Have you suffered injuries in a car accident in Hollywood, Florida? Has someone in your family suffered injuries or been killed in a car accident? If so, you may have many questions and much confusion concerning who will pay for the damages to your car, your imminent medical expenses, and the many other financial burdens that can occur as a result of the accident. If this situation sounds familiar, you have not a second to lose. Call the Hollywood car accident lawyers at Englander Peebles at (954) 231-1384 right away.
Call today to schedule your free initial consultation with our expert personal injury lawyers. We will examine your case from a legal perspective and advise you on the best course of action to begin your claims process. Call (954) 231-1384 NOW to schedule your FREE initial consultation.
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Recent Florida Car Crash Statistics
Millions of car accidents occur across the US each year. Processing and categorizing these vast amounts of information is no small task. This considerable amount of work often means that the full listing of statistics is often not ready for public review for a year or two later. Therefore, the most recent statistics for car accidents in Florida are dated 2018. Still, these facts and figures can provide an important perspective on the risks involved with navigating the roads and freeways here in Hollywood, Florida
According to the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles statistics for 2018, there were over 41,000 traffic accidents in the Hollywood region, including Ft. Lauderdale. More than 200 people lost their lives in these accidents, a figure that indicates an increase of 5.33% in the deaths that occurred the previous year.
Throughout Florida, there were 391,782 accidents in 2017 and 45,620 of these accidents resulted in injuries. Even though traffic fatalities only occur in 1% of traffic fatalities statewide, more than 3,000 traffic fatalities occur each year in Florida. However, statistics from 2018 show 3,150 traffic deaths in Florida, which shows a slight increase in the numbers from the year before.
How Much Does a Car Accident Lawyer Cost?
As mentioned, in the aftermath of a car accident there will be many doubts, fears, and uncertainties, and financial preoccupations can rank higher than most. The last thing anybody wants is to have to factor in the prices for professional legal representation.
For this reason, Englander Peebles Law Firm operates on a contingency fee basis. This means that we will never charge our clients any upfront fees for our legal services. We will provide you with our consultations, case preparation, expert investigative services, and tenacious negotiations with the defendant and insurance providers.
As a matter of fact, we will not charge you a thing, unless we succeed and obtain your compensation. You will not need to pay anything out of pocket and when we win the case, you will receive compensation for your injuries. Basically, you have nothing to lose and when we win, we will take a portion of the winnings for hard work in representing your case.
Furthermore, we shoulder the burden of all the expenses required to assemble a bulletproof case until it has reached its resolution. If we lose the case, we will also bear the losses of our considerable investment. So, you can see we have a great incentive in winning the case as our bread-and-butter is contingent on winning the case.
What Should I Do After a Car Accident?
The aftermath of a car accident can be a confusing and emotionally disturbing time. Nevertheless, it is important to keep a clear head and do all you can to bolster the strength of your case. Here are some important things to keep in mind after an accident occurs.
Contact the Police
You will want to call the police to come by and make a report on the accident. This report is very important to building the case and places an important time stamp on the incident. Be sure to tell the officers exactly what happened without speculating about who is responsible. Be sure to note the law enforcement agency, names, badge number, and precinct of the officers that arrive on the scene.
Check on Other Involved Parties
It is essential that you remain at the scene of the accident until the police arrive. If it is safe to do so and you are not seriously injured. Make sure your passengers and anyone else involved in the accident is safe from harm.
You will need to get the names, addresses, license plate numbers, contact information, and insurance information from the other drivers involved in the accident.
Record the Scene
Take out your cellphone or mobile device and capture as many snapshots of the accident that you can. You will want to capture the damage done to all vehicles, skid marks on the road, debris, and any traffic signals in the location.
Never Admit Fault
It is only natural to feel anger, guilt, and remorse in the aftermath of an accident. But it is essential to keep a level head and be careful what you say. Even a seemingly innocuous comment like “I’m sorry” can be construed by the opposition to be an admission of guilt.
Seek Medical Attention
You may think your injuries are relatively minor, but it is essential to have yourself fully examined by a medical professional. Many injuries, like internal bleeding and organ damage, can be hard to detect in the excitement of the incident. Without proper diagnosis, these can be potentially serious. Only a medical expert will be able to provide a clean bill of health.
Call a Car Accident Lawyer!
