Broward County Car Accident Lawyer
Broward County is the second most populated county in Florida and was founded on October 1, 1915 with land from both Palm Beach County and Dade County. It was named after Napoleon Broward, the Governor of Florida from 1905 to 1909. Increased population and economic activity have resulted in a higher ranking for Broward County in terms of fatalities and injuries from vehicle accidents. According to the Florida Department of Transportation in its 2016 Highway Safety Plan, Tamarac ranks 7th out 24 counties with populations over 200,000 in its number of fatalities and injuries resulting from car crashes between 2009 and 2013. Notably, Broward County ranks 3rd out of 24 when it comes to speed-related crashes, which places the city in the highest 25% of Florida Counties. Broward County also ranks 3rd with respect to pedestrian accidents. If you have been injured in a car accident in Broward County, Englander Peebles can help you obtain the compensation that you deserve for your injuries.
In 2013 alone, 9.613 fatalities in the U.S. resulted from speed-related automobile accidents. Florida contributed 344 speed-related deaths to this statistic, which is 14 percent of all traffic fatalities in the state for 2013. Speeding can be the cause of catastrophic vehicle accidents. When drivers speed, it vastly reduces the amount of control they can exercise over their vehicles, as well as the amount of time they have to react to any hazards or changes in road conditions. Drivers often speed because they are either they are in a hurry to get somewhere and are not paying attention to the roads, or believe that they will not get caught. As the speed of a vehicle increases, the severity of the injuries that may be caused by a speeding accident also increases.
The Governors Highway Safety Association released a report stating that the number of pedestrians killed in traffic crashes in the country jumped by 10 percent. The report indicated that there were several factors that contributed to the increase in pedestrian deaths. These factors include:
- The rise in motor vehicle travel, caused in part by improved economic conditions and lower gas prices;
- The exponential growth of the use of cellphones, which are distracting both walkers and drivers;
- Pedestrians remain just as susceptible to injuries when hit by a motor vehicle; and
- The rise the number of Americans walking for health, economic, or environmental reasons.
- The rise in pedestrian alcohol use, as pedestrians involved in car accidents had elevated blood alcohol levels in 34 percent of cases in 2013, while drivers had elevated blood alcohol levels in 15 percent of cases.
The states with the highest pedestrian fatality rates during the period of the study were Florida with a rate of 1.35 fatalities per 100,000 residents, followed by Arizona and Delaware at 1.27 each, South Carolina at 1.12 fatalities, and Mississippi with 1.07.
4 Important Steps You Should Take Immediately Following an Auto Accident:
- Seek Medical Attention – If you and/or any of your passengers is injured, you should call 911 immediately. Sometimes injured persons will experience a boost of adrenaline (otherwise known as “shock”). This adrenaline boost will often mask serious injuries. It is always best to have a thorough medical evaluation regardless if there are any visible injuries or pain.
- Contact Law Enforcement. It is important that you file a police report regarding the car accident. Be sure to explain how the crash occurred to the police officers. In your explanation, be sure to mention any statements made by the other driver. Especially if the other driver made an admission of fault. Also, be sure to describe to law enforcement any injuries you and/or your passengers. Be sure to obtain a case number and the officer's "business card" or contact information. Be sure to get the accident report at a later date. The accident report can take several days to be complete.
- Get Photos: Take photographs of the crash scene from various angles and distances. Also, take photos of the cars involved. These pictures are often very valuable when filing your claim. Be sure to preserve the pictures by emailing them to yourself and/or downloading the images to your computer.
- Immediately contact Englander Peebles at (954) 500-4878 to discuss your legal rights.
What Sort of Compensation Am I Entitled to Receive?
All auto accident cases are unique and have a different set of facts. Generally, accident victims who are not responsible for the crash can receive compensation for your injuries and losses, such as:
- Property damage reimbursement;
- Rental car reimbursement;
- Medical expenses and ongoing medical treatment expenses;
- Lost wages, lost future wages if you are unable to return to work; and
- Mental pain and suffering.
Contact a South Florida Car Accident Lawyer Today
If you have been injured in an automobile accident in Broward County, the lawyers at Englander Peebles can help you pursue compensation for your injuries. We have years of experience in pursuing personal injury claims effectively on behalf of clients. Contact our firm today for a free initial consultation by calling our office at (954) 500-4878 or by completing our online form.