Tampa Car Accident Lawyer
Injured in an Auto Accident? Take Action Now.
Whether you live in the area or are here for vacation, being in a car wreck in Tampa can, at the very least, ruin your day and at worst, lead to devastating injuries and property damage. If you’re injured in a wreck, it’s important that you know you have legal options. At Darrigo & Diaz, our car accident attorneys are always here to help you.
Our lawyers have decades of combined experience representing victims of car wrecks. After a collision, you may suffer serious injuries that require a lot of medical treatment and may leave you unable to work. In addition, you may have non-physical injuries like pain and suffering or mental anguish. We can help you get the compensation you deserve. To speak with an auto accident lawyer in Tampa, FL, call us today at (813) 774-3341 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation.
After an accident, Darrigo & Diaz should be your first call. Here’s why:
- We have recovered millions of dollars for accident victims
- Lead Attorney Nadine Diaz is a board-certified civil trial expert
- Offering 24-hour services, we’re available to clients around the clock
- We accept cases on a contingency fee basis – no recovery, no fee
Contact Darrigo & Diaz today for your FREE initial consultation: (813) 774-3341.
How Much Is Your Case Worth?
When you contact a car accident lawyer in Tampa, determining how much compensation you are owed is likely to be the question at the forefront of your mind. However, it’s virtually impossible for our attorneys to say with any certainty how much your case is worth before your consultation.
During your consultation, we will review all of the available details and evidence of your case. We will also consult with medical, law enforcement and other experts to determine how much compensation you may be entitled to. Compensation may include economic and noneconomic damages, such as:
- Past and future medical bills
- Past and future rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Permanent disfigurement or disability
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
And more. However, Florida law demands that every driver registered within the state carry Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance. PIP can have a drastic effect on the amount of money you can recover after your car wreck.
Results We Have Achieved for Past Clients
- $21.6 million – our clients is confined to a wheelchair as a result of her accident
- $7.75 million – our client sustained a brain injury in a T-bone car accident
- $2 million – our client was in a coma for 15 days after being hit by another driver
- $1.35 million – our client suffered aggravated disc herniation after an accident
- $1.3 million – our client, a police officer, was hit by a car while directing traffic
- $1.3 million – our client was rear-ended by a car dealership employee
How PIP Affects Your Car Accident Case
If you are a driver registered in Florida, you must carry no-fault car insurance. This policy will cover your medical bills and some other expenses after your car accident, even if you caused the collision. PIP was instituted to help drivers get the medical treatment they need quickly, while also reducing the number of personal injury cases that the courts must handle.
However, you will likely be left with some expenses. In Florida, PIP only covers 80 percent of your medical costs, up to $10,000. In non-emergency cases, PIP is capped at $2,500. Hopefully, the rest of your medical costs will be covered by your own healthcare insurance. However, if your insurance policy will not cover your expenses (or you’re uninsured), you’ll be on the hook for the rest of your medical costs.
- Total or partial paralysis
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Permanent scarring
Every case is unique. An experienced car accident lawyer in Tampa, FL can evaluate your case to help you determine if you qualify for additional compensation beyond what’s provided by PIP.
How We Build a Strong Case On Your Behalf
If our Tampa car accident lawyers decide to take on your case, we will immediately begin gathering evidence to show that you are entitled to compensation. Our goal is to get you the compensation you deserve through negotiations with the insurance company outside of court because doing so is generally quicker than a court case. However, if we need to, we will take your case to court and fight for your rights.
We will build your case by:
- Reviewing the police report made after your case and making edits, if necessary
- Obtaining a record of the 9-1-1 call that was made after the collision
- Evaluating your medical history, including any treatment given after the wreck
- Speaking to witnesses regarding the wreck
- Employing the help of a car accident reconstructionist to determine exactly what happened
- Speaking to psychologists and other experts to determine what non-physical damages you suffered
These are just the first steps we’ll take in building your case. Because every case is unique, there are countless other types of evidence we may gather and strategies we might use to improve your chances of getting the compensation you deserve.
