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South Florida Car Accident Lawyer

Sadly, most accidents on South Florida roads are preventable. Every year, people lose their lives or experience significant injuries because of the negligence of others. While negligence might seem clear at first, proving it in the eyes of the law is another matter entirely. Therefore, we recommend contacting a South Florida personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

Today, you’re going to learn about the common types of accidents, no-fault insurance in Florida, whether you’re entitled to compensation, and why an attorney is so valuable.

Car Accidents in South Florida

In 2020 alone, Florida experienced over 340,000 accidents. Despite the pandemic and less perceived traffic, 3,323 people died and over 212,000 people were injured. Therefore, it’s a serious problem in South Florida, Florida, and the rest of the country. While some deaths and injuries were drivers of vehicles, others were riding a motorcycle, using a bicycle, or even just walking down the street.

Every year, the local authorities do what they can to reduce the number of accidents on the road. But the fact that negligence still plays such a large role is problematic. While the government can introduce speed limits and car manufacturers can make safe vehicles, all you can do to prevent negligence is educate people. This includes telling them not to turn around in their seat, not eating or drinking while driving, and abiding by the rules of the road.

If you have experienced an injury or a loved one has died, you need a car accident lawyer in South Florida.

Causes of Car Accidents

We said that a significant percentage of accidents are preventable, and this is because they are caused by the following:

  • Driving while tired
  • Poor use of lanes
  • Poor signaling
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Speeding
  • Improper turns
  • Road rage
  • Distracted driving
  • Not checking blind spots
  • Using a device
  • Applying makeup

With over 15 million people on the road in Florida, accidents are inevitable. However, the number of accidents would reduce dramatically without negligence and poor driving.

As well as negligence, other causes of road accidents include a problem with the vehicle, poor road conditions, poor signage, adverse weather, and the actions of a pedestrian.

As long as the car accident wasn’t your fault, get in touch with a professional to discuss your case. You shouldn’t have to deal with the physical and financial repercussions as an innocent party.

Common Injuries After a Car Accident

Ultimately, the injuries experienced all depend on the severity of the accident. This being said, here are some of the most common injuries after an accident in South Florida:

  • Spinal cord damage
  • Concussion
  • TBI (traumatic brain injury)
  • Neck pain
  • Burns
  • Lacerations
  • Broken bones
  • Whiplash
  • Heart attack
  • Strains and sprains

In serious automobile accidents, this can elevate to paralysis and even death. As a loved one of an accident victim, the important thing to know is that you could be entitled to compensation. Although the details of the case will differ, compensation can cover funeral expenses, loss of companionship, medical bills, and more.

No-Fault Auto Insurance in Florida

As a car accident lawyer in South Florida, we know all the relevant laws and regulations pertaining to your case. One that often causes confusion is the no-fault insurance laws in Florida, so how does it work?

Essentially, the law means that all drivers claim through their own PIP (Personal Injury Protection) and insurance first. Even if somebody else is to blame for your accident, you claim through your own insurance for compensation. However, the problem is that PIP doesn’t cover enough for those involved in serious accidents.

For instance, it only covers around 60% of lost wages and 80% of medical bills. Even with this, payments can’t exceed $10,000. If you were involved in a serious accident, you’ll face bills of more than $10,000 once you consider medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and other expenses.

What happens in these circumstances? Firstly, those with permanent injuries can pursue a claim against the guilty driver to cover the additional costs. As well as death, this means significant injuries like the loss of a bodily function, scarring, disfigurement, and other permanent injuries. If you’re in any doubt, contact a South Florida personal injury lawyer for tailored advice. They will consider your case carefully and help you through the process.

Can I Claim Compensation After a Car Accident?

Every day, people across the United States ask this question. Sadly, a percentage of people decide against claiming even though the process is straightforward (since a car accident lawyer in South Florida takes care of everything) and they are entitled to compensation.

You’re entitled to compensation if:

  • You suffered significant damage after an accident that wasn’t your fault (even if you were partly to blame, you can still get compensation for the other driver’s negligence). For example, if you were 30% responsible and another party 70% responsible, you can still receive compensation for 70% of the associated damages.
  • The cost of medical bills, physical rehabilitation, lost wages, and other expenses exceed what you can receive through PIP.
  • You experience non-economic damages, like pain and suffering, just as much as the economic damages.
  • A loved one was killed by the negligence of another driver. While the case will differ in terms of compensation, a family can still claim for the loss.
  • Your injuries were caused by a defective vehicle, poor road signs, poor lane markings, defects in the road, or another hazard created by the car manufacturer or authorities responsible for the maintenance and safety of South Florida roads.

Should I Hire a Car Accident Lawyer in South Florida?

This is another common question in the niche because people want to know whether they really need a South Florida slip and fall lawyer, a South Florida motorcycle accident lawyer, or another professional. Unfortunately, even small accidents can cause costly damage to victims and property. If you weren’t responsible for the accident, you shouldn’t have the burden of the financial repercussions in the weeks, months, and years that follow.

After a car crash, you shouldn’t have to deal with legal procedures. Therefore, a car accident lawyer steps in to relieve the pressure somewhat. Firstly, one of the biggest benefits of hiring a professional attorney is that you can focus on recovering while the attorney works tirelessly on your behalf. After this, you benefit from the following:

  • Experience
  • Resources
  • Knowledge and know-how

For instance, your car accident attorney will help you to deal with the inevitable phone calls from insurance adjusters. While victims think that insurance companies are on their side, they normally have more than one eye on profit. In particular, adjusters are hired to reduce insurance claims by as much as possible. If you fall into one of their traps, you could find yourself with less compensation than you deserve.

Fortunately, attorneys know all about the tricks of the trade and can keep your claim on the right path. By protecting your legal rights, you have the best chance of getting the right compensation package.

Meanwhile, your car accident lawyer in South Florida will speak to eyewitnesses, compile all important documentation, communicate with insurance companies, negotiate a settlement, and more. If the insurance company doesn’t provide a fair offer, The Injury Firm has the resources to file a case and take the claim in front of a judge; this is why your choice of a lawyer is so important.

Finally, your attorney will make sure you claim the right amount. Common damages after an accident of any type include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage, and emotional distress. On the other hand, compensation in a wrongful death claim can include many of the same expenses alongside loss of companionship, wrongful death, and loss of consortium.

Without professional help, you’re likely to fall into one of the many common traps. This includes making a mistake when talking to insurance adjusters, not considering future medical expenses, not understanding the statute of limitations, and ignoring non-economic damages in your claim. Take the pressure away from your family during this traumatic time and allow The Injury Firm to assist you.

Contact The Injury Firm

The Injury Firm has the experience and knowledge to help with your accident. Everything starts with a free case evaluation, and you don’t need to pay a thing until the resolution of the case. Why go through even more stress with the legal process when you have friendly professionals like The Injury Firm just a phone call away?

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