Car Accident Lawyers

CAR ACCIDENT LAWYERS


In 2016 alone, there were nearly 166,000 Florida motor vehicle accidents involving injury or death. Car accidents pose a considerable risk to all motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. The impact of serious car accidents often carry a lifetime of physical, financial and emotional consequences.

Unfortunately, too many innocent car accident victims see their situation go from bad to worse. They quickly find that the insurance companies, including their own, are only looking out for their own best interests. Claims for medical bills, lost wages or damaged vehicles are often delayed or outright denied. If a settlement is eventually offered, it’s typically only a fraction of what is needed to pay for the true costs associated with the accident.

Most of our seriously injured clients have never hired a personal injury lawyer. They aren’t necessarily in favor of suing anyone and typically aren’t looking for a financial windfall. They’re simply in a bad situation and want to be treated fairly and with compassion.

If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in a car accident, we offer free initial consultations. We also take all injury cases on a contingency basis. This means you owe no attorney’s fees unless we settle your case or win a favorable verdict in court.

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What You Should Know About Car Accident Cases in Florida…


Florida PIP 14 Day Rule

Under Florida Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance law, you only have 14 days after an auto accident to seek medical treatment. Failure to seek medical treatment within 14 days of the accident means you may have forfeited your personal injury auto insurance coverage.

Why Do I Need a Car Accident Lawyer?

To present a successful automobile accident claim to an insurance company or at a jury trial, you will need substantial evidence. That evidence may include the vehicles themselves, crash reports, testimony or reports from medical experts, engineers, accident scene investigators or accident scene reconstruction experts. The success of your claim will rely heavily on the collection, preservation and presentation of this evidence.

Unfortunately, auto insurance carriers, even your own, are frequently unwilling participants in these claims. Auto insurance adjusters are paid to save their company money, by reducing the value of accident claims. Saying something as innocent as “I feel fine today.”, during a recorded phone call with an insurance adjuster, can be used to reduce the compensation an accident victim is entitled to. Having an experienced car accident lawyer, by your side, can help prevent costly mistakes during your claims process.

Sometimes insurance companies simply aren’t willing to provide just and fair compensation for accident victims. Under these circumstances, you’ll need more than a car accident lawyer. You’ll need a personal injury trial lawyer with the experience, resources and willingness to take a serious injury case to jury trial. Hiring a law firm with a successful track record of auto accident related jury trials can play a vital role in the outcome of your claim.

What is My Car Accident Case Worth?

Each car accident case is different. Car accidents vary in the magnitude of physical and emotional injuries to the passengers, the damage associated with the vehicles involved and possibly property damage to surrounding buildings or structures. In addition, each driver involved in the accident may have different levels of auto insurance coverage available to file an accident claim against. Because the damages, available evidence and auto insurance coverage vary in accident cases, the value of each accident claim will be different.

For serious car accident claims, you may be entitled to compensatory or monetary damages and non-monetary damages. Monetary damages focus on the accident victim’s financial loss. They may include medical bills, future medical bills, lost wages, lost income earning potential and property damage. Non-monetary damages focus on intangible losses stemming from the accident. They may include pain and suffering. emotional distress, loss of companionship and possibly punitive damages.

When Should I Contact a Car Accident Lawyer?


 

Why Hire Lutz, Bobo & Telfair, P.A.?

 
Lutz, Bobo & Telfair, P.A. is recognized as one of the premier civil trial law firms in Southwest Florida. We are Martindale-Hubbell AV® rated, the highest possible rating for legal ability and ethical standards. For over 25 years, our lawyers have helped good people who have been seriously injured or had a loved one killed in a car accident. Our personal injury law firm excels at handling complex auto accident and wrongful death claims.

If you’ve been seriously injured or are the spouse of someone killed in a car accident, we invite you to contact our experienced attorneys today. We offer no cost case reviews for all injury cases. We also work on a contingency fee basis. This means that you owe no attorney’s fees unless we settle your claim or win a favorable judgement in court.
 

What Our Clients Have to Say

 

 

Common Causes of Car Accidents

Driving Under the Influence:

Driving under the influence is typically associated with alcohol. While alcohol certainly impairs a motorist’s ability to drive, drugs, both prescription and illegal, also cause the same impairment. Impaired drivers lose their ability to gauge distances, have slower reaction times and generally have poor overall judgment.

Distracted Driving:

While many things can cause a driver to become distracted, the biggest and most controversial in terms of distracted driving is cell phone use. Studies have shown that texting while driving slows reaction times by 37%. These same studies have shown that speaking on a telephone while driving slows reaction time by 46%. Both of these statistics are significantly higher than driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Aggressive Driving:

Everyone who has operated a motor vehicle has seen them. They exceed the speed limit or weave in and out of traffic, often it’s both. Their actions imply that they believe they are more important than anyone else on the road or their safety. According to AAA aggressive driving accounts for over 50% of all fatal traffic accidents.

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Charles W. Telfair
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Doug thatcher
Doug thatcher

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

I really didn’t know what to do after my daughter was involved in a car accident. The circumstances were just ridiculous leaving her with auto and medical issues. She contacted and met with Mr. Telfair, he guided her and is actively taking control of the legal issues which are difficult to control. As a father I was helpless, never had to use a lawyer before. My daughter was treated with compassion, Mr Telfair’s office was very professional. Thank you very much.

Anna Perelygina
Anna Perelygina

5 out of 5 stars

posted 5 months ago

Charles Telfair is a great lawyer and wonderful person. I had a rather costly dispute with my old apartment complex, and needed a good lawyer. I received a reference for Charles and he took my case and resolved it in a very short period of time. I will definitely be using his services in my future legal issues!

Troy Bellamy
Troy Bellamy

5 out of 5 stars

posted 5 months ago

Charlie Telfair handled a simple case for me and resolved my issue quickly. Even though he has a large office downtown, he treated my case like it was his biggest case. I recommended 2 other friends to him and they won their cases as well.

Angela Mynatt
Angela Mynatt

5 out of 5 stars

posted 5 months ago

I feel so grateful to have found Charlie Telfair at Lutz, Bobo & Telfair! I was in a car accident a couple years ago and my experience through the whole process was Ideal. Charlie and his team were always available to answer questions and explain in detail what was progressing with my case. I liked that He was always up front and to the book with the proceedings and their possible outcomes. I tell anyone that has need for representation to call this Firm!

Debra Palmer
Debra Palmer

5 out of 5 stars

posted 5 months ago

I personally worked with Charles Telfair over many months on an injury claim. I found him to be very professional and a great communicator. He and his staff are exceptional negotiators. I would highly recommend Lutz, Bobo & Telfair. I could not be happier with the final settlement in my injury case.

Sarasota Office:

2 N. Tamiami Trail, 5th Floor
Sarasota, FL 34236

Toll Free: (866) 802-8182
Local: (941) 951-1800
Fax: (941) 366-1603

Hours:

Monday – Friday
8:30 AM – 5:15 PM

Saturday & Sunday Closed

Tallahassee Office:

2155 Delta Blvd, Suite 210-B
Tallahassee, Florida 32303

Toll Free: (877) 521-0890
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Hours:

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Saturday & Sunday Closed

Bradenton Office:

1201 6th Ave. W., Suite 109
Bradenton, FL 34205

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Local: (941) 806-0356
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Hours:

Monday – Friday
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Saturday & Sunday Closed

Punta Gorda Office:

122 Nesbit Street
Punta Gorda, FL 33950

Toll Free: (866) 802-8182
Local: (941) 655-6910
Fax: (941) 366-1603

Hours:

Monday – Friday
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Saturday & Sunday Closed