If you suffered injuries due to an inexperienced teen driver, a Clearwater teen driver accident lawyer from our law firm can help. You could potentially recover compensation for your financial losses, such as lost income and healthcare costs.
At the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, we help those who suffer injuries because of another person’s actions to recover the compensation they deserve. We may be able to help you by building a case against the negligent party, gathering evidence to prove fault and your damages, and fighting for your rights in court.
Florida’s Personal Injury Statute of Limitations
Florida Statute § 95.11 says that you typically have four years from the date of your collision to file a lawsuit. The same statute gives you two years from the date of a loved one’s passing to take action in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Some exceptions may toll, reduce, or extend this deadline. Our team can examine your case and the provisions under Florida Statute § 95.051 to be sure of your filing window.
Damages in a Teen Driver Accident
Damages in car accident cases can vary considerably. Depending on the circumstances of your collision and damages, you could potentially seek the following types of compensation:
- Medical expenses
- Income loss
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage expenses
- Diminished earning capacity
You could also recover other types of damages not included here. Our team at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help you review the financial and non-financial effects of your collision to arrive at a fair case value.
Do I have a Case?
Whether you have a case or not largely depends on if another party is liable for your losses. You will need to have proof that another party’s actions led to your accident, and you suffered damages as a result.
According to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding causes around a third of all motor vehicle accidents on U.S. roads. However, other forms of teen driver negligence can lead to car accidents, including:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Drowsy driving
- Driving while texting or otherwise distracted
- Following too closely to other cars
- Violating traffic laws
- Neglecting vehicle maintenance
We Can Determine if Negligence Contributed to Your Accident
If someone else caused your crash, you may have a case and qualify to recover compensation. In order to prove your right to compensation, our team will have to prove the following:
- The negligent driver owed you a duty of care.
- They did not fulfill this duty of care.
- This caused the accident and your injuries.
- You have damages as a result.
A Clearwater teen driver accident lawyer from our firm can help you gather the evidence required to support your case. Among other items, this can include traffic camera footage, telephone provider records, and photographs of the scene.
What Steps Should I Take After an Accident?
You can begin setting the groundwork for your case from the moment it happens. Steps that will help with this include:
Seeking Medical Attention
Even if you feel fine in the immediate aftermath of the accident, some injuries take a few hours to fully develop. Getting medical attention after a collision can ensure that you receive any treatment you need. It also establishes an official record of when you suffered the injuries.
You should insist on receiving a medical report detailing all of your injuries and treatments, which we can use as evidence in your case. It can both show the connection between your injuries and the collision and help us calculate your medical expenses. If you skip this critical step, you may struggle with recovering damages.
It can be tricky to recover evidence in the days and weeks after a car accident. If possible, try to gather photographs you have of the scene and copies of the police report, which can help us jumpstart our investigation.
You can also keep a journal about your injuries, medical treatments, and recovery period. In addition to these items, our team can gather other forms of evidence for your case, such as traffic camera recordings.
Reporting the Accident to the Insurance Company
Florida is a no-fault state, which means your car insurer is typically responsible for your damages to a degree. After an accident, one of your first steps should be filing a claim with your own insurance company.
Yet, if you suffered catastrophic injuries, your insurance policy may not cover the full extent of your losses. In this case, you could either sue the at-fault driver personally or settle with their insurer. When we review your case, our team can help you determine the best path for recovery and assist you with the filing process.
Considering Legal Aid
You could seek legal advice and guidance from our team before beginning your pursuit of damages. We offer a variety of services that may be beneficial throughout the process, allowing us to take some of the pressure off of you.
For example, our team can analyze your case and explain what options you have. We will act as your advocates with each step we take on your behalf.
Our Team at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine is Here for You
Having one of our car accident lawyers by your side can provide much relief during this difficult and stressful time. When you hire a Clearwater teen driver accident lawyer from our firm, we can:
- Help get your due from the insurance company
- Determine whether you have a claim against a negligent driver
- Identify all potential at-fault parties
- Calculate your damages and gather the evidence to prove them
- Take your case to court if the insurance company will not pay an adequate settlement
We take care of your legal issues while you have time to concentrate on your family. Contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine now to discuss your case and opportunities for compensation. Call us for a free consultation at 1-800-747-3733.
We Can Help.