The final, but most important step, is to call an experienced car accident lawyer and begin the claims process. If you are serious about getting compensation for your injuries, only a qualified car accident lawyer can calculate the full extent of your damages and injuries in the short and long term and
Why do I Need a Hollywood Car Accident Lawyer For My Claim?
You may think that your case is a simple one, but things are never simple when dealing with the complexities of personal injury. Your best shot at getting the full compensation you deserve will be contacting an experienced Florida car accident lawyer. Here are some of the advantages a Florida Car Accident Lawyer can bring to your case:
Case Preparation / Filing a Lawsuit
There are many details to be aware of and the insurance adjusters from the opposition will stop at nothing to deny your insurance claim. A lawyer will know exactly how to prepare a watertight case and avoid the potential errors that crafty insurance adjusters will use to deny your case.
Your legal counsel will look at your case from a professional perspective and consider all factors when calculating your rightful compensation. Then, they will be able to negotiate tenaciously to ensure the insurance providers for the defendant compensate you in full. Having a lawyer handle these negotiations gives you an upper hand in getting what you deserve under the law.
Trial Preparation & Representation
Typically, both sides of the case will look to handle these matters out of court. But if no resolution can be reached, a qualified lawyer will have the skills and foresight to prepare a case that will stand strong in a court of law.
What Type of Damages Can I Recover?
The damages you can receive compensation for in your Florida car accident case can be classified into three categories.
These are the damages that can easily be calculated into exact financial equivalents. For example, the costs of all medical treatments past present, and future or the loss of income due to time spent off work due for the recovery process or disability.
Some damages can’t be transformed into their financial equivalent quite so simply. Expert testimony will be needed to put a cash value on the loss of consortium, mental anguish, or the pain and suffering caused by the accident.
In some cases, the courts may find the actions of the defendant especially reckless or otherwise egregious. In such a case, punitive damages will be applied for the sole purpose of punishing the defendant.
How is Fault Determined?
Fault in a car accident case can be determined by proving negligence. To prove that another party acted negligently and this resulted in the injuries you suffered these four points must be established:
The other driver owed a duty of care to the plaintiff. In effect, all drivers are required to act and behave responsibly on the roads to ensure that everyone can drive in a safe environment.
Duty of care can be breached when another driver acts in a certain way or fails to exercise caution expected of a reasonable person.
The accident that occurred would not have happened if it weren’t for the breach of care on the part of the defendant.
As a result of the accident caused by the defendant’s breach of care, injuries, and damages were sustained by the plaintiff.
Florida applies the concept of pure comparative negligence in deciding the degree of fault in a car accident. This means that if the victim is found 10% at fault for the accident, they will only be entitled to 90% of the compensation.
How Long do I Have to File a Car Accident Claim in Florida?
It is important to remember that you will have to act quickly when filing your case. For one, a case is always the strongest when the evidence is fresh. But more importantly, there is a time limit in which your claim will have to be made. This is called the “statute of limitations” and varied from state to state.
In Florida, the statute of limitation for filing a personal injury claim is 4 years from the date of the accident that caused the injuries. In most cases, if the claim is not filed within this time, the plaintiff loses the right to compensation.
There may be some cases in which a judge will be willing to extend the deadline. For example, if the victim’s injuries were not manifest for weeks or months after the incident.
What Can I do if Insurance Denied My Claim?
There are several reasons that the insurance provider for the at-fault party will deny your insurance claims. Typically, this is because the insurance adjusters believe the case lacks merit, or they think you will not pursue the case if it has been denied. They may also believe an eyewitness report that indicates their insured party was not responsible for the accident.
Other reasons the insurance adjuster will deny the claim may include:
- Exclusions in the Policy
- Policy Has Lapsed
- Failure to Notify Insurer in Time
If the insurance provider has denied the claim, don’t worry. Insurance companies make their profits by denying claims so they can profit from their premiums. Your next step will be to contact an experienced car accident lawyer and discuss your chances of fighting the denial in court. The attorney’s claim will often be taken more seriously by the insurance provider.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Englander Peebles
If you or someone in your family has been injured in a car accident you will need the insights and experience of a qualified car accident lawyer in order to obtain the compensation the law entitles you to. At the law offices of Englander Peebles, we have a team of fully qualified legal representatives ready to help you out in this regard.
Call (954) 231-1384 today and schedule your FREE initial consultation so we can look over your case from a legal perspective and provide you a professional recommendation on what to do next. Your future depends on getting the compensation you need, so don’t hesitate. Call us today to begin your claims process.