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Auto Accidents

Auto accidents can have serious and costly consequences for those involved.  Car accident injuries occur on a large scale every day.  Injury attorneys like Marc F. Plotnick and Paul S. Horning understand the complexities that auto accidents entail, including both legal and insurance matters. Determining who is at fault for a car accident can be difficult do to.  Accidents can be the result of negligence, speeding, poor road conditions, etc.

Know Your Rights

With the ever-changing laws in Florida and the fine print of insurance policies that define your rights, attempting to deal with the insurance company on your own can be dangerous for both you and your family.

If you have been injured in an car, truck, or motorcycle accident in Florida, there are many laws that you may be unaware of that can directly affect your rights.  You may be entitled to recover payments for:

  • Your medical treatment
  • Permanent injury
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Cost of repair to your vehicle

 The Law Offices of Marc F. Plotnick can assist and guide clients in this process but there are some key actions to take as soon as your accident happens.  After aiding anyone injured and protecting the scene as much as possible, the following tips are crucial:

     1) Call the Police: Calling the police is not only important if someone was injured in your collision, but it may also be beneficial in insurance and liability claims.  Even if you receive a ticket, it does not necessarily mean you are responsible or at fault. 

     2) Exchange Information: Obtaining the contact information of the other driver(s) involved in your accident, along with their license number, insurance company and policy number is very important.  In addition, it is helpful to record the name and contact information of any passengers and witnesses involved in the accident.  Any additional information you are able to record, such as road, traffic and weather conditions, may also be helpful to your case.  If available, take photos of the damages with your cell phone as soon as they happen.

    3) Do NOT Admit Responsibility: When dealing with the other drivers involved and the police, it is crucial never to admit responsibility for the accident.  Any admission you make at that time may be used against you as your case progresses.  Even if you initially believe you caused the accident, you may later learn that the other driver was actually at fault, or equally at fault.  

    4) Do NOT Speak to the Other Driver's Insurance Company Before Consulting with an Attorney.

Lastly, the sooner after your auto accident you contact an attorney, the better.  Marc F. Plotnick and Paul S. Horning  can advise you regarding your rights and responsibilities in your case.  He will aid in dealing with insurance adjusters and fight to recover compensation for your injuries and damages.  If you have been involved in a car accident, no matter what the cause, you need the experience and knowledge of Marc F. Plotnick and Paul S. Horning to investigate your case to the fullest.

Plotnick Law, P.A. serves clients throughout the Tampa Bay Area including but not limited to; St. Petersburg, Clearwater, & Bradenton



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