Car Accident Attorney in Melbourne, Florida
Titusville auto wreck attorneys representing Brevard County
In recent years, the United States saw a sharp rise in traffic-related fatalities. In fact, the single-year increase was the sharpest in five decades. Nationally, 38,300 people lost their lives on roads and highways, and 4.4 million suffered injuries that required medical treatment. In Florida, 374,342 traffic crashes were reported, and 2,699 people lost their lives. Brevard County – including the cities of Melbourne and Titusville – has the longest stretch of I-95 in Florida, spanning more than 72 miles. Because of the massive amount of accidents that happen on I-95 in Melbourne and Titusville, the chances of a car crash happening here are far greater than in cities without such a busy thoroughfare. Given that the car insurance industry estimates drivers will – on average – file a collision claim once every 17.9 years, those who think “it will never happen to me” are on the wrong side of statistics. And when you find yourself injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you need a Melbourne car accident attorney by your side.
The Melbourne auto accident lawyers at Couture Law P.A. have seen how a person’s life can change in an instant after an auto wreck, and we are dedicated to helping our clients receive the financial compensation they need to put the pieces of their lives back together. Whether you have suffered minor injuries, severe trauma that landed you in the hospital or the death of a loved one, our car crash lawyers are here to help you recover fair compensation for your injuries and emotional distress. If you have been hurt in a collision with another vehicle in Titusville, Melbourne or elsewhere in Brevard County, let our law firm take on the insurance companies while you focus on recovering.
Immediately after a car crash…
Many drivers involved in car accidents make critical mistakes in the overwhelming aftermath of the crash. Your most immediate concern should be the health of everyone involved, so you or someone else should call 911 immediately. Even if your injuries appear to be minor, always seek medical attention anyway. Your doctor or an emergency room physician can help determine if you have injuries that are likely to cause long-term pain and suffering – like whiplash. You likely will be contacted by the other party’s insurance company or attorneys almost immediately. It is imperative that you say nothing, sign nothing and agree to nothing until you seek the counsel of an experienced car accident lawyer in Melbourne.
Is Florida a no-fault state?
In Florida, all drivers must have “personal injury protection” (or PIP) as a component of their auto insurance policies. Florida is a no-fault state, meaning each driver’s insurance company is responsible for reimbursing its policyholders up to a certain dollar amount regardless of who caused the accident. Each Brevard County driver is required to carry a minimum of $10,000 in coverage, but when serious injuries occur, this is often nowhere near enough to cover the damages incurred. Fortunately, the state allows you to file an injury lawsuit if your severe injuries meet certain criteria, which can include paralysis, brain damage, broken bones and permanent disfigurement. This is when the expertise of a skilled Melbourne auto accident attorney can make all the difference in helping you restore your quality of life.
Types of auto wrecks
At Couture Law P.A. our car accident attorneys consult with clients daily on cases involving many different types of collisions. While each crash type could cause serious injuries, some often are more catastrophic than others, often resulting in fatalities. Auto injury cases our lawyers handle most often include:
- Head-on collisions: Two vehicles that collide in this manner do so with such force often are catastrophic. This is they deadliest type of auto accident.
- Rollover accidents: When cars flip at a high rate of speed, motorists often suffer massive trauma or are ejected from their vehicles.
- Rear-end collisions: When hit from behind, the force of impact can cause head, neck and spine injuries.
- Speeding accidents: Speed kills, injures and maims. Severity of injuries from this type of crash increases with every mile per hour.
- Intersection wrecks: T-bone accidents are common here, especially when one driver sees fit to try to beat a red light.
- Parking lot accidents: To the surprise of many, this is the most common type of auto accident in the United States. Serious injuries are still possible at low speeds.
- Accidents involving DUIs: These types of cases are complex, as there are both criminal and civil aspects. Typically, the criminal DUI case unfolds before civil charges are filed.
We have written articles on each of the preceding. Simply click the accident type at the beginning of each entry to learn more.
Negligent drivers in Melbourne & Titusville
Many auto wrecks are caused by someone’s carelessness or recklessness, such as driving while intoxicated or texting and driving. The job of a Titusville or Melbourne car accident lawyer is to prove that the other driver’s negligence led to your serious injuries, and to recover the financial compensation you deserve for property damage, lost wages, medical expenses and emotional pain and suffering. Your lawyer will immediately get to work collecting police and medical reports, interviewing witnesses, photographing the accident scene, speaking with the other driver’s insurance company and obtaining the opinions of expert witnesses to prepare a solid case on your behalf.
Speak with a Brevard accident attorney ASAP
For the compassion and personalized attention you deserve, contact Tara Couture and her associates at Couture Law, P.A. immediately after your auto wreck so that we can maximize your chances of a swift resolution and fair compensation. Let your lawyer work to obtain the maximum payout so that you can place your focus on recovering from your traumatic injuries. Our Melbourne accident attorneys fight on behalf of personal injury victims throughout Brevard County, Florida, including Titusville.
AUTO ACCIDENT FAQs
How do I file an accident claim against an out-of-state driver?
Out-of-state travelers occupy Florida’s roads every day. Auto insurance policies generally cover damages no matter where the insured driver has an accident in the country. Should legal action be necessary, then you will usually file the lawsuit in Florida where the accident occurred. However, you may have the option of filing the lawsuit in the state where the defendant lives. The defendant may even push for this option if that state’s comparative negligence laws are more restrictive than Florida’s. A car accident attorney can evaluate these issues and pursue a litigation strategy focused on your best interests.
How do you find out if someone was texting and driving?
Smart phone use behind the wheel is a well-documented traffic hazard, but you need proof to accuse someone of this negligent behavior. The definitive way to gather evidence of texting while driving is to subpoena the driver’s mobile phone service. It will have records documenting the time of all texts. The assistance of an attorney will streamline the process of requesting the data from a telecommunications company. Additionally, witness testimony could confirm texting activity at a certain time. Police officers sometimes ask drivers if they were texting, and their police reports might serve as evidence.
How long does it take to feel whiplash symptoms after a car accident?
The sudden blunt force of motor vehicle accidents whips around the bodies of vehicle occupants. Rear-end collisions are especially prone to causing whiplash injuries to the soft tissues of the neck, nerves, and bones. Symptoms, like pain, tingling, reduced range of motion, headaches, or dizziness, may not emerge for a few days after the accident. A medical evaluation as soon as possible after a crash can alert you to whiplash injuries and connect you with appropriate treatment. Medical records will also improve your ability to prove injuries when seeking damages from the responsible party.