Car Accident Lawyers in Jacksonville
Our car accident lawyers have more than 240 years of combined legal experience with jury verdicts and insurance settlements in excess of $1 million each, and more than $10 million in settlements for personal injury claims involving motor vehicle accidents. Anyone injured by the negligence or unreasonable acts of another deserves good legal representation, so we prosecute large and small injury cases with the same vigorous approach.
Due to the increased number of vehicles on the road, automobile accidents, truck collisions, and motorcycle accidents are among the most frequently prosecuted personal injury and wrongful death cases for our Jacksonville office. Hundreds of traffic accidents occur each day in Florida and there are thousands of auto accident deaths each year.
Types of damages.
If you or a loved one has been injured or you have lost a loved one in an auto accident, the experienced personal injury accident lawyers at Harrell & Harrell, P.A., can help. We offer free, no-obligation consultations to help determine if you have a case. If you choose us to represent you, our experts will help you arrive at a monetary amount to seek for recovery based on the collective economic and non-economic damages you sustained from someone’s negligence, carelessness or unreasonable act. These damages may include:
In addition to the medical bills you’ve accumulated in the immediate aftermath of your accident, you may also be entitled to compensation for the cost of medical care that is expected to be necessary in the future. These costs can include:
- Emergency transportation from the accident scene
- Emergency department treatment
- Medical equipment
- Inpatient rehabilitation
- Outpatient therapies
- In-home nursing care
You may be entitled to recover wages and salary you have lost as a direct result of your accident injuries, as well as income you would have been able to make in the future if you had not been injured due to the negligence or carelessness of someone else.
Compensation may be recoverable to repairs to or replacement of property, such as your vehicle, that was damaged in the accident.
Non-economic damages may be recoverable, including loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress, or mental anguish.
We understand the strain that medical bills and lost income can put on you and your family, and we’ve helped thousands of clients just like you put their lives back together after an accident. Regardless of the severity of your injuries, you have the right to seek the maximum compensation that our laws allow.
Common causes of motor vehicle accidents.
Our personal injury accident attorneys have represented clients in all types of motor vehicle accidents, including accidents involving these common factors and more:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Operating a vehicle without a driver’s license
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Reckless endangerment
- Road rage or aggressive driving
- Failure to maintain a safe operating condition
- Defective equipment or parts
- Poorly maintained roadways
- Distracted driving
What to do if you’ve been injured in an auto accident.
After seeking immediate medical care and following up with your doctors, you may be quickly contacted by representatives of insurance companies. Remember that insurance companies are in business to make money—your well being is not their priority. If you’re receiving a barrage of calls or letters, delay responding until you have had the opportunity to consult with a qualified car accident lawyer.
At Harrell & Harrell, P.A., we have decades of experience dealing with insurance companies that represent negligent parties and we are well-versed in the tactics they may use to minimize claim settlements or to settle claims as quickly as possible. Call us at 904-251-1111 or 800-251-1111 before you make any recorded statements or take any actions to settle your claim.
How our auto accident lawyers can help you and your family.
After an accident, you may be undecided about hiring a car accident attorney, particularly if you believe your injuries are not severe. We know from decades of successfully recovering compensation for clients with all types of injuries, however, that anyone who has sustained any type of injuries in any type of accident should consult with an expert personal injury lawyer before accepting any settlement offered by insurance companies.
The team of lawyers and accident experts at Harrell & Harrell, P.A., will act quickly on your behalf to navigate the complex claims process. Our resources include the latest technologies to develop and support your case, as well as experts such as licensed accident investigators, a medical director, and full-time staff nurses. The team assigned to your case will thoroughly review the details of your accident and determine the best course of action to pursue to seek full and fair compensation for all of your losses.
Our services include investigating your accident to identify which party or parties may be at fault; gathering evidence; filing your claim in a timely manner; proving the full extent of your losses; negotiating a settlement offer; and, if necessary, taking your case to court. We will handle all the necessary paperwork, ensure all of the deadlines associated with your claim are met, and take care of all of the details.
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If a car accident causes a loss of life and you are the personal representative of your loved one’s estate, you may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim. The wrongful death attorneys at Harrell & Harrell, P.A., understand how devastating such a loss can be, as well as the importance of seeking compensation for your damages. We can guide you through the often-complex legal process of a wrongful death claim and help you seek the settlement your family deserves.
You never have to face big insurance companies alone: Our car accident lawyers will be at your side every step of the way. Keep in mind that we represent our clients on a contingency fee basis, which means that if we don’t win your case, you do not owe fees or costs. If the case is won, we are paid for representing you with a portion of the settlement or award we obtain on your behalf.
When to hire a Jacksonville car accident attorney.
If you’ve been injured in an auto accident that you believe was caused by the negligence or carelessness of another person or party, contacting a car accident attorney immediately puts you in a stronger position when dealing with insurance companies. An auto accident claim can involve more than just agreeing to the settlement amount an insurance company offers: There may be other aspects of the accident or your injuries that should be considered before accepting a settlement, such as the long-term effects on your ability to earn a living, or future medical costs that may be incurred. Depending upon the unique circumstances of your accident, there may also be more than one party that may at fault, such as an equipment manufacturer. A qualified car accident attorney will know how to navigate the claims process and help ensure that your rights are fully protected.
