According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) there are an average of 1,102 automobile accidents in Florida every day, not including the countless accidents that go unreported. The FLHSMV has seen this number steadily increase over the last several years, due in part to an increase in distracted driving.
If you live in the Volusia/Flagler County area, you are likely familiar with how bad traffic (and accidents) can be on these roads: I-4, I-95, US-1, 17-92, International Speedway Blvd., Nova Road, Saxon Blvd, A1A, State Road 44, and Granada Blvd. These roads and intersections have all been ranked as some of the most dangerous in the United States.
Car accidents can be devastating, and even minor accidents can be difficult to sort out. If the accident results in death or serious injury, life will never be the same for the survivors. In these instances, an auto accident attorney may be necessary to file claims and help you recover as much as possible.
At Vasilaros Wagner, we are dedicated to representing anyone who has been injured in an auto accident in the Daytona Beach and Palm Coast areas. If you, or a loved one, have been injured in an auto accident of any kind, our friendly and knowledgeable legal team is here to help.
Whether you’ve been in a major accident or a minor one, our experienced auto accident lawyers will work on your behalf to recover losses for you so you can focus on recovering from your accident. You can call us 24/7 at 386-777-7777 or fill out our online contact form for a free consultation.
If you or a loved one have been hurt in a Daytona car accident, it is imperative that you discuss your case with an experienced Florida car accident attorney as soon as you are physically able.
Unfortunately, after your accident, not everyone is going to be on your side. Insurance companies have a vested interest in minimizing your compensation, and they always have expensive legal teams at the ready, so, you will need to be ready to match them with the highest quality legal representation.
The Florida car accident lawyers at Vasilaros Wagner have decades of successful courtroom experience regarding auto accident settlements, and we will use every tool at our disposal to help ensure that your case has the greatest chance for a successful result.
Q: When Should I Call a Lawyer After a Car Accident? A: One of the first things you should do after an accident is call a personal injury lawyer to discuss your options and the details of your case while the experience is fresh on your mind. That being said, if you’ve been severely injured or are in need of immediate medical attention, that should be your first priority.
Q: What If an Auto Accident Was Partly My Fault? A: Florida is a no-fault state, meaning if you’re in an auto accident and have proper auto insurance, you’re covered by personal injury protection (PIP) no matter who caused the accident. The Florida no-fault law requires you to use your insurance company to pay for medical expenses, lost income, and other damages related to your accident. The same applies to the other party. In some cases, however—such as permanent injuries, disfigurement, or loss of bodily functions—it is wise to speak with a personal injury lawyer and discuss filing a claim against the other driver to recover your total amount of damages. The same goes for people with extensive medical costs, high estimated future medical expenses, and substantial lost wages.
Q: How Much Do I Have To Pay For You To Investigate My Accident Claim or Represent Me? A: Like most personal injury firms, our firm provides free consultations and charges a contingency fee—a percentage of the settlement or judgment you get for your case—in order to represent you and assist you with your claim. The percentage will depend on the type of case and whether or not we have to file a lawsuit. That being said, you have our guarantee that we will never make more than you because your life is worth more. From the moment you contact us, our lawyers will work with you and will only be paid if and when you receive a settlement.
Q: Who Will Pay For My Doctor Bills After an Auto Accident? A: Your health insurance, Medicare, and/or Medicaid may pay for some or all of your medical bills. If you were in a car accident, your PIP insurance may pay a portion of your medical bills as well. If you have any bills left over, we will do our best to negotiate the remaining bills so that they can be paid with a part of your settlement.
Q: Who Will Pay For My Lost Wages While I Am Too Hurt To Work? A: If you were in a car accident in Florida, PIP insurance will pay 60% of your lost wages up to the $10,000 limit, though this amount may be reduced by payments for other expenses such as medical bills. We recommend you get a letter from your doctor specifying how long you must wait before returning to work, as well as a letter from your employer stating that you have not been working due to your injuries. For the remaining unpaid portion (and for cases where there is no PIP insurance), the sum of your lost wages will be a factor when negotiating with the at-fault party.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Traffic Statistics, 6.7 million+ auto accidents occurred in 2018, causing 2.6 million+ injuries, and roughly 37,000 deaths. The key to avoiding becoming just another statistic is to focus on driving safely, which can not only protect you and your family, but also the other motorists with whom you share the road.
While it is important to do your part to be safe on the roads, you cannot always trust that your fellow motorists are going to act in kind, but even though you can't control their actions, there are several steps you can perform on your own to help ensure you reach your destination safely.
Based on guidance from the CDC, safe drivers should attempt to employ these tips when behind the wheel: