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A St Petersburg Auto Accident Attorney can provide you with some much-needed hope, reassurance and knowledge during the hugely stressful and testing period that follows an auto accident. Whether you’ve been in a minor crash or a more severe incident that may have caused damage, injuries or even death, then you’re faced with a mountain of stress and legal work to get through and understand.

This can be an extremely long process, during a time where you want to move on with your life and have closure. With insurance companies, the law, injuries and financial concerns all need to be dealt with. Many victims will often accept a far lower settlement. It’s understandable that victims want it over with but insurance companies exploit this, giving victims far less than they deserve, and less than they could have won had they hired an Auto Accident Attorney.

Sean McQuaid and Jonathon Douglas are St. Petersburg Personal Injury Attorneys that have been working to recover financial compensation and helping victims for over 15 years. If you’re in need of an auto accident personal injury attorney, then you’ve found the helping hand that you’re likely crying out for and the experience to get you the maximum sum with the minimum amount of stress that you deserve.

It’s important to have some clarity on how to act and what to know during this time, so here is some crucial advice:

What to do after a car accident?

The immediate actions taken after a car accident are frequently overlooked. Emotions are often high, and a simple mistake or careless statement can prove hugely costly in fighting for the compensation you truly deserve. Here are some essential tips to keep in mind, should you ever find yourself in the unfortunate situation:

  • Get to safety and seek medical assistance if needed. Your health is always the number one priority.
  • Call law enforcement, if you don’t need medical attention first.
  • Gather critical information, such as the other driver’s insurance details and take your photos.  
  • Collect witness reports yourself. (Often witnesses will inform the police of what they saw, but this can be left out of the Police report later)
  • Do not agree on a handshake agreement.  
  • Do not admit fault. (You don’t need to determine who was at fault. The moment you admit fault, this can later be used against you. You might even be wrong in your assumption that it was your mistake. Unnoticed facts are often revealed later.)
  • Do not leave the scene of the accident. This will be seen as a “hit-and-run,” which is a felony in Florida and can result in a severe penalty.
  • Don’t refuse medical attention. Evidence of medical injuries can be crucial in your compensation claims.

Why hire an Auto Accident Attorney?

Legal matters for car accidents are almost always complex situations. You’ll be battling daunting insurance companies and their experienced lawyers. They can be extremely difficult to take on if you file a personal injury claim alone. Here’s why the assistance of an auto accident attorney is crucial for a successful outcome:

An attorney removes the pressure placed on you when you’ll need to be focusing on recovering and working or being with your family. You won’t receive any stressful phone calls from the insurance companies, and you can relax knowing that you’re in safe hands.

We know the damages you’ve suffered but may have missed. In most cases, the insurance companies and other parties will try to claim that your injuries are only temporary, when in fact they can cause further problems later. Missed wages, psychological distress future medical costs, damage to your plans, and more are all often overlooked. We know this and will thoroughly factor it into your claim.

  • We ensure evidence is preserved correctly. The evidence tends to be lost in a matter of days or even hours; we will work to make sure it is secured.
  • We know which evidence will support your case. Under Florida law, this is crucial, as recovering compensation is only possible if it is established that another person’s legal negligence caused the accident.
  • Insurance companies will exploit the stress you’re going through and your lack of knowledge, often pushing you into admitting a mistake. They will do their best to ensure that they are paying you as little as possible. Our experience tackles this so we can get you the best results.
  • An attorney can get to work straight away, without the huge mental distractions you’ll likely have following the incident. Acting soon will give you the upper hand.
  • The longer you wait without an attorney, the more time the insurance companies gain to devalue your claim.
  • Vastly greater compensation results can come from the work of an auto accident lawyer, than an individual claim.
  • We’ll be your advocate throughout the entire process and effectively handle all the legal work and procedures for the optimal outcome.

Understanding Types of Car Accident Claims and Lawsuits

Auto Accident AttorneySettlements

In general auto accidents rarely go to a full civil trial, with a jury. This is because juries are unreliable and unpredictable. No matter how blameless you are, there is no guarantee a jury will see it as it is.  This is why settlements are used. They allow both parties to come to a satisfactory agreement, with it being the final decision.

Demand Letters

Demand Letters are a way of directly requesting compensation while avoiding litigation or court appearances. An auto accident attorney will create a “Demand Letter” that details the accident and your situation, with experienced, thorough knowledge. This is then sent to the insurance company with a settlement request.  

Settlement Negotiations Explained

When the above hits stumbling blocks and disagreements between both sides, then negotiations typically begin. These are attempts to reach an agreement without the need for litigation, but if they still cannot be resolved, then the case will go to a civil suit trial. There are few reasons for this to occur, but typically they are:

Negligence

Negligence is establishing that the other party was at fault for the incident. This is necessary and imperative for the prosecution to prove that there was wrongdoing and a lack of caution on the road. An auto accident attorney will thoroughly analyze and prepare the evidence that can support the claim, which the other party’s negligence caused the accident. This typically ranges from a lack of caution to intoxication or using a cell phone.

