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Vehicle Accident and Car Crash Injury Lawyers in Bradenton, Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch and Venice

Hire an Auto Accident and Car Crash Attorney to Protect Yourself

Although you may think it is a good idea to represent yourself in your personal injury claim, you must always keep in mind that insurance companies have a legal team trained to fight against you. There is virtually no situation in which you would fare better alone versus hiring an attorney. In fact, if you do not have an attorney, there is a very good chance that you will be taken advantage of and you may wind up settling your claim for substantially less than it is worth. What usually starts off as an effort to save money (i.e., attempting to avoid attorneys’ fees and costs), will most likely wind up costing you more money in the end; even after taking into account attorneys’ fees and costs. Insurance companies will stop at nothing to minimize your injuries and try to give you the least amount of money as possible on your claim. Remember, they are not your friends! This is why it’s crucial to hire an experienced car accident or personal injury Firm who is top-rated in Sarasota County, Bradenton and all of Manatee County. At Legler, Murphy & Battaglia, LLP, we’re known for getting positive results for our clients.

Aside from fighting for our clients when they’re injured in a car accident and car crash, we also help educate on what to do before an accident happens.

Following the steps below can make the difference in thousands of dollars more in your accident claim, and can help ensure you recover quickly from your injuries.

Here Are 7 Crucial Steps to Take When You’re Involved in a Car Accident:

1. Be sure the accident scene is safe. Survey the area surrounding the accident and make sure fluids aren’t leaking from vehicles involved in the car wreck. If possible, get your vehicle as far off the road as you can, so you are not in danger of getting hit as a pedestrian.

2. Call your local sheriff’s department or dial 911 and file a police report. Depending on the seriousness of your injuries, you may want to get immediate help from law enforcement and an ambulance. If you’re taken by ambulance, and you had a passenger in your vehicle, ask them to step in for you and document your symptoms, injuries and anything they witnessed at the scene. Remember, insurance companies LOVE when you do not bother to obtain a police report or ambulance transport and will throw it in your face every step of the way in an effort to minimize the seriousness of the situation.

3. Gather information from others involved, including witnesses of the accident. Pay close attention to the at-fault driver and whether it appears alcohol was involved or reckless and negligent driving. Other things to pay attention to: Did you see them on the phone at the time of the crash? Did they have any distractions in the car such as a pet? Did they make any statements to you after the crash indicative of fault?

If there are eyewitnesses to the accident and, if so, be sure to get correct spelling of the names of witnesses and contact information.

Are there business in the area which may have cameras which captures footage of the accident?

4. Don’t give too much information. Only give the facts. Many people don’t realize the extent of their injuries until after the adrenaline of the accident wears off. Sometimes innocent words can be used against the victim of the accident to shift blame.

5. Take pictures of the accident scene. We will use these as evidence for your claim and they are valuable in proving injuries and damage to your vehicle. This includes multiple pictures of your vehicle from different angles, the other vehicle, and the area surrounding the accident. If your injuries are visible, you may also want to get pictures of them.

6. Report the accident to your insurance company. Again, only give the facts you know. If you’re not sure, tell them you’re not sure. Sometimes insurance companies can twist your words so they don’t have to cover a claim. Remember that they will likely be recording everything that you say. Before giving a statement to your insurance company, talk to the team at Legler, Murphy & Battaglia, LLP. We will prepare you and attend the statement with you.

7. Get to the hospital or a medical facility as soon as possible and get treatment for your injuries. Keep track of all of your medical records, as this will be important in both proving and getting compensation for your injuries. This is another huge thing with insurance companies, they refer to it as a “delay in treatment,” or a “gap in treatment.” You can also expect this to be used against you at the soonest opportunity, so avoid it from the get go by getting the medical treatment that you need for your injuries!

What to Do if the Other Party Denies Liability

Information, documented witness statements, records, and our experienced car accident lawyers at Legler, Murphy & Battaglia, LLP are your best tools for defense. In other words, do your best to follow the steps above and we will take it from there!

Don’t Battle Your Car Insurance Company Alone, Let Us Help You

At Legler Murphy & Battaglia, LLP, we have car insurance lawyers and car accident attorneys who can help you if you were hurt in a car wreck. We will show you your legal options, and defend you so you get fair compensation for your injuries, pain, and suffering.

Protect your rights when you are injured. To schedule a free consultation with a lawyer at Legler, Murphy & Battaglia, LLP, call one of our Florida offices: Bradenton at 941-748-5599 | Sarasota at 941-366-3782 | Lakewood Ranch 941-251-1370 | Venice 941-202-4129 You can also contact us online.

If you are injured or recovering, let us come to your home, the hospital or another convenient location.

There are no fees or costs until and unless we achieve a successful outcome in your case.


Vanessa Castro Viera
Vanessa Castro Viera
November 3, 2023
I had the privilege of working with Kelli Martinez as my personal injury attorney, and I can't express enough how grateful I am for her exceptional guidance and support throughout the entire process. From the moment I first contacted her to the conclusion of my case, Kelli demonstrated an unwavering commitment to ensuring my rights were protected and that I received the compensation I deserved.I highly recommend her to anyone seeking legal representation for personal injury cases.
Jen Wiradilaga (SWFL Horses)
Jen Wiradilaga (SWFL Horses)
October 19, 2023
I am so pleased with the service and care Mr. Murphy has shown. Always has time for a phone call , emailed questions are answered so quickly , it is refreshing. I had guidance every step of the way. My Case was settled quickly and effectively. Everyone that is in this off is is exceptional! Thank you so much
amanda reese
amanda reese
October 17, 2023
Mr. Murphy and his team were amazing to work with. In a stressful situation they were on top of making sure I understood my options and walking me through the process when I’d stress out. He fought to make sure I was fairly treated and not just another person swept under the rug and forgot about. I highly recommend him if you ever need and hope to have a timely resolution and team that is top notch.
Ana Maria Araujo
Ana Maria Araujo
October 12, 2023
I am very grateful to Ed Murphy for accepting my case against work compensation, otherwise I wouldn't have had another doctor for a second examination and I would have been at home without being able to work again. I am thankful for all the work Ed and his assistant Jessica have done in my case. I am very happy with the service, every time I called I was treated very nicely by the front desk staff, Kelly. Thanks
Carlene Overacker
Carlene Overacker
October 6, 2023
I highly recommend Mr. Murphy. He immediately responded to the issues I was having with my workers compensation case. He reached out to me in a timely manner. I was always able to get ahold of him via the phone and emails. I never felt rushed in our meetings and conversations. He was professional and courteous. I am very satisfied how quickly I received my settlement.
Erica Aghoian
Erica Aghoian
September 22, 2023
I highly recommend contacting Ed Murphy with your worker's compensation case. From day one he took the time to explain all aspects of the case, listened to my questions and concerns, and kept me up-to-date as the case progressed. I believe he was able to achieve the best possible outcome with my case, and I couldn't be happier to have worked with him. I had never hired an attorney before, but he immediately put me at ease and had my trust. Great experience from start to finish!
Patricia Lara
Patricia Lara
September 12, 2023
I can't say enough how much help Ed Murphy was during such a difficult situation. From day one he was understanding and made us feel at ease. He helped us achieve the most positive out come in our law suit with workers comp. If you ever need assistance I highly recommend contacting Ed Murphy!
Trust Cleaning Inc
Trust Cleaning Inc
August 15, 2023
This message is for anyone who needs a good lawyer, I recommend Ed Murphy because he is a professional and patient person, he fights until the end of his case or any type of case, I recommend him to everyone 100% . there is no other attorney like ed murphy i just have to say thank you so much for helping me with my accident case.

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