If you’ve been hurt, you need an attorney who cares
Car accidents happen fast, and you may not know exactly what happened. The motorist who hit you may have been texting or asleep at the wheel. You may have been hurt because of a defect in your vehicle or a problem with the road. The cause isn't always clear, liability may be disputed, and the police or the other motorist may even try to blame the accident on you.
What you do know is that you're hurting - and facing serious challenges. Dealing with the insurance companies is never easy. Neither is getting the medical care you need. That's why an experienced Jacksonville car accident lawyer can make a huge difference. That's why you need to call The Law Firm of Pajcic & Pajcic.
For over 45 years, our law firm has been serving people hurt in serious car accidents in Jacksonville and throughout Florida. We have the experience and resources needed to handle the insurance companies. We have the connections in the medical community needed to get you the best treatment. And most importantly, we always make it our first priority to help our clients recover.
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You need to do a few things when you’re in a car accident: call the police, exchange car insurance information with the other driver, get medical attention, and call a lawyer before you talk to an insurance carrier. When you contact Pajcic & Pajcic to discuss your car accident, we'll listen. Our compassionate Jacksonville car accident attorneys will seek to understand how the accident has affected your life, and we'll conduct a thorough investigation to find the evidence needed to help you recover. We pore over police reports and take legal action to secure evidence.
A serious injury can affect every aspect of your life, especially if you have damage to the brain or spine, or chronic symptoms such as lower back pain. You need full compensation to be made whole again, and our job is to advocate for the full amount you deserve. We have decades of experience finding ways for our clients to get fair compensation - often in excess of the available insurance coverage - and we have the case results to prove it.
If you've been hurt in a car accident, you need our Jacksonville injury lawyers on your side. You need Pajcic & Pajcic. We would be honored to meet with you for a free consultation. Call 904-358-8881 today. If you can’t come to our law office in Jacksonville, we’ll come to you.
How do car accidents cause injury?
When a road accident occurs, there are three separate collisions that happen in quick succession. First, there is the vehicle collision, in which the car itself hits an object or another vehicle and comes to a sudden stop. Second is the human collision, in which the bodies of the people inside the car keep moving until they hit something – for instance, the dashboard, steering wheel, windshield, a seat, the air bag, or another person. Finally, there is the internal collision, where the internal organs keep moving inside the body until they hit bone.
These three collisions are why car accidents can cause significant bodily injuries, even at relatively low speeds, and sometimes those injuries are hidden. You need to get checked out in a hospital emergency room, urgent care center, or by your primary care provider as soon as possible after a traffic crash, even if you feel fine.
When do you need to hire a car accident lawyer?
You probably don’t need the expertise of an attorney if you were in a minor fender-bender and only need compensation for property damage. On the other hand, you definitely want to seek legal help if you were seriously injured in an accident, as the process of recovering fair and full compensation for your damages can be exceptionally frustrating and complex.
Statistically, those who hire an attorney after a serious car accident receive more on average in compensation compared to those who don’t, which is why you should at the very least contact a lawyer to set up a free case consultation to learn your legal options.
How much do attorneys charge for car accident cases?
Most, if not all, car accident attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which in the legal word is simply a financial arrangement between you and your attorney. A contingency fee is the percentage of money your attorney receives if and when they make a financial recovery in your case, either through a negotiated settlement or a court verdict. If no recovery is made, you don’t pay anything.
How much is a car accident lawsuit worth?
The amount of money you receive from a settlement or court verdict hinges on many different factors, including the severity of your injury, the extent to which it has affected your everyday life, and the strength of your case. More severe injuries tend to lead to larger claims, but even less severe injuries, like broken bones and soft tissue injuries, can be worth substantial compensation if they have had a substantial impact on your life. In general, you may be able to recover compensation for economic damages, non-economic damages, and punitive damages.
