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Daytona Beach Automobile Accident Attorney

Do you know what a lawyer is? We are sure you know what one basically is, but do you really know what it is they do? They are not automated machines that you put money into and a victory comes out of the other side. You don’t tell them that you were injured in an automobile accident and then just leave it to them. They are going to have to ask you a few questions. Depending on the situation you might find yourself answering quite a few questions actually. This is because one of the most important ingredients to a successful court case is information. That information can come from many sources, but many of those sources may have to be pointed out by you.

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There are two things you need to know about your attorney and the information they need for the case.

  • The more information you give them, the stronger the case may be.
  • The more information you give them, the less time they have to spend trying to find it on their own.

When you approach your Daytona Beach automobile accident attorney, it is important to have as much information packaged and ready for them as possible. What do we mean by packaged and ready?

  • Keep it Organized: No one wants to dig through a pile of paperwork for one file. Make sure everything is organized and easy to find.
  • Details Matter: Everything is important in a court case until it is proven otherwise. It is better to have too much information than not enough.
  • Time is Money: The more information you give them, the less time they spend looking for it and the more time they spend actually doing their job.

So when you come to Rue & Ziffra for help with your court case, help us help you by having all the relevant information we need. If you are not sure what information is needed, don’t be afraid to ask. Give us a call at (386) 788-7700 and find out what information you can gather to help us with your case.

 

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Someone Has to Pay

Daytona Beach Automobile Accident Attorney

The automobile is one of the defining inventions of the current century. It can easily be argued that it surpassed the importance of the computer, the internet, even Starbucks! It turned great distances into simple car rides. The too far away turned into a day’s drive and because of the technology behind automobiles, we can get our Amazon orders shipped and delivered in just two days. Of course, it has had some drawbacks to society as well. Uncle Ben said it best when he said: “With great power comes great responsibility”.

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  One of these drawbacks has been the occurrence of automobile accidents. While we are sure there were accidents that happened with horse-drawn carriages, we can’t imagine them being as severe as two vehicles colliding at 60 mph. They also didn’t have as many distractions while navigating the old dirt roads that dominated the old American landscape. They didn’t have smartphones to text their friends or watch a livestream of the Gettysburg address while they navigated. They didn’t have a grande vanilla bean latte that could spill in their lap and take their eyes off the road. All they had was a carriage, some horses, and a very long journey on an open road.

Now we have some drivers with a latte in one hand, while snapchatting with friends on their smartphone and using their wrist holding the steering wheel straight. We also have entire interstates filled with drivers like this. It is hard to know which car they are in until they collide into another motorist. They are also on city streets and backroads. Sometimes, there are good drivers who make mistakes as well. Even the best inventions are not perfect. They have limitations that technology can’t perfect just yet. The brakes can’t stop soon enough, or the vehicle can’t turn fast enough. So between both of these forces working behind the invention, it is easy to find plenty of chances for automobile accidents.

Luckily though, there are plenty of other options for hiring an attorney when these unexpected incidents happen. For a Daytona Beach automobile accident attorney, Rue & Ziffra has over 40 years worth of experience in the field. They have been helping clients injured in accidents from bicycles and motorcycles to automobiles and semi-trucks. Each client is a member of our community, and we are proud to help them in their time of need. Keep the Rue & Ziffra number on your phone, just in case you ever need us.

 

 

 

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Posting on Facebook

Social media has really taken over the current day and age. What started as a fun way to connect with friends and share pictures has turned into a full-blown lifestyle and job market. There are now over 1 billion active users on Facebook, and they upload about 300 million photos every single day. Facebook has become such a powerful tool for connecting people that the Facebook Like and Share buttons are seen on about 10 million different websites. In fact, one day the Facebook social media site went down for maintenance and people actually called Law Enforcement about it. While these numbers are definitely impressive they don’t even count other social media entities like Instagram and Snapchat.

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While it is great that something like Facebook or Instagram can connect so many people there are some risks involved with it. When you create a profile, it is a profile that almost anyone can access. Any information or photos you place on Facebook and Instagram can be seen by the billions of users. For a business, this is a wonderful thing, for a personal profile though it can cause some problems, maybe even legal ones. Some of these problems are just based around drama with an ex-boyfriend looking at your profile, family problems, etc. Some actually have effects on the real world, however. One example seen rather commonly in the news is how an offensive post caused someone to lose their job.

The list of problems doesn’t stop there however, they can actually flow over into the courtroom. Every post you put on Facebook or Instagram has a time, a date, and sometimes even a location. Facebook has the option to tag a business or location in your posts. Even if you opt out of doing this, any photos you post might reveal location in them. The entire timeline on Facebook and Instagram tells a story, and it better match the story that you are telling the courtroom. If you say that an automobile accident has left you injured making it difficult to get around while your Facebook is filled with photos of beach trips and party nights, you are going to get some suspicious glances.

We are not saying you can’t post to Facebook and Instagram during a court case, just that you need to be careful with how you do it. If you want to post some beach photos after suffering injuries in an automobile accident, make sure you show the difficulty you have in moving around. If you are in a wheelchair show someone having to push you across the sand, or how you have to sit if a body part is in a cast. Mainly showing that while it is something fun you are doing, you are still limited by any injuries received. This goes with anywhere you go, don’t be afraid to have your clothes in the photo, or add something about the injuries or accident in the post.

