Motor Vehicle Accident Attorneys in Pensacola
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of injury and death in the state of Florida and across the United States every year. Not only are they shockingly common – almost everyone has been in a crash or knows an immediate family member who has been in an accident – but they are also almost always entirely preventable. Indeed, they are most often caused because drivers neglect their duty of care to others on the road, like drowsy driving.
At the law offices of Whibbs Stone Barnett, P.A., our experienced attorneys have been representing those harmed in car accidents for decades, and are prepared to provide you with the competent legal representation you’re looking for.
Types of Motor Vehicle Accidents
Automobiles have the potential to collide in different ways, with some types of collision (such as a head-on crash) being inherently more dangerous than others (such as a rear-end crash). At the law firm of Whibbs Stone Barnett, P.A., we have experience representing those injured in all types of motor vehicle accidents, including:
- Rear-end crashes. While rear-end crashes are the type of crash that is least likely to result in serious injury, serious injuries are possible, especially when vehicles are traveling at high speeds at the time of impact.
- Sideswipe crashes. A sideswipe collision refers to an accident type in which the sides of vehicles collide, often as the result of an illegal and improper lane change.
- T-bone crashes. A T-bone crash is one of the most devastating accident types, and injuries to drivers and passengers in both vehicles are very possible. A T-bone refers to an accident in which the front end of one vehicle crashes directly into the side of another, forming a ‘T’ shape. These accidents are common when one driver fails to yield in an intersection.
- Head-on collisions. Head-on collisions are the least common, yet most deadly, type of accident. These collisions often occur as a result of a driver traveling in the wrong direction of the roadway, or drifting into the lane of oncoming traffic. Head-on crashes have the potential to be fatal.
In addition to the accidents listed above, which refer to the positions of vehicles at the time of impact, consider that truck accidents, commercial vehicle accidents, and motorcycle accidents also occur in Florida more often than they should. If you have been in an accident involved any type of motor vehicle, our lawyers can represent you as you seek damages.
Understanding Fault and Recovering Compensation after a Motor Vehicle Accident
As stated above, accidents don’t just happen – they are most often caused by the fault of one of the drivers involved. However, even if the other driver was 100 percent to blame for your crash, Florida’s no fault insurance laws prevent you from bringing a claim against that driver.
In fact, under Florida’s no-fault laws, all drivers involved in a crash, regardless of fault, must file a claim with their own insurance company’s PIP (personal injury protection) coverage first.
There are some circumstances in which drivers are permitted to step outside of the no-fault system, though. Indeed, if a driver suffers injuries that are considered severe as defined by Florida’s serious injury threshold, a claim can be filed against the at-fault driver’s insurance, or a lawsuit can be filed directly against the at-fault driver.
If you do step outside of the no-fault system and want to pursue a tort against an at-fault driver, you will need to prove that the other driver was to blame for your crash. This will typically include proving that the driver committed a negligent, careless, reckless, or illegal act that was the direct cause of crash, such as speeding, texting while driving, driving while impaired, driving while fatigued, illegally changing lanes, tailgating, etc.
Let’s not forget that boating accidents, bus accidents, and distracted driving are also considered under this category, and our attorneys have many years of experience with precisely these types of incidents.
You Deserve Your Full Compensation Amount After a Motor Vehicle Crash
Motor vehicle accidents can be serious, and if you have been in a crash, you may have suffered various damage types. Victims are often seriously injured, which may mean the loss of ability to work, immobility, an inability to pursue hobbies and activities you once loved, and huge medical expenses. Of course, property damage in the form of vehicle repair or replacement costs is also common, as are psychological injuries. A person harmed in a crash could develop depression as a direct result of their injuries and new disability, or suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and have fears about driving in the future.
No matter the extent of damages you have suffered, we believe that you deserve to be fully compensated, especially when your accident would not have occurred but for the actions of another driver. We know how to gather evidence to build your claim and prove the full extent of damages you have suffered. We are also skilled negotiators, and are not intimidated by insurance adjusters.
Why Work with Whibbs Stone Barnett, P.A.
There are a number of different attorneys in Florida that you can work with. What sets our law firm apart?
One reason our law firm is one of the best choices for legal representation throughout the state is that we have decades’ worth of combined legal experience, which has allowed us to perfect our method and strategy for building clients’ claims. We also have trial experience.
In addition to our experience, we also stay abreast with all changes in the law so that we always know the best approach to your claim, and are always aware of which laws might affect your ability to recover compensation.
We also have multiple highly skilled lawyers working for our firm, as well as a large staff that is able to handle all aspects of your car accident case, from an initial investigation to a final settlement award. We have the connections and resources your case demands.
We know that a car accident can change your life. We want to be here for you to help you recover the compensation you need to improve your future. Please visit our law firm today, send us a message.