Economic damages represent a real financial loss that is a direct result of your crash, such as medical bills, lost wages, and the cost to repair or replace your vehicle. Non-economic damages are less concrete and include things like pain and suffering or lost quality of life. Punitive damages are much different than economic or non-economic damages because they are awarded to the plaintiff as a way to punish or make an example out of the defendant for egregious acts of negligence. For instance, if the defendant intentionally caused your crash, a court may include punitive damages in your award.
Of all the accidents we handle at Pajcic & Pajcic, head-on collisions are some of the most destructive. These collisions can cause devastating injuries because of the sheer amount of force involved. If two cars traveling at 50 mph collide head-on, the force of impact is equivalent to one car travelling at 100 mph. We've seen those devastating injuries firsthand. In just one representative case handled by our firm, we recovered $5 million for a college student who was hit head-on by a drunk driver.
If you were involved in a head-on collision, someone's negligence is almost certainly to blame. The other driver may have been drunk or asleep at the wheel. Or a driver may have lost control of their vehicle due to an error on the manufacturer's part. We'll go to work to find the evidence needed to get fair compensation for even the most severe injuries.
If you've been hit from behind, don't assume your case will be easy. Fault is usually clear in a rear-end accident, but that doesn't mean the ensuing legal case won't be a battle. Because rear-end collisions often happen at slow speeds, the insurance company may downplay the extent of your injuries. They may argue that the collision couldn't have possibly caused you to be seriously hurt.
Our experienced attorneys know that these accidents can cause serious, painful injuries to the neck, brain, internal organs, and other parts of the body. We've seen it firsthand, as in one case when we made a million-dollar recovery for a woman who was left with chronic pain after being rear-ended by a truck. We'll consult with collision and medical experts to prove that even a low-speed collision can cause serious injuries. We'll look for the critical evidence showing that the driver who hit you was texting, distracted or asleep at the wheel to bolster your case. Our goal is always to help our clients get fair compensation.
Leaving the scene of an accident that causes significant damage is a serious crime in Florida, yet too many motorists do it anyway. Perhaps the motorist who hurt you was drunk, driving without insurance or had a warrant out for his or her arrest. Regardless, you're hurt, and with an unidentified driver at fault, you may be in a really bad position, not knowing where to turn.
If the police find the hit-and-run driver, Pajcic & Pajcic can help you pursue a claim against him or her as with any other accident. If the driver remains unknown, we can help you file an uninsured motorist claim with your own insurance company. Regardless, these cases are exceptionally challenging, and you need an experienced accident attorney on your side. Contact our law firm today.
Side-impact collisions can cause devastating injuries because the side of a vehicle provides little protection compared to the front or rear. If another vehicle struck your vehicle's broadside head-on, you or a passenger may have been seriously hurt, and it's most likely because the other motorist ran a red light or stop sign, drove too fast or otherwise acted recklessly.
Our attorneys will review evidence from your accident scene and help you develop a legal strategy to get the fair compensation you need. We've handled hundreds of cases involving broadsides, including one case where we recovered $7 million for a woman who sustained a traumatic brain injury, and we know how to take on the insurance companies. Count on the legal team at Pajcic & Pajcic to advocate for you.
On the major roads and highways in the Jacksonville area, sideswipe accidents are unfortunately common. Thanks to the sheer amount of traffic on those roads and the number of out-of-state drivers who don't know the area, motorists may end up changing lanes without warning - and without looking where they're going. Sideswipes can be serious because the side is one of the most vulnerable parts of any vehicle.
A sideswipe accident can cause serious injury, and you need a compassionate, determined advocate on your side to get fair compensation. For decades, we've been providing our signature service to victims of sideswipe accidents. Give Pajcic & Pajcic a call today to speak with an experienced accident lawyer.
Intersections are some of the most dangerous places on the road. It only takes one impaired or distracted driver to cause a serious accident. Many intersection crashes are broadside or head-on collisions that can cause devastating injuries. For instance, in one case we recovered $1.9 million for a woman who was injured by a trucker in an intersection accident. Even seemingly minor collisions, such as rear-end accidents while stopped at a traffic light, can cause significant, permanent injuries with life-altering consequences.
