Largo Florida Car Accident Lawyers

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Largo Florida Car Accident Lawyers

Trevena, Pontrello and Associates are influential in damage recovery for Largo Florida car crash victims.

When a car accident leads to negative life-altering consequences marked by harmful personal injury, property damage loss, or wrongful death casualty near Largo Florida, Trevena, Pontrello and Associates can guide victims’ communication with insurance companies, or initiate necessary civil action toward damage recovery.  Florida accident laws provide for compensation, based on fault and proof of harmful injuries, and resultant property damage.

Motor vehicle. 

Motor vehicle accidents can be caused by blatant negligent acts, such as reckless driving, distracted driving, or driving under the influence, which may result in criminal charges beyond the civil action. Largo Florida auto accident attorneys are instrumental in addressing the legal intricacies of a complex accident case by building on the criminal outcomes to strengthen a civil claim, such as accidents caused by drunk drivers, or other criminally negligent behaviors, possibly leading to the allowance of punitive damages. Legal counsel is also well-versed in the manner an insurance policy limits certain claims payments, based on degrees of fault and the severity of the harmful losses, whether they are short-term losses, or those lasting a lifetime for car accident victims.

Florida accidents.

Individuals who are injured in a motor vehicle accident in the State of Florida, where roadway accidents resulted in 3,183 deaths in 2019 with half occurring in single vehicle accidents, and half occurring in multi-vehicle accidents, may have questions about how the laws will affect property damage and personal injury claims.  Consultation with an auto accident attorney in Largo Florida is a prudent decision to discuss available legal options.

Pinellas County Traffic citations revealed 46,800 non-criminal moving violations with the highest numbers in speeding, careless driving, running red lights, and improper lane changing; in addition to the 14,450 criminal traffic violations for DUI, reckless driving, and leaving the scene of an accident which were named as those infractions with the larger numbers for the year 2020.  These statistics identify the possibility of danger to all motor vehicle drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists as a common occurrence on Florida roadways. Largo Florida Auto accident attorneys best utilize traffic infraction reporting in case building for negligence claims that support victim compensation in Largo Florida cases.  

Loss valuation.

Experienced car accident lawyers at Trevena, Pontrello and Associates in Largo Florida will take the time to explain common procedure for loss valuations to victims.  They will identify damages that may be recoverable after a roadway mishap when negligence has been established, including damages that are attached to costs, known as compensatory damages, and damages that are associated with punishment, known as punitive damages.  The request for awards will be based on the necessity of compensation to address negative impacts to a person’s pre-accident livelihood.

  • Compensatory damages. Compensatory damages include 1) Economic damages for present and future lost wages, medical bills, future medical care, household expenses and 2) Non-economic damages for pain and suffering and loss of consortium, or companionship.
  • Punitive damages. In the State of Florida, when it can be proven that a defendant deliberately, with reckless disregard acted in a manner to cause harm to another individual, punitive damages may be awarded in discrete situations.

Statute of limitations.

Florida law states that a person has four years to file a personal injury lawsuit for damages caused by car accidents from the date of the injury, or knowledge of the injury. Experienced car accident attorneys  in Largo can explain deviations from that timeline on a case-by-case basis

Insurance laws.

Florida  is a “no fault” insurance state with regard to accidents, so an accident victim may seek compensation from their own insurance to cover immediate accident-related expenses.  If the damages are too severe resulting in increased expenses, car accident victims may need to initiate a lawsuit to determine fault for residual losses above the insurance coverage amounts related to an accident. Under the terms of a standard automobile insurance policy, an insurer has a (1) duty to defend an insured person and (2) right to recover from those at fault any payments it makes to an insured person.

Wrongful death.

A wrongful death legal action can be brought by loved ones with the assistance of an auto accident lawyer when a person dies in a car accident because of the negligent, reckless, or deliberate act of another.  Damages in these lawsuits can include:

  • Medical bills and burial expenses
  • Compensation for lost wages
  • Compensation for the pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages that are intended to punish the person who caused the death.

Award compensation may address the loss of financial support and any performed household services for the surviving family, such as taking care of the children.

Legal action after an auto accident in Largo Florida.

An accident victim in Florida can take steps to minimize anxiety by hiring competent legal counsel at Trevena, Pontrello and Associates, who can objectively speak on a victim’s behalf in a courtroom, or effectively communicate with an insurance company’s legal team, yielding a swift and fair monetary settlement.

Trevena, Pontrello and Associates

801 W Bay Drive Suite 509

Largo, FL 33770

Phone:  (727) 581-5813 and (727) 403-3731