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PIP Coverage

PIP Coverage

– by Tampa Personal Injury Attorney, Martin J. Hernandez

Personal Injury Protection (PIP), or “No-Fault” car insurance, is mandated by the state of Florida. PIP pays up to $10,000 for injuries you sustain in an accident regardless of who was at-fault.

What Does PIP Cover?

Florida PIP covers medical costs, lost wages and death benefits, and will generally cover the injuries of anyone in your household. PIP may cover the following:

  • Medical Services and Medication
  • Surgical Services and Hospital Expenses
  • Rehabilitation Costs
  • Diagnostic Services
  • Ambulatory Services

PIP will cover 80% of your medical costs. If your injury is not an emergency you will only be entitled to $2,500 worth of benefits. If you are injured in an accident, and are disabled, PIP will pay for 60% of your lost wages, subject to a $10,000 limit. If the policyholder is killed in the accident, PIP will pay for their funeral and burial expenses in addition to medical costs.

Who Should I Contact If I am In A Motor Vehicle Crash?

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle crash contact an attorney as soon as possible. Navigating PIP and determining sustained injuries in a motor vehicle crash is usually complex. Damages are often complicated. Treatment of sustained injuries may be costly, painful and may take months, or even years. Insurance coverage, especially PIP and Uninsured Motorist Coverage (UM), is very important. An experienced motor vehicle crash attorney can aggressively investigate and seek the financial compensation you are entitled to for pain and suffering and for medical treatment and care. An experienced motor vehicle crash lawyer will thoroughly analyze your case and explain the insurance provisions and the options you have for pursuing fair compensation.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a motor vehicle crash due to the negligence of another, you are entitled to compensation. An experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer will determine the insurance coverage available and assist you in settling the matter or in filing a personal injury lawsuit seeking compensation.

Why Fernandez & Hernandez?

The experienced personal injury attorneys at Fernandez & Hernandez can investigate and determine liability. The attorneys at Fernandez & Hernandez will determine what compensatory damages and expenses are fair for your medical treatment, lost income, property damage, pain and suffering, and mental anguish. If the party responsible for your injuries is found to be especially negligent and careless, punitive damages may be awarded.

Attorney Martin J. Hernandez of Fernandez & Hernandez provides legal representation for victims and families in motor vehicle accidents and wrongful death cases. Our Tampa personal injury attorneys welcome the opportunity to interview with you and your loved ones. We invite you to review our recent results for settlements and trial verdicts. Our qualifications and background are available to you as well. We recommend also reading our reviews on Google Reviews, Avvo and Yelp. Our Tampa Attorneys Martin Hernandez and Daniel Fernandez are bilingual as well.

The Tampa personal injury lawyers at Fernandez & Hernandez serve Florida communities including Tampa, Brandon, Carrollwood, Westchase, Riverview, Temple Terrace, Pasco, Pinellas, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Lakeland, Plant City, Ruskin, Apollo Beach, Dover, Valrico, Lutz, Lakeland and many other neighborhoods in the Tampa Bay area.

No matter how serious or minimal your injuries, we will fight hard for compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Attorney Martin J. Hernandez can help guide you through the process. At Fernandez & Hernandez we know how to help you and your family following any kind of accident, and we have the resources to do it. When you call Fernandez & Hernandez we will answer all of your questions quickly.

Our personal injury lawyers can help in all phases of injury and wrongful death cases. We handle personal injury claims from initial investigation through trial and appellate proceedings. At Fernandez & Hernandez, we will go to trial, if necessary, and fight on your behalf, and we have the results to prove it.

If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident in the Tampa Bay area call Tampa Personal Injury Attorney, Martin J. Hernandez of Fernandez & Hernandez at 813-229-5353

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A Story About Our Client Morgan and Morgan’s Mother

A Story About Our Client Morgan and Morgan’s Mother |

– by Tampa Injury Attorney Martin Hernandez

I have known our client Morgan since Morgan was 14 years old.  She is now 29 years old.  Before that we represented Morgan’s mother for multiple legal issues over 10 years.  Both have been excellent referral sources.  Both have referred dozens of clients to our firm.  Sometimes even driving them to our office so that we can represent their friends.  For whatever the legal needs, we were there to help.  Morgan and Morgan’s mother have referred: Auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, tractor trailer accidents, pedestrian accidents, and bicycle accidents.

Why? Because they knew experience and results matter.

