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Catastrophic injuries after a serious car accident can be debilitating, and the loss of a loved one in a crash can cause immeasurable grief.

The car accident attorneys of Moody Law, P.A., are here for accident survivors and the surviving loved ones of fatal crash victims. 

We offer strength through compassionate legal counsel. Learn how our Lakeland, FL, auto accident attorneys can help you.

Call Moody Law Now To Book Your Free Consultation

Whether you are at the scene of a car accident waiting for police to arrive or at home after having spoken to the police and undergone an exam by paramedics, reach out to us now. If you have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent third party, you need a legal advocate who can immediately set to work collecting evidence and building your case for maximum restitution.

Car accident attorney Daniel D. Moody and the team at Moody Law help victims of rear-end collisions and other types of car accidents in and around Lakeland, FL, collect compensation when carelessness takes its toll. During your free case review, we can determine if you have grounds for an injury claim and start building your case right away. We work strictly on contingency. That means we don't get paid unless we win, and we won't take your case unless we are certain we can achieve justice on your behalf through a settlement or litigation. Use our online form to request a time to discuss your car accident, or call:

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Our attorneys will analyze the details of your car accident to recommend the best way forward.

Should I File an Injury Claim? Knowing When a Car Accident Warrants Legal Action in a "No-Fault" State

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Florida is a big state whose economy is largely dependent upon tourism. As a result, we see an immense volume of traffic on our roadways, from the world-famous A1A to the local thoroughfares of Lakeland that pass iconic Frank Lloyd Wright architecture. With so much traffic, and with human error being a constant hazard, the court system tries to temper the number of personal injury cases in the system by requiring all motorists to carry at least $10,000 in personal injury protection (PIP) insurance. With PIP, no matter who is at fault in a car accident, each driver's insurance company covers 80% of their own medical expenses and 60% of lost wages—but only up to $10,000.

When losses resulting from a car accident exceed what the insurance company will cover, you have the right to take legal action against the negligent third party. As your legal advocates, Moody Law will scrutinize the facts of your car accident to not only determine fault, but also assess the value of your losses so that you aren't denied the restitution you truly deserve. If rebuilding your life after a car accident is going to require more than your insurance policy will cover, a car accident attorney with Moody Law in Lakeland is ready to help hold the other driver responsible for your losses.

Our Lakeland Office

Our office in Lakeland was established to make it as convenient as possible for car accident victims throughout Polk County to consult with our team. It is located on the southwest corner of US-98 (Bartow Road) and Salem Road, on the east side of the city. However, we want injured people and their loved ones to know that if you are unable to meet us at our offices, we are glad to meet you at the hospital, at home, or any other location that suits you. 

There is no need to venture into Tampa or Orlando to find the aggressive representation you need following a car accident. A firm that has secured multimillion-dollar victories for so many victims is right here to serve you.

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Karen McDonough

2022

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Had a great experience with Moody Law. Used them for 2 different cases over the years and would use again!

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Calvin Lopez

2021

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Moody Law did an exceptional job with my case. I am very pleased with their professionalism and expertise. Sam was very helpful and always kept me informed throughout the process.

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Auto Accident Statistics in the Lakeland Area

To understand the impact of serious car crashes in the area, it helps to take a look at the numbers. According to data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), there were 11,635 total auto accidents in Polk County in 2018. That's an average of over 31 accidents a day. These collisions included:

Injury Auto Accidents

The FLHSMV recorded 5,158 injury accidents in 2018, which led to 7,819 injuries in Polk County.

Fatal Car Accidents

In 2018, 110 fatal auto collisions were recorded in greater Polk County causing 123 fatalities.

Property Damage Crashes

6,367 motor vehicle crashes that only resulted in property damage in 2018 throughout Polk County.

Schedule a Free Consultation with Our Car Accident Attorney

The people of Lakeland, FL can count on the car accident lawyers of Moody Law, P.A. Our team will hold negligent motorists accountable for their actions, and make sure that you and your loved ones understand all of your legal options every step of the way during your car accident claim.

Daniel D. Moody is a board-certified Civil Trial Specialist by The Florida Bar, and has practiced law since 1985. This wealth of legal knowledge and history of tackling high-profile cases benefits clients, and has led to consistent multi-million dollar recoveries over the years. Mr. Moody has an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, a trusted, peer-reviewed resource for those in need of legal counsel.