Road Conditions

Loose asphalt, signage issues, traffic control and guardrails are just a few of the examples of why poor road design may have caused your accident.

In 2016, 37,461 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents. The insurance industry is well accustomed to taking advantage of victims who go along with their claims.

Don’t make the same mistake; have a Free Consultation with us today.

With Sean McQuaid & Jonathon Douglas, you have experienced personal injury attorneys with over 15 years worth of experience dealing with auto accidents and situations such as those explained above. We’ll not only give you a much-needed open hand during this tough time, but we’ll also give you the best financial result for going forward.

Testimonials

I was involved in an accident in Bradenton, not even the St. Pete area! I was hit by a large truck, injured and my truck totaled! Mr. McQuaid was extremely helpful, from everything to follow ups, keeping me informed, making sure I had what I needed. He definitely looks out for his clients and has their best interest in mind! He made me feel very comfortable, and was genuinely concerned with my health and well being! He even went over and above a few times to help me! His staff is just as professional and helpful as he was! I give him and his staff a standing ovation! Thank you for all your help and everything you did to help and take care of me and my case! I know who I'm calling with any future issues that I need handled in a prompt and professional manor! Thank you again for all your help!read more
Sister Sara
15:15 19 Sep 19
I am happy to recommend Sean McQuaid to others who are looking for a car accident attorney. My family and I were injured in a car accident when visiting St. Petersburg. Mr. McQuaid was extremely knowledgeable and assisted us with every step along the way. We were very pleased with the results given the circumstances.
Chester Fun
23:06 02 Sep 19
I'm very happy that I chose Mr. McQuaid to represent me after the car accident. This was my first time dealing with this sort of problem and didn't know exactly where to start, but Mr. McQuaid stepped in and pointed me in the right direction. He set me up with all the necessary medical appointments and got the ball rolling. He handled all the paperwork and kept me updated. He is very professional and I highly advise anyone who needs a great Attorney to choose Mr. McQuaid.
Richard Drude
16:31 27 Aug 19
I love mcquaid hes been my attorney for years now. He is great with solving cases and hes good with working with his client's best interests hes a real deal big dog!!! I love them and I would refer everyone that needs a criminal or personal injury lawyer to mcquaid!!
Hynita Mitchell
13:52 26 Aug 19
I was injured in a car accident a couple of years ago. The woman who rear-ended me had minimal insurance coverage, so it was not enough to cover the costs of care I needed due to my injures. I had a severe neck injury and injured both of my TM joints. I suffered from major headaches and neck pain. Despite my treating doctors indicating that I have permanent injures, my own auto insurer refused the demand for my own underinsured motorist coverage. As a result of the denial by my insurance company, Mr. Douglas filed suit on my behalf. He and his staff were wonderful to work with. They were super responsive and walked me through the entire process. He was able to obtain a good settlement for me. I would highly recommend Mr. Douglas, and his law firm.read more
Laurel Harris
21:14 03 Aug 19
Great experience as always, Sean expedited my settlement with speed and professionalism while keeping me informed the whole time couldn't ask for anything more I highly recommend their services
Daniel Huddleson
20:02 26 Jun 19
Sean and his whole team are great! Very knowledgeable, professional, and most of all honest. This was my first time being in a situation like this and I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. Once hired, I was at ease throughout the whole process knowing Sean was in my corner and fighting for me. Always keeping me in the loop of what was going on as well as being a straight shooter, with tons of experience and insight, allowed me to be able to make the best decisions for me and my family. Would definitely recommend!
Kevin Frye
20:32 12 May 19
Thank You Sean McQuaid, Suzanne Sanchez and Sandy Calvert for being so professional and personal. It felt like I was going to talk to a family member. You have a Top Notch Firm. My everyone be BLESSED.
Lorraine Johnsommitchell
04:33 09 May 19
My attorneys Sean McQuaid and Jonathon Douglas were always the most professional, caring, and compassionate legal team to me. They represented me impeccably because they got to know me personally, thus they were able to relay my injuries and truly speak on my behalf and all that I had been through. I would highly recommend them.
Julia Withrow
20:10 24 Mar 19
I could honestly say with confidence that this is the best law firm in Saint Petersburg! Sean and his firm work as a team to make sure they take care of you personally, and financially. They where very accommodating from the first day. They consistently kept me updated through the process and answered any questions I had either same day or the next. In addition, they where able to cut hospital and doctors bills nearly in half creating more money for my pocket. 10/10!
Mazen Khalil
15:46 12 Mar 19
I would like to thank Johnathon Douglas, Suzanne Sanchez and Sandy Calvert for their outstanding work on my recent auto accident case. I was so impressed with their attention to every detail to make sure there was the very best possible outcome in the case. They were always so quick to respond to every email containing my list of questions and recommended excellent physicians for my care. I highly recommend this firm if you ever need any type of legal assistance. They are all top notch people and wonderful to have on your side!
