Ocala Car Accident Lawyer
Injured in a Car Accident? Our Attorneys Are Here to Help.
At Musleh Law Firm, in Ocala, Florida, we have represented more than 2,400 accident victims in North Central Florida. We are ready to handle the most complex car accident cases and will stand by your side every step of the way.
If you have been hurt in a car accident, take pictures of the scene and get the names of witnesses right away. Also, attempt to take photographs of the damage to your vehicle and the at-fault vehicle. Then call 352-732-0600 for a free consultation with an experienced Ocala car accident lawyer. We don’t collect attorney fees or costs unless we make a recovery.
The Experience to Handle Your Car Accident Case
At Musleh Law Firm, we understand what it takes to present effective cases before insurance companies and juries. We handle a variety of auto wreck cases, including those involving:
- Rear-end collisions
- Head-on collisions
- SUV rollovers
- Pedestrian accidents
- T-bone impacts
Car accidents often lead to severe and catastrophic injuries such as:
- Neck, back and spine injuries
- Brain and head injuries
- Broken bones and fractures
- Nerve damage
Types Of Motor Vehicle Accidents
Musleh Law Firm and other personal injury law firms play an important role in the effort to improve motor vehicle safety. We work hard to hold negligent drivers responsible for their actions — and to help injured people and their families get compensation for their losses and suffering.
To help our clients better understand motor vehicle accidents, we present the following information. There are more than ten kinds of crash situations. But the vast majority of cases fall under one of these categories:
1. Intersection crash — More accidents happen in intersections than any other place. Usually the cause is one driver not paying attention, driving too fast or trying to turn instead of waiting. Drivers are obliged to size up the situation. Is it a traffic light intersection? A two-way or four-way stop? Is the right of way being honored? We have the knowledge and experience needed to hold the at-fault party responsible.
2. Rear-end crash — This type of accident usually occurs when the rear driver behind misjudges the speed of the vehicle ahead or is distracted. A rear-end crash can also happen on a fog-shrouded road or in a construction zone when dust obscures the roadway ahead. Whatever the cause, this type of accident can result in injuries to the back and neck, whiplash and other injuries. The attorneys at Musleh Law Firm have extensive experience handling cases involving back and neck injuries. We will work diligently to help you obtain the medical care and compensation you need.
3. T-bone or side-impact crash — These accidents typically occur at intersections, or where driver pull out of parking lots. Often, because of the weight and speed of the vehicles, these collisions can be very dangerous. Use of cellphones is often the cause.
4. Head-on collision — These are usually the most violent accidents, frequently resulting in catastrophic injury, serious burns or death. Many happen late at night, with alcohol as a factor.
5. Rollover — Vehicles with narrow wheel bases and a high center or gravity can rollover due to an impact or when there is a significant drop off on the road shoulder. In the first instance, the injured person may have a cause of action against the vehicle manufacturer. In the second, you may be able to file a defective road design suit against the state or municipality.
6. Sideswipe — Despite minimal impact, the effect of these types of collisions can be significant. Often, a sideswipe can change the direction of a vehicle, causing it to run off the road or into the path of another vehicle. We have handled numerous cases in which our clients were driven off the orad by a careless tractor trailer driver or passenger vehicle driver.
7. Single car crash — When they aren’t the result of excessive speed or alcohol use, these accidents are usually by objects getting in the way of a vehicle — fallen cargo, tree branches, deep potholes, standing water, poorly placed signs and defective car parts.
8. Hit-and-run — Along with drunk driving accidents, the hit-and-run is the most frustrating type of accident. Sometimes the culprit is located and you learn that he or she is uninsured, or underage, has a prior DUI conviction, or was just plain terrified. Even when the other driver cannot be located, you have the option of seeking compensation through the uninsured motorist (UM) coverage in your auto policy.
9. Phantom car accidents — The phantom accident is like a hit-and-run, except the driver is unaware of the accident he or she just caused. The driver may cut in front of you, forcing you off the road and into a ditch, or worse. You have the same recourse for compensation as people injured in hit-and-runs, through your own insurance policy. But you may find that your insurance company is slow to pay up — that’s when it’s time to talk to Musleh Law Firm.
10. Off-road crash — These are accidents that occur in parking lots, ramps and private areas, where drivers are often confused about right of way and other factors. Many times these cases are like slips-and-falls, in which the property owner failed in his or her duty to maintain safe roadways.
Important Time Limits
The Florida legislature passed a law effective January 1, 2013 which severely limits your right to personal injury protection (PIP) benefits you purchased through your automobile insurance. Florida law mandates that you must seek medical care for your injuries within 14 days of the accident or you forfeit your medical benefits under the PIP portion of your policy. Additionally, you must be diagnosed with an & quot;Emergency Medical Condition& quot; (EMC) by a medical doctor (M.D.), osteopathic physician (D.O.), dentist (D.D.S.), physician’s assistant (P.A.) or advanced registered nurse (A.P.R.N). In the event you are not diagnosed with an EMC, then your medical benefits under your PIP coverage are reduced to $2,500.00.
It is for this reason that you should contact an attorney immediately to assist in preserving payment of medical care pursuant to your insurance policy.
Take as Many Photographs as You Can
We cannot stress the importance of this enough. Obtaining evidence of the damage to your vehicle is extremely important as insurance companies will argue that the impact was too minimal to cause your injuries. Having pictures from all parts of the vehicle, including the trunk and underbody, helps us immensely as we prepare your case.
Make Sure You Receive Medical Treatment
After the accident, it is important to seek consistent medical care and document all injuries, regardless of their immediate severity. Even an injury that seems minor right after the accident could develop into a debilitating medical condition down the road.
Seek Compensation That Will Meet Your Present and Future Needs
If you have been hurt, you will likely be eligible for personal injury protection (PIP) benefits from your insurance company that will pay for 80 percent of your medical bills and 60 percent of your lost wages. We will do everything in our power to help you make up the difference and obtain sufficient compensation to make a full recovery.
Contact Our Ocala Car Accident Lawyers For A Free Consultation
The Ocala car accident lawyers at Musleh Law Firm handle all types of car and motor vehicle accidents. To learn about your right to claim compensation, contact our offices at 352-732-0600 or email us your questions.