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Can Passengers Benefit From Car Accident Lawsuits?

While accidents are typically only the responsibility of one or more drivers,  there are often other parties involved in a car accident. All too often passengers decide to just let the driver handle the situation, but this is not ever the best course of action. As a passenger in a car accident, you have legal rights. Passengers involved in accidents actually have more options for receiving compensation than either driver. Here at BJE Law, P.A., we believe that knowledge is the greatest weapon for any person on the road to have. 

As the passenger involved in a car accident, you have several possible courses of action. The obvious first option is suing the other driver. As the passenger, if you are injured in a car accident you are entitled to compensation by the party at fault. If the other driver is at fault, it should be pretty easy to get compensation for injuries. It will be even easier to get compensation with BJE Law, P.A. representing you.

The other option is to sue the driver of the car you were riding in. This may be difficult as generally the driver and passenger know each other or are friends. However, if you are seriously injured, you should not be burdened by medical bills for an accident that was not your fault. It is not uncommon for people to say they’ll pay for damages and medical bills and then not do it. We understand that this is a difficult situation, but we at BJE Law, P.A. advise that you get legal representation in all cases. This is the only way to ensure that you will get representation and will be put into severe financial stress for an auto accident. 

Another option is to file a claim against your own insurance company for personal injury protection. This isn’t the most obvious option but if you have auto insurance and a car, you may be eligible for personal injury protection. Per the usual, the insurance company is going to do everything they can to avoid paying you. This is why you need the excellent legal representation offered by BJE Law, P.A. 

Call us as soon as possible for more information!

What Happens When An Uninsured Driver Hits You?

Most states require all drivers on the road to have insurance, but that doesn’t stop people from driving without insurance. Regardless of the reason, if you are in an accident with someone that does not have insurance, it can be a big hassle for both parties involved. Don’t worry though, because BJE Law, P.A. is here to help you. A lot is going to happen after your accident if the other party is uninsured, but BJE Law, P.A. will be by your side through the entire legal process. We have a team of experienced attorneys that can help you get the compensation you deserve.

Florida is a no-fault state, but what does that mean? 

“No-fault” means that in the case of an accident, the insurance companies are held liable rather than the individuals involved. Most no-fault states have heavy regulations preventing lawsuits unless there were severe damages or medical expenses. This helps the victims of the accident receive compensation for damages or injuries quickly if they have comprehensive coverage. However, if one party is uninsured, this can cause problems. 

If the other party is uninsured, your insurance company will still typically be required to cover damages and medical bills if you have full coverage. You’ll need to make sure that you follow all of the normal steps you would follow after a normal accident. Once you’ve called the police and made sure everyone is okay, start gathering information such as the other driver’s address and damages to the vehicles. 

This means you need to make sure that you have a record of these things. Every dent and scratch needs to be documented. Make sure that when you seek medical attention, that you find a trusted doctor that will be thorough. It is also important to see a trusted and experienced mechanic. If you go to an inexperienced mechanic, they may not report/find all of the damage, and leave you to cover it. Anything your doctor and mechanic leave out of their statements will become your responsibility.

An accident with an uninsured driver can seem like an overwhelming experience. The legal obstacles can make it extremely difficult if you choose to not get legal representation. With the right team on your side however, your accident can be resolved very quickly. 

If you find yourself involved in a car accident, call BJE Law, P.A. as soon as you can. We can get you the maximum compensation in a fair amount of time. Call us today!

Is Insurance Enough to Cover Car Accident Damages And Expenses?

Car accidents happen every day and can be quite a traumatic experience. While drivers are required to have some form of insurance, insurance can be very confusing for most people. This is further complicated if one party involved in the accident does not have proper insurance. You may not be informed on the different coverages available, or what you are required to have through Florida state law.

Finances can also be a major issue for people after an accident. In many cases, even if the affected party has high-quality insurance, the insurance company will go out of their way to avoid paying them. Here at BJE Law, P.A., we care about people, and we want you to get the most compensation for your damages that you can get. 

It is important to know what kind of insurance you have. There are many different options for insurance and all of them cover different things. For instance, some insurance policies will only pay for part of your damages but not medical bills after an accident. Others may cover medical bills but not damages. Sometimes, policies claim to cover certain things but don’t due to fine print. 

