Experienced Car Accident Lawyers Serving Sarasota, Bradenton, Port Charlotte and Across Southwestern Florida
Car accidents turn people's lives upside down every day in Florida. You may be commuting from Venice to Sarasota on Route 41 when you're rear-ended by a texting driver. A loved one may have suffered serious car accident injuries after being struck by a drunk driver on Manatee Avenue in Bradenton or while crossing an intersection in Port Charlotte.
At Farrow & Pulice, we understand that most drivers never expect to be involved in a car, motorcycle or pedestrian accident. But accidents happen every day across Southwestern Florida.
Consider yourself lucky if you escaped without injury. Sadly, car wrecks along the Gulf Coast sometimes result in serious injuries or fatalities. Knowing that these accidents can be devastating and overwhelming is what drives us to fight aggressively on behalf of our clients. That's why we're here. Attorneys Jo-Ann Pulice and Timothy M. Farrow have over 50 years of combined experience protecting the rights of car accident victims in Florida. Contact us today: 866-408-1220.
Founding partner Jo-Ann Pulice personally understands what it's like for families who are facing the trauma of a car accident. While Jo-Ann was in grade school, her father was hit by a drunk driver from a wealth family. It appeared the driver received preferential treatment because of her wealth. This act of injustice ignited Jo-Ann's passion to fight for the rights of victims.
How Do Car Accidents Happen in Sarasota?
Drivers in Sarasota County and Manatee County know the rules of the road. But that doesn't mean all drivers are willing to safely share the road with others. Our experienced attorneys understand that some causes of car accidents are more common than others. Top causes of car accidents include the following careless and reckless behaviors:
- Drunk driving
- Texting while driving
- Fatigued driving
Whether you're driving along Harbor Drive in Venice or I-75 toward Lakewood Ranch, you could become a victim as a result of someone else's poor decision. Each of the above factors significantly increases the risk of accident.
There are many different types of car accidents in Florida. While no two accidents are the same, many accidents - such as rear-end accidents, head-on collisions and intersection accidents share similar factors.
Simply knowing what to do after a car accident can leave you with more questions than answers. That's why Farrow & Pulice takes a unique approach to every car accident case. We know how to find the right evidence to support your claim. We have access to top medical experts who will advocate on your behalf. We'll pore over medical records and police logs - whatever it takes to help get life back on track.
About Florida's Statute of Limitations
The Florida statute of limitations imposes strict deadlines for filing personal injury claims, including car crashes. You must obtain medical treatment within 14 days after a car accident to preserve your right to recover damages. Furthermore, in most cases, you have four years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. Your auto insurance policy may also require you to report the incident within a certain period of time.
Our attorneys urge you to consult with our qualified team as soon as possible so we can promptly conduct a thorough investigation of your claim while witnesses' memories are still fresh and the accident scene has not been altered. Investigating early can help us better prove fault in rear-end collisions and intersection collisions. Also, we can more effectively subpoena vital records regarding the driver's drunk or distracted state at the time of the accident.
Let Us Protect Your Rights. Contact Farrow & Pulice Today.
We know there's nothing unusual if you're feeling confused, frustrated and even angry after being involved in a Bradenton, Sarasota or Port Charlotte car accident. Medical bills add up fast due to ambulance and hospital fees. You may be unable to return to work. The person who caused your accident - and his or her insurance company - may try to say you were at fault or partially at fault for your accident. You may feel pressure to settle for less than you deserve.
For more information about your rights after an auto accident, call Farrow & Pulice, P.A. at 866-408-1220 or contact our firm online to schedule a free case consultation. Our firm has office locations in Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice, Englewood, Lakewood Ranch and Port Charlotte that are centrally located to major hospitals for your convenience. Our firm offers weekend appointments to prospective clients and we can meet with you in your home or hospital room if you are unable to travel.
Frequently Asked Questions about Florida Car Accidents
- Do I need to hire a lawyer after a car crash in Sarasota, Bradenton, Port Charlotte or surrounding communities?
- Can a lawyer help me fill out paperwork after an accident?
- Can a lawyer negotiate with insurance companies?
- What if I was partially at fault for my accident?
- Can I file a lawsuit after a Florida car accident?
- What are my rights if I've lost a loved one in a car accident?
A: You don't have to hire an attorney. But after your accident, you may find that the person who caused your accident denies wrongdoing. Insurance adjusters may try to say you were at fault for the accident. When dealing with accident-related injuries or significant property damage, you can't afford to be taken advantage of by insurance companies trying to keep your payments to a minimum. Farrow & Pulice can help level the playing field. We understand Florida personal injury law and how to get tough with insurance companies to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve after an accident.
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Q: Can a lawyer help me fill out paperwork after an accident?
A: After an accident, you may find that the insurance company uses confusing or deceptive language, requires large amounts of paperwork to be filed, and pressures victims to fill out these forms on tight deadlines. We can assist in filling out paperwork required by insurance companies after an accident. Farrow & Pulice understands what insurance companies are looking for after an accident. We are familiar with the tactics they may use to trip you up. We'll make sure you provide the most accurate and detailed information possible - while not falling for the tricks insurance companies often play to keep money out of your pockets.
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Q: Can a lawyer negotiate with insurance companies?
A: Yes. When dealing with an insurance company on your own, you may find that you're pressured or even bullied by insurance adjusters and other representatives into accepting an unreasonably low settlement that barely begins to cover the long-term cost of your injuries. Just because they've made you this offer doesn't mean you have to accept it. As attorneys, we're familiar with the best ways to uncover the true long term cost of your accident, negotiate with these insurance companies and demand the appropriate amount money on your behalf. Farrow & Pulice understands that your future may depend on it. We don't just think about the impact of the accident right now. We think about how it will affect you years or even decades from now.
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Q: What if I was partially at fault for my accident?
A: You have legal rights if you were partially fault for an accident. Under Florida Statue 768.81, which defines the state Contributory Fault law, when a plaintiff is partially at fault for an accident, he or she is entitled to collect a portion of damages after the accident. While these damages are determined proportionately to the defendant's percentage of fault, you may find that without an attorney, insurance companies and other invested parties pressure you into accepting more fault for the accident than necessary. Let us help you get the justice you deserve.
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Q: Can I file a lawsuit after a Florida car accident?
A: Yes. After contacting Farrow & Pulice for your free case evaluation, you might learn that you have grounds to file a lawsuit against the careless or negligent party who caused your accident. We can work with you to file a lawsuit in the appropriate court. That decision is ultimately up to you, however, and we will only do so at your discretion, after all legal options have been explored. That's why we're here - to provide you with sound legal guidance as you pursue compensation. Keep in mind that most car accident claims end in settlements. We have a history of obtaining favorable settlements for our clients, but we also prepare each case as if it's going to trial.
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Q: What are my rights if I've lost a loved one in a car accident?
A: If you lost a loved one in a car accident, it's imperative to contact an attorney immediately. With the help of an attorney, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the person or company that caused the accident. At Farrow & Pulice, our experienced attorneys understand how to apply the appropriate discretion when dealing with such sensitive matters while relentlessly and aggressively pursuing the compensation your family needs to move forward after the loss of a loved one. We understand that no amount of money can compensate for the loss of a family member, but we also know that a wrongful death claim can help bring closure. A monetary award in a wrongful death also can send a loud and clear message that the negligent behavior that took your loved one's life will not be tolerated in Florida.