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Heintz Law and our motor vehicle accident attorney represents motor vehicle accident victims in Bradenton, Sarasota and the surrounding parts of Florida. Our board-certified civil trial lawyers have decades of experience handling cases involving severe injuries of all types, as well as fatal auto accident cases. To discuss your case with a motor vehicle accident attorney, call us at 941-748-2916 or send us an e-mail. Our focus is on helping you. You will pay no fees or costs unless we get results for you. If you are unable to come to us, we can come to you.

"I know what you're going through, because I've been on both sides of the desk — as a lawyer and as a client. In May of 1974 at the intersection of US 41 and Cortez Road in Bradenton, a car ran a red light and hit me broadside. Unfortunately, I was riding a motorcycle. I lost the big toe on my right foot, and my ankle was fused. I endured over a dozen surgeries and was in a cast for over a year. I know something about pain and suffering. I felt the insurance company was less than fair with me, and I have made it my life's mission to protect others from the unfair tactics used by insurance companies." — Attorney Steven E. Heintz

Florida Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyer with Decades of Experience

Florida motor vehicle accident lawyer

If you have been injured in a car accident in Florida, it is essential to seek the help of a qualified Florida car accident attorney. An experienced attorney can help you understand your legal rights and options and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Your attorney will be able to negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf and make sure that all of your medical bills are paid for, as well as any lost wages due to time off from work.

Protecting the Rights of Car Accident Victims in Florida

In the Sunshine State, it is essential to protect the rights of car accident victims. When a driver or other party is negligent in causing another person’s injuries, they are legally responsible for all of the losses related to the accident. This includes:

  • medical bills
  • lost wages
  • and pain and suffering.

Typical Forms of Negligent Driving

  • distracted driving (talking, texting, setting GPS directions)
  • fatigued driving (driving without adequate rest)
  • impaired driving (driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol)
  • and reckless driving (following too closely, running red lights).

Dedicated to Helping People Injured by Negligent Drivers

At Heintz Law, we take your case personally. We know the tactics the insurance companies will use to try to convince you to accept less than what your claim is worth. We are dedicated to making sure you are compensated fairly by your insurer. Our motor vehicle accident attorneys handle Florida automobile accidents of all types, including:

Car Accidents

A car crash can happen in a moment and change your life forever. Whether your injuries are minor or catastrophic, one of our skilled lawyers can fight the insurance companies on your behalf to get you the settlement you deserve.

Truck Accidents and other Commercial Vehicle Accidents

Trucks, vans and other commercial vehicles have the weight to cause much greater injury and damage than car accidents. These types of accidents can also get complicated, as there may be several different responsible parties and several different avenues of potential compensation.

Motorcycle, Scooter and Moped Accidents

Accidents of this nature can be particularly injurious as the rider does not have protection against the elements, the road or the other vehicles. Serious injuries of this nature require that you have a diligent, knowledgeable lawyer on your side to get the full compensation you may need for medical bills, lost wages and other expenses.

Distracted Driving Accidents

Distracted driving comprises both drunk driving and driving while texting or talking on the phone. Anything that takes a driver's attention away from the road could qualify as a distraction, whether that's talking with other people in the car, eating or grooming. Our dedicated lawyers could help you recover all the money you deserve if you were injured by a driver who wasn't paying enough attention.

Accidents Caused by Dangerous Roads

Suppose a dangerous condition on a road, such as ice, debris or a blind intersection caused your injury. In that case, you may be eligible to collect compensation from the property owner, who should have kept the area safe.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents

People out walking or biking are no match for a car in a collision. Because injuries sustained in these accidents can be catastrophic, these cases require a keen, experienced lawyer who can fight effectively for appropriate compensation.

Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Accidents

If the driver who hit you was uninsured or underinsured, you might think you have nowhere to turn for help paying your medical bills and other costs. This may not be the case. Our injury attorneys can look at your case's details and determine what options you may have.

In addition to getting justice for people hurt on the roads of Bradenton, Sarasota, and the surrounding region, our motor vehicle accident attorneys also represent victims of boating accidents.

Our motor vehicle accident attorneys have established an impressive record of verdicts and settlements. In one case, we recovered $1.1 million for a couple hit on their motorcycle by a negligent driver. The collision led to substantial orthopedic injuries and the loss of the husband's spleen.

To discuss your case with a motor vehicle accident attorney, call us at 941-748-2916 or send us an e-mail. Our focus is on helping you. You will pay no fees or costs unless we get results for you. If you are unable to come to us, we can come to you.

Types of Damages You Can Recover in a Settlement

Economic Damages

Economic damages are the most common type of damages awarded in a personal injury settlement. These refer to calculable amounts, such as medical bills and lost wages, that an injured accident victim has incurred due to the accident. Economic damages can be easily calculated by adding up all of the costs associated with the accident, including medical bills, lost wages, and any other out-of-pocket expenses.

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages are also commonly awarded in a personal injury settlement. These refer to amounts that may not have an actual numerical “price” associated with them but still hurt the victim's life. Non-economic damages may include:  pain and suffering, scarring and disfigurement, lost earning capacity (if injuries prevent the victim from returning to the same career or working at all), and future medical expenses (if the injuries are permanent).

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages are sometimes awarded when the defendant exhibited gross negligence or intentional misconduct – a recklessness that the court wants to punish in order to prevent others from exhibiting similar behavior in the future.

How Can an Auto Accident Lawyer Help Me?

