If you’ve been injured in a car accident in Tampa, FL, call Catania & Catania Injury Lawyers at (813) 222-8545 for a free consultation. You may have the right to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and suffering. Since 1992, our experienced Tampa car accident lawyers have recovered hundreds of millions in life-changing compensation for crash victims just like you.
Our personal injury law firm offers a free case evaluation and since we work on contingency, there’s absolutely no risk in getting us in your corner. Contact our Tampa law office to schedule a time to discuss your legal options today. We’re always standing by to take your call, 24/7/365.
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How Catania & Catania Injury Lawyers Can Help After a Tampa Auto Accident
You may be entitled to compensation for your car accident injuries. Car insurance companies will fight tooth and nail to deny your claim or minimize how much you’re ultimately awarded. Hiring an experienced Tampa personal injury lawyer is the best way to level the playing field and set yourself up for a win.
At Catania & Catania, we know how to beat insurance providers at their own games – our team includes former insurance defense attorneys. For more than 28 years, our car accident lawyers have been fierce advocates for injury victims and their families. Our tireless efforts have resulted in more than $500 Million in settlements and verdicts recovered for our clients.
When you hire our Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent law firm, we’ll:
- Coordinate an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding your car accident in Hillsborough County
- Gather and analyze evidence to establish the cause(s) and identify all liable parties
- Work closely with leading accident specialists and injury experts as we build your case and determine what it’s worth
- Handle all conversations with other parties and their insurance providers
- Negotiate fiercely on your behalf, backing our demands with facts and evidence needed to get you the money you deserve
- Have our accomplished trial lawyers argue your case in front of a judge and jury, if necessary.
You focus on getting better. Let our attorneys in Tampa handle the fight to get you every cent you deserve for your car accident injuries. Call today to schedule a free consultation and learn more.
Tampa, FL Car Accident Statistics [January 2022 Update]
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were a total of 27,988 auto accidents in Tampa and Hillsborough County in 2021.
This reflected a slight increase from the year before, when Hillsborough County saw a total of 24,160 collisions.
Preliminary data for January 2022 shows that there have been a total of 945 crashes in Hillsborough County so far, which include 615 injuries and 10 fatalities from all crashes (as of 1/18/22).
How Serious Are Car Accidents in Tampa?
In 2021, there were 243 fatal car accidents, resulting in 263 deaths across Hillsborough County. That’s a slight increase from the year before when the Tampa Bay area had 199 fatal wrecks and 214 deaths.
Another 12,160 car crashes in the Tampa area resulted in at least one injury in 2021. 18,685 total injuries were reported that year. In the year prior, there were 10,803 injury-causing crashes, leaving 16,450 people injured.
What is My Case Worth If I’ve Been Injured in a Tampa Crash?
It depends. The most telling factor is the seriousness of the injuries you’ve sustained.
The more serious the trauma suffered in a collision, the higher a related injury case is typically worth.
According to the National Safety Council, the average economic cost of a crash in 2019 ranged anywhere from $12,500 (no injury observed) to $28,500 (evident injury) to $1,704,000 (fatal wreck).
Those amounts do not, however, even take things like pain and suffering or disfigurement into account. When you add in the non-economic consequences of a collision – regardless of the physical injuries a victim sustains – the true value of a motor vehicle accident injury case can be much, much greater.
Catania & Catania has won compensation totaling more than $500 Million for crash victims in the Tampa Bay area. How? By making sure that our client’s cases are valued properly and being relentless in pursuing full compensation on their behalves. Our Tampa auto accident attorneys are ready to fight for you, too. All you have to do is contact us to get started.
What Compensation is Available After a Crash in Tampa?
Florida law explains that two types of damages – economic and non-economic – are typically available in personal injury cases.
Economic damages, which are awarded to make you financially whole after an accident, can include money for:
- Current medical bills
- Future medical expenses
- Nursing care
- Lost wages and income
- Property damage
- Funeral costs, if an accident is fatal
You have to be able to prove your economic losses to get economic awards.
Non-economic damages, which are awarded to compensate for consequences that don’t have a set financial value, can include money for:
Often referred to as “pain and suffering” damages, these are highly subjective and difficult to value in terms of dollars and cents. It’s critical to have solid evidence and expert testimony to support any demands for non-economic awards.
In some situations, punitive damages might also be available. However, there has to be clear and convincing evidence of intentional or grossly negligent conduct for punitive awards to apply.
Can I Get Compensation If I Share Fault For a Crash?
However, your financial award will be reduced by however much fault you’re assigned. If you’re allocated 30% of the blame for the auto accident, your damages will be reduced by 30%.
Other parties and insurance companies will try to shift as much of the blame for a crash to you as they can. It’s important to fight back against these allegations. The more blame you’re assigned, the lower your financial award will be.
Our car accident attorneys know how to protect you from these tactics. Contact us for help protecting yourself and your financial award.
We Handle All Types of Auto Accidents in Tampa
Every car accident is different. The type of crash you’re involved in can have a huge impact on how a related case unfolds.
You deserve to work with a law firm with experience representing clients who’ve sustained injuries in all different types of car accidents in Florida.