I am honored to know Morgan and Morgan’s mother.  There is no greater compliment a client can give to us than a referral and these two have referred over countless clients.

I am always proud to represent the hard-working people who just need a lawyer to help them in their time of need.  I believe that an attorney should be advocate for his client and still be approachable.

Oddly, I have heard people say that they do not have access to the legal system. This would be wrong. I receive great pleasure and satisfaction to stand up and fight for these same people each and every day.  I prefer taking a straightforward approach to representing his clients by providing each client a balance between determination and toughness in dealing with insurance companies with the understanding and compassion for the client’s unfortunate situation.  An informed client makes better decisions and is more often satisfied. Client satisfaction is always the ultimate goal.

Need a Lawyer? Call Tampa Attorney Martin J. Hernandez

Attorney Martin J. Hernandez of Fernandez & Hernandez, LLC in Tampa provides legal representation for families in auto accident injury and wrongful death cases. Our Tampa personal injury attorneys welcome the opportunity to interview with you and your loved ones. We invite you to review our recent results from settlements to trial verdicts. Our qualifications and background are available to you as well. Our Tampa Attorneys Martin Hernandez and Daniel Fernandez are bilingual as well.  Just call us at 813-229-5353 for your free consultation.

The Tampa personal injury lawyers of Fernandez & Hernandez, serve Florida communities including Tampa, Brandon, Carrollwood, Westchase, Riverview, Temple Terrace, Pasco, Pinellas, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Lakeland, Plant City, Ruskin, Apollo Beach, Dover, Valrico, Lutz, Lakeland and many other neighborhoods in Tampa Bay area. Contact an Experienced Tampa Auto Accident Attorney from Fernandez & Hernandez Law.

If you have been involved in an Auto Accident in the Tampa Bay area, call Tampa personal injury lawyer Martin J. Hernandez of Fernandez & Hernandez for a free consultation now.  We recommend also reading his reviews on Google Reviews, Avvo and Yelp.

Call Tampa Personal Injury Attorney, Martin J. Hernandez of Fernandez & Hernandez at 813-229-5353

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Why You Do you Need a Lawyer After a Tampa Car Accident?

Why You Do you Need a Lawyer After a Tampa Car Accident?

Simple really. Attorneys know the rules and laws in order to protect our clients from being victimized or overrun by others who know the rules. Hiring a lawyer is not only proactive, it is also protective. Simply put, don’t do it yourself. Hire a lawyer.

Timing is very everything. After an auto accident, when is the best time to Get Lawyered Up?

Mug that says" Laweyrs - because people are idiots."Now is the best time to get a Tampa Accident Attorney. We always recommend as soon after the accident as you can to get a lawyer. The insurance companies are already hard at work protecting themselves and their insureds. Shouldn’t you?

Auto accidents are a big pain. Both literally and figuratively.  Everything about it.  From being injured or to you losing the use of your car.  Getting around Tampa Bay without a car is truly a pain.

One of the furthest things from your mind might be shopping for a lawyer, but an attorney can help you recover money for your damaged or destroyed property, your medical expenses, and maybe even your attorney’s legal fees. The sooner you speak with a qualified lawyer, the more likely you are to protect your rights and get the help you need.

You have a life and you need to live it.  You most likely have a job, bills to pay, or a family to take feed.  Everyone has responsibilities, so when you are injured by someone else’s driving, you shouldn’t have to take on the responsibility of handling that case on your own. It costs you nothing to have a trained and qualified accident attorney handle every aspect of your car accident case. All you should be worried about is treating your injuries and handling your responsibilities. Let a car accident lawyer handle everything else.

Technically, you can file a personal injury claim against an insurance company by yourself. Some people choose this route when they’ve suffered only mild injuries and have the time to research the legal claims process themselves. Also, skipping an attorney will save you some money in legal fees.

However, an accident attorney— especially a personal injury attorney—can help you go up against big auto insurance companies and their team of lawyers and adjusters. Your attorney already knows the personal injury laws and procedural rules and can effectively handle all the legwork for you. He or she will act as your advocate throughout the entire case.

Because an insurance company’s lawyers and adjusters have the knowledge to reduce compensation and even deny the claim altogether, hiring an accident attorney for you is the best option for people who:

  • Suffered injuries.
  • Incurred medical bills.
  • Experienced loss of wages due to their injuries.

