An Attorney Can Help You Recover from an Uninsured Motorist Accident

Many drivers get behind the wheel without proper insurance or sufficient coverage. When an accident happens, victims can face an uphill battle when trying to get the compensation they need for their injuries. Uninsured motorist accidents are more frequent than you might expect, making it necessary to know what to do if this happens to you. Attorney Joseph C. Miller of Dunlap Ravis & Miller in Jacksonville, FL, will aggressively pursue every avenue of recovery to get you the reimbursement you deserve. Call (904) 358-2020 or reach us online to schedule your complimentary consultation and learn more.

What to Do Immediately after an Accident

If you have been in an accident with an uninsured motorist, it is critical to notify your own insurance company right away that the other driver did not have insurance. If you are unsure about whether the other driver is insured, it is best to let your insurance provider know the possibility that you have been in a wreck with an uninsured motorist as quickly as possible. It is also important to take several steps after an accident, so the evidence can be preserved:

  • Move out of harm’s way by pulling over to the side of the road if you are able.
  • Get the names and phone numbers of witnesses to the accident.
  • Take pictures of your car, the accident scene, and your injuries.
  • Seek immediate medical care.
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Take photographs of the accident if you are able to, as well as note weather conditions and other details.

After an accident, do not admit fault. Be sure to give the officer on the scene an accurate account of how the accident happened. When talking to the officer, include the direction each car was traveling and whether any traffic signals were showing red, green, or yellow. When you get a copy of the accident report, be sure to make note of the time and date of the accident so you do not miss any filing deadlines.

Determining Liability

In personal injury cases, the party that is liable for the damage is responsible for payment of compensation. To determine liability in a car accident, a victim must prove:

  • The other driver had a duty of care to drive safely. This is true of all motorists as part of the rules of the road and the requirement to obey all traffic laws.
  • The other driver breached their duty of care which can be by speeding, reckless driving, distracted driving, driving under the influence, disregarding traffic signals, or the failure to abide by any traffic regulation.
  • The breach of duty caused the accident.
  • The victim suffered damages as a result of the accident.

Establishing liability in a car accident is accomplished by carefully investigating the facts. Witness interviews and talking to the officer on the scene are good places to start, and can provide the evidence needed to prove the other driver was at fault.

Why It Is Important to Hire a Lawyer

In any car accident, it is beneficial to have a qualified lawyer take on your case. Your attorney will make sure the proper demands for payment are made, and that your case is filed on time. In cases where the other driver does not have insurance, having an attorney is even more important. Statistics show nearly one in eight drivers does not have insurance, significantly increasing the likelihood you will be involved in an accident with an uninsured motorist.

Following a wreck with an uninsured motorist, you might be unsure where to turn. A qualified attorney protects you by seeking maximum payment.

In this type of case, your attorney will make a demand for payment from your own insurance company, which is a fact that is worrisome to many drivers. Many people are hesitant to demand payment from their own insurance out of fear their premiums will increase. However, if your policy provides for coverage, making this type of claim is not only permissible but advisable. Since 2002, we have given accident victims the information and tools necessary to make an informed choice, and are here to help you too.

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Following a car accident, we can stand by your side while you focus on healing and returning to a sense of normalcy. Mr. Miller has represented victims for over 15 years and works on a contingency fee basis, meaning you only pay a fee if ywe recover compensation. Contact our Jacksonville firm online to schedule a free consultation or call (904) 358-2020.

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