Westchase Auto Accident Lawyer
Most accident-related medical bills exceed $50,000. That’s because these victims usually sustain serious injuries. Today’s cars and trucks are bigger and faster than ever before. These injuries also make it difficult or impossible to work at full speed for many months following an accident. These victims deserve compensation for all these economic losses. They also deserve compensation for the intense pain and suffering these injuries cause.
The experienced Westchase auto accident lawyers at the Rinaldo Law Group routinely handle car accidents and other injury claims in Hillsborough County and nearby jurisdictions. Over the years, our professional team has developed proven methods in these situations. As a result, we are usually able to obtain results which exceed our clients’ expectations. Additionally, we are usually able to settle claims out of court, and on victim-friendly terms.
Car Crash Evidence
Generally, evidence in a car wreck claim includes witness statements, medical bills, and the police accident report. Sometimes, these items are sufficient to obtain maximum compensation in a car crash claim. Other times, however, that’s not the case.
The police accident report is a good example. Emergency responders do the best they can with the evidence which is available at the scene. However, even the most experienced first responder is not an accident reconstruction professional. Furthermore, some of the best evidence in a car wreck case is often unavailable at the scene. So, the police report’s conclusions are often incomplete or misleading.
Electronic evidence, such as a vehicle’s Event Data Recorder, is often an important supplement. An EDR is a lot like a commercial airliner’s black box flight data recorder. Most EDRs measure and record data like:
- Steering angle,
- Engine RPM,
- Brake application, and
- Vehicle speed.
The police report never accounts for this information. At best, EDRs are only accessible after an accident.
There are some significant hurdles to overcome. Loss of evidence is a good example. Most insurance companies destroy most wrecked vehicles shortly after an accident. If that happens, a Westchase auto accident lawyer has no chance to examine an EDR.
So, most attorneys send spoliation letters to insurance companies. These letters direct insurance companies to preserve all potential physical evidence, including an EDR, for future inspection.
Next, a skilled attorney must put this evidence together like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. That’s the best way to obtain maximum compensation in these situations.
Ordinary negligence and negligence per se are the most common legal theories in a car wreck claim. Generally, ordinary negligence is a lack of reasonable care. Commercial operators, like Uber drivers, usually have a higher duty of care. Negligenceper se is usually a violation of a safety statute.
Speeding is a good example of the difference between these two doctrines. The posted speed limit is simply a presumptively reasonable speed under ideal conditions. If environmental, driver experience, or other conditions are less than perfect, drivers have a legal responsibility to slow down. So, even if the tortfeasor (negligent driver) was travelling under the posted limit, the accident could have been speed-related.
Rely on an Experienced Hillsborough County Accident Lawyer
Accident victims are entitled to fair compensation for their serious injuries. For a free consultation with an experienced Westchase auto accident attorney, contact the Rinaldo Law Group. Home, virtual, and hospital visits are available.