Winter Park Car Accident Attorney
With our crowded interstates, year-round tourism, and constant mix of in-state and out-of-state drivers, Florida roads are some of the most dangerous in the country. According to the CDC, nearly 2,450 people in Florida die each year from motor vehicle accidents, with many more being injured as a a result of motor vehicle accidents. Motor vehicle deaths alone cost the state over $3 billion, mostly from lost wages (which are suffered by surviving family members), and those who survive motor vehicle accidents often deal with high medical bills, pain and suffering which lasts for years, and lost income and reduced earning potential. In short, a motor vehicle accident can change your life in an instant.
At Cotter & Zelman, P.A., we bring our combined 65 years of litigation experience to work in representing you in your car, truck, or motorcycle accident case. The financial stakes can be extremely high in a motor vehicle accident case, and you owe it to you and your family to work with tough, aggressive Winter Park car accident attorneys who will fight for your interests in negotiations and on to trial if need be.
Winning a Motor Vehicle Accident Claim in Florida
Florida state law requires an injured plaintiff to prove that he or she suffered a “serious injury” before being able to successfully sue the other driver. This means that if a plaintiff cannot show a serious injury, then the victim must recover from his or her own insurance policy first. If the plaintiff can prove a serious injury, he or she must then prove that the other driver acted negligently in operating the vehicle. Common ways in which a vehicle operator acts negligently include:
- Driving while intoxicated
- Running a stoplight or stop sign
- Crossing the center line
- Failing to properly maintain a vehicle
- Driving while fatigued
- Texting while driving
Because proving a serious injury as well as proving negligence are so critical to the outcome of a motor vehicle accident case, it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible after the accident to begin an investigation. At Cotter & Zelman, P.A., we have decades of experience in investigating and winning motor vehicle accident claims, and we will begin fighting for your interests immediately after the accident.
Don’t Let the Other Party Put the Blame on You
Florida law will reduce or completely prohibit a plaintiff’s recovery if it can be proven that the plaintiff’s negligent actions played a role in causing the accident. Reducing or eliminating a plaintiff’s recovery can have enormous financial consequences, as Florida allows for a plaintiff to recover for a wide range of damages suffered from an accident, including all medical bills, rehabilitation, all lost income and reduced earning potential, pain and suffering, and related damages.
If your insurance coverage is not enough to cover the medical or lawsuit costs of you or another, then you may be personally responsible for paying those costs. Thus, it is critical you work with tough, experienced accident attorneys who will fight for a fair settlement and, if necessary, go to court to fight for your legal and financial interests.
Contact Our Winter Park Car Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident in Florida, contact Cotter & Zelman, P.A. for professional assistance in defending your interests and obtaining the recovery you deserve. Contact us at 407-629-4711 to schedule a free consultation.