Friday, October 5, 2012, at approximately 3:00 PM at I-75 and the overpass of University Drive, Sarasota County there was a massive 50 car pile up. Drivers reported that they were blinded by a sudden downpour of rain that some described as a wall of rain. As the drivers struggled to see, they heard the terrifying sound of crash after crash. There were approximately 50 cars and one tanker involved in the crash, which resulted in 32 people being transported by ambulance to local hospitals; another twenty people being treated at the scene by EMS; and two people being airlifted to Bay Front Hospital for serious trauma. Thankfully, so far there are no reported fatalities. The scene was not cleared for traffic until after 9:00 PM.
What Do I Need to Do?
Saturday morning the people involved in this accident are waking up overwhelmed, asking themselves, “what do I need to do.” The first priority for anyone injured should be to seek medical attention. Do not wait. The laws have recently changed in Florida. This may cause you to lose out on insurance coverage if you do not seek medical attention immediately following the accident. In addition, insurance companies are more likely to question nbso online casino reviews and deny medical bills that are not, in their opinion, close enough in time to the date of the accident.
Hire an Attorney Now
The second priority if you were injured in this accident is to seek local, qualified legal council. You want an attorney who has lived and practiced law in Sarasota County for many years and who is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law. It is critical that you talk to a lawyer before you give any statements to an insurance company. As former in-house counsel for one of the biggest insurance companies in the U.S., I can assure you that insurance companies are interested in protecting their bottom line. They are not concerned with protecting your interests. Therefore, it is crucial that you retain a qualified attorney as soon as possible who will look out for your interests.
Laurie Zimmerman, Personal Injury Law
As a local attorney in Sarasota County for over 22 years, who has been Board Certified in Civil Trial Law for more then a decade, I would be proud and pleased to assist the victims of this terrible crash. Please feel free to check out our firm’s website at www.zimmermanandzimmerman.com/or call us at (941) 364-8503