Many insurance companies offer incentives for driving safely. This can help with the financial burden of paying for insurance. You should work with your insurance provider to maximize the benefits of these incentives and lower your monthly rate. These benefits can also help you keep premiums low if you’ve been involved in an accident. 

BJE Law P.A. has a team of lawyers with years of experience working with insurance companies after auto accidents. We have the knowledge and the people to get you the compensation you deserve. We care about our clients at BJE Law, P.A., and we want to help you get the money you deserve.

The Difference Between Short-Term and Long-Term Injuries In A Personal Injury Lawsuit

Personal injury lawsuits are tricky territory. Oftentimes, a mistake among friends or coworkers can lead to an unintended injury, leaving the victim with costly medical bills and potentially debilitating injury. Even if the incident was a mistake, it doesn’t mean that the responsible party can’t be held accountable for their actions. If someone makes a mistake that leads to your injury, they can and should be liable for partial or full financial compensation for your injuries. 

Something that is important to note when dealing with a personal injury case is the difference between short-term and long-term injury. Short term injuries usually involve injuries that lead to you missing a few days to a month or two of work. They do not result in long-term disability and will result in lower payouts for a personal injury case. However, it doesn’t mean that you should not pursue the case. If you rely on insurance alone, you may not receive the full compensation you need to recover. 

Different insurance policies have different policies defining “short-term”, but they usually involve similar injuries. Insurance companies will do whatever it takes to avoid paying you, and will hope that your injury gets better on its own or that you will simply neglect to file a claim. BJE Law, P.A. has years of experience dealing with insurance companies, and we can get you the compensation that you deserve.

Conversely, long term injuries are injuries that result in you missing more work than you would for a short term injury. Long term injuries are generally more severe, and therefore harder for the insurance company to ignore. However, they will do whatever they can to pay you as little as possible. Call BJE Law, P.A. today and let us fight for the additional compensation you’ll need for your long-term injury.

When dealing with insurance claims, you need to have an accurate record of the injury and doctors visits. The more solid proof you have, the more likely they are to pay you what you deserve. This includes any paperwork, statements from doctors, or pictures of the injuries that you may have. If the insurance doesn’t cover the full cost of your medical care, you may be able to pursue a personal injury case to receive the rest of the compensation from the at-fault party

Don’t miss out on the compensation you deserve — call BJE Law P.A. today!

Reducing Your Sentence In A Criminal Drug Charge

Drug crimes are no joke. Far too many people are put in jail every year for a very small amount of a controlled substance. With drug crimes changing all over the country, it is fair to assume that the rate of use for some drugs (such as marijuana) are going up. However, the laws for recreational use have not changed in Florida, and possession charges can get you into serious trouble. 

Like any encounter with the police, being charged with a drug crime can be very scary, but is not the end of the world. It is actually more difficult than most would expect for the police to prove your liability in your drug case. Your charge may also be lessened if you are not driving while arrested for possession, or if you have no prior charges. 

Here at BJE Law P.A., we care strongly about your rights and your future, and want to arm you with the knowledge to handle your drug charges. There are several things you should know if you get caught with drugs.

The first thing you should be aware of is what your rights are. The police cannot search your person or your property without either a warrant or your consent. Once you have consented to a search, anything they find can be used against you. However, they cannot search without your consent, so avoid consenting to searches if at all possible. If your rights are violated and they search without consent or a warrant, this could result in your case being dismissed. 

The next thing to be aware of is just how busy the prosecution will be. Most states process hundreds of drug charges every day, and drug charges are fairly low priority. Most people don’t fight drug charges particularly aggressively either. If you and the defense can treat your drug charge like a more serious charge and overwhelm the prosecutor, it’s very possible for them to decide that your drug case isn’t worth the trouble.

Lastly, the prosecution has to prove without a reasonable doubt that the substance is illegal and that it was in your possession. If you’re charged with a drug crime in a vehicle you don’t know or for a substance that isn’t illegal, your case can be dropped very easily. This is why it’s imperative to work with an experienced attorney, who can help build the strongest case for you. 

