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Tampa car accident lawyerIf you were injured in a car accident, our car accident lawyers can help you recover compensation.

At Swope, Rodante P.A., our personal injury lawyers have over 40 years of experience handling auto accident claims.

If you sustained an injury due to another driver’s negligence, including hit-and-run accidents, our car accident lawyers can help protect your rights and recover financial compensation.

Call (813) 273-0017 for a free consultation or contact us online.

Why Choose a Tampa Car Accident Lawyer at Swope, Rodante P.A.

The car accident lawyers at Swope Rodante Injury Lawyers have won many verdicts and settlements over a million dollars, and regularly secure multi-million dollar settlements for clients.

Here are some of the services provided by the accident attorneys at Swope Rodante:

  1. Investigation and Evidence Gathering: The firm’s lawyers will thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident, including collecting evidence such as police reports, witness statements, medical records, and any other relevant documentation.
  2. Dealing with Insurance Companies: Insurance companies are primarily concerned with protecting their financial interests, and they may attempt to minimize or deny your claim. Swope Rodante Injury Lawyers will handle all communications and negotiations with the insurance companies involved, ensuring that your rights are protected and that you receive fair compensation.
  3. Calculating Damages: The accident lawyers will evaluate the extent of your injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages resulting from the car accident. They will work to ensure that you receive compensation for all economic and non-economic losses, including pain and suffering, emotional distress, and diminished quality of life.
  4. Legal Representation: If a settlement cannot be reached through negotiations, our trial attorneys will represent you in court and advocate for your interests during the litigation process. We will present a compelling case on your behalf to secure the maximum compensation you deserve.
  5. Expert Car Accident Litigation: With our specialized knowledge and experience in Florida personal injury law, Swope Rodante Injury Lawyers can navigate the complexities of car accident cases and ensure that your rights are protected throughout the legal process.
  6. No Upfront Fees: Our firm typically works on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not pay any upfront fees. Their fees are calculated as a percentage of the compensation they secure for you, allowing you to access legal representation without financial strain.

By retaining car accident attorneys at Swope Rodante Injury Lawyers, you can benefit from their legal expertise, resources, and commitment to protecting your interests and securing the compensation you deserve.

Who Can Be Held Liable After a Car Accident?

The At-Fault Driver

A driver involved in the accident may be held liable if their negligence or reckless actions caused the collision. Reckless behavior includes speeding, running a red light, driving under the influence, or distracted driving.

Employers

If the accident involved a commercial vehicle, such as a truck or delivery van, the driver’s employer may be held liable under the doctrine of respondeat superior, which holds employers responsible for the negligent actions of their employees during the course of employment.

Car Manufacturers

In some cases, a vehicle defect or malfunction may have contributed to the accident. If this is the case, the vehicle manufacturer or the manufacturer of a specific component (e.g., tires, brakes, etc.) may be held liable for producing a defective product.

Government Agencies

If the accident was caused by a road defect, such as a pothole, missing signage, or a poorly designed intersection, the government entity responsible for maintaining the roadway may be held liable.

Third Parties

In certain circumstances, a third party not directly involved in the accident may be held liable. For example, if a bar or restaurant overserved alcohol to a driver who later caused an accident, the establishment may be held liable under dram shop laws.

An experienced car accident lawyer at Swope Rodante will identify all potentially liable parties to ensure that you receive fair compensation for your damages.

What is My Car Accident Claim Worth?

The value of your accident claim can vary significantly depending on the severity of the injury, property damage, available insurance coverage, and other factors.

Our law firm has won multiple million dollar settlements and verdicts for clients who were injured in auto accidents. To discuss your case with a Tampa car accident lawyer and find out the worth of your claim, contact us.

What Damages Can My Tampa Car Accident Lawyer Recover?

If you’re injured in an auto accident, a car accident lawyer can help you recover compensation for economic damages, like property damage, lost wages, and medical bills, as well as non-economic damages including pain and suffering and lost quality of life.

Economic Damages:

  • Medical Expenses: This includes past and future medical bills, hospitalization costs, rehabilitation expenses, and any other medical treatment related to the injuries sustained in the accident.
  • Lost Wages: If your injuries prevented you from working, your lawyer can seek compensation for the wages you lost during your recovery period, as well as any potential future loss of earnings or diminished earning capacity.
  • Property Damage: You may be entitled to compensation for the repair or replacement costs of your vehicle and any other property damaged in the accident.
  • Caregiver Services: If your injuries prevent you from performing household tasks or require you to hire assistance for these tasks, your lawyer can seek compensation for the costs associated with these services.

Non-Economic Damages

  • Pain and Suffering: This includes compensation for the physical pain, emotional distress, and mental anguish caused by the accident and your injuries.
  • Loss of Consortium: In some cases, your spouse may be entitled to compensation for the loss of companionship, affection, and other benefits of the marital relationship due to your injuries.
  • Disfigurement or Scarring: If your injuries have resulted in permanent disfigurement or scarring, you may be eligible for compensation for the physical and emotional impact of these injuries.
  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life: If your injuries have prevented you from participating in activities or hobbies that you previously enjoyed, your lawyer can seek compensation for this loss of enjoyment of life.

The specific damages you will be eligible to recover will depend on the unique circumstances of your case and the severity of your injuries.

Your Tampa car accident lawyer from Swope Rodante Injury Lawyers will thoroughly evaluate your case and work diligently to ensure you receive fair and just compensation for all the damages you have suffered.

What to Do After a Tampa Auto Accident?

After an auto accident, follow these steps before leaving the scene to ensure you have the evidence your attorney will need to file a car accident claim:

  • Take pictures and videos at the scene and take photos of your injuries.
  • File a police report and obtain the other driver’s contact information including their name, address, insurance information, license plate number and driver’s license number.
  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible to address any injuries you sustained and and to document any injuries sustained in the wreck. Some injuries, such as brain trauma, may take hours or days to develop symptoms.

According to data from FLHSMV Crash Dashboard, about 44% of motor vehicle accidents in Hillsborough County result in injuries to passengers or drivers.

How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Car Accident in Florida?

In Florida, the statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit after a car accident is generally four years from the date of the accident. This time limit is established in Florida Statutes § 95.11(3)(a).

Specifically, the statute states that an action “to recover damages for personal injury” must be filed within four years after the cause of action accrues. In a car accident case, the cause of action typically accrues on the date of the accident itself.

Exceptions to The Four-Year Statute of Limitations

  • Wrongful death cases: If the car accident resulted in a fatality, the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death lawsuit is two years from the date of the decedent’s death (Florida Statutes § 95.11(4)(d)).
  • Cases involving minors: If the person injured in the car accident was a minor at the time of the accident, the statute of limitations is delayed or “tolled” until the minor reaches the age of majority (18 years old in Florida).
  • Injuries that aren’t immediately discoverable: If the injury or damage was not immediately discoverable (e.g., a delayed diagnosis of a medical condition caused by the accident), the statute of limitations may be extended based on the “delayed discovery” doctrine.

While four years may seem like a long time, it’s advisable to consult with a car accident lawyer and initiate the legal process as soon as possible after the accident.

Meeting with an accident attorney promptly gives the legal team time to preserve evidence from the scene, interview witnesses, and thoroughly prepare the case before filing your claim.

Waiting too long to file a lawsuit could result in the dismissal of your case due to the statute of limitations.

Call (813) 273-0017 today for a free consultation or contact us for a free consultation with an auto accident lawyer.

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