Auto Accident Attorney

Every single year, millions are involved in car accidents, which can cause serious injuries to drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. Car wrecks are already scary enough without having to worry about the financial, physical, and emotional injuries. You and your family may be experiencing additional hardship as a result of expensive car repairs, lost wages, and medical bills or insurance claim disputes.

If you, or a loved one, are among the nearly 200,000 people injured in Florida car accidents each year, you know firsthand how devastating an auto accident can be—no matter how “minor” it may have appeared. [Source: A Safer Florida: Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, “Traffic Crash Facts Annual Report 2012,” October 2012.]

Don’t spend another sleepless night wondering how you will pay for it all—contact John Bales Attorneys now for a free consultation.

As an auto accident attorney, we have helped countless, innocent victims of car accidents all over Tampa Bay; and we’re ready to help you.

What can you expect with John Bales Attorneys?

Care. Quality. Respect.
At John Bales Attorneys, we do more than simply review your auto accident case.

You are our priority. We take the time to listen and understand the circumstances of your accident, the extent of your injuries, and how this single event has impacted your life and your livelihood.

We know that no two accidents are the same. Just as the circumstances, victims, and types of injuries differ with each car accident, so must our planning, investigation, and strategy. Our auto accident attorneys have handled car accident cases of all kinds, and are prepared to meet the challenges presented by your unique case with knowledge and experience.

As you rebuild your life, you can feel confident that the auto accident lawyers at John Bales Attorneys are working to build a strong case for you. You are never alone in the process—we are dedicated to keeping you informed of your case’s progress, and will do our best to answer any questions you may have along the way.

Are you the victim of an impaired or distracted driver?

The car accident lawyers at John Bales Attorneys are skilled at determining whether the driver who caused your accident was under the influence, distracted, or driving recklessly.

Drunk or Drugged Driving

Impaired judgment, dulled reflexes, and slower reaction times behind the wheel are a toxic combination. A driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs—including certain over-the-counter or prescription medications—can seriously injure or kill other drivers.

Distracted Driving

Multitasking is not only ineffective behind the wheel … It’s dangerous. More than 1,100 injuries (and 9 deaths) occur each day as a result of distracted driving. Accidents caused by texting or talking have received media attention, but a driver can be distracted by any number of things, including changing the radio station, operating a GPS, and even by eating or drinking. [Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, http://www.distraction.gov/stats-research-laws/facts-and-statistics.html, accessed April 20, 2015.]

Reckless Driving

When considering the term “reckless driving,” many think about drivers running red lights or ignoring stop signs. In reality, reckless driving includes a variety of offenses that put other drivers in danger, including driving more than 15 mph over the speed limit and aggressive driving. These behaviors are all common causes of serious car accidents.

If you have been the victim of an impaired or distracted driver, contact John Bales Attorneys now. Our professional experience with this type of accident may have a significant impact on the outcome of your case.

If you or someone you love was hurt in a car accident … Don’t wait—contact us now so we can start working to get you the money you deserve.

Dangerous Road Condition Accident

Florida car accidents caused by potholes, poor road designs, sinkholes, and other dangerous road conditions can leave you or your family with overwhelming physical, emotional, and financial damages. At John Bales, our attorneys can help you find out who is responsible for these accidents so that you can get the compensation you deserve.

Head-On Collision

When a head-on collision happens to you or someone you love the outcome is often devastating. With extensive legal knowledge and experience, John Bales Attorneys will utilize all internal and external resources to help strengthen your case against the liable party.

Hit & Run Accident

A hit and run accident is an extremely serious criminal offense. The outcome of a hit and run accident can be traumatic and typically requires immediate medical attention. If a distracted driver caused an accident and choose to flee the scene you may be entitled to compensation for your damages.

Rear-End Collision

Rear-end collisions are comprised of a complex mix of factors to determine liability and the driver following behind is not always at fault. Many factors such as driving slowly, driving while intoxicated, stopping suddenly and reckless driving determine liability. John Bales attorneys have the knowledge and experience required to navigate the complexity of rear-end collisions.

Sideswipe collisions

Sideswipe accidents may sound relatively benign, but the result could mean serious damage to both the vehicle and its occupants. A sideswipe collision often occurs when a driver tries to avoid an impending crash or a driver absent mindedly switches lanes. While these are not the only causes of sideswipe collisions, there is always the potential for major damage to one or both parties involved. John Bales Attorneys can help you build a strong legal case against the offending party so that you can recover adequate compensation for your damages.

Life does not wait. Why should you?

It’s important that you start a claim soon after your accident as there are time limitations on how long you have to file a claim. If you wish to discuss your accident with a car accident lawyer in Tampa, FL, contact John Bales Attorneys now. If we handle your case, we only get paid if you do.

Call the auto accidents attorneys at John Bales Attorneys now for a FREE consultation at (800) 225-5564, or fill out our online form.

What to Do after Your Auto Accident

The Moments after an Accident Are Crucial—Follow These Steps.

After your car accident, you may be confused, disoriented, and in shock. Your main concern is the safety of you and your loved ones. But your actions during this time may have a major impact on your chances of getting the money you deserve.