BJE Law is here for you. We believe that everyone deserves the highest quality representation, and will help you find the best resolution for your drug charge. For more information regarding drug crimes, contact BJE Law, P.A. today.

6 Safety Tips For Night Driving

Night driving is something everyone has to do from time to time and is not quite as easy as driving during the day for most. Certain factors, such as whether you wear glasses, whether your car has new lights, and the area in which you’re driving, can all make driving t night more difficult. BJE Law, P.A. cares about your safety and wants you to be safer on the road. That’s why we’ve compiled these tips for safe driving at night: 

A big way to stay safe while driving at night that also goes overlooked far too often is to keep your windshield clean. It is very easy to overlook stains on your windshield and let them build up overtime. A dirty windshield can be extremely dangerous even during the day and at night it can render you visually impaired. 

Another way to remain safe on the road at night is to properly maintain your lights. Faulty lights can heavily impact your ability to see. A light can be on and still be faulty, simply by not being as bright as it should be. Make sure your lights are bright enough and aimed properly. If these steps are followed you should have no issues with your lights.

When driving at night there are often many bright lights all around that can be very blinding. This effect can be eased if you just don’t look into the lights. When a driver has their brights on, it is wise to focus on the white line on the right side of the road. Avoid driving with your brights on as a courtesy to other drivers. 

Driving slower is always a wise decision when driving at night. The darkness is going to heavily impact your vision and reaction time. Slowing down and leaving more space between your car and those in front of you will greatly reduce your chances of getting into an accident. This is especially true on backroads and highways where there is less visibility than in the cities or on the interstates. 

When driving at night, you may need to pull off onto the shoulder. If this happens, it is important that you make yourself seen. Use your emergency lights and any other reflective objects in your possession. By making yourself visible to other drivers, you can drastically reduce your chances of getting in or causing an accident. 

In the event of an accident, contact the attorneys at BJE Law, P.A. We can help you navigate this difficult time and ensure you receive proper legal representation. Contact us for more information!

Can You Hire A Personal Injury Attorney After A Car Crash?

Car crashes happen every day to a lot of people, and can be very traumatic and difficult. The worst part of it can be dealing with insurance companies. An injured party has a lot on their plate and shouldn’t have to navigate the legal maze that is insurance all alone. If you do decide to deal with the insurance company alone, you’ll be faced with deceptive tricks designed to keep your money from you. 

A big reason to hire an attorney following an accident is to get through the process of filing a lawsuit effectively. Suing someone is a very tedious process that involves a lot of paperwork, legal knowledge, and an understanding of how to receive the right compensation for an individual’s injuries. This process is very difficult for the average person, which is why attorneys are there to guide you in the right direction. An attorney will provide an informed voice to help you make all the decisions that come with a lawsuit.

An attorney will also be very experienced in how to deal with the tricks that an insurance company will throw at you. Insurance companies will often do whatever it takes to avoid paying you what your car accident case is worth. While this is oftentimes unfair to the individual seeking compensation, they wouldn’t do it if it didn’t work. These tricks are designed to put more of your money in their hands. However, with a trusted attorney by your side, you won’t have to settle for less. 

Call BJE Law, P.A. if you find yourself in an accident. Our team of qualified attorneys is ready and willing to fight for your compensation. We work out the legal battle to ensure you receive medical and financial compensation regardless of what the insurance companies want.

Three Tips For Defensive Driving In Big Cities

Driving in large cities can be quite a difficult task for even the most experienced driver. In large cities, there is an increased number of cars on the road at all times. Getting to your destination can feel like a battle. Here at BJE Law, P.A., we care about your safety and want to educate the public on safer driving practices. If you do find yourself in a car crash, don’t hesitate to call BJE Law, P.A. We have a team of highly qualified attorneys that can get you the compensation you deserve. However, you can avoid some motor vehicle accidents by following these tips:

A big way to protect yourself while behind the wheel is to avoid distractions. The biggest distraction for most drivers is the cell phone. It can be hard to ignore an important call while driving, and many people decide to take the risk of talking on the phone while driving. When driving in a big city, however, this can be very dangerous. Many large cities have six and seven lanes on the road all of which are packed with cars. With all these people on the road, a moment of distraction can very easily cost you your life. 

