If you or a family member got hurt in a side-impact (T-bone) collision in Tampa, you can get compensation through insurance, but it may not cover all of your damages. Your insurers may be willing to negotiate with you, but if they aren’t, you may have to sue the other driver for your damages.
However, our firm could negotiate or sue for you and possibly recover more compensation. If you lost a family member in the collision, we will sue for you and fight for wrongful death damages. During a free consultation, we’ll tell you about the service you can expect from your Tampa side-impact collision lawyer.
What Compensation Can I Get for Being Broadsided?
This depends on whether you (or a lawyer from our firm) file claims through your personal injury protection (PIP) insurance and your property damage liability (PDL) insurance, or if you file a personal injury lawsuit against the other driver. If you go through your insurance, you’ll get compensation for some, simple financial damages, such as the bills you’ve incurred. If you sue the other driver, you may get more compensation.
If you let a car accident lawyer from our firm pursue compensation for you, your lawyer can negotiate with your insurers for more of your damages, or sue for all of your damages. Regardless, your lawyer can pursue:
- Physical damages: These could be physical pain, impairment/disability, and even loss of consortium.
- Other intangible damages: Your lawyer could pursue any mental anguish or emotional trauma you have.
- Personal property costs: Your lawyer will pursue the repair/replacement cost of your vehicle and any other costs for damaged/destroyed property.
- Medical costs: You can expect your lawyer to pursue all of your medical costs, including the cost of any physical therapy and/or assistive care you require.
- Lost wages: If you can’t work during your recovery, your lawyer will claim your lost wages. Your lawyer can even claim lost wage-earning capability.
- Other financial damages: If you have other financial damages or if you may have some in the future, such as future loss of income, your lawyer will claim them.
Wrongful Death Damages
You may have lost a family member in the collision. If so, your lawyer will file a wrongful death lawsuit on your behalf and fight hard for such damages as loss of spousal support and loss of parental support.
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What Is the Value of My Tampa T-Bone Traffic Accident Case?
If you have many damages, and if they’re serious, you may be able to recover a great deal of compensation. However, it will depend on how certain damages are valuated.
It’s difficult to determine the monetary values of intangible damages, like physical pain, and anticipated damages, like future loss of income. If you try to valuate these damages yourself, your insurers (or a judge) may not agree with your valuation. However, if you let a lawyer from our firm valuate those damages, your lawyer will use a valuation method the insurers or judge will understand, so they may be more likely to approve the valuation.
After your lawyer has determined the values of all of your damages, your lawyer will be able to give you the overall value of your case.
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Who Is at Fault in a Side-Impact Collision?
In a Florida side-impact collision, either driver could be at fault. However, since Florida is a no-fault state, regardless of who’s at fault for the collision, both drivers must file their claims for compensation through their own insurance.
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Who Is Liable for Compensating Me?
Your insurers must compensate you for certain damages, but not all of your damages. However, your lawyer may be able to hold your insurer to account for some other damages. Alternatively, your lawyer may be able to hold the other driver liable for compensating you.
To establish liability in your case, your lawyer will have to show the following:
Evidence of Liability
This could be traffic camera footage of the collision or even data from a vehicle’s event data recorder. Your lawyer may also have to show corroborating evidence, such as testimony from a car accident reconstructionist.
The Elements of Liability
These include duty of care, breach of duty, and other elements. To show the other driver owed you a duty of care, your lawyer may explain how they had the responsibility of driving carefully. To show breach of duty, your lawyer may explain how the driver drove recklessly.
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How Will My Tampa Side-Impact Collision Lawyer Recover My Compensation?
Your lawyer could file your insurance claims for you and then negotiate with your insurers for your damages. This may be a quick, effective option for recovering your compensation. However, your insurers may not be willing to compensate you fairly. If they aren’t, your lawyer can threaten them with lawsuits, which may convince them to settle fairly.
Alternatively, your lawyer could file a lawsuit against the other driver immediately. This may be the best option if you lost a family member in the collision. With this option, your lawyer will file your lawsuit and negotiate your court verdict for you.
About Your Side-Impact Collision Lawyer in Tampa, FL
The personal injury lawyers at our firm have a great deal of experience with car accident cases, so your lawyer will know exactly how to handle your side-impact case for you. Your lawyer can handle your case even if it involves the loss of a family member’s life.
Your lawyer can serve you in other ways, as well. For example, if you have any appointments you need to schedule, your lawyer can schedule them for you. Also, your lawyer can refer you to an expert who can repair your vehicle for you.
Additionally, your lawyer can work for you in an affordable contingency-fee arrangement. You won’t have to pay your lawyer anything until and unless your lawyer is successful with your case.
You will want to contact our office as soon as possible as there are certain time limitations on filing cases. Whether your red light accident was the city’s fault or involved a wrongful death, you will want to get a case started right away as both of these have different time limits. Our lawyers will be able to look at the date and details of the accident to let you know where you fall in the time frame.
Contact Us for One of Our Side-Impact Collision Attorneys in Tampa, FL
If you or a family member got hurt in a side-impact collision, or even if your family member lost their life in the collision, our firm can help. We can either negotiate with your insurers for more of your damages or sue the other driver for potentially all of your damages.
Normally, insurance companies pay for repairs to the damaged vehicle, but do not pay for the diminished value. We can get compensation for the loss of value whether it was a small accident or involved a major injury.
In a free consultation, we’ll review your case with you and explain how your Tampa side-impact collision attorney will help you.
To consult with us for free, contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today.
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