Automobile Accident Attorney

Are you looking for an automobile accident lawyer? Florida has close to 250,000 vehicle crashes every year. The most common cause of wrecks is careless driving, which means the driver was not taking into red lights, stop signs, accounting for curves or the width of the road, traffic, the grade of the road (steepness) or other conditions that hinder safe driving. We are also seeing an increase in reckless driving cases because people are on the phone, texting or otherwise paying attention to something other than the roadway.

Whether you or your family members were involved in a motor vehicle accident resulting from a car crash, truck wreck, bus crash or public transportation accident, motorcycle injury, ATV roll over, accident on your bicycle, accident as a pedestrian, were the victim of a DUI driver or other motor vehicle incident, we can help. Whether or not you know who the at-fault party is, we can help.

Under Florida’s statute of limitations for personal injury cases, you have four years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. For more information on hiring a personal injury attorney in Jacksonville, contact us!

Legal Advice for Car Accident Cases

Initial Evaluation and Treatment / Emergency Room

Most of our clients start off in an emergency room after a crash. If not, they are visiting a doctor within a few days after the wreck. Either way, we can help from day one. From visiting you in the hospital to making sure your treatment starts off the right way, we are here.

Follow-Up Care / Chiropractor / Physical Rehabilitation

Going to a doctor is important. First off, your health matters. Second, our founding partner, attorney John Phillips, worked for insurance companies and large businesses for the first eight years after law school. The main thing he learned was “damage control.” Insurance companies want to say people who don’t go to the doctor aren’t injured and people who don’t miss work aren’t hurt. It’s simply not true, but preserving your case is important.

PIP - Personal Injury Protection Insurance (FL) / "14 day rule"

Florida’s PIP (personal injury protection) is the first line of coverage available. It is usually the victim’s own policy, which is why people call Florida a “no fault” state. PIP has a rule which generally requires any injured victims of an automobile accident in Florida (or under a Florida) policy to seek medical care within 14 days of an accident. It also requires your doctor to document an “emergency medical condition,” so you can receive the maximum payout available from your PIP coverage. PIP covers medical bills and lost wages.

BI - Bodily Injury Insurance

In Georgia, all motorists are required to have at least $25,000 in insurance to cover someone they hit, hurt, injure or damage. Florida is different. It actually generally requires $0. This insurance is the first part of any serious injury claim. It is the benefit available to you and we want every penny available. It covers both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are typically the things you can put in a calculator, like medical bills and lost wages- past and future.

We will also seek to recover for non-economic damages, which include damages as the result of any bodily injury sustained by Plaintiff and any resulting pain and suffering disability or physical impairment, disfigurement, mental anguish, inconvenience or loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life experienced in the past or to be experienced in the future. (Florida Standard Jury Instruction, See 501.2).

UM / UIM - Underinsured / Uninsured Motorist Insurance

Underinsured motorist insurance (UIM) Underinsured Motorist insurance (UIM) pays for injuries, such as medical expenses, that result from an accident caused by a driver who has too little insurance to cover all of the injuries, or none at all. This is insurance purchased by you or a resident relative of your household. It is very important.

What damages can we recover?

Many of our clients are hurting, struggling and hoping they get better, but aren’t. 

We will seek to recover FULL economic AND non-economic damages. Economic damages are typically the things you can put in a calculator, like medical bills and lost wages- past and future.

We will also seek to recover for non-economic damages, which include damages as the result of any bodily injury sustained by Plaintiff and any resulting pain and suffering disability or physical impairment, disfigurement, mental anguish, inconvenience or loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life experienced in the past or to be experienced in the future. (Florida Standard Jury Instruction, See 501.2).

How do I pick a lawyer?

Insurance carriers try to negotiate every dollar they can, because every $100 means millions in the end to their Board of Directors. Attorneys matter. Defendants and their carriers change their game plan when an experienced lawyer is involved. For that reason -and the misinformation by TV lawyers and referral services- is why people should select lawyers carefully.

Because of the economy, more lawyers are jumping into personal injury and wrongful death cases and should stick to what they know. Other lawyers are just too young and inexperienced to be able earn the respect of insurance companies or have never tried a case by themselves. Insurance companies hire experienced lawyers on their side. You should, too. Personal injury law requires knowledge about medical science and biomechanics (the forces on a body in a wreck or a fall) far greater and more specific than you’d think. The other side has doctors and millions on their side to say nothing is wrong or fight the claim.

Pick:

  • (1) A Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer. It’s the Bar’s gold standard.
  • (2) Pick a lawyer who has been to trial and achieved multiple million dollar verdicts. The insurance companies know.’
  • (3) Stay away from the TV advertisers. They pay for those ads by settling cases.
What is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer?

Board certification recognizes attorneys’ special knowledge, skills and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice.

John is Board Certified as a Civil Trial Lawyer. The Bar certifies lawyers who pass a full day examination and undergo extra training and who have a documented history of going to trial and good peer reviews. If you are paying the same contingency fee, we’d recommend hiring a Board Certified lawyer. It makes a difference.

What You Need to Know About Your First Appointment With Us

All initial appointments are free. All appointments are confidential. You will sit down with a lawyer and discuss your issues and how we can help. If a lawyer doesn’t meet with you on day one, you have hired the wrong law firm.

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DO NOT BRING: Any money or retainer.

All injury cases are done on contingency. That means, we are not paid until the end of your case and are paid only IF we recover something. You do not have to pay us if we don’t win.

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BRING: Any Accident Report, Drivers Exchange of Information or Photos

Bring anything you have to the initial appointment. We will make a copy and then return it to you.

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BRING: Any Relevant Medical History

We keep all of your information secured and private. We need your medical information to make an injury claim. Do not worry if you do not have it. We will get it from your doctors and others.

Committed to Justice.™

Verdicts & Settlements

This is just a sample of our recent verdicts and settlements.

Do not hire a lawyer who has never been to trial. We try our own cases. Less experienced lawyers will bring another lawyer “if” it goes to trial. We do not recommend this strategy. You choose your lawyers and will actually pay less in the long run to choose wisely now. We are a smart choice.

$495,123,680

Jury Verdict: Duval County (2019). Wrongful Death by Shooting in Motor Vehicle. Punitive Damages Awarded.

$1,100,000

Jury Verdict: Alachua County (2012). Vehicle Negligence by Coca-Cola. Caused Laser Spine Surgery and Pain.

$2,600,000

Jury Verdict: Volusia County (2014). Vehicle Negligence by Volusia County Beach Patrol Caused Injuries.

$912,664

Jury Verdict: Duval County (2017). RSD / CRPS Caused by Negligent Driver of Motor Vehicle who Ran Stop Sign.

A prospective client’s individual facts and circumstances may differ from the above matters; results vary by case.

$1,750,000

Settlement: Martin County (2015). Multiple Surgeries Caused by Outback Employee Negligence.

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