Another way to keep yourself safe while driving is to remain calm and avoid road rage. Letting your emotions take over while behind the wheel is never a good idea. There are going to be traffic jams, inconsiderate drivers, and situations out of your control every day. While these situations will undoubtedly cause stress, it is important to mitigate those feelings so as to not cause harm to yourself or others. Listen to music, talk to someone, or do something to keep yourself calm behind the wheel. Part of staying calm on the road will be making sure you have time to get where you’re going, especially in large cities. 

It is also very important to properly maintain your vehicle. It is hard enough to get where you’re going without your vehicle malfunctioning and having to wait on a mechanic. Vehicle maintenance is simple if you make a routine out of it. Mechanical issues can also cause accidents if they are left unattended. Don’t let this happen to you on the road — make your local mechanic your friend and take care of your car as per the manufacturer’s recommendations. 

When a car accident does occur, don’t worry. BJE Law, P.A. has your back to ensure that no matter what you’re in the best of hands. Call BJE Law, P.A. to receive the compensation and legal representation you deserve.

Physical and Mental Effects Of A Car Crash

Car crashes are very scary events and can wreak havoc on anyone’s life. Car crashes can cause many physical injuries due to the speed of most vehicles that are involved in crashes. Physical injuries aren’t always immediately apparent and can come up weeks after the crash. Crashes can also cause serious emotional distress and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If you find yourself in a car crash, call BJE Law, P.A. We can help you weather the physical and emotional traumas of car crashes by helping you gain financial compensation.

Motor vehicle accidents, among other unintentional injuries, were the third-leading cause of death in Hillsborough county in 2018. When accidents aren’t deadly, they can break bones, rupture organs, cause brain damage, and a long list of other injuries. Any of these injuries can cause hardships such as loss of wages, loss of employment, disrupted social life, and many others. Many brain injuries associated with car accidents can severely impact your life or the lives of your loved ones. 

The emotional turmoil that can accompany a car crash can be even more difficult to deal with than the physical injuries. Car crashes can leave victims feeling guilty, angry, and afraid. Car crashes can severely impact your ability to earn income, as well as maintain relationships and a social life. The emotional pain caused by a car accident can often require therapy and even medication for the victim to get through the day. It is not uncommon for those involved in severe accidents to suffer from PTSD, especially if someone else in the vehicle lost their life. 

Dealing with this trauma should not fall onto your shoulders alone. The costs of emotional and physical therapy can be compensated in court, as well as ant medical bills. Don’t deal with these hardships alone. Call BJE Law, P.A. today, and talk with a seasoned legal professional that can straighten everything out and get you the compensation you deserve. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve.

Don’t Let Your Criminal Record Get In Your Way

Having a criminal record impacts your life in many ways. Many people with criminal records face hardships not faced by the general public due to their past, and these hardships are often very difficult for the individual to deal with on their own. Luckily, there are legal steps that can be taken to lessen these problems, including the sealing and expunging of records. 

One way we can remove your criminal charge from the public is to have those records sealed. When your record is sealed, it is no longer available to the public. This means that when you apply for a job at a private business, they will not be able to see the sealed record. Having your records sealed can greatly affect your ability to get a job. However, if you plan on applying for a job with the federal government, sealing your records will not be enough. The government can still see any sealed records, and this can impact your employment opportunities.

If you are planning to work for the federal government, expunging your records is the best way to go. When records are expunged, the State of Florida will keep a single copy, and that copy is only accessible with a court order. Any government agencies with access to your sealed records will only be able to see that the record has been expunged. They cannot see what is in the record though, which can greatly increase your odds of employment. 

Sealing or expunging records can greatly impact your career opportunities after a criminal conviction. BJE Law, P.A. can walk through your criminal history and figure out the best course of action for you to take, and get you the help you need to handle your criminal history.

Don’t let your past hold you back. Call BJE Law, P.A., and let us get your records taken care of. We have a team of experienced attorneys that have the knowledge and skill to get your records taken care of as soon as possible. Call us today!