As the highways around Tampa and elsewhere in the nation have become more crowded, the number of auto accidents has also increased, and that means that each year, more and more people are injured – many seriously. The costs associated with these accidents – even seemingly minor accidents – can be substantial. From medical bills to lost wages, accident-related costs can take a significant bite out of any bank account, and many of the injuries sustained can cause long-lasting disability and pain that can be life-altering.

Many accidents involve impacts to the spine and head that can have a serious effect on your ability to work and can even affect your ability to resume the activities of everyday living. Most accident victims incur two types of impact during an automobile accident: impact caused by the vehicle that collides with the victim’s car and impact that occurs when the victim comes in forceful contact with structures in their own car. As a result, even so-called minor accidents can cause multiple and serious injuries.

Today, many accidents around Tampa are due to aggressive driving as highway congestion and freeway backups cause drivers’ tempers to rise. Still more accidents are caused by distracted driving; a phenomenon that has become alarmingly common as more and more people attempt to text or talk on cellphones while driving.

Auto accident victims may be entitled to compensation for damage to their vehicle, medical costs, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and other costs. Identifying all of the responsible parties and determining the amount of damages owed can be complicated, especially considering that the impact of the injuries may persist for years.

In addition, accident victims must be very careful to protect their rights following an accident. It isn’t uncommon for accident victims to be contacted by the insurance company of the other party and asked to provide a statement or sign a waiver or other form. While it may be a natural impulse to be helpful and provide a statement, accident victims should never offer a statement or sign any document without consulting an attorney.

The attorneys at Valkenburg Law Group, P.A. have significant experience representing the victims of auto accidents and protecting their rights. We work with accident victims, guiding them through the legal process to ensure they receive the compensation they deserve.

If you’ve been injured in an auto accident, you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to be compensated for your injuries and other costs. At Valkenburg Law Group, P.A., we want to help you protect your rights. Contact us at 813-514-1058.