If you were involved in an accident at an intersection, Pajcic & Pajcic can help. Our attorneys will interview witnesses, review camera footage and collect whatever other evidence we can find from the accident scene. When there are multiple parties involved - and at a busy intersection, there usually are - our experienced attorneys will work hard to get the compensation you need.
Failure to yield while making a left turn turning is one of the most common causes of car accidents in the Jacksonville area and throughout Florida. So are illegal U-turns and other dangerous maneuvers. Depending on the circumstances, an improper turn can easily lead to a serious head-on or side-impact collision. The result, too often, is a catastrophic, life-altering injury due to one motorist's reckless actions. In one case, we recovered $1.3 million for a professional driver who had suffered serious injuries when a vehicle turned in front of his truck.
Between eyewitness accounts, camera footage and skid marks, there's a great deal of relevant evidence in an accident involving improper turning. Our attorneys will listen to your story and thoroughly investigate the accident so that we can go to work on your behalf. We'll build a legal strategy to get you fair compensation.
Over the years, we've handled many cases involving a motorist who backed out of a driveway, garage or other location without looking first. Unfortunately, these accidents often involve a pedestrian, bicyclist or motorcyclist who is hit by the improperly backing vehicle. Those vulnerable road users are at risk of being severely injured or killed because one motorist failed to look before backing up.
Our investigation will not only include looking at the accident itself, but also, in many cases, a look at the at-fault driver's driving records to see if there has been a pattern of improper backing. In one notable case, we recovered $1.5 million for a surveyor who was hit by a recycling truck, in part because the truck driver had previously been disciplined for improper backing. If your injury involved improper backing, we'll put our signature thorough, compassionate approach to work for you.
It's understandable that motorists want to get to their destinations quickly - but not when it comes at the expense of others. Tailgating, passing on the right, ignoring signals and other aggressive maneuvers put everyone on the road at risk. Too often, it's a motorist who was driving safely who ends up being injured. Depending on the type of aggressive action, these motorists can cause anything from minor accidents to devastating broadside and head-on collisions.
If you were hurt by an aggressive driver, a compassionate attorney from Pajcic & Pajcic can help you get fair compensation. In one notable result, we recovered $11 million for a woman who was seriously injured when an armored car cut in front of her vehicle. We'll speak with witnesses and analyze other evidence at the scene, such as camera footage if available, to show that the motorist who hit you was driving aggressively. Our goal is to help make you whole again and send a strong message to all motorists that aggressive driving is unacceptable on Florida roads.
In recent years, distracted driving has emerged as a leading cause of accidents on our roads. The most common culprit is cell phone use or texting while driving, but that's not the only type of distracted driving. Motorists cause accidents while eating, adjusting the radio or grooming behind the wheel. Some evidence suggests that talking to passengers, an everyday activity for most drivers, can be even more dangerous.
Distracted drivers most commonly cause rear-end accidents because they aren't paying attention to the road in front of them. In addition, a distracted driver may not even slow down before impact, leading to more serious injuries than in a similar crash involving an alert driver. We'll review evidence such as eyewitness accounts to prove that the driver who hit you was distracted, and our legal team will work to get you fair compensation. In one notable case, we recovered $4.3 million for a young woman who was severely injured by a distracted driver.
For decades, motorists have been warned of the dangers of drinking and driving, yet too many still choose to get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol. There's never an excuse for driving drunk. Motorists have the option of taking a cab or using a designated driver. When they choose to drive themselves instead, they put others at risk, often causing serious injuries. Drunk driving accidents are also particularly likely to cause a fatality.
Cases involving drunk drivers may seem open and shut but getting the compensation you need can be surprisingly difficult. Evidence that the other driver was arrested or charged may not be admissible in a civil trial, depending on the circumstances. We'll conduct a thorough investigation that proves negligence on the part of the driver who hurt you, and we may be able to pursue a "dram shop" case against the bar or restaurant that served alcohol to the at-fault driver as well. Our goal is always to get fair compensation for victims of drunk driving, no matter how long it takes - in one case, for instance, we recovered $6 million for the widow of a Navy veteran killed by a drunk driver after a legal battle lasting more than a decade.