It is important to note that not all personal injury law firms are the same. In fact, many of the biggest advertising firms are little more than a mill. A settlement mill is a firm that relies on heavy advertising as the lifeblood of their business and barely litigate their cases.  Such firms do not rely on current or former clients to refer cases via word-of-mouth and can thus afford to run all auto accidents through the “settlement mill.”  We don’t.

Our firm only wants you to be our client one time.  However, we want everybody you know to come to our firm if they need a lawyer.

Tampa Attorney Martin J. Hernandez

Attorney Martin J. Hernandez of Fernandez & Hernandez, LLC in Tampa provides legal representation for families in auto accident injury and wrongful death cases. Our Tampa personal injury attorneys welcome the opportunity to interview with you and your loved ones. We invite you to review our recent results from settlements to trial verdicts. Our qualifications and background are available to you as well. Our Tampa Attorneys Martin Hernandez and Daniel Fernandez are bilingual as well.  Just call us at 813-229-5353 for your free consultation.

The Tampa personal injury lawyers of Fernandez & Hernandez, serve Florida communities including Tampa, Brandon, Carrollwood, Westchase, Riverview, Temple Terrace, Pasco, Pinellas, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Lakeland, Plant City, Ruskin, Apollo Beach, Dover, Valrico, Lutz, Lakeland and many other neighborhoods in Tampa Bay area. Contact an Experienced Tampa Auto Accident Attorney from Fernandez & Hernandez Law.

If you have been involved in an Auto Accident in the Tampa Bay area, call Tampa personal injury lawyer Martin J. Hernandez of Fernandez & Hernandez for a free consultation now.  We recommend also reading his reviews on Google Reviews, Avvo and Yelp.

Call Tampa Personal Injury Attorney, Martin J. Hernandez of Fernandez & Hernandez at 813-229-5353 or read more at: www.InjuryLawyersOfTampa.com

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What if I am in a Car Accident Without Insurance in Florida? - Personal Injury Lawyer | Tampa Car Accident Attorney

What if I am in a Car Accident Without Insurance in Florida? – Personal Injury Lawyer | Tampa Car Accident Attorney

By: Tampa Injury Attorney, Martin J. Hernandez, Esq

Car insurance is “required” in the state of Florida and there is a misconception that “full coverage” is all you need.  Wrong.  “Full coverage” is the bare minimum required to get a driver’s license and purchase a car.  It protects the other person’s car if you were at fault and the first $10,000 for your medical bills regardless of who is at fault under your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits.

But what about if you were not at fault and you have more than $10,000 in medical bills?  Who pays then?  How can you protect yourself and your family?

In 2011, the Insurance Research Council found that almost 14% of drivers in the United States do not have insurance coverage, which means that the likelihood of being in a car accident without insurance held by both parties is much higher.   This number is higher in Florida, especially in Tampa and Miami.

If you do have car insurance, there are six basic aspects that are covered in the policy. It is important to first understand these before you can understand what happens if you are uninsured.

Car Accident Lawyer in Tampa, Florida.

What does car insurance cover?

Bodily injury liability coverage pays for the injuries that are caused to the driver and the passengers during the accident that is not at fault.

Property damage liability: This covers the repairs to the other vehicles involved, as well as buildings, fences, etc., to the person not at fault.

Collision insurance covers the damage that is caused to your vehicle and property regardless of who is at fault.

Personal injury protection (also known as Florida “No-Fault”) is the cover that pays out for the injuries and lost wages that you, your resident relatives and the passengers in your car sustained.

Comprehensive cover is there for when the damage to your vehicle is caused by incidents other than accidents. These incidents include vandalism and natural disasters.

The last coverage, but perhaps the most important coverage, is the coverage for the uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage. This covers costs and damages that are caused by a person who does not have insurance (i.e., hit-and-run driver, an unlisted driver, a driver without insurance or a driver) who does not possess enough insurance coverage.

Underinsured, or more commonly known in Florida as Uninsured, Motorist coverage is the typically the cheapest coverage to buy “dollar for dollar.”  Yet, it is perhaps the most important because it follows you wherever you go, wherever your family goes and protects any occupants in your car when you are not at fault.  Florida Statute § 627.727 clearly makes this coverage so important that you need to affirmatively sign off on rejecting this coverage.

We highly recommend you protect yourself and your family by buying “Uninsured Motorist” coverage equivalent to you household income.  It’s important!