If you are not sure if something is safe to post then don’t post it. For the time being it is better to just play it safe and not make the job of your Port Orange automobile accident attorney any harder. We know it can be hard not to go posting on social media, we do it all the time both for our law firm and for our own personal lives. There are a few steps you can take to also make it a little harder for people you don’t want snooping around your Facebook to find you. You can set your privacy settings to Private, or Friends Only meaning only people who are friends with you on Facebook can see what it is you post or even find your profile. While this is a strong step in keeping your social media profiles out of the courtroom, it is still recommended you be safe about what you post.

If you have more questions about what to do for your case or need an attorney to handle your case, contact Rue & Ziffra today at 1-800-526-4711.

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Tricky Memories

Have you ever walked into a room and forgotten why you went in there? You just kind of end up looking around at random things and hoping something triggers your memory. The reason this happens is that our mind sees doorways as event boundaries. What that means is when the mind walks through the door it separates events. What you were thinking about in the other room is filed away and the mind starts a new series of thoughts. It’s a little hard to believe isn’t it, that our mind can switch that fast and our memory involuntarily goes with it. That is because the entire concept of how memory works is an odd thing. Let’s take a quick look at some facts about our memory and why they are important for you and your Daytona Beach Automobile Accident Attorney.

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Several studies have been conducted regarding how the mind works, including the parts that involve memory. It is important to understand how memory works physically and mentally so that we can combat different diseases like Alzheimer’s. They are also important because they give us ways to improve our memory which has all kinds of benefits. Sometimes these studies turn up interesting results. For instance, did you know that every time you recall a memory, it changes a little bit? Not only does it change, but we don’t realize that something in it has changed. These changes can be minor, like thinking you wore a blue shirt instead of a black one, or a major change like what the weather was like that day.

That last fact is vital to understand and to work around because, in an automobile accident case, accuracy is key to success. An attorney is trained to notice any little abnormally in your story and use it to their advantage. For this reason, physical evidence and fresh memory are extremely important to record.

Of course, the first thing you should do after an accident is to seek out medical attention. Get checked out by a doctor and receive any treatment you need to get on the road to recovery. As soon as you are able to focus and write, however, you need to start going over all of the details. Write down the entire thing from beginning to end. Add in any small details that add to the story. It is important that your story and writing are clear and easy to understand. Don’t worry too much about grammar and spelling right now, you can always rewrite it or type it out on a computer again later. No one is going to fault you for missing a comma when you were laying in a hospital bed with your arm in a cast. The important part here is the narrative. Once it is written and you have checked it for accuracy, make a few copies of it. Give one to the Daytona Beach automobile attorney that is representing you.

If you are not injured in the accident and a medical professional says you are healthy and okay, then you can write the story right there using pen and paper, a smartphone, tablet, laptop, etc. Take photos of everything. Take them of the entire scene, take close ups of every point of damage on any vehicle involved. If you received any bruises or cuts take photos of those as well. If there was any effect on the inside of the vehicle, even if it is just coffee flying onto the dashboard, taking a photo of that as well. You would benefit more from having too many photos than not enough. Feel free to take a selfie even, post it on Facebook and let everyone know that you are okay.

When you take all of this and pair it with official statements you gave (hopefully after consulting with your Daytona Beach automobile accident attorney) you create a strong narrative of how the accident happened. There will be less room for doubt when the story is reviewed in the courtroom. It helps to build a strong case for yourself from the very beginning and makes your attorney’s job a little bit easier. If you have recently been involved in an accident, contact Rue & Ziffra today to get a Daytona Beach Automobile Accident Attorney to represent you. If you have not been in one, it is still a good idea to put our number on your phone just in case. You can reach us at 1-800-526-4711.

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Daytona Beach Automobile Accident Attorney

Daytona Beach Automobile Accident Attorney

After an accident and even after the recovery, there are several things that need to be considered. Just because the physical injuries are healed doesn’t mean the mental ones are. Serious accidents can cause long-lasting mental trauma for the people involved. If not treated properly, the trauma can affect the person for years after the incident. This can have minor to major repercussions on their life, especially when they are behind the wheel. While treatment is available to combat this, not everyone will openly accept it, usually for one of three reasons.

They don’t know they are suffering from trauma caused by the accident.

Like many Americans, they have a stigma about visiting a therapist.

They are worried about how they can afford to see a therapist.

Many times the effects of trauma are not immediately detected, or are believed to be just a part of recovery and will go away in time. That’s why it is important to recognize the symptoms either in yourself or in another who has suffered an accident. Some more common signs of mental trauma include:

  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Random Mood Swings
  • Quick to Anger
  • Social Withdrawal
  • Sad or Hopeless Feelings
  • Anxiety

If you are injured in a car accident that was caused by another driver and you develop mental trauma from the incident that restricts your ability to function then it is the driver’s responsibility to pay for it. They are liable for any injury you received in the accident, not just the physical ones.

Mental trauma can restrict your day to day life, making it difficult to do things like get to work, work productively, or even function normally in the home. It is plain to see why all of these activities would be important. If you can’t work you can’t pay the bills and it’s possible you have already had that issue thanks to a physical injury. Don’t let the issue compound itself needlessly when you can get a Daytona Beach Automobile Accident Attorney like Rue & Ziffra to defend you in court, making sure you get access to all the compensation you need to get back to normal.

Rue & Ziffra has been helping clients just like you for years work through their automobile accidents. They make sure their clients get the compensation and legal representation that they are owed. If you have been involved in an accident or know someone that has, pick up the phone and dial 1-800-526-4711 to get a Daytona Beach Automobile Accident Attorney on your side now.

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