Even if you feel your injuries are minor, taking advantage of a free consultation with Harrell & Harrell, P.A., attorneys can be of benefit. Some injuries, such as soft-tissue injuries and head injuries, don’t always exhibit symptoms right away. That’s why it’s important to speak with an attorney after any accident and before rushing into a settlement with an insurance company.
Also, keep in mind that the sooner you speak with a car accident lawyer, the sooner he or she can ensure that evidence is preserved and that proper steps are taken to build the strongest case possible on your behalf.
Expert representation for all types of traffic accident cases.
Personal injury law is not a sideline at Harrell & Harrell, P.A.—it’s our only focus, and we are the largest personal injury law firm headquartered in Northeast Florida. In addition to car accident attorneys, we have lawyers with expertise across the full range of personal injury accidents, including these and more:
- Truck accident attorneys
- Motorcycle accident attorneys
- Wrongful death attorneys
- Pedestrian accident attorneys
- Bicycle accident attorneys
- Watercraft accident attorneys
- Boating accident attorneys
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When you’ve been injured in an accident caused by another’s carelessness or negligence, you should be focusing on your recovery instead of worrying about how you are going to take care of yourself and your family as the costs of your injury pile up. You may question whether an accident lawyer can help you when you’re up against powerful companies and attorneys on the other side. The answer is yes: Regardless of the size of your claim, a no-risk consultation with our car accident attorneys can increase your chances of recouping the true costs of your injuries.
Contact Harrell & Harrell, P.A., for a free review of the details of your case. We serve clients throughout the North Florida area, including:
Car Accident Lawyer FAQs
If you’ve been injured in an accident, you should keep in mind that insurance companies will not be on your side—in fact, they will be looking to pay out as little as possible. No matter what type of accident caused your injuries, an experienced car accident lawyer can help you obtain fair treatment. If you’d like to know more about what an auto accident attorney can do for you, we offer absolutely free consultations.
After calling 911 and moving vehicles out of the way of traffic if it’s possible, there are several steps to take that can help build a solid foundation for an accident case:
Obtain names, contact information and insurance information from other parties involved.
Obtain names and contact information for any witnesses.
Get a copy of the police report, your case number and the responding officer’s name and badge number.
Take photos of all injuries and vehicles and the surrounding area.
Call your insurance company to report the accident, but do not make any statements to your own insurance company or the other party’s insurance company before speaking with a car accident attorney. Do not sign any releases.
Call Harrell & Harrell, P.A. at 904-251-1111 or 800-251-1111 to speak with us any time of day or night.
There isn’t a simple formula for calculating a fair settlement amount, because there are a number of factors that must be considered and every case is unique. In general, however, the more serious an accident victim’s injuries are, the larger the amount of compensation. There may also be non-economic losses to consider, but a victim must have sustained a permanent injury in order to bring a claim for such losses.
A responsible and ethical car accident attorney will not calculate a final value before you have reached what is known as maximum medical improvement, or the point at which your medical team believes you will have no further improvement in your injuries.
At Harrell & Harrell, P.A., our car accident attorneys offer a free, no-obligation consultation to help determine the strength of your case. When you become our client, our experienced personal injury team will investigate every aspect of your case and carefully calculate a compensation amount that takes all of your losses into account.
The primary payer of your medical expenses is your own auto insurance company. This is because Florida is a “no-fault” insurance state, which means your required Personal Injury Protection (PIP) covers your own injuries. PIP benefits are not standard for all policies but in general, 80 percent of medical expenses up to $10,000 are covered by PIP.
Nearly all car accident lawyers in the state of Florida represent their clients on a contingency fee basis, so there is no charge for an initial consultation on your case and there will be no fees or costs owed to the attorney if a successful settlement or verdict is not reached. If the case is won on your behalf, the contingency fee is a set percentage of the settlement or verdict. At Harrell & Harrell, P.A., we will review our agreement with you before signing and make sure you understand the contingency fee.
According to Florida law, the standard time limit for filing a personal injury civil lawsuit is typically four years from the date of the accident or incident. There are some exceptions to this, however, so it’s important to consult with a car accident attorney as soon as you possibly can. At Harrell & Harrell, P.A., we know accidents happen at all hours of the day, that’s why we are available 24/7 to take your call.
Many car accident cases can be resolved in six to 18 months, but the length of time needed to settle your particular case may differ. Keep in mind that at Harrell & Harrell, P.A., we work with you on a contingency basis, which means we do not get paid until you get paid. We will work to resolve your case as quickly as possible.
We strongly recommend that you look for a law firm that focuses on personal injury law. Some firms practice personal injury law in addition to many other practice areas, but the more experience and expertise in managing accident cases that your future attorney has, the better your chances for receiving a fair settlement.
Don’t settle for less than you deserve.®
I had an auto accident but did not believe there was going to be a positive outcome, as the opposing insurance companies fought the process. However, Lauralee Rodriguez assured me that she would be persistent in the case, if I would be patient. Well, I was patient (as well as doubtful, lol), but SHE DID IT and SHE DID IT WELL!!! I am very satisfied with the service and the outcome of the case. GREAT FIRM!!! Thank you Harrell & Harrell for employing competent staff.