How important?  Florida Statute § 627.727 (2018) clearly states that in order to reject this coverage, an insured must sign a form that meets the following criteria:

The rejection or selection of lower limits shall be made on a form approved by the office. The form shall fully advise the applicant of the nature of the coverage and shall state that the coverage is equal to bodily injury liability limits unless lower limits are requested or the coverage is rejected. The heading of the form shall be in 12-point bold type and shall state: “You are electing not to purchase certain valuable coverage which protects you and your family or you are purchasing uninsured motorist limits less than your bodily injury liability limits when you sign this form. Please read carefully.” If this form is signed by a named insured, it will be conclusively presumed that there was an informed, knowing rejection of coverage or election of lower limits on behalf of all insureds. The insurer shall notify the named insured at least annually of her or his options as to the coverage required by this section. Such notice shall be part of, and attached to, the notice of premium, shall provide for a means to allow the insured to request such coverage, and shall be given in a manner approved by the office.

Quite often our firm needs to discharge an injured party because the at-fault party does not have bodily injury coverage or even insurance at all.  Moreover, our client’s did not adequately protect themselves by purchasing “Uninsured Motorist” coverage.

Florida is a No-fault state.

Florida is a no-fault auto insurance state. Meaning that if a motor accident happens, each driver’s insurance must pay for the damages regardless of who is at fault, which can be tricky as well as frustrating.

Auto insurance policies cover the basics such as damage and medical bills. If the accident has caused permanent physical damage, injury or disability, then they can pursue a civil lawsuit against you. It is best to seek legal advice immediately.

If you are uninsured and you are in an accident with another vehicle whose driver is also uninsured, then you have a bit of problem.  You cannot get blood from a turnip and you will not be able to force the other person to pay when the other person does not have any money to begin with.  You will then be liable to pay for the damages to your car. Medical expenses, wages lost, and other property damage will also be out of your pocket. Even if you have another form of insurance, it will not be covered because you did not have motor vehicle insurance.

When you have sustained serious injuries or are left permanently disabled, you can file a civil lawsuit against the other driver. The driver who is at fault. With this lawsuit, you will be able to recover, among other expenses, pain and suffering and medical expenses. To determine whether you have a case concerning a car accident without insurance, contact an experienced auto accident lawyer.

To Insure or Not to Insure?

Lastly, if you do not have insurance, you are on your own. The same can be said if you are in a car accident without insurance. The medical bills alone will bankrupt you if you are seriously injured. Lawsuits take a long time to come to a conclusion and reach a verdict. You cannot bargain on getting any form of compensation from a civil suit. Your life can be ruined by not having insurance on your vehicle in an accident. There are multiple policies that offer affordable car insurance on the market. If you do the research, you will be able to find insurance that falls into your budget. The bottom line is that you do not want to be the unfortunate person that is in a car accident without insurance.

Tampa Injury Attorney Martin J. Hernandez

Attorney Martin J. Hernandez of Fernandez & Hernandez, LLC in Tampa provides legal representation for families in auto accident injury and wrongful death cases. Our Tampa personal injury attorneys welcome the opportunity to interview with you and your loved ones. We invite you to review our recent results from settlements to trial verdicts. Our qualifications and background are available to you as well. Our Tampa Attorneys Martin Hernandez and Daniel Fernandez are bilingual as well.  Just call us at 813-229-5353 for your free consultation.

The Tampa personal injury lawyers of Fernandez & Hernandez, serve Florida communities including Tampa, Brandon, Carrollwood, Westchase, Riverview, Temple Terrace, Pasco, Pinellas, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Lakeland, Plant City, Ruskin, Apollo Beach, Dover, Valrico, Lutz, Lakeland and many other neighborhoods in Tampa Bay area. Contact an Experienced Tampa Auto Accident Attorney from Fernandez & Hernandez Law.

If you have been involved in an Auto Accident in the Tampa Bay area, call Tampa personal injury lawyer Martin J. Hernandez of Fernandez & Hernandez for a free consultation now.  We recommend also reading his reviews on Google Reviews, Avvo and Yelp.

Call Tampa Personal Injury Attorney, Martin J. Hernandez of Fernandez & Hernandez at 813-229-5353 or read more at: www.InjuryLawyersOfTampa.com

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Street Racing Injury Lawyer – Tampa, Florida

Street Racing Injury Lawyer – Tampa, Florida

By: Martin J. Hernandez, Esq. (Your Injury Attorney)

Riding motorcycles for sport has been popular for more than 120 years.  Since then motorcycles have become faster, stronger, more popular and more dangerous. Although motorcycle racing has found its way into sports, street racing is still illegal in Florida.