Common Causes of Car Accidents in Tampa
Car accidents are a daily occurrence on the streets of Tampa and the surrounding area. They can happen for a number of reasons. However, some of the most common causes include:
- Distracted driving, especially texting and driving
- Drunk driving
- Drowsy driving
- Improper lane changes
- Running red lights and stop signs
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Reckless driving
No matter the cause, if you were injured in a car wreck that wasn’t your fault, you have legal options. A Tampa car accident lawyer can review your case and determine if you are entitled to compensation.
Car Accident FAQ
Even though the Sunshine State is an amazingly wonderful place to live, it is also one of the most dangerous places in the US. Aside from the threat of all the wild creatures in the everglades, according to research conducted by Smart Growth America, Florida consistently holds the somber title of having the most dangerous roads. Their 2019 “Dangerous by Design” report concluded that Florida has 10 of the top 20 most dangerous roads, with Tampa placing at #9, which is a slight improvement over the previous report that listed Tampa as #7.
After an accident, you’re sure to have a lot of questions. Uncertainty about whether you have done everything correctly and how you will manage everything can weigh pretty heavily on your mind. The last thing you need right now is added stress and uncertainty.
You need to be able to focus on healing and on the things that matter most in your life. Let the Darrigo and Diaz Law team handle the stressful parts of the claims process. We’ve created a comprehensive list of FAQs to help guide you through the process, prepare you for what may happen next, and give you some peace of mind.
Driving Safety and How to Prevent Accidents
Going the extra mile to prevent an accident isn’t always easy, but it can save you, your loved ones, and those around you from a lot of anguish. It’s impossible to be prepared for every situation, but there are many things you can do to help make the roads safer for everyone.
The Most Common Causes of Accidents in Florida
There are numerous common causes of accidents, and most of them involve some form of negligence. But, understanding the most common causes can be an invaluable tool to help you identify potential hazards and correct them before they cause an accident.
What are the Most Common Types of Car Accidents?
There are seven different accident classifications and each one holds crucial details about the events that led up to the accident. Understanding the different types of crashes can also help you better understand how to drive defensively to avoid accidents.
What to do Immediately After an Accident
The first few minutes, hours, and days after an accident are the most crucial to protecting yourself and your rights after an accident. Find out exactly what to do and what not to do after an accident.
What Type of Injury Claims Can I Seek After an Accident?
Understanding the types of claims you can seek can help guide you on the road to recovery after an accident. Know your rights in seeking compensation for medical expenses, property damage, pain and suffering, and more.
How Do I Prove Liability After an Accident?
Proving who is liable in an accident requires an experienced car accident attorney, like the team at Darrigo and Diaz. We handle all of the complicated details in obtaining police reports, hospital records, reconstructing the accident, and dealing with the insurance companies. To better understand how we do this, our liability FAQ can guide you through the steps we take.
Seeking Medical Care for Injuries
Our bodies are not made to withstand the force and stress put on them during an accident. While some injuries are immediately apparent, other injuries may take days or even weeks to appear. Know how to recognize subtle symptoms of an auto accident injury and how to seek out medical care.
Florida Accident Insurance Questions
Auto insurance claims are one of the most confusing aspects of dealing with the repercussions of an accident. We’ll go over the most commonly asked questions regarding insurance coverages, claims, and Florida laws.
Rideshare and Gig Worker Accident Laws in Florida
With the rise of the gig economy, more people are out on the road making deliveries. While it provides for great convenience, it also has many unintended consequences and confusing new regulations you should be aware of.
Speak to an Auto Accident Lawyer in Tampa, FL Today
Here is what one client had to say about our company’s services:
“Everything was great! I was really satisfied with my legal assistant and lawyer. There was never an instance when they weren’t concerned about my needs. I would definitely like to recommend D&D to my friends and family.”
At Darrigo & Diaz, our car accident attorneys are always here to help you. We are intimately familiar with local and state court systems, and know what it takes to win your case. If you have been injured in a car wreck, let us fight for your right to compensation.
Call us today at (813) 774-3341 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation.
Take the first step toward compensation when you pick up the phone and contact our office.