Laura Guest
02:47 05 Mar 19
Sean McQuaid and his paralegal Suzanne Sanchez handled my personal injury case with compassion, expertise and excellence. I was more than pleased with the outcome and couldn’t have had a more competent team! I recommend Sean and Suzanne for anyone that is looking for personal injury legal assistance. Thank you, Sean and Susanne!
Leslie Driscoll
22:43 12 Feb 19
Sean McQuaid is the best. I'm able to sleep at night anytime he's handling any one of my legal matters. He answers your questions and returns phone calls promptly (once while he was on vacation with his family). Thank you Sean.
Marilyn Lewis
23:08 31 Jan 19
Seasoned professionals capable of handling any level of business/personal endeavor to their client's satisfaction. The ONLY law firm I call or recommend. Sean McQuaid is our go-to lawyer for all of my family's needs over the past two decades - he gets results.
jay johnson
22:58 31 Jan 19
I recently was involved in a motorcycle accident and I immediately contacted Johnathan Douglas . He was very prompt and moved quikly to set up medical advisors that were able to help me. Johnathan was there every step of the way, sometimes on a daily basis. Johnathan is very passionate about his work and is second to none and is very professional. He was able to reach a settlement in my case that I was vey pleased with. I would highly recommend Johnathan to anyone that needs the best representation for your particular needs and he deserves a 5 star rating for sure. Trust me Johnathan will not disappoint.read more
Gene Maxwell
19:37 27 Jan 19
We would like to thank McQuaid & Douglas for the best possible settlement in my husband's Personal Injury case.During this difficult time Sean and Suzanne were there for us through every step of the process. Anytime we had questions or needed updates on the case they quickly responded. We highly recommend them!
Jennifer Rice
16:23 13 Dec 18
Iam very satisfied with my lawyer, Sean McQuaid. He was well informed and smart. He was also helpful and kind. I highly recommend him!
Lubna Hameed
20:13 03 Nov 18
Awesome attorney! Sean McQuaid had my charge dropped. He was on top of every detail. Great experience. Will definetly go to him in a heartbeat if I ever have any legal matters. Will recommend to family/friends.
Brittany 8189
19:58 16 Oct 18
Jonathon Douglas is an amazing attorney. There is no question that Jonathon and his team deserve a 5 star rating. They worked tirelessly to get a great result for me.
Joshua Hale
18:08 07 Sep 18
Jonathon Douglas was there for me and my family in our time of need. If you are looking for an attorney who gets results, look no further. I highly recommend Jonathon.
Bjorn Erickson
18:06 07 Sep 18
Attorney Jonathon Douglas has always been a valuable resource to all things legal for me and my family. However, legal expertise is not the only attribute that defines this lawyer. He has that additional quality of a humane perspective that isn't taught or learned, it's innate. You can find any attorney on the web or TV, but few will cut to the core of your needs as adeptly and compassionately as Jonathon.
ben boyle
15:18 05 Sep 18
I was recently in a car accident and contacted St Petersburg Personal Injury Attorney Jonathon Douglas. The very next day, he got things rolling and put me in touch with medical providers who really helped me. Jonathon was able to quickly move my case forward and reach a settlement that I was very happy with. I would recommend Jonathon Douglas to anyone and everyone.
Scott James
20:54 24 Aug 18
Definitely A five star attorney and very professional Randy M Harris
Randy Harris
20:21 29 Jul 18
If you want and need a great attorney that knows and cares, Sean McQuaid would be the person you want on your side. He shoots straight from the hip with no guessing games. Gets the job done in your favor! Thank you Mr McQuaid!
McMillan's Appliance Plus LLC
17:35 06 Jul 18
If you're looking for a excellent attorney look no further, Sean is hands down the BEST. I've used him several times he has ALWAYS exceeded my expectations. He's very well known and respected amongst the Pinellas country courts, Sean will truly go to bat for you when it matters. Most importantly he's a lawyer with honesty and integrity would HIGHLY recommend to anybody in need.
Dan Tellone
15:44 25 Jun 18
He did a great job I would use him as my lawyer in the future if needed and I would definitely recommend him to my family and friends. Thanks for everything you did for me I appreciate everything! King
Carrie King
03:19 17 Feb 18
Sean McQuaid is an amazing attorney. He has worked with me on 2 cases. Both of which I was extremely satisfied with the outcome. During the entire process, he always kept me up to date and was easy to get ahold of. If I had questions, he would always get back to me right away. He made going through a difficult time much less stressful. And for that I am truly grateful.
Alicia Liberatore
04:58 08 Dec 17
Sean McQuaid and his team where extremely professional and very forthcoming. His response time to requests is impeccable. He is fair, very compassionate and very thorough. He was very protective of myself and my care. He followed through weekly and often daily with my physicians to ensure I received the best care. Thank you, Sean for such an amazing outcome to what was a very difficult time in my life.
Jennifer Fintz
15:51 17 Nov 17
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