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The Matassini Law Firm, P.A. Your trusted legal advisors since 1976

Tampa Car Accident Lawyer

Since 1976, The Matassini Law Firm, P.A. has provided highly professional, highly personal legal services for Floridians who’ve been injured in auto accidents. Combining friendly, attentive counsel with firm, straightforward advocacy, we’ve built a reputation as a hometown law firm that delivers impressive results. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries in a traffic accident, our Tampa car accident lawyers can help you achieve the full measure of compensation you deserve.

Most of us travel by car so frequently that we barely blink an eye at the task. With the help of smartphone navigation we can even know the precise minute of arrival at our destination and which routes to avoid because of construction. However, all of that detailed planning goes out the window the moment another car driver crashes into your vehicle. All of a sudden the whole trajectory of your day, week, month, and even year is changed. Injuries involve medical appointments, time away from work, and pose a challenge to household duties. The Tampa car accident lawyers at Matassini Law Firm can help you receive the compensation that you deserve.

Filing Personal Injury Claim

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car accident that was another driver’s fault, they need to be held responsible for the repercussions with a personal injury claim. A personal injury claim takes into account all of the damages and the injured party is compensated by the liable party’s insurance company. Florida is a comparative negligence state, which means both parties can be found partially liable for injuries. For instance, if one driver was speeding when a distracted driver hit them, they may only be able to receive 80 percent compensation because they are deemed to be 20 percent at fault for their injuries. The Tampa attorneys at Matassini Law Firm can help you file a claim and advocate for you to receive the best outcome possible. Damages include:

  • Medical bills and future anticipated medical costs;
  • Lost wages and future lost earning potential;
  • Pain and suffering;
  • Property damage; and
  • More.

Types of Car Accidents

Rear-end collisions—Rear-end collisions are most likely caused by the second driver. They may have been distracted, tailgating, or speeding and as a result they failed to react to brake lights and other indicators that traffic was slowing down.

Head on collisions—Head on collisions occur when a person drifts over into the oncoming lane of traffic. This can happen when a driver is intoxicated, drowsy, or even momentarily distracted. Because of the forces involved when both vehicles impact one another going opposite directions, injuries in head-on collisions tend to be severe.

Side impact accidents—These are the collisions that happen when one person fails to stop at the stop sign or blows through the intersection when they have a red light. Sometimes it is obvious who is at fault, but often these collisions require an investigation to determine who should be held liable for injuries.

Rollover accidents—Rollover accidents tend to happen when a car is traveling at a high speed and the driver has to swerve causing the car to get off-balance. Rollovers are more likely to occur when a vehicle has a high center of gravity and when the wheel “trips” or deforms when it hits something such as a dirt shoulder or pothole.

Can I recover compensation for a car accident if I was partially at fault?

Under Florida’s comparative negligence law, you can still recover compensation even if you bear some responsibility for causing or worsening the accident. However, the insurance company will attempt to heap as much blame as possible on you to diminish the amount it must pay. An experienced personal injury attorney can help restore the proper balance of liability and get you the compensation you deserve.

What if the “at-fault” driver is uninsured or underinsured?

Often the at-fault driver has no auto insurance or is only carrying the statutory minimum, which in many cases is insufficient to compensate a victim. If that happens to you, you might have to fight your own insurance company or try to attach the driver’s assets to pay your claim. When the process becomes this complicated, you need to rely on a legal professional who understands the law and court procedure.

The Tampa Car Accident Attorneys at Matassini Law Firm, P.A. Can Help

The Tampa car accident lawyers at Matassini Law Firm understand that being injured in a car accident and the subsequent recovery is an emotional rollercoaster. From the initial investigation to negotiations with the insurance companies, we work hard on behalf of our clients to ensure that they receive the compensation that they deserve. To learn more about how we can help in your case, contact our offices at 813-217-5715 to schedule a free consultation today.

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