When you are injured in a car accident, it can be an incredibly overwhelming experience. You may be dealing with physical pain, emotional distress, and financial hardship. Fortunately, our Florida auto accident lawyers at Heintz Law are here to help. Our experienced attorneys have helped countless people get the compensation they deserve after being injured in a car accident.

Handling Time-Sensitive Deadlines

When dealing with time-sensitive deadlines, it is essential to be aware of the laws and regulations that apply to your situation. Depending on the state in which you were involved in an accident, there may be different reporting deadlines that must be met. Additionally, some insurance policies require timely notification of a claim in order for it to be valid. If these requirements are not met, then the victim may lose their ability to make a claim regardless of who was at fault or how severe their injury was.

Conducting a Proper Investigation

Conducting a proper investigation after an accident is essential in order to ensure that all relevant evidence is collected and preserved. Crucial evidence can disappear quickly, such as witness testimony, accident scene photographs, and security camera footage. It is essential to collect this evidence as soon as possible after the incident occurs in order to document what happened accurately.

Dealing with Penny Pinching Insurance Companies

Dealing with penny-pinching insurance companies can be a frustrating and disheartening experience. Victims of accidents or other unfortunate events are often surprised to learn that their insurance companies don’t always act in their best interests. Instead of providing the comprehensive support they need, these companies will try to get them to settle for less than they deserve. Insurance companies may offer lowball sums in the hopes that victims will go away or attempt to negotiate out of rewarding a fair settlement.

To discuss your case with a motor vehicle accident attorney, call us at 941-748-2916 or send us an e-mail. Our focus is on helping you. You will pay no fees or costs unless we get results for you. If you are unable to come to us, we can come to you.

How Long Do I Have to File an Accident Claim in Florida?

The statute of limitations for car accident claims in Florida is four years. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you speak with a Florida car accident attorney as soon as possible. Doing so will help ensure that all evidence is collected and preserved and that any statements made are made so with the guidance of an experienced professional.

Types Of Car Accident Claims

When it comes to car accidents, there are a variety of claims that can be filed depending on the circumstances.

Personal Injury Claim

If you have been injured in a collision, you may file a personal injury claim against the other driver or drivers involved. This type of claim seeks compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering caused by the accident.

Product Liability Claim

Additionally, suppose a manufacturing or design error is found to be at fault for the accident. In that case, you may file a product liability claim against the manufacturer or designer of the vehicle. Finally, if faulty road design is determined to be the cause of an accident, then you may file a claim against those responsible for maintaining the roads.

Wrongful Death Claim

A Wrongful Death Claim is a legal claim that is typically made against the negligent driver whose actions caused the death of another person. The family members or beneficiaries of the deceased may be able to seek compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, funeral costs, and other related damages.

Road Conditions, Design, or Faulty Construction Claims

Road conditions, design, and faulty construction can all contribute to car accidents. In Florida, the state allocates large sums of money each year for road maintenance in order to ensure that roads are safe and up-to-date. Despite this, car accidents still occur due to these issues. When a driver is involved in an accident caused by any of these factors, they may not be held responsible as long as no other factors were at play.

Florida Motor Vehicle Accident FAQs

Can I Sue If My Loved One Died in a Car Accident?

Yes, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. This is a civil action that seeks compensation from someone whose negligence or misconduct led to the death of your loved one. It is essential to retain an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible so they can investigate the incident and advise you about legal options before the statute of limitations for filing runs out.

Should I agree to a taped statement to the insurance company regarding my auto accident?

It is generally not recommended to agree to a taped statement to the insurance company regarding an auto accident, as the statements made can impact your personal injury claim and lead to an unfavorable outcome. It is best to seek legal advice from an experienced lawyer before agreeing to any taped statement.

If I hire an attorney for my personal injury case, will I have to go to court?

Whether you will have to go to court or not depends on the specifics of your case and the outcome of negotiations with the other party. An attorney can guide you through the process and help ensure you get the best outcome possible regardless of whether or not it involves going to court.

Who Is At Fault for a Rear-End Car Accident in Florida?

In Florida, the driver of the rear-ending vehicle is typically at fault for a rear-end car accident. This assumes that the driver of the vehicle that was rear-ended was not driving negligently or in a reckless manner.

How Is Fault Determined in A Florida Car Accident Case?

Fault in a Florida car accident case is typically determined by analyzing the negligence of each driver involved. Negligence can be evaluated based on factors such as speed, road conditions, and even weather. It’s ultimately up to the court to decide who is at fault after examining all the evidence and determining which party neglected their duty of care on the road.

How Long Does a Car Accident Case Take to Settle?

The length of time it takes to settle a car accident case varies greatly depending on the details of the case, such as the severity of the injuries, damages, insurance coverage available and the complexity of any legal issues. On average, cases can take several months to years to complete.

How Do I Obtain a Police Report after a Car Accident?

To obtain a police report after a car accident, you should first contact the police department in the jurisdiction where the accident happened. You will likely need to show proof of identification in order to view or receive a copy of the police report. Depending on where the accident occurred, you may be able to request and access the report online, or you may need to fill out an application at your local police station and wait for them to process it.

What Is a Good Settlement Offer for a Car Accident?

A good settlement offer for a car accident varies depending on the situation and severity of the accident, such as injury or other damage caused. Generally, it is best to seek legal advice to determine an appropriate amount of compensation.

Call An Experienced Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney For A Free Consultation

To discuss your case with a motor vehicle accident attorney, call us at 941-748-2916 or send us an e-mail. Our focus is on helping you. You will pay no fees or costs unless we get results for you. If you are unable to come to us, we can come to you.


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