Motorcycle street racing can be defined as two or more motorcycles racing each on a public street or highway. When these two motorcyclists make the decision to race, they are recklessly putting themselves and their fellow motorists in danger.  Under Florida law, street racing is considered a misdemeanor and carries sanctions as tough or tougher than a DUI.  Any injuries or death will upgrade this to a felony.

Street racing, however, is extremely dangerous whether in a car, truck or motorcycle.  Numerous people are injured a year and many others die.  Read below for a full reading of Florida Statute 316.191.

Driving a car or riding a motorcycle is already dangerous, combined with high-speeds and minimal protection the circumstances could be deadly and dangerous for other vehicles in the area. In Florida, there were more than 4,200 motorcycle accidents reported in 2011. Additionally the Florida Department of Transportation reports that 27%  of the collisions in 2011 were related to speeding.

Additionally the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration notes that in 2010, of drivers involved in fatal motorcycle collisions, 24% had previous speeding convictions on their record.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident or car accident caused by reckless driver or a driver that has been racing, a contact a Tampa Injury attorney., the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and more.

Fill out the ‘FREE CASE REVIEW’ form to your right for a 100% FREE case evaluation – your information will remain completely confidential.

Street Racing Laws in Florida

There are a number of motorcycle and racing laws in Florida, including Florida Statute § 316.191 breaks down unlawful racing on streets and highways.

According to the statute:

  • No person may operate a motor vehicle on a street or highway illegally in a pre-arranged speed condition.
  • It is unlawful for a person to operate motor vehicle on a street or highway in a speed competition.
  • It is unlawful for a person to allow another individual to unlawfully operate their motor vehicle in a pre-arranged speed competition, or to place a wager on the outcome of said competition.

Failing to comply with the Florida street racing laws can result in being charged with a misdemeanor, as well as having the vehicle impounded and auctioned. The owner of the vehicle also risks having their license suspended or revoked and being charged hundreds of dollars in fees.

Motorcycle Street Racing Injuries

There are many dangers involved in motorcycle street racing. The speed at which these vehicles are traveling, the crowds, and other vehicles are all hazards to other motorists. If a race is not pre-arranged, street racers and motorcyclists could be putting many motorists in danger due to their need to race.

Some common injuries caused by street racing accidents include:

  • Broken Bones
  • Road Rash
  • Biker’s Arm
  • Lacerations
  • Dislocations
  • Head Trauma

Many times the motorcyclists will be seriously injured, however, pedestrians and other motorists can be injured or killed during a collision as a motorcycle can spin out from under the driver. The velocity at which these bikes are travelling can also impact how intensely they will collide with another vehicle.

Racing on the Highways in Florida

The 2018 Florida Statutes

(1) As used in this section, the term:

(a) “Conviction” means a determination of guilt that is the result of a plea or trial, regardless of whether adjudication is withheld.

(b) “Drag race” means the operation of two or more motor vehicles from a point side by side at accelerating speeds in a competitive attempt to outdistance each other, or the operation of one or more motor vehicles over a common selected course, from the same point to the same point, for the purpose of comparing the relative speeds or power of acceleration of such motor vehicle or motor vehicles within a certain distance or time limit.

(c) “Race” means the use of one or more motor vehicles in competition, arising from a challenge to demonstrate superiority of a motor vehicle or driver and the acceptance or competitive response to that challenge, either through a prior arrangement or in immediate response, in which the competitor attempts to outgain or outdistance another motor vehicle, to prevent another motor vehicle from passing, to arrive at a given destination ahead of another motor vehicle or motor vehicles, or to test the physical stamina or endurance of drivers over long-distance driving routes. A race may be prearranged or may occur through a competitive response to conduct on the part of one or more drivers which, under the totality of the circumstances, can reasonably be interpreted as a challenge to race.

(d) “Spectator” means any person who is knowingly present at and views a drag race, when such presence is the result of an affirmative choice to attend or participate in the race. For purposes of determining whether or not an individual is a spectator, finders of fact shall consider the relationship between the racer and the individual, evidence of gambling or betting on the outcome of the race, and any other factor that would tend to show knowing attendance or participation.

