You were traveling through beautiful Howey-in-the-Hills on State Road 19 towards Mission Inn when you were rear-ended by a truck. The driver of the truck gets out and says he's sorry. The Howey police officer comes and doesn't give the driver a ticket, which is pretty uncommon for the Howey Police.
Later that day, your back starts to stiffen up so you go to Florida Hospital - Waterman to get checked out. The doctor examines you, takes x-rays and says that you have a whiplash and you should follow-up with your family doctor in a few days.
The next day, you receive a call from the other driver's insurance company and apparently that driver's story has changed. He is not blaming you for the accident. He told his insurance company that you stopped short in the middle of the road for no reason. You are simply appalled.
What's Your Next Step
Based on the other driver's actions, it is your best bet to talk with a Howey-in-the-Hills personal injury attorney. The lawyer will explain your rights legal rights, and answer some of the most common questions that folks have after being involved in an accident. Like:
- How do I get my car fixed?
- Can I get a rental car?
- Who is going to pay for medical expenses?
- Should I give a recorded statement to the insurance adjuster?
- How are we going to prove that the other guy is at fault?
What Will a Howey-in-the-Hills Lawyer do for You?
An attorney who is familiar with Howey-in-the-Hills and handles car accident will preserve the evidence that is required to prove your case. He will inspect the scene and vehicles. Speak with any witnesses to your accident, and explain to the insurance company that there is a presumption of negligence against the other driver in your scenario, and the other driver is going to actually have to come through with some evidence to show that you have stopped short instead of him just not paying attention.
Howey-in-the-Hills is a beautiful place to live, play golf or tennis or just visit, however, careless drivers can still cause accidents that seriously injure people. If you have any questions about a Howey car accident, call (352) 267-9168.