In 2015, there were nearly 375,000 accidents on Florida’s roads resulting in more than 243,000 injuries and nearly 2,700 deaths, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
As startling as those figures are, they don’t begin to tell the story of accident victims whose lives, as well as the lives of their families, are often turned upside down. Robert C. Stone has been representing accident victims for more than 40 years.
The Law Firm of Robert C. Stone in Boca Raton has extensive experience representing accident victims and helping them to receive the justice they deserve and the compensation that will allow them to move forward with their lives.
Mr. Stone represents those involved in car and truck crashes, motorcycle collisions, pedestrian accidents, construction accidents, as well as slip and falls. Although these accidents are all too common, each victim is impacted differently. That’s why Mr. Stone provides clients with individualized attention and is available at any time to discuss your case. Over the years, he has achieved remarkable results for clients who have suffered devastating injuries.
Oftentimes accident victims take into consideration their immediate financial needs, but fail to think about future losses. It can take weeks, months or even years to recover from a serious accident. And some people never fully recover at all. Mr. Stone will help to determine how the accident might affect your future earning capacity, determine any costs associated with scarring and disfigurement, loss of consortium, as well as other personal and economic damages.
Should you become involved in a vehicle accident, here is a list of some do’s and don’ts:
Seek immediate treatment if you are injured: Any delay in seeking medical care can be used against you by your insurance company.
Remain calm: It’s easy to get upset, especially if someone hits you. Take a few deep breaths before you get out of your vehicle. If anyone is injured call 911. Even if no one is injured call the police. It’s important to have an accident report.
Gather evidence: With cellphones and other electronic devices, it’s easier than ever to take pictures of the accident. If you are able, take photos of the accident scene, damage to the vehicles, the position of the cars, skid marks, etc. If there are witnesses, ask for their contact information as they may not hang around long enough to have police take their statement. Get a copy of the accident report.
Be careful who you speak to: Do not give a statement to anyone other than a police officer. If you do, it could be used against you.
Never admit responsibility or assign blame: Leave that up to the experts. You might think just because you rear-ended another car it was your fault. Let the police gather all of the evidence first.
Never leave the accident scene: Unless the law requires it, leave your car where it is. If possible, get out and find a safe place to stay until the police arrive. Leaving the scene of an accident may result in your being charged with a hit-and-run.
Immediately contact your insurance company: Failure to do so might result in your inability to collect damages in the future.
Contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible: An experienced personal injury attorney can provide you with advice on what steps to take next. Dealing with insurance companies can be time-consuming and complicated. Your attorney can help you navigate the complicated terrain and help you get the compensation you deserve. Hiring an attorney does not necessarily mean you will have to file a lawsuit, but an experienced attorney can help to protect your rights.
The Law Firm of Robert C. Stone is a South Florida-based personal injury firm dedicated to helping victims receive fair compensation for their injuries. We handled automobile accidents on a contingency basis, which means no legal fees are collected unless we win your case. Call us for a FREE 30-minute consultation. We can be reached at 561-338-4844 or toll free at 888-206-2022.