If you were injured in an auto accident in Tampa or Orlando and are not sure about what you should do next, give the car accident lawyers at John Bales Attorneys a call. We have helped many auto accident victims move forward with their lives, and we will do everything we can to help you, too. Contact us at (800) 225-5564 or fill out a free initial consultation form.

Steps to Strengthen Your Case

What you say to police and even the location of skid marks on the asphalt may be used as evidence in your auto accident claim. But if you follow a few simple steps after the accident, you can protect your health and strengthen your case:

  • Get medical attention.Even if you do not think you were seriously hurt, see a doctor anyway. Car accidents can cause internal injuries that may take time to develop.
  • Record the crash scene.Use your camera or cell phone to take pictures of the crash scene. Be sure to capture damage to your vehicle and any accident-related markings on the road. You should also take pictures of any injuries to you or your loved ones.
  • Stay silent.If you think you were at fault for the accident, do not admit it to the other driver or the police. The accident may have been beyond your control, but an admission of guilt can potentially damage your chances of getting compensation.
  • Call a lawyer.The sooner you talk to an auto accident lawyer, the better. Evidence needs to be collected right away, and if you wait too long, you may give the insurance company a head start building its case against you.

We Can Help You Through This Time

At John Bales Attorneys, we know that the aftermath of a car accident can be a difficult and stressful time. You are in pain and worrying about paying your bills on time and getting back to work—legal paperwork is the last thing on your mind. That is why we want to help build your case and help you and your family get the money you are owed. Call today.

How Much To Expect From A Car Accident Settlement 

John Bales attorneys have years of experience handling car, pedestrian, motorcycle, bicycle, and trucking accident lawsuits. If you or a loved one has suffered a car accident injury and are thinking about filing a claim to receive compensation for medical bills and other expenses and damages, our attorneys can help. One common question many people have is how much is their case worth. Due to the nature of car accident lawsuits, each case has a different set of circumstances. A good way to determine how much to expect from a car accident settlement is to reach out a John Bales car accident attorney by calling the auto accidents attorneys at John Bales Attorneys now for a FREE consultation at 1-CALL-JOHN (1-800-225-5564), or fill out our FREE initial consultation form.

When to File an Auto Accident Claim

There Is No Time to Waste after Your Accident—Call John Bales Attorneys.

If you’ve been in an accident, the clock is ticking to file a claim for damages. And, if you wait too long, you could lose out on the money you deserve for your medical care, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other expenses.

Let’s talk about when you should file an accident claim and how John Bales Attorneys might be able to help.

In Florida, there are time limits for filing an injury claim. Depending on the nature of the accident, these time limits may vary.

For instance, if you were in an auto accident that was caused by another person’s negligence, you have 4 years from the date of the accident to file a claim against the at fault party. However, if someone involved in that same accident doesn’t have insurance or is underinsured, you have 5 years from the date of the accident to file a claim. John Bales Attorneys can help you determine the appropriate time period.

Although these time limits seem long, waiting to file could be a big mistake.

The insurance company could start building a case against you just hours after an accident, so the sooner you file a claim after an accident, the better. Because memories fade, documents get lost, and photos can’t be retaken, call the accident attorneys at John Bales Attorneys right now. We’ll investigate your case and fight the insurance company for the money and medical care you need.

Don’t take the chance of important evidence being lost forever. Contact John Bales Attorneys today, and we’ll get started on your case right away. The consultation is free and you don’t pay us anything unless we recover money for you.

Because Life Doesn’t Wait, you need John Bales Attorneys.

Your auto accident has left you hurting, unable to return to work, and facing countless medical bills and living expenses that you cannot afford. You know you need to contact a lawyer, but you are hesitant to make the call. However, the longer you wait to contact an attorney, the less likely it is that you will get the full compensation you are owed.

At John Bales Attorneys, our auto accident lawyers are familiar with Florida’s statute of limitations laws. We also know that waiting too long to file an auto accident claim often means evidence crucial to your case may be lost forever. Do not wait to get legal help—call us at (800) 225-5564 or fill out a free initial consultation form today.

Florida Statute of Limitations Laws

Like most states, Florida has a time limit on filing claims for damages. For auto accidents, this law may vary depending on several factors:

  • Auto Accidents Involving NegligenceAccording to Florida state law, the statute of limitations for filing a claim for any personal injury caused by negligence—or carelessness—is 4 years from the date of the accident.
  • Auto Accidents Involving Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist CoverageIf you are involved in an auto accident with someone who does not have insurance—or who does not have enough insurance coverage to pay for damages—the statute of limitations for filing a claim is 5 years from the date of the accident.

Although it may seem like you have a long time to file a claim, it is important to remember that the sooner we can take action, the better. The insurance company may begin building its case against you in the days or even hours after the accident. Our law firm can help make it a fair fight.

