Dangerous and negligent drivers account for a significant percentage of the crashes on our roadways. Collisions involving passenger vehicles, tractor-trailers, and pedestrians can all result in serious injury, and even wrongful death. At Manuel & Thompson, our auto accident lawyers can help victims recover after a serious crash. Our offices are in Panama City, Marianna, and Bonifay, but our resources and experience cover the entire region. Don’t be pushed around after a serious accident – We can help you negotiate fair and just settlements.
Our auto accident lawyers have achieved significant verdicts and settlements for collision victims. Contact our office today to speak with one of the car accident lawyers.
- Why Contact Our Car Accident Lawyers?
- Auto Accident Causes
- Hit-and-Run Accidents
- DUI Accidents
- Contact Our Auto Accident Lawyers
Why Contact Our Car Accident Lawyers?
Most of us have been involved in a minor auto accident at some point in our lives, and have dealt with insurance companies and adjustors on our own. However, when serious collisions occur, we encourage victims to contact one of our experienced car accident lawyers for an evaluation of their legal rights.
Our experienced lawyers help you “level the playing field.” We’ll go head-to-head with the big insurance companies, and our clients benefit from the practical legal advice only the most experienced attorneys possess. If you would like our car accident lawyers to review your claim, contact us today to arrange a consultation.
Auto Accident Causes
There are certain reckless behaviors on the road that can result in serious, and sometimes fatal, automobile collisions. From aggressive driving, to speeding, to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, auto accidents aren’t always just “accidents.” They can be the product of negligence. Whatever the cause, the car accident lawyers at Manuel & Thompson can investigate the liability of all parties involved. Common automobile collision causes include:
- Driver error — speeding, failure to yield, following too closely, unsafe passing, etc.
- Intoxication — driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Distractions — cell phones, radio or CD players, reading, children, etc.
- Bad weather — common cause of poor visibility or diminished traction
- Vehicle defects — defective tires, seatbelts, brakes, etc. (Learn more about product liability.)
When you are the victim of a hit-and-run accident, obtaining compensation for your damages and injuries requires expert legal representation. Attaining a fair and just settlement is problematic for two main reasons:
- If the driver is unidentified, it is not possible to obtain compensation from the perpetrator. Victims must be compensated through their own insurance policies.
- Many hit-and-run perpetrators flee because they are uninsured. Even if they are identified they often do not possess the coverage from which damages are awarded.
For these reasons, hit-and-run car accident litigation is complicated and requires experienced auto accident lawyers. Contact our personal injury attorneys in Panama City, Marianna, or Bonifay to schedule a case evaluation with our team.
Drunk drivers put other drivers, motorcyclists, and pedestrians at risk for serious injury, or even death. Everyone knows this, but alcohol-related accidents still happen every day. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 16,885 alcohol-related car accident deaths in 2005 — an average of one every 31 minutes.
But driving under the influence (DUI) does not only refer to a driver who has consumed alcohol. A driver whose ability is impaired by any consumed drug (whether legal or illegal) is guilty of DUI. If a driver’s mental or physical capacity to operate a vehicle is affected, that driver may be liable for injuries and damages inflicted during a car accident. If you have suffered a personal injury because another person drove with impaired ability, then you may be owed compensation for your losses. Contact the auto accident lawyers at Manuel & Thompson today to arrange a case consultation.
Contact Our Auto Accident Lawyers
A serious car accident can have a devastating effect on the lives of victims and their families. A collision can result in permanent injury, and leave victims facing an extended recovery and months of treatment and therapy. From medical bills to lost wages, the financial considerations alone can cause tremendous strain. Fortunately, you don’t have to do it all alone. Our experienced attorneys know how to negotiate with insurance companies about vehicle repairs and property damage. While you focus on recovery, we protect your rights and make sure you get the compensation you deserve. If you have been involved in an auto accident, contact us today.