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Clearwater FL Car Accident Attorneys

Car accidents are terrifying – and there’s no easy way to make sure your interests are being looked out for.  The Cloud Law Firm specializes in Clearwater FL Car Accident Cases.  We want to make sure you’re taken care of!

The other party’s insurance company certainly isn’t worried about you – and your insurance company may be more interested in a fast settlement than a positive outcome for your long term health and transportation needs.  We advise all clients to talk to a lawyer before they agree to or sign anything from an insurance company.  

If you’re in a car accident in Clearwater or surrounding areas here are some steps you can take to make sure you’re protected:

  • If you’re hurt, go to the doctor, we can work the rest out!
  • Even if you’re not immediately hurting, going to the hospital/doctor is a good idea
  • Don’t admit fault
  • If you’re able, make sure you have all of the information from the other party – don’t rely on the police report.
  • Take photos of everything (or have someone else do it)

Clearwater Car Accident Attorney FAQs

Q:  Can I be sued personally for a car accident?

A: Yes.  If you’re at fault not only can the injured party receive a settlement from your insurance company, in Florida, there’s nothing stopping them from suing you personally.  Whether you’re injured by someone else, or at-fault – having a good attorney is very important.

Q:  Do I have to pay medical bills from my settlement?

A: hopefully your car insurance and health insurance cover your medical costs – but if they don’t, making sure your settlement covers your medical costs is an important consideration you should take into account with your lawyer. These bills would be your responsibility, and you should pay anything left after insurance from your settlement.

Q:  How long can a lawyer hold your settlement check?

A: Most settlement checks are sent to your attorney.  They will hold the check in an escrow account until it clears, then they will make sure any liens or obligations are paid from the proceeds.  Once those details are taken care of, the attorney can release what’s left, after their fees, to the awardee.

Q:  What does “No Fault State” mean?

A: Florida is a no-fault insurance state – this requires every motorist to carry their own Personal Injury Protection insurance as part of their automobile coverage. This ensures there is money available to take care of each driver, regardless of fault.  Not every state requires this coverage, so be sure you understand where the person you were in an accident with is insured from – it could be an issue.  This does not preclude a personal injury suit against the at-fault driver – a lawyer can help you wade through these complicated issues.