Pensacola Car Accident Lawyers
Providing Car Accident Victims with Award-Winning Legal Representation
Although the possibility of getting into a car accident is very real, many people glaze over this fact on a day-to-day basis. Then when an accident does occur, it comes as an unwelcome, frightening surprise. It is all the more jarring when you sustain major injuries as a result of an accident for which you are not liable.
If you were involved in a car accident because of the recklessness of a negligent driver, you may qualify to sue that driver to obtain financial compensation for your injuries. Michles & Booth’s Pensacola car accident attorneys are committed to solely fighting on the side of the plaintiff, as we believe that no one should have to suffer due to the negligence of another. To help you along the path to recovery, our experienced attorneys will stand steadfast by your side, advocating for your rights and fighting to maximize your compensation.
Call Michles & Booth’s Pensacola office at (850) 779-1188 and request a free consultation to discuss your car accident claim.
When to Get an Attorney for a Car Accident
Not every car accident requires legal advice. For example, if you were in a minor fender bender and no one was hurt, you're more than likely fine to file an insurance claim on your own. If, however, your car accident was more serious and/or has one or more complicating factors, it is highly advisable that you contact an auto accident lawyer ASAP.
You should involve a car accident lawyer in any case involving:
- Serious personal injury or death
- A dispute over who caused the accident
- A dispute over the police report
- A collision with a bicyclist, motorcyclist, or commercial truck
The best time to obtain the help of a car accident attorney is as soon after the collision as you can. The longer you wait, the higher your chances are of missing legal deadlines or losing important evidence that could be crucial for your case.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer After a Car Accident?
There are many ways in which foregoing a lawyer in complex cases could seriously hinder your ability to collect compensation. For instance, you could compromise your case by attempting to negotiate with an insurance agent alone. It is advisable not to do this, as the at-fault driver’s insurance agent is more than likely to employ various tactics to get you to say things that will lower the value of your claim. One such tactic is when they have you go over the accident again and again, asking you different questions at different points in the story. These questions tend to be slight variations of them asking whether you could have done anything to prevent the crash.
Save yourself the time and trouble of talking in circles with an insurance agent who will, after the call, end up piling deductions onto your claim. By hiring an attorney early on, insurance agents will be informed that you will not be taken advantage of or pushed around. Often, this is enough to obtain the insurance payout you deserve. If they remain reluctant to provide you with a fair payout, our Pensacola car accident lawyers will not hesitate to take them to trial for the amount to which you are legally entitled.
Does My Car Accident Injury Qualify for a Claim?
To qualify for a claim, your injury must have been suffered as a direct result of another person’s or party’s negligence. You could technically file a claim for a minor injury if you desired, but it might be sufficiently resolved through an insurance claim.
For a serious injury that disrupted your life — particularly one that you expect to continue to affect your life for the long term — the damages you suffered as a result will amount to more money than those of a minor injury, which means the insurance company will try its best to avoid having to pay the full amount. Since car accident victims are both legally entitled to that money and often rely on it to afford the treatment they need, a legal claim may be the best option for them to maximize their compensation.
A few examples of severe injuries that our car wreck lawyers have helped clients file legal claims over include:
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Third-degree burns
- Spinal cord injuries
- Orthopedic injuries
- Loss of a limb or part of a limb
Potential Compensatory Damages in Car Accident Cases
Many successful car accident cases result in one or more of the following damages being paid out to the plaintiff to compensate them for their injuries:
- Medical and hospital bills
- Missed time from work/school
- Vehicular property damage
- Lost earnings/wages
- Pain and suffering
If your loved one was lost in a car crash caused by negligence, you may be able to file a personal injury claim on their behalf in the form of a wrongful death action. You could seek compensation for their pain and suffering between the accident and their death, any medical bills from their post-accident treatment, funeral and burial expenses within reason, and/or your loss of companionship, society, and guidance, among other damages.
Establishing Liability & Winning Your Car Accident Case
The manner in which liability will be established will depend on the details of your case. Often, a car crash lawyer will reconstruct the collision and weave any uncovered evidence, along with any existing evidence, into your claim. Eyewitnesses and security footage will be utilized, if applicable. After compiling all this information about the car accident into a claim and formally filing it, a lawyer will represent you in court and argue your case before a judge and jury.
It is possible to represent yourself in court, but hiring a skilled car accident lawyer provides you with a better chance at reaching a favorable outcome. When your recovery is on the line, you do not want to have to stand alone against the defense’s own expensive attorneys. Give yourself the upper hand; hire an auto accident attorney that knows how to prepare for and navigate legal proceedings with ease.
Contact an Experienced Pensacola Car Accident Attorney Today
Our car accident injury department at Michles & Booth is composed of numerous seasoned attorneys who can guide you through every stage of the legal process. We know that each case is unique, which is why we provide each and every client with legal services tailored to fit their specific needs. Over the years, this approach to legal representation has led us to recover six- and seven-figure results for our clients. Find out how our nationally acclaimed firm can help you.
We also represent car accident victims in Alabama, including those injured in Lillian, Foley, Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, Daphne, Fairhope, Spanish Fort, Bay Minette, Atmore, Flomaton, Brewton, or Dothan.
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