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If you’ve been injured in an auto accident, you could find yourself in a difficult position physically and financially. Besides serious, life-altering injuries, you could be facing unexpected and expensive medical bills and reduced income from missed time at work.

But if someone else’s negligence, carelessness, or reckless behavior caused your motor vehicle accident, you may have a right to hold that driver financially liable for your accident-related losses.

At Cardoso Law, PLLC, our attorneys have the know-how and resources to aggressively fight for the full payment you deserve. We are your advocates and will always work with your best interests in mind. Best of all, you pay nothing unless and until we recover the compensation you deserve.

Contact us now to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation with a Pensacola car accident lawyer.

How Our Pensacola Car Accident Law Firm Can Help You

Hiring a car accident attorney in Pensacola following a car accident will give you a better chance of securing the full compensation you deserve. We say this because navigating the insurance claims process and the legal system can be difficult, and you could make serious mistakes.

For example, the insurance carrier for the other party in your accident could offer you a less-than-optimal settlement, paying out pennies instead of dollars. They might only offer money for medical bills you incurred up until a certain point. Or the insurer could trick you into making damaging statements that could destroy your chances of recovering any money at all.

Since 2009, Ryan Cardoso and Cardoso Law, PLLC have recovered millions for accident victims because we know how to negotiate with insurance companies to get a fair settlement. We are well-skilled in calculating your losses to build the best case for maximum compensation. And when the insurers refuse to play fair, we’re prepared to take your matter to court and seek a judgment on your behalf.

We credit our success to ensuring every auto accident claim receives the attention it deserves. As a client, we view you as an extension of our family and community – because in Pensacola, you’re both to us.

What Are the Frequent Causes of Car Accidents?

Most causes of auto collisions in Florida come from some form of human error. These include:

  • Failure to yield or obey traffic signs or lights
  • Speeding
  • Reckless driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Tailgating
  • Unsafe and erratic lane changes
  • Improper turns
  • Driver fatigue
  • Drunk driving
  • Drug-impaired driving

However, some instances are not related to other drivers’ actions. A car wreck could stem from vehicle malfunction, such as a defectively designed or manufactured auto product. When this happens, the auto manufacturer could be liable. Also, the maintenance provider could have installed an auto part improperly, meaning they could be held accountable.

In addition, a dangerous or defective roadway could lead to a car crash. In these instances, a governmental agency (for the city, county, or state) could be responsible, as it may have failed to maintain infrastructure properly.

What Are Common Types of Car Accidents in Florida?

While no two motor vehicle accidents are alike, many share certain characteristics. These include:

  • Head-On Collisions
    These occur when two vehicles crash in front of each other. These are rare, but they tend to have catastrophic consequences.
  • Rear-End Collisions
    These happen when the front end of one car crashes into the rear end of the vehicle in front of it. These are among the most common car accidents and usually stem from distraction, impairment, or other forms of driver negligence.
  • T-Bone Accidents
    These will occur when the front end of one vehicle crashes into the side of another. They often happen when a driver confuses or ignores the right of way at intersections.
  • Sideswipe Accidents
    These happen when the side of one vehicle collides or swipes against the side of another vehicle. Common causes include unsafe lane changes and failure to check blind spots.
  • Rollover Accidents
    These involve a vehicle tipping over to the side or rolling over to its roof during an auto wreck. These crashes occur when a driver attempts to turn the vehicle at a high speed, or the friction between the road and the tires causes the vehicle to tip and roll over.
  • Multi-Vehicle Accidents
    Also called pile-ups or chain-reaction collisions, these are accidents in which several motorists are involved. As a result, there can be conflicting reports about what occurred, and the issue of responsibility can become complex.
  • Single-Vehicle Crashes
    These involve one vehicle colliding with a fixed object, such as a ditch, pole, or building. Although the vehicle’s driver is typically at fault, there could be other factors, such as improperly maintained roads or defective vehicle parts.
  • Low-Speed Accidents
    These collisions are often referred to as “fender benders,” because they usually result in minor vehicle damage. Yet low-speed accidents can still cause injuries such as whiplash or complications that might not manifest until much later.
  • Hit-and-Run Accidents
    In these accidents, a driver flees the scene instead of staying to check on who they hit or provide contact information. An attorney can help you file a car accident claim through your own uninsured motorist (UM) policy and serve as a liaison between you and police officials investigating the crash.
  • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Accidents
    Sometimes, the driver who caused the crash doesn’t have insurance or enough coverage to pay for everything. This is where optional uninsured and underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage comes in. It’s covered under your insurer, but because you might encounter challenges getting them to pay it, you may need an attorney.
  • Uber/Lyft Accidents
    Accidents that involve rideshare drivers bring complex liability issues. It can be challenging to determine who is at fault and whether the rideshare driver’s own policy or the insurance that Uber or Lyft provides should pay compensation. This is why your best bet is to have a lawyer review your case.