John Bales Attorneys Wants to be Your Auto Accident Lawyer

Our legal team realizes that it is not enough to be fast—we also have to be compassionate and thorough. That is why we strive to learn as much as we can about you, your family, and your accident. And while we are building your case, we will give you regular updates on the progress we are making. Let us put our experience, resources, and knowledge of the law to work for you—call now.

Get the John Bales Attorneys Auto Accident App

Be sure to download our Auto Accident App for your iPhone or Android today. Our Attorneys Accident and Injury Toolkit app is designed to provide assistance in case you have been involved in an auto accident.

Types of Injuries after an Auto Accident

Whether it is a high-speed interstate collision or a fender bender in stop and go traffic, all auto accidents can result in injuries for both drivers and passengers. While some car crash victims may walk away from accidents with just minor scrapes and bruises, others may suffer serious injuries that are life changing and require immediate medical attention.

No matter what type of injury you suffered in your auto accident, the legal team at John Bales Attorneys has the resources and the experience to help you. Our auto accident lawyers know the difficulties you are facing, and we will do everything we can to help you get your life back. Contact us at (800) 225-5564 or fill out a free initial consultation form.

Common Types Of Injuries

The speed, weight, and momentum in auto accidents can cause a wide variety of injuries affecting almost every part of the body. The most common types of auto accident injuries include:

  • Back and Neck Injuries – The back and neck are vulnerable to injury during an auto accident, which can lead to bulging or herniated discs, pulled muscles and ligaments, and whiplash.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries – Rollover accidents, head-on collisions, and other types of car, motorcycle, pedestrian, and truck accidents often can cause spinal cord injuries in auto accident victims. Some victims may experience partial or complete paralysis as a result of these injuries.
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)While safety features such as seatbelts and airbags can help reduce the risk of traumatic brain injuries, the outcome is still far too common. When the extreme force of a car accident impacts the brain, one can be left with severe damage, swelling, and even hemorrhaging.
  • Burn Injuries – Many Florida car accidents can lead to serious burns due to metal, steam, fire or even dangerous chemicals.  Car accident burn injuries often leave people in extreme pain and sometimes permanently disfigured.
  • Facial Injuries – Facial injuries are unfortunately a tragic outcome of many Florida car accidents. These injuries are not only physically disfiguring but they are also emotionally taxing and even with reconstructive surgery can be difficult to recover from.
  • Loss of limbs – Though not as common as many of the other injuries, this disfiguring car accident injury creates a lifelong disability. Many people who suffer from traumatic amputation are left with the mental and physical anguish long after the car accident itself.

At John Bales Attorneys, we know that not all auto accident injuries are obvious right away. In fact, some injuries may be internal and could go unnoticed for days or weeks after the accident, only to cause extreme pain and disability weeks later. That is why it is so important to seek medical attention immediately after your accident, even if you do not think you were seriously injured.

You Are Hurt We Can Help

Your auto accident injuries can have a huge impact on your life. Not only is it difficult for you to return to work, you also may need months of expensive medical treatment that you cannot afford. This can be a frightening time, but you do not have to deal with it alone. Our auto accident lawyers will fight to get you the compensation you deserve for your accident-related expenses.  Call us now at 1-800-CALL JOHN (1-8000-225-5564) or complete our FREE consultation form.

Damages and Compensation in an Auto Accident Case

The cost of your injuries can be difficult to estimate because no two auto accident cases are exactly alike. To calculate the damages or the amount of compensation the injured party may receive, a jury will take into account many factors including the costs incurred and the pain suffering.

  • The direct financial cost or out-of-pocket cost
    • The direct damages are the specific and general damages related to the accident including:
    • Lost wages
    • Loss of earning capacity
    • Property Loss
    • Cost of medical bills
  • Pain and suffering, emotional damages, and other indirect damages are harder to predict because they do not have a monetary value assigned to them, making it more a difficult and subjective task.  They include
    • Pain and Suffering
    • Emotional Distress
    • Inability to conceive due to accident-related injuries
    • Loss of relationships
    • Loss of limbs or extremities

In extreme cases where the defendant was grossly negligent and put lives at risk, a judge may allow a victim to seek punitive damages as a form of punishment for the offending party.  However, Florida law makes it almost impossible to recover them.

How Much to Expect From a Car Accident Settlement

John Bales attorneys have years of experience handling car, pedestrian, motorcycle, bicycle, and trucking accident lawsuits. If you or a loved one has suffered a car accident injury and are thinking about filing a claim to receive compensation for medical bills and other expenses and damages, our attorneys can help. One common question many people have is how much is their case worth. Due to the nature of car accident lawsuits, each case has a different set of circumstances. A good way to determine how much to expect from a car accident settlement is to reach out a John Bales car accident attorney by calling the auto accidents attorneys at John Bales Attorneys now for a FREE consultation at 1-CALL-JOHN (1-800-225-5564), or fill out our FREE initial consultation form.

Learn More about Your Auto Accident with These Resources.

After an auto accident, you have many questions: How did this happen? How could it have been avoided? And what do I do now? At John Bales Attorneys, our auto accident lawyers know this is an uncertain time for you and your family, but the following resources may give you insight into the accident and guide you toward recovery: