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Auto Accident Lawyers in Orlando

If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, it is important to understand your legal rights. Before discussing anything with the driver of the other car or the insurance company, talk with a qualified car accident attorney right here in Orlando. Auto accidents can turn your life upside down, resulting in unpaid medical bills, lost wages & earning power, as well as permanent pain & suffering. During the midst of all this confusion, an insurance company may attempt to take advantage of the situation by using anything you say against you when it comes time to talk about a settlement. 

What Are Common Causes of Car Crashes?

Car accidents claim the lives of nearly 3000 people in the state of Florida each year, with almost half of the victims being passengers.  Though some accidents are unavoidable, many involve negligence on the part of one or more drivers. These include:

The sad fact is, you are highly likely to be involved in at least one auto accident during your lifetime. When it happens, you may need help in determining who is liable for damages incurred due to a vehicular crash.

What to Do Following an Auto Accident?

Our attorneys will tell you that the very first thing to do following an auto accident is not to talk with a lawyer, but to seek immediate medical care. Call the police, report the accident, and ask them to send an ambulance. Before the police and ambulance arrive, if you are physically able, follow these steps:

  1. Obtain the contact information of everyone that was involved and witnessed the accident.
  2. Take down the insurance information for all parties involved in the crash.
  3. Take photographs of as many angles as possible for documentation.
  4. Write down as much as you can while you remember it. Note: it is helpful to keep a notepad in your glove box at all times for this very purpose.
  5. Then call an local Orlando attorney – one with particular expertise in Florida car accident law.
Some forms of injuries are not always immediately apparent, and only a qualified medical professional can determine what injuries you may have. So, even if you think you’re okay and do not need to see a doctor, do it anyway.  
 

How Does Texting While Driving Cause Accidents?

It Can Wait logoTexting while driving has become a serious problem leading to many serious injuries and even death (3,000 in 2011 alone).  "Distracted driving" is defined by distraction.gov as "any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving."  11% of all drivers uner 20 and involved in fatal accidents were reported as being distracted drivers at the time of the crash.  For younger drivers ages 15 to 19 this number jumps to 21%.  Why is it texting so dangerous?  It takes a minimum of 5 seconds to take your eyes off the road, look at your phone and see there is a text then look back at the road.  If you're traveling at 55mph you would go the length of a football field without your eyes on the road.  Text messaging while driving makes a crash up to twenty three times more likely to occur.  The biggest problem is that 77% of yound adults are confident they can safely text while driving.  Worse yet, one in five drivers of any age group admit to surfing the web while driving.  Take the pledge today, click the "It Can Wait" logo to commit to the cause and set an example for other drivers.

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If you or someone you know has been injured in a vehicle accident, get in touch with us right away for a FREE no obligation consultation. We will meet you at our office or wherever is most convenient for you to discuss your case. In addition, WE WILL NOT CHARGE ANY LEGAL FEES OF ANY KIND UNLESS WE RECOVER MONEY FOR YOU. Contact an experienced auto accident attorney in Orlando today at (407) 999-8995 or toll free at (888) 999-9149.