Common Injuries in a Florida Car Accident

Some of these injuries, such as TBI, might not be known until long after the accident. For this reason, you should immediately contact a car accident attorney in Pensacola. A lawyer can work with medical professionals to assess whether your post-crash symptoms could lead to possible long-term complications.

The more common injuries sustained as a result of car accidents include:

  • Head injuries, such as skull fractures
  • Brain injuries, such as traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-concussive syndrome,
  • Dislocated or broken bones
  • Neck injuries, such as whiplash
  • Back and spinal cord injuries, such as bulging or herniated discs
  • Soft-tissue injuries, such as whiplash
  • Facial injuries
  • Scrapes, cuts, and lacerations
  • Dental trauma
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Partial or total paralysis
  • Shoulder, arm, elbow, wrist, and hand injuries
  • Loss of limb/amputation
  • Bruises, burns, and puncture wounds
  • Abdominal injuries
  • Ruptured organs, such as punctured lungs and internal bleeding
  • Hip, leg, knee, ankle, and foot injuries
  • Psychological and emotional injuries, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

What Damages Are Available for a Pensacola Car Accident Claim?

At Cardoso Law, our attorneys will work with you to seek damages in a motor vehicle accident. In a car accident injury claim, the term “damages” refers to the money you may recover for accident-related personal and financial losses. These include:

  • Medical bills – These are for treating car accident-related injuries, such as hospital stays, doctor visits, prescription medications, and physical therapy.
  • Lost wages – These account for the reduction in your work wages from the time you missed on the job while recovering from accident-related injuries. You also could be compensated for being forced to use vacation or sick time due to your injuries.
  • Future losses – These are projected values of losses you will probably incur because of the auto wreck. When our attorneys work on your car accident case, we will factor in the costs of medical care you will need and projected losses in your lifetime earning capacity.
  • Pain and suffering – These factor in the intangible costs of the physical pain, mental anguish, and emotional suffering you have and will endure.
  • Lost quality of life – These are intangible losses due to any injuries, disfigurement, disabilities, or psychological trauma that the accident caused. They account for a diminished overall quality or enjoyment of life.
  • Incidental expenses – These are out-of-pocket expenses you would incur for goods and services you would need because of the motor vehicle accident. They include the costs of in-home assistance and traveling to and from medical appointments.
  • Vehicle repair costs – These cover repair or replacement for your vehicle and other personal property or items if they sustained damage in the crash.

Is There a Time Limit for Filing a Car Accident Injury Lawsuit in Florida?

Florida law imposes a time limit for filing a car accident lawsuit, called the statute of limitations. It dictates that citizens have just four years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit or settle a claim.

If a car accident kills someone, their loved ones have only two years from the date of their death to file a lawsuit seeking compensation (this is known as a wrongful death claim).

The court will dismiss your case if you fail to file a lawsuit within these time limitations. However, the statute of limitations contains some narrow exceptions that could benefit your particular situation. It’s best to contact a Pensacola motor vehicle accident attorney immediately to learn whether your car accident claim could qualify for these conditions.

Contact a Pensacola Car Accident Lawyer Today

Contact a Pensacola Car Accident Lawyer Today

If you were injured in a car accident in the Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent Metro Area, along the Emerald Coast, or anywhere in the Florida Panhandle, we’re here to help. Our motor vehicle accident injury lawyers will fight to hold the negligent parties accountable, and we’ll ensure you receive fair compensation for your injuries. Best of all, we work on a contingency-fee basis – meaning you pay nothing until we win your case. Contact us today for a free consultation.