Experiencing a car accident in Riverview can leave you with large medical bills, lost wages from missing work, and deep emotional trauma. When another person’s negligence brings on such life-altering loss, that person should compensate you for the damage they have done.
Distasio Law Firm’s car accident lawyer Scott Distasio will bring his more than 30 years’ experience to your case. He will fight tirelessly for your right to recover your damages, and you only pay for his legal services when and if you receive a settlement or jury award.
Call Distasio Law Firm today at (813) 259-0022 for a free legal consultation. A car accident lawyer in Riverview is ready to fight for you.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Human behavior, defective parts, and environmental conditions are just three of the many factors that can lead to a car accident. There were over 400,000 total combined types of car accidents in 2017, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Some factors are more common causes of car accidents than others. From our experience, the most common of these are:
- Reckless driving
- Poor vehicle maintenance
- Driving while distracted
Of course, an almost endless number of variables can come together to create a car accident, including:
- Poorly lit roads
- Road rage
- Failing to yield right of way
- Improper turns
- Debris on the road
- Defective parts/faulty tires
- Running a red light or stop sign
No matter what factors combined to contribute to your car accident, a car accident lawyer in Riverview prepared to handle your case and fight for the compensation you need from the responsible party.
For a free legal consultation with a car accidents lawyer serving Riverview, call (813) 259-0022
Investigating Your Car Crash
Without evidence, your case would simply be a matter of your word against somebody else’s word. An insurance company will not cut you a check because you say their policyholder caused your accident—and a jury is not likely to award you compensation based solely on your testimony.
You need evidence. And this is our first mission as your law firm. We will launch a private investigation of your car accident. The evidence we gather will be put to use in identifying the at-fault party (defendant), as well as in calculating the value of your case.
In our investigation of your car accident, we will:
- Go to the scene of your accident to collect evidence if it makes sense to do so
- Interview witnesses and record their statements
- Seek and catalog photos and videos of the area, the accident, your injuries, etc.
- Get written opinions from experts in the fields of medicine, economics, vocational rehabilitation, and life-care planning
- Work with an accident reconstruction specialist to determine how the accident occurred
- Obtain wage statements from your employer
- Gather all your medical records connected to your injury
We will leave no stone unturned as we construct a case that is built on the sturdiest of evidence. The earlier we start on this investigation, the better. We like to gather the evidence before it disappears and before witnesses’ memories start to fade.
Call Distasio Law Firm today at (813) 259-0022 for a free case review.
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Establishing Negligence Through “Duty of Care”
Using the evidence gathered in our private investigation of your car accident, we will next embark on a compelling presentation of facts that satisfy the required legal elements for negligence.
Before anyone can collect compensation from a personal injury matter, they (the plaintiff) must prove the four critical elements of negligence, as specified by tort law. These criteria consist of:
- Duty of Care: The defendant was duty-bound to take reasonable steps to keep you from being injured.
- Breach of Duty: The defendant failed to fulfill their duty of care to you.
- Causation: The defendant’s breach of duty caused your car crash.
- Damages: The car crash caused you to suffer physically, emotionally, and financially.
Calculating Damages in Your Car Accident Case
Every car accident case is different. The amount that you may collect from the insurance company or via an award granted to you by the jury in a civil court depends on many of the factors of your accident, your injuries, and other elements of your case.
That said, the types of damages you might be eligible to receive by way of compensation include:
- Medical expenses
- Fees from medical practitioners
- Emergency transportation
- Physical rehabilitation
- Lost income and benefits
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Diminished future potential earnings
- Loss of consortium
- Replacement services, like yard maintenance, cooking, childcare
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
Furthermore, if you lost a loved one in a car accident caused by another party’s negligence, you have the right to pursue a wrongful death action. Our firm can handle this effort on your behalf. Call (813) 259-0022 and ask to speak to a member of our team about your wrongful death action in a free legal consultation.
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Taking Your Claim to the Insurance Company
Once we have assigned dollar values to each of the losses you have suffered from your car accident, we will compose a demand letter that itemizes each damage, along with its related cost to you and, ultimately, the defendant.
The defendant’s lawyer may come back with a counteroffer, and hence, the negotiations commence. Just know that we are not one of those “settlement mill” law firms that simply sends a number to the insurer, accepts whatever the carrier offers, then moves on to the next case.
Rather, we are passionate about getting you the settlement you need and deserve. If the insurance company does not see things our way and refuses to offer a reasonable settlement, we will file a civil suit against the defendant.
The Statute of Limitations Restricts the Time You Have to Act
FL § 95.11 enforces a statute of limitations that prevents you from taking legal action after a certain period of time following your accident. According to the statute, you generally have four years to file your lawsuit.
Our firm stands ready now to begin the legal process, not only so we do not miss this and other important deadlines, but also so you receive your compensation as soon as possible.
Let Our Riverview Car Accident Law Firm Handle Your Case
Distasio Law Firm prides itself on handling our clients and our cases with the Distasio “personal touch.” A car accident lawyer in Riverview will go out of their way to hear your story, build your case, negotiate a strong settlement, and if necessary, champion your cause in court.
Call our firm today at (813) 259-0022 for a free, no-obligation legal consultation.