Speeding remains a leading cause of accidents on Florida roads, and it's often a factor in devastating and deadly collisions. At high speeds, motorists have less time to react to changing road conditions or obstacles. They may have to swerve or brake suddenly, putting others at risk. High-speed accidents can lead to serious injuries because of the additional force involved. In one such case, we recovered $5.25 million for the family of a man killed in an accident caused by a speeding truck.
Our attorneys will thoroughly investigate your accident for the telltale evidence that the driver who hit you was speeding or driving recklessly. Even if the other driver wasn’t given a ticket or citation, that’s not the end of the story. We'll talk to witnesses, look at pictures of the accident scene and if necessary, retain an accident reconstruction expert who can show that the crash happened at a high speed. Pajcic & Pajcic has held hundreds of speeding drivers accountable for the injuries they've caused, and we can put our experience to work for you.
Even in sunny Florida, weather-related accidents can and do happen. A sudden rainstorm can make the roads substantially more dangerous at a moment's notice, and motorists who choose to drive in the rain have a responsibility to adjust accordingly. Likewise, people who choose to drive at night or in fog need to slow down and be mindful of the lower visibility. When they don't, cars can skid out of control and cause serious collisions. In one year alone, we handled five wrongful death cases involving darkness or fog.
While we can't file a lawsuit against Mother Nature for causing your accident, we certainly can hold negligent motorists accountable when they fail to drive safely given the conditions. Getting relevant evidence for a weather-related accident can be difficult, but our attorneys have the experience and resources needed to find that evidence. Our goal is always to hold the negligent driver accountable and help you recover fair compensation.
Falling asleep at the wheel is an increasingly common cause of accidents today as motorists are working longer hours and going without enough sleep. It's important to remember that getting behind the wheel while exhausted is just as dangerous as driving drunk - and just as preventable. Fatigued drivers can choose to pull over on a side street to rest or stop for a coffee or energy drink before getting back behind the wheel. When they don't, they put others at serious risk. In one case we recovered $1.4 million for a brother and sister who were injured by a sleep-deprived trucker.
Drivers who fall asleep at the wheel not only cause accidents; they often cause deadly accidents. That's because sleeping drivers generally don't hit the brakes before impact, meaning the collision happens at a higher speed - and they often drift into the oncoming lane and cause head-on collisions. We know how to find the critical evidence showing that a driver fell asleep at the wheel. We know how to interview witnesses and analyze the accident scene to get the proof we need, and our attorneys will fight to get you fair compensation.
Driving under the influence of alcohol is not the only type of impairment that puts Florida motorists at risk. Both prescription and recreational drugs can slow reflexes, impair judgment and otherwise cause drivers to put themselves and others at risk. That's why motorists have a responsibility to know what they are putting in their bodies before they get behind the wheel - and why doctors and pharmaceutical companies need to warn patients about the dangers of taking certain drugs and driving.
Drugged drivers, much like drunk drivers, can cause devastating head-on collisions and other deadly accidents. When that happens, we hold them accountable, as in one case when recovered $9.65 million for the family of a victim of a trucker who had a history of cocaine use. Our attorneys will interview witnesses and pore over records to find evidence showing that the driver who hurt you was under the influence of drugs.
No cause of accidents has gotten more press in recent years than texting and driving, and for good reason. Using a phone to send a message or email takes the driver's eyes off the road for up to two full seconds, which is exceptionally dangerous. Some research indicates that people who text and drive remain mentally distracted even after they put the phone down, which again puts them at greater risk of being involved in an accident.
Pajcic & Pajcic has handled numerous cases involving texting drivers, and we know how to get fair compensation for people injured in these accidents. Texting drivers often cause rear-end collisions, and an insurance company may argue that your accident could not have caused a serious injury. We have the experience and resources to prove that even a low-speed collision can have catastrophic consequences, and we'll put those resources to work for you.