Car Accident Attorney St Augustine, FL
Car accidents are a far too common occurrence throughout Northeast Florida. It is estimated that the average automobile driver will be involved in at least one traffic accident every 18 years of driving. That translates to 4 accidents over the driving lifetime of most Americans according to Automotive Insurance Industry statistics. The chances one might actually die as a result of being involved in a car crash with fatalities is 1 in 77 accidents. A frightening statistic when you consider the amount of time one spends in a vehicle each and every day. According to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle Department almost 200,000 car accidents occur each year in Florida and that translates to over 650 car accidents occurring each day. Florida is the third most populated state and America’s # 1 travel destination for fun and sun. Additionally, 35% of all traffic accidents result in injuries. Unfortunately, St. Johns County is not immune to these statistics. With our population growth and the number of tourists visiting our city, accidents with injuries are at an all-time high. Distracted driving, speeding, texting, lack of concentration, alcohol and drug impairment are all factors contributing to negligent driving behaviors. With all these traffic accidents occurring, it is no wonder that organizations such as TADD, (Teens Against Distracted Driving) and MADD, (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) are hard at work trying to reduce the number of preventable accidents through education and training.
Will Kurtz is an attorney who specializes in car accidents cases and who has taken on big insurance companies fighting for just and fair compensation for his clients. Insurance companies hedge their bets that their insured motorists will not drive carelessly and cause an accident. But when they do, it is the job of an insurance adjuster to mitigate their company’s financial exposure and keep claim payouts to a minimum, underestimating the value of your injuries and compensation.
Will Kurtz’s Injury Accident Process?
If you or a loved one are involved in a car accident that was not your fault, the negligent driver’s insurance company will immediately launch an investigation to determine the amount of damage sustained. This involves damage to your vehicle, as well as injuries sustained to the driver and passengers. Insurance companies may also attempt to deny your injury claim altogether causing you to seek a legal remedy. Your attorneys first order of business is to establish the other party’s negligence for the accident and responsibility for your damages. Will Kurtz is experienced in listening to his clients and determining first-hand who is at fault and what the true damages are. A careful review of all the facts in the case including a thorough investigation of the accident, including the police report and any citations issued must be conducted. Will investigates if there were any extenuating circumstances that contributed to the crash such as cell phone use or texting, distracted driving, impairment and any witness statements corroborating the facts in the case. Next, he will correctly assess the value of the damages you have suffered and set a fair and equitable price of compensation you should seek. Current and future medical expenses, establishing any permanent injuries that might have been sustained, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of spousal support are all justified claims one has to take into consideration. Will is experienced at conducting these types of investigations to determine his client’s damages and the insurance company’s exposure for compensation.
Insurance Companies Can be Difficult
If you or a loved one have been in a car accident and suffered injuries it is important not make any statements to the other driver that could hurt your chances for fair and just compensation. Your first order of business is to seek medical care, then seek the advice of an experienced car accident attorney in St Augustine. The at-fault drivers insurance adjuster will reach out to you for a statement concerning the accident. Do not talk to them. You don't have to, and remember if you do, they work for the person who injured you. They will ask you how you are feeling and what is the extent of your injuries. They may also ask you to recall the accident and what you remember about the circumstances that led up to it. They might ask you about your vehicles condition, any mechanical issues or concerns you might have had at the time of the accident. They will further investigate where you were going and were there any passengers or children in the car with you at the time of the crash. It is in your best interest to advise the adjuster or insurance company representative you have legal counsel and direct all future calls to them. You might also get a call from your own insurance underwriter who wants to review your case for their records. It is best not to make any statements to anyone except your attorney concerning these matters. Any statements could result in diminishing your chances for fair compensation. Also, it is quite possible that the insurance company will value your damages and present you with an offer for settlement. There is no way of you knowing what the future holds concerning your medical condition and expenses you might incur. Get legal advice before you accept any payment of settlement and sign away your future claim to compensation.
Hire an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer
Will Kurtz has had years of experience defending innocent victims and their families injured by careless and negligent drivers. Will has seen every kind of injury sustained including head and neck trauma, spinal cord and disc herniation, soft tissue and muscle damage, brain injuries, whiplash, broken bones, paralysis, and even death. At the Law Offices of William W. Kurtz, Jr., we believe people should not be punished for the negligent actions of others and we will fight hard on your behalf for fair and just financial compensation for your injuries. Insurance companies are notorious for reducing the value of claims presented for auto accident victims or denying them altogether. Will Kurtz is an experienced car accident attorney who understands injured victims and their families have many questions about how their bills will get paid, who will be responsible for medical costs and treatment options and most importantly, what their case is actually worth? Will and his experienced and committed staff are here to help you navigate the treacherous waters of an insurance claim when you have been injured through no fault of your own. Will makes himself available when you need his counsel and advice and can meet you at your home, office, hospital room or at our offices. Our consultations are always free and there are not costs or fees associated with your case unless we win compensation for you. Remember, you get one chance for fair compensation when you are involved in an accident, make the right choice and give our offices a call.