To schedule a free consultation with car accident lawyers who care about you, contact Moody Law, P.A. online. You can also reach our personal injury law firm by phone at:

(863) 733-9090

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Brian Morgan

2020

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We are so thankful for The Moody Law Firm. They are very professional, personal, dedicated, and caring the moment you walk into the office. We received calls daily , and emails on all updates, or any concerns we might have. Mr Moody is the best negotiator, and will fight for your case till the end. I highly recommend The Moody Law Firm.

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Ken Carle

2020

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I’ve had several patients use Moody Law for their auto accident cases. They have been extremely helpful and they find that the Moody law firm is professional and aggressive in settling their claims. I would highly recommend using them if you’ve been involved in an accident.

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Injuries from Automobile Accidents

Auto accidents can result in catastrophic injuries, often involving long recovery times and expensive medical bills. These are some of the most common injuries sustained.

Lacerations

Cuts and scrapes are common after a car crash. They are often the result of glass from the windshield and windows as well as objects in the car. Severe lacerations can be disfiguring and life-threatening.

Broken Bones

The impact from an auto collision can result in fractured bones. The force of impact from car crashes has caused broken arms and legs, cracked ribs and sternums, as well as fractured skulls.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Caused by forceful blows to the head, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) include concussions, contusions, and penetrating head injuries that affect the brain. The long-term effects can be devastating.

Neck Injuries

Sudden head movement from a collision can injure your neck in numerous ways. Whiplash is one of the most well-known neck injuries from car crashes, and can even occur while traveling at low speeds, especially in cases of a rear-end collision.

Spinal Cord Injury

Injuries to the lumbar, thoracic, and cervical spine can affect mobility. The most severe spinal cord injuries are paraplegia and quadriplegia, both of which render victims wheelchair dependent for the rest of their lives.

Internal Injuries

Not all physical trauma sustained in a collision is visible. Internal injuries affect all sorts of bodily organs, and include ruptured spleens, collapsed lungs, and internal bleeding. Immediate medical attention is crucial.

What You Should Do After a Car Accident

Knowing what to do after a collision can save lives and prevent problems with insurance and legal claims. Our Lakeland car accident lawyers recommend the following.

"In the state of Florida, the statute of limitations for auto accidents is four years to the date of the crash."
"In the state of Florida, the statute of limitations for auto accidents is four years to the date of the crash."

Check for Injuries

Make sure everyone is okay. Check yourself and any passengers in the vehicle for catastrophic or life-threatening injuries. If you are able to do so safely, you can attempt to exit your vehicle.

Call 911 for Help

Whether you can exit your vehicle or not, be sure to dial 911 for help. Alerting the authorities allows you to get immediate medical attention and to make sure a police report of the crash is filed.

Exchange Information

Be sure to exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver if you can do so. Also exchange information with any witnesses of the car accident as well as authorities if needed.

Document the Car Crash

Take photos and video of the car accident to document the extent of the vehicle damage. This is important for insurance companies as well as for car accident lawyers evaluating your case.

Seek Medical Attention

Seek medical attention after a catastrophic auto collision. Doctors and emergency medical personnel can check for fractures, internal injuries, and TBIs, helping you get the medical care you need.

Notify Your Insurer

Following the automobile accident and when you've recovered sufficiently from acute injuries, be sure to contact your insurance company about the collision. This will help initiate the car accident claim process.

Speak with an Attorney

To learn about legal action against the negligent driver, be sure to discuss your case with a car accident attorney. They can offer insight into the process and help you pursue personal injury litigation.

Car Accident Lawyers Who Will Fight for You Contact Our Personal Injury Law Firm

Established in 2007, Moody Law, P.A., is committed to the people of Lakeland, FL, and beyond. Daniel D. Moody is a fifth-generation Polk County resident who strives to give back to the community. He assists clients with their civil cases, and ensures all questions are answered with honesty, respect, and compassion. For personal injury cases, no attorney fees are collected until we successfully obtain a recovery for our client.

Mr. Moody is a trusted and established authority on legal matters. In addition to his board certification by the Florida Bar and AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, he has made multiple media appearances to discuss legal issues, including an appearance on NBC's The Today Show. His goal is always to maximize recoveries for his clients to address financial losses and other hardships.

To schedule a free consultation with car accident lawyers who will listen to you, contact Moody Law, P.A., online. You can also contact our personal injury law firm by calling:

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Auto Accident Attorneys You Can Count On Serving the People of Lakeland

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Jeff Layne

2019

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Very professional and friendly. Dan and his paralegal Debbie were wonderful. Always picked up the phone and answered all of my questions at anytime, from the first day to the day we closed. 5 stars forever.

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2019

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Easily the most professional, detailed, service minded offices my family and I have ever dealt with. No questions from us were too big or small, and we were always treated as a top priority. Would recommend with no hesitation whatsoever.

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Settlements and Legal Damages in a Car Accident Case

During a lawsuit, settlements and legal damages may be awarded to address the injuries sustained in an auto collision. Settlements and legal damages differ in important ways.

Pre-Trial Settlement

The vast majority of personal injury lawsuits are settled before they even go to trial. The attorneys of Moody Law, P.A. will evaluate all out-of-court settlement offers closely. We will help negotiate a better settlement offer in your favor whenever possible.

Legal Damages

During a trial, we will seek compensatory and punitive damages, if they apply. Compensatory damages cover medical bills, property damage, and other material losses. Punitive damages are sought to punish negligent parties for their dangerous actions.

Comparative Negligence

In the state of Florida, there is a pure comparative fault rule in place. This means that both drivers may be considered partially negligent in a crash. Partial negligence in a collision will affect the amount of legal damages recovered from a trial.

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Elizabeth Lattimore

2022

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Moody Law was wonderful in getting our case resolved. Ms. Debbie was great at staying in touch and keeping us updated on the progress. It was a relief to have such a professional, respected law office represent us during what was a challenging situation. I would definitely recommend Moody Law!

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Gina Tetter

2020

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Moody law is a 5 star firm. Debbie is an amazing woman to work with, she is a major asset to the company, very professional and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend this law firm for any legal matters. Great law firm, Mr. Moody was very pleasurable and easy to work with.

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Take Action Today

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, there is no better time than now to reach out to a lawyer. You can connect with us in three ways:

Car Accident FAQ

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In preparation for your consultation with a car accident lawyer, we have provided answers to common questions our clients ask:

Why Do I Need a Car Accident Lawyer If Florida Is a No-Fault State?

Because if 80% of your medical expenses and 60% of your lost wages total more than $10,000, you have the right to take legal action in pursuit of compensation from the other driver. Don't make any assumptions when it comes to dealing with the aftermath of a car accident—call Moody Law to get a car accident lawyer's perspective on your case.

I Think a Little Negligence of My Own May Have Contributed to the Accident. Should I Just Forget About Legal Action?

Not without consulting a lawyer about your car accident. Florida recognizes comparative negligence, which is the concept that restitution may be awarded to an injured party even if they were partly responsible for the car accident. If a jury determines that the other party's negligence was a bigger contributor to the car accident than your own negligence, you could still stand to collect. However, bear in mind that it will be less than if you shared no responsibility at all.

I Walked Away From This Car Accident Feeling Fine, and There Is No Way I'm Going To Need Compensation Beyond $10,000. Can I Skip the Doctor's Exam?

There are two reasons why this is a bad idea: first, even if your injuries are minor, they must be documented by a medical professional within 14 days, or you will receive no compensation from your insurance policy. Second, serious injuries aren't always immediately apparent. Don't take chances or assume you walked away from the accident unscathed. Get a professional opinion.

I Visited the ER Right After My Accident. Are Their Conclusions All the Evidence I Need?

No. The emergency room is there to make sure you don't have any serious immediate trauma requiring hospitalization. We cannot overstate that car accident injuries are notorious for taking time to reveal their true extent. Make an appointment with your general care provider as soon as possible so they can arrange for a more extensive assessment of the physical impact of your car accident.

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Jennifer Malone

2019

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I recommend everyone to Dan Moody and his team to represent them. They treat you with kindness and respect and they care. They treat you like they have known you for years.

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Mark Prickett

2019

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I would highly recommend Moody Law and his team to anyone needing a personal injury attorney. They worked extremely hard on my case and always kept me informed throughout the process. There were times I felt depressed because of my situation and Debbie was the angel that God used to encourage me to remain positive and things would get better, they did too! I am very happy with the results of my case. They actually did such a great job I used their services a second time. If I need them again ( hopefully not) but if I do I would not hesitate to call them because they are totally awesome.

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Moody Law, P.A.

Moody Law was founded by Daniel D. Moody for the sole and exclusive purpose of representing the injured. Our main office is centrally located next to the Polk County Courthouse in Bartow, FL, serving Lakeland, Winter Haven, and all the other communities of Polk County.  Some of Mr. Moody’s honors, memberships, and associations include:

  • The Florida Bar Board Certification – Civil Trial Specialist
  • AV PREEMINENT Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Ratings
  • Life-member Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Best Attorneys of America – Rue Rating Lifetime Charter Member
  • National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers

To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, contact us online or call (863) 733-9090.

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