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Auto Accident

It wasn’t your fault, but it’s now your reality.

What to Do After A Car Accident

Car Collisions can disrupt your life and have an impact on everything you do. The car accident attorneys at Chambers|Pilon are here to help. After a car accident, it is essential to prioritize your safety and well-being by seeking immediate attention for any injuries. Next contact the police to report the accident and gather essential information from the scene, such as: 

  • Other drivers’ details (driver license, insurance)
  • Witness details (driver license)
  • License plate numbers
  • Photographs of the accident site and any visible damage

Once this is done, call to consult with one of our experienced attorneys specializing in auto accidents and personal injury cases. Your auto accident attorney at Chambers|Pilon will help protect your rights, guide you through the complex legal process, and work to secure the compensation you may be entitled to for medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Time is of the essence in these situations, so don't delay in reaching out to ensure the best possible outcome for your case.

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How is Fault Determined

In the state of Florida, fault, or allocation of liability in car accidents, follows a legal Doctrine known as the “pure comparative fault” rule. Under this rule, each party involved in an accident is assessed a specific percentage of fault which directly affects the compensation they are entitled to receive. 

For example, if the award of damages is $10,000 and you are 30% responsible (at fault), then you would only receive $7,000.

The determination of fault hinges significantly on determining negligence. Our local, seasoned St. Petersburg car accident attorneys will prove invaluable and can employ various means to substantiate claims of negligence which may include:

  • Police reports
  • Eyewitness statements
  • Videos or photos
  • Expert witness testimony

In Florida's legal landscape understanding the nuances of pure comparative fault rule is pivotal for individuals involved in car accidents. Collaborating with our experienced attorneys who understand and can navigate the state's legal framework may be the factor in securing the compensation you deserve.

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Car Accident Claims, Settlements and Outcomes

There are two main types of legal claims following an auto accident:

  • Property damage
  • Personal injury

We are experts in both. Getting you the compensation for the damages and injuries sustained is what we do. 

Our auto accident attorneys are usually able to settle the claim without going to trial, which is best for everyone. Going to trial can be emotionally exhausting, time-consuming, and expensive. Settlement negotiations are made through demand letters that explain the details of the incident including any damages for injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and future loss we are seeking. Once the demand letter goes to the insurer, the adjuster will address it. If they choose to not pay as requested, our expert auto accident attorneys will begin negotiations or a lawsuit may be filed. We aim to settle out of court but if a trial is inevitable, the team at Chambers|Pilon are ready to fight for you–all of us. 

Your personal injury is personal to us.

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