In the first two months of 2023, Volusia County has seen nearly 600 car accidents. Of these accidents, there have been two fatalities and over 400 injuries. Unfortunately, this is just the beginning, as car accidents in Florida tend to increase during the warmer months of the year.
The outcome can be devastating regardless of where or when a car accident occurs. If you find yourself in this situation, you may need help figuring out what to do or who can help.
At Zimmet & Zimmet, our legal team takes pride in helping Daytona Beach residents get back on their feet after a car accident. Here, you can learn more about how we can help with your case and work to ensure a positive outcome for your situation.
How a Daytona Beach Car Accident Attorney Can Help with Your Claim
If you are injured in a car accident, you need to focus on your recovery. It is challenging to fight with the insurance companies and lawyers to recover the compensation you deserve. A Daytona Beach car accident attorney can handle communications with these parties and negotiate with the insurance company while you focus on your recovery.
When you hire our legal team, some of the ways we will help with your case include the following:
Investigate the Accident
One of the first things we will do is investigate the accident. During our investigation, we will collect evidence and, if needed, work with accident reconstruction experts to know what happened and who was at fault for the collision. After determining who is liable, we can build a claim on your behalf.
Negotiate on Your Behalf
We will also negotiate with the at-fault party and their insurance company on your behalf. Our goal in these negotiations is to ensure full compensation for your injuries and losses.
Take Your Case to Court
We can take your case to court if no settlement is agreed upon. This is done by filing a complaint and ensuring the requirements and deadlines are met. If your case ends up in court, we will advocate on your behalf to help secure a decision that provides you with the financial compensation you are entitled to.
Types of Compensation Available in a Daytona Beach Car Accident Claim
You could collect damages if your car accident-related injuries were due to another person’s negligence. There are several types of damages to pursue, including economic and non-economic.
Economic damages are the tangible and quantifiable financial losses you have suffered. Common examples of economic damages include the following:
- Past, present, and future medical costs. This includes time in the hospital, surgeries, prescription medication, doctor visits, occupational therapy, medical equipment, and physical therapy.
- Past, present, and future lost wages. If you cannot return to work due to your injuries, you can recover your lost wages. You can also recover compensation if you cannot do the same job you did before the accident due to your injuries.
The non-economic damages you can recover are considered subjective losses. These include the following:
- Pain and suffering. This includes the emotional and physical pain and anguish caused by your injuries.
- Loss of quality of life. If you can no longer participate in activities you enjoyed due to your injuries, you can recover compensation for this.
- Loss of consortium. This is designed to compensate your spouse and family members for the loss of your services and companionship in the home.
Along with receiving compensation for the injuries you sustained, you may also be eligible for property damage that occurred during the accident. This includes the cost to repair or replace your vehicle or any property you had inside the vehicle at the time of the accident.
Time Limit for Filing a Car Accident Claim in Florida
In Florida, you have four years from the accident date to file a claim to receive compensation. This is referred to as the statute of limitations.
If four years pass and you have not filed a claim, you lose the right to do this.
How to Protect Your Rights After a Daytona Beach Car Accident
After a car accident, you may feel confused and overwhelmed. There will likely be a lot going on at the scene, which can make it hard to know what to do. However, you need to take steps to protect your rights. The steps you should take include the following:
- Contact the police
- Take photos or videos of the accident scene
- Gather contact information
- Contact a lawyer
Let Our Legal Team Help with Your Daytona Beach Car Accident Claim
You have several rights after a car accident that was not your fault. You must take steps to protect your rights, which includes contacting the law firm of Zimmet & Zimmet for help.
We understand how devastating a car accident can be and are ready to help you recover the compensation you deserve. The first step is to call our office to schedule a free consultation. During this meeting, we can learn more about your case and create a plan to help you get a fair settlement offer. It is best to contact an attorney as soon after the incident as possible to retain your right to file a claim.