Catania & Catania can help you after you’re injured in a:
- Rear-end collision
- Front-end or head-on collision
- T-bone or sideswipe accident
- Rollover accident
- Single vehicle collision
- Crash involving multiple vehicles
- Hit and run accident
- Intersection accident
- Highway accident
- Accident involving an uninsured or underinsured driver
- Drunk driving accident
- Distracted driving accident
- Truck accident
- Crash involving a pedestrian, bicyclist, or motorcyclist
Our Tampa car accident attorneys can also provide the support and guidance you need if a loved one has recently been killed in a fatal crash in Hillsborough County. We’ll pursue compensation for your loss and suffering through a wrongful death claim so that you can focus on grieving and moving forward.
What Causes Car Wrecks on Florida’s Gulf Coast?
Almost anything can cause a traffic accident.
However, certain factors tend to contribute to collisions more often than others.
Common causes of car collisions include:
- Texting and driving, as well as other distractions behind the wheel
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driving while drowsy or fatigued
- Aggressive driving, particularly at or around intersections
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Defective vehicles or equipment (e.g., faulty brakes or airbags)
If you’ve been injured in a car accident due to another’s negligence, call Catania & Catania. Our car accident attorneys are here to help you fight to hold them accountable.
What Are My Options For Recovering Compensation After a Car Accident?
There are two primary courses of action after getting hurt in a crash: pursuing insurance benefits and filing a lawsuit.
Submitting an Insurance Claim After an Auto Accident
Florida currently operates under a “no fault” car insurance system where drivers are required to carry minimum amounts of PIP (Personal Injury Protection) coverage in case they get hurt. You’re required to turn to your own provider for benefits if you’re injured in an accident, regardless of fault.
That might soon be changing – the legislature has passed a law to make Florida a fault-based state. That would mean pursuing insurance benefits from the provider of whoever is responsible for causing a crash.
Filing a Lawsuit
Insurance is the primary source of compensation for victims after a car accident. However, sometimes insurance companies find ways to deny claims or limit their liability.
Other times, at-fault parties have no insurance or the costs of a victim’s injuries exceed policy limits. In these (and other) situations, injured victims have the option of filing an injury lawsuit against those responsible for a wreck.
You might be able to file a lawsuit against:
- Other motorists on the road
- Truck drivers or trucking companies
- Bicyclists or pedestrians
- Employers of negligent parties
- Government entities, or
- Companies responsible for designing, manufacturing, or selling defective products.
Anyone who was negligent – or strictly liable for your injuries under the law – can potentially be named as a defendant in your car accident lawsuit.
Most car accident cases begin with an insurance company. Whether it’s your provider or someone else’s, it’s best to have an experienced attorney representing you throughout the car accident claims process. Your lawyer can make sure that adjusters play by the rules and offer you a fair settlement – knowing that the threat of litigation in a courtroom is very real if they don’t.
What’s the Statute of Limitations For a Car Accident Lawsuit in Florida?
Florida has a four-year time limit that applies to most injury lawsuits. The statute of limitations begins to run the moment an accident happens or when a victim discovers their injuries (if not immediately apparent after a wreck), whichever is later.
There are situations when the statute of limitations could be different.
You’ll have less time to file a lawsuit if:
- An accident is fatal (Florida has a two-year statute of limitations for wrongful death lawsuits), or
- You’re attempting to recover compensation from a government entity (government claims must be initiated within a matter of months, not years).
You might be able to toll – or pause – the statute of limitations if:
- The defendant is facing criminal charges for the accident
- The defendant is out of the state or can’t be located, or
- The victim is a minor at the time of the accident.
If you don’t file your lawsuit before the statute of limitations runs out, your ability to get compensation will be lost.
Protect yourself and make sure that your claim is filed on time is by contacting an experienced car accident lawyer near you in Tampa as soon as you can after you get hurt. Catania & Catania is ready to help you pursue the damages you need and deserve. Call us to get started with a free case evaluation today.
What Kind of Injuries Do Car Accidents Cause?
A crash can inflict a wide range of injuries, from minor scrapes and bruises to trauma victims aren’t able to survive.
At Catania & Catania, our Tampa car accident attorneys represent clients who’ve suffered:
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue injuries
- Eye injury
- Head injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Neck and back injury
- Chest injury
- Crushing injury
- Spinal cord injury
- And more
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in an auto wreck, seek medical attention as soon as you can. Then, reach out to our car accident lawyers to discuss your legal options and find out how we might be able to help you pursue compensation from those responsible.
What Should I Do After a Car Accident?
The following steps can help to keep you safe and help you maximize your financial recovery after a crash:
- Remain at the scene
- Call to report the accident and have police sent to the scene
- Document the scene and your injuries, if possible
- Seek medical care as soon as you can – regardless of whether or not you think you’ve been injured
- Refuse to provide a recorded statement to an insurance adjuster or answer anything other than very basic questions
- Direct all communications from an insurance company and other parties to your attorney.
The things you do – and the decisions you make – in the days and weeks after a crash are really important. In fact, they can have a big impact on your ability to recover insurance benefits or damages in a third-party claim.
When should you hire an attorney if you’ve been in a car accident? As soon as you can. The sooner you secure legal representation, the sooner you can begin to focus on getting better and have the peace of mind that your pursuit of compensation is in good hands.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Tampa Car Accident Lawyers
Catania & Catania has been fighting for car accident victims for more than 28 years. Collectively, our Tampa car accident lawyers have more than 120 years of experience that can directly benefit you after a crash. We’ve recovered more than $500 Million in compensation, and we’re ready to help you and your family fight for every last dollar you deserve.
Contact our law offices, conveniently located in downtown Tampa in the Bank of America building, to learn more about how we can help. Your initial case evaluation with our team is always free, so call now.
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