The number of people killed in Jacksonville, Florida, car accidents hovers just over 100 on average each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Several thousand more people are injured in automobile accidents in and around Jacksonville annually. Many of these men, women, and children suffer severe injuries as the result of these car accidents. A large percentage of these Jacksonville car accidents are the result of the negligence of another motorist.
If you have been injured in an automobile accident, the first step you need to take is to consult with an experienced Jacksonville car accident lawyer, like a member of the legal team from The Doan Law Firm. We stand ready to fight for justice for you.
Compensation in a Florida Car Accident Case
Your Jacksonville car accident claim is governed by what is called Florida tort law. Tort law is the legal term that encompasses accident and injury cases in the Sunshine State.
The amount of money awarded in your Florida automobile accident case depends on the circumstances surrounding the accident and the extent of your injuries.
Understanding these parameters, the types of losses for which you can seek compensation include:
medical bills and expenses
pain and suffering
At The Doan Law Firm, we understand that you need time to heal from your accident. You likely will face extended medical care and treatment, including physical therapy. Your pain may persist. You may not be able to return to work anytime soon.
We fight to ensure that you obtain compensation not only for your existing losses, but for those you reasonably can be expected to face down the road. This includes money for ongoing medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost income.
What are Punitive Damages?
Florida law allows your attorney to seek what are called punitive damages in some Jacksonville car accident cases. Punitive damages represent additional money awarded in your case.
According to Florida law, punitive damages are awarded to you in a personal injury lawsuit if a determination is made that the conduct of the party causing an accident was particularly reckless. For example, if the driver of another car was texting as he drove through a red light above the speed limit, these facts might be considered especially reckless.
Punitive damages are designed to punish the other driver for egregious conduct. They are also designed to caution other people from engaging in similar types of conduct in the future.
What is the Statute of Limitations?
The statute of limitations is another important Florida law. The statute of limitations establishes a timeframe within which you must file a Florida car accident lawsuit.
As a general rule, a Florida car accident lawsuit must be filed within four years of the date of the collision. If you fail to meet this deadline, you can forever be precluded from suing the person who caused the accident and your injuries.
Laws like the Florida statute of limitations underscore the need for experienced legal representation. A Jacksonville car accident lawyer from The Doan Law Office is well-versed on the statute of limitations, and all other applicable personal injury laws, claims processes, and court procedures.
Overview of Jacksonville Car Accident Lawyer Fees
The Doan Law Firm charges nothing in the way of legal fees until we obtain a settlement or judgment for you. This is called a contingency fee agreement.
We also address the expenses associated with the case upfront. Any reasonable expenses are dealt with when a settlement of judgment is obtained in your case.
Our legal team discusses all aspects of the fee arrangement with you before you become our client. We reach a mutual agreement on the specific fee that will be charged only upon the successful completion of your car accident case.
Retain a Skilled, Committed Jacksonville Car Accident Lawyer
Our team is available right now to schedule an initial consultation about your case. You can telephone us at (800) 349-0000 any time, day or night. Our injury hotline is staffed every day of the year, even on major holidays.
During an initial consultation, a Jacksonville car accident lawyer from our legal team provides you with a free, no obligation case evaluation. An attorney will also answer any questions you have about any aspect of your case. There is no charge for an initial consultation with an experienced Florida personal injury lawyer from The Doan Law Firm.