(2) A person may not:

(a) Drive any motor vehicle, including any motorcycle, in any race, speed competition or contest, drag race or acceleration contest, test of physical endurance, or exhibition of speed or acceleration or for the purpose of making a speed record on any highway, roadway, or parking lot;

(b) In any manner participate in, coordinate, facilitate, or collect moneys at any location for any such race, competition, contest, test, or exhibition;

(c) Knowingly ride as a passenger in any such race, competition, contest, test, or exhibition; or

(d) Purposefully cause the movement of traffic to slow or stop for any such race, competition, contest, test, or exhibition.

(3)(a) Any person who violates subsection (2) commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. Any person who violates subsection (2) shall pay a fine of not less than $500 and not more than $1,000, and the department shall revoke the driver license of a person so convicted for 1 year. A hearing may be requested pursuant to s. 322.271.

(b) Any person who commits a second violation of subsection (2) within 5 years after the date of a prior violation that resulted in a conviction for a violation of subsection (2) commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083, and shall pay a fine of not less than $1,000 and not more than $3,000. The department shall also revoke the driver license of that person for 2 years. A hearing may be requested pursuant to s. 322.271.

(c) Any person who commits a third or subsequent violation of subsection (2) within 5 years after the date of a prior violation that resulted in a conviction for a violation of subsection (2) commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083, and shall pay a fine of not less than $2,000 and not more than $5,000. The department shall also revoke the driver license of that person for 4 years. A hearing may be requested pursuant to s. 322.271.

(d) In any case charging a violation of subsection (2), the court shall be provided a copy of the driving record of the person charged and may obtain any records from any other source to determine if one or more prior convictions of the person for a violation of subsection (2) have occurred within 5 years prior to the charged offense.

(4)(a) A person may not be a spectator at any drag race prohibited under subsection (2).

(b) A person who violates paragraph (a) commits a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a moving violation as provided in chapter 318.

(5) Whenever a law enforcement officer determines that a person was engaged in a drag race or race, as described in subsection (1), the officer may immediately arrest and take such person into custody. The court may enter an order of impoundment or immobilization as a condition of incarceration or probation. Within 7 business days after the date the court issues the order of impoundment or immobilization, the clerk of the court must send notice by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the registered owner of the motor vehicle, if the registered owner is a person other than the defendant, and to each person of record claiming a lien against the motor vehicle.

(a) Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, the impounding agency shall release a motor vehicle under the conditions provided in s. 316.193(6)(e), (f), (g), and (h), if the owner or agent presents a valid driver license at the time of pickup of the motor vehicle.

(b) All costs and fees for the impoundment or immobilization, including the cost of notification, must be paid by the owner of the motor vehicle or, if the motor vehicle is leased or rented, by the person leasing or renting the motor vehicle, unless the impoundment or immobilization order is dismissed. All provisions of s. 713.78 shall apply.

(c) Any motor vehicle used in violation of subsection (2) may be impounded for a period of 30 business days if a law enforcement officer has arrested and taken a person into custody pursuant to this subsection and the person being arrested is the registered owner or coowner of the motor vehicle. If the arresting officer finds that the criteria of this paragraph are met, the officer may immediately impound the motor vehicle. The law enforcement officer shall notify the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles of any impoundment for violation of this subsection in accordance with procedures established by the department. Paragraphs (a) and (b) shall be applicable to such impoundment.

(6) Any motor vehicle used in violation of subsection (2) by any person within 5 years after the date of a prior conviction of that person for a violation under subsection (2) may be seized and forfeited as provided by the Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act. This subsection shall only be applicable if the owner of the motor vehicle is the person charged with violating subsection (2).

(7) This section does not apply to licensed or duly authorized racetracks, drag strips, or other designated areas set aside by proper authorities for such purposes.

 Tampa Attorney Martin J. Hernandez

Attorney Martin J. Hernandez of Fernandez & Hernandez, LLC in Tampa provides legal representation for families in auto accident injury and wrongful death cases. Our Tampa personal injury attorneys welcome the opportunity to interview with you and your loved ones. We invite you to review our recent results from settlements to trial verdicts. Our qualifications and background are available to you as well. Our Tampa Attorneys Martin Hernandez and Daniel Fernandez are bilingual as well.  Just call us at 813-229-5353 for your free consultation.

