.

What Happens During Prelitigation

After an auto accident, all of a personal injury attorney’s team’s work before filing a lawsuit is considered pre-litigation. An experienced attorney will attempt to settle your case with an insurance adjuster during pre-litigation. Part of our process is to send all of your medical bills, lost wages, and any damages you suffered to the insurance company in a demand packet. 

After the insurance company reviews that demand packet, they will offer a settlement amount that both sides agree on, hoping that your case will settle outside of court. If we think the settlement offer is too low, we will dispute the amount. If the insurance company does not agree to pay what your case is worth, then we will move on to litigation and file a lawsuit. 

Car Accident Litigation Process and Overview in Florida

Litigation begins when the lawyer files a complaint with the court on your behalf. After your complaint is filed, defense counsel for the at-fault driver will have an opportunity to answer the complaint, and then discovery begins. 

During the discovery phase, both sides will send out interrogatories which are questions meant to be answered by the other party. Another aspect of discovery is depositions which are in-person interviews in front of a court reporter. After all of the discovery has been completed, the next step is mediation. 

Mediation is the last attempt before trial to try and settle the case. If both parties cannot settle the case at that point, then a trial will usually occur.

How does my attorney get paid in an auto accident case in Florida?

An attorney gets paid in an auto accident case by a contingency fee. A contingency fee is a percentage of the ultimate settlement and, usually, the attorney will take 33.3% if the matter is resolved in prelitigation. The contingency fee may increase to 40% if the case gets resolved through litigation as it’s more time-consuming. 

The client never pays any money upfront. They only owe a lawyer the fee if the attorney can get a settlement for the client. There are no flat fees or retainer agreements in personal injury, including motorcycle accident cases.

How long does a car accident case last in the St Petersburg, Florida area?

Usually, a case can last anywhere from 4-12 months during prelitigation and the initial negotiations. During preligitation, your lawyer will get records and evidence supporting your insurance claims. If your case is taking longer than 12 months in prelitigation and it appears you will not be moving into litigation, you should begin to question the reasons for the delay.

If your case has not reached a resolution and needs to go into litigation, it can take an additional 1-2 years to resolve if it goes all the way to trial. Your legal team should keep you informed about the process as it moves forward. 

What are the Most Common Injuries from a Motor Vehicle Accident?

There were 14,313 documented motor vehicle crashes in Pinellas County and 8,412 reported injuries during 2020. While the accident rates were significantly less than the previous years, there has been a consistent 60% chance of getting injured in a car accident in St. Petersburg over the last four years. 

A car accident can cause the following common injuries: 

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Back injuries like spinal cord damage, broken back, or herniated discs
  • Neck injuries include whiplash, neck sprain, or a broken neck 
  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Soft Tissue Injuries and other internal injuries

We always recommend calling EMS or seeking medical attention as soon as possible after an accident, even if you aren’t feeling an injury immediately after. 

What Causes Car Accidents In St Petersburg?

The most common cause of car accidents here in St. Petersburg is distracted driving. In 2019, Florida passed The Wireless Communications While Driving Law to encourage drivers to put away their phones and decrease texting while driving. 

Other significant causes of car accidents in St. Petersburg are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, violating traffic laws, and driving in inclimate weather. 

Contact Our Car Accident Injury Attorneys Today

Lopez Law Group has the experience necessary to handle your car accident claim. Auto accident law can be confusing for someone trying to do it alone. Having an injury attorney on your side can make the process much easier. 

Consultations at the Lopez Law Group will be able to tell you whether you have a valid claim. Call us today at (727) 933-0015 for a case review. We have a legal team ready and willing to assist you.

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Lopez Law Group

700 7th Ave N
Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701

P: 727-933-0015

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