Your Auto Crash Lawyer In The Villages
Car accidents can have devastating effects for victims and their families. If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile collision, contact The Villages auto crash attorney Tim Babiarz about filing a claim for compensation.
Although golf carts are the primary mode of transportation for the majority of The Villages’ residents, many still choose to drive cars, trucks and SUVs. Visitors and others from the surrounding communities drive in and around The Villages as well; and, unfortunately, increasingly heavy traffic in the area means that we have recently been seeing a high number of vehicle collisions.
While the extreme forces involved in auto crashes can be dangerous for anyone, they often pose particular dangers for the residents of these retirement communities. Not only are older drivers and passengers more susceptible to injury, they can face additional complications and limitations in the wake of a traumatic collision as well. With over 20 years’ experience representing residents of The Villages and their families, we know what it takes successfully to represent victims of motor vehicle accidents and are ready to help you attain justice.
Money Damages in Florida Car Accident Cases
Anyone who is injured in a car accident in Florida has the right to seek compensation from those responsible for the crash. Liable parties can include negligent drivers, the drivers’ employers (in some situations), car and parts manufacturers, and road crews who leave driving surfaces in dangerous conditions.
Compensatory damages, as the name suggests, are generally intended to compensate an injured person for the financial impact of an accident. No amount of money can go back and undo the accident, but money damages can help injured individuals move on with some level of financial stability after a crash.
A person injured in a car accident can seek compensation for any related medical expenses, including those already incurred and future costs. Car crash victims can also obtain money for damage to their vehicle, as well as missed wages during recovery and any reduction in their overall earning capacity stemming from the injuries.
Additional money damages are also often available for pain, suffering and emotional distress. Punitive damages - which are designed to punish the person or entity responsible for the collision - may be awarded in cases involving particularly egregious conduct.
In tragic situations where a person dies in an auto accident, his or her family can seek similar compensation for wrongful death. Such compensation can include money damages related to both the economic and emotional impact -- including pain and suffering -- of losing a loved one. The Villages auto crash attorney Tim Babiarz can help you explore your options and maximize the available money damages.
Proving Fault in Florida Car Crashes
To get compensation for injuries sustained in a car accident, an injured individual typically must prove that the person who caused the crash was negligent.
Negligence is a common legal theory that makes car drivers and others liable when they fail to live up to a “duty of care.” Drivers owe others on the road a duty to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner. This obligation means obeying traffic laws, maintaining appropriate speeds; and complying with traffic signs and signals. Drivers are also expected to refrain from dangerous activities like drinking and driving or texting while behind the wheel.
A driver who does not meet the duty of care is negligent and therefore liable for any accidents caused. Florida operates under a “comparative negligence” system in which money damages may be awarded based on proportionate fault in cases where more than one driver is deemed negligent.
Tim Babiarz has been representing people injured in Florida car accident cases for more than two decades. He understands how to identify the responsible parties and make the strongest possible cases for the people he represents.
Experienced Representation for Auto Crash Cases in The Villages
If you need help after an auto accident, either for yourself or a senior family member, contact the Babiarz Law Firm, PA. Auto crash attorney Tim Babiarz is a committed advocate for his clients, and each team member of our firm is passionate about helping our clients feel comfortable in their time of need. We represent individuals and families who are suffering due to all types of vehicle collisions in The Villages and the surrounding areas, including those involving:
Drunk Drivers (DUI Accidents)
Drunk driving continues to be a major issue in Florida. Each year, hundreds of Florida drivers are killed and thousands more are injured in accidents involving alcohol impairment. While drunk drivers who cause accidents can face severe criminal punishment, this punishment does nothing to compensate victims and their families. An auto crash lawyer at our firm can help you stand up for your rights and seek recovery for your losses.
Distracted Drivers (Talking and Driving / Texting and Driving)
With the rise of cell phones, texting and social media, distracted driving has become a leading cause of auto crashes in Florida. Distracted driving can be extremely dangerous. In fact, studies have shown that distractions behind the wheel can cause impairments similar to those resulting from intoxication. Distracted driving is negligent and/or reckless driving, and those who put others at risk may be held accountable.
Among the different types of automobile accidents, rear-end collisions are fairly common in The Villages. Whether due to distractions, inattentiveness, following too closely or other factors, rear-end collisions can be particularly dangerous for senior citizens, even at low speeds.
Despite mandatory PIP or No-Fault insurance laws, Florida has one of the highest rates of uninsured drivers in the country. While most auto crash cases involve insurance claims, if the driver who hit you or your loved one was not insured, this does not mean you cannot recover. A complete investigation could result in other responsible parties. Otherwise, you could have an uninsured motorist claim available. We can help you pursue all potential sources of financial recovery.
How The Villages Auto Crash Attorney Can Help
It is imperative for anyone injured in a car accident to seek an experienced personal injury attorney’s advice.
The sooner you consult a lawyer, the better. Car accident cases often require investigation in the immediate aftermath of a crash -- before the evidence disappears. A seasoned litigation team can track down witnesses and obtain statements while their memories are still fresh, as well as obtain police reports and medical evidence that is often crucial in these cases.
Our firm is also well prepared to handle insurance companies and their tricks of the trade. Insurers often aggressively push low-ball settlement offers shortly after an accident happens. A seasoned lawyer can ensure that you get the best possible deal.
Schedule a Free Initial Consultation With The Villages Auto Crash Lawyer Tim Babiarz
If you would like more information about protecting your rights after an automobile accident in The Villages or any of the surrounding communities in Central Florida, contact the Babiarz Law Firm, PA. Your initial consultation is free, and we do not charge any legal fees unless we secure a financial recovery. To discuss your case with The Villages auto crash lawyer Tim Babiarz, call (352) 205-7599 or inquire online today.