The Tampa personal injury lawyers of Fernandez & Hernandez, serve Florida communities including Tampa, Brandon, Carrollwood, Westchase, Riverview, Temple Terrace, Pasco, Pinellas, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Lakeland, Plant City, Ruskin, Apollo Beach, Dover, Valrico, Lutz, Lakeland and many other neighborhoods in Tampa Bay area. Contact an Experienced Tampa Auto Accident Attorney from Fernandez & Hernandez Law.

If you have been involved in an Auto Accident in the Tampa Bay area, call Tampa personal injury lawyer Martin J. Hernandez of Fernandez & Hernandez for a free consultation now.  We recommend also reading his reviews on Google Reviews, Avvo and Yelp.

Call Tampa Personal Injury Attorney, Martin J. Hernandez of Fernandez & Hernandez at 813-229-5353 or read more at: www.InjuryLawyersOfTampa.com

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Personal Injury

Personal Injury

– by Tampa Personal Injury Attorney, Martin J. Hernandez

Tampa Bay Area Personal Injury Lawyer

The Personal Injury and wrongful death attorneys at the Fernandez & Hernandez know what to do to help you and your family following any kind of accident.

Fernandez & Hernandez is a well-known personal injury law firm located in Tampa, Florida that represents clients in all types of accident, injury, and wrongful death claims.  We give each client the attention and guidance needed to obtain the compensation they deserve.  Our Tampa Bay personal injury lawyers help clients in all phases of injury and wrongful death claims from initial investigation through trial and appellate proceedings.

Auto accidents are responsible for a large number of personal injuries each year. If you or friend or a family member has experienced a personal injury from the negligence of another please call Martin J. Hernandez of Fernandez & Hernandez immediately for assistance in receiving the representation you need and deserve.  The experienced personal injury lawyers at Fernandez & Hernandez provide you with top rated legal representation when you have been injured and need immediate financial compensation after an auto accident.

Most vehicle accidents, such as car accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents, commonly involve the same type of injury.

  • Bodily injury – vehicle accidents may result in a wide range of bodily injuries, including broken bones, spinal cord trauma, brain injuries and skull fractures.
  • Permanent Disability – vehicle accidents may result in permanent disabilities, including difficulty standing, walking and exercising.
  • Disfigurement – vehicle accidents may result in disfiguring injuries, such as scars caused by the accident and the mental anguish associated with the scaring.
  • Pain and suffering – past and future pain caused by your injuries.
  • Mental anguish – vehicle accidents often damage mental health by causing long-term panic, anxiety, depression, and grief.
  • Loss of enjoyment in life – vehicle accidents may result in injuries and trauma from the accident that can leave you unable to enjoy your life as you did before the crash.
  • Loss of consortium – vehicle accidents may damage relationships. If you’re in a loving, stable marriage and are suddenly unable to provide help, solace, and companionship to your partner because of your injuries, you may have a right to compensation.

Most vehicle accidents, such as car accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents, commonly involve the same type of financial claims.

  • Medical expenses – hospital and emergency room charges, ambulance fees, physical therapy, medical equipment, and consultations with health care professionals.
  • Lost wages and lost earning capacity – money you would have earned had you been able to work.
  • Household services – home health care and hiring outside help to maintain your home.
  • Future medical expenses – your injuries may require medical attention throughout the years.

The experienced personal injury attorneys at Fernandez & Hernandez can calculate and help determine what compensatory damages and expenses are fair for your medical treatment, lost income, property damage, pain and suffering, and mental anguish. If the party responsible for your injuries is found to be especially negligent and careless, punitive damages may be awarded.

Attorney Martin J. Hernandez of Fernandez & Hernandez, LLC in Tampa provides legal representation for families in auto accident injury and wrongful death cases. Our Tampa personal injury attorneys welcome the opportunity to interview with you and your loved ones. We invite you to review our recent results from settlements to trial verdicts. Our qualifications and background are available to you as well. Our Tampa Attorneys Martin Hernandez and Daniel Fernandez are bilingual as well. Just call us at 813-229-5353 for your free consultation.

The Tampa personal injury lawyers of Fernandez & Hernandez, serve Florida communities including Tampa, Brandon, Carrollwood, Westchase, Riverview, Temple Terrace, Pasco, Pinellas, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Lakeland, Plant City, Ruskin, Apollo Beach, Dover, Valrico, Lutz, Lakeland and many other neighborhoods in the Tampa Bay area. Contact an Experienced Tampa Auto Accident Attorney from Fernandez & Hernandez Law.

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