Motor Vehicle Accidents
Whether it happens on your way to the grocery store, on your way home from work, or on while carpooling your kids and their friends to soccer practice, motor vehicle accidents are, unfortunately, an extremely common occurrence. In recent years, there have been an annual average of over 10 million motor vehicle accidents. Some accidents are relatively minor, with no injuries involved and only relatively minor property damage. Other accidents are much more severe and involve critical bodily injuries or even death. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that in 2012 alone, there were 34,080 deaths resulting from traffic accidents. www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811741.pdf .
If you or a loved on has been involved in a motor vehicle accident, there are many important things to do and to keep in mind over the days, weeks, and months that follow. Our Miami auto accident lawyers understand the stress related to being involved in a motor vehicle accident, these things can be difficult and often overwhelming to deal with. Some of what needs to be done are also items you might not think of if you have not been involved in a motor vehicle accident before. Because of these factors, you should consider obtaining legal representation as quickly as possible after any accident. Accident lawyers do not charge to talk to you and usually handle the cases without charging a fee or asking for costs if there is no recovery. If you are in need of a Miami motor vehicle accident attorney, please contact the attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano We have been helping injured individuals through such trying times for many years, and will be here to help you too.What to Do After A Motor Vehicle Accident
After a motor vehicle accident, there are several things that you or your loved one can do to help protect your rights. All of these actions are, of course, dependent upon the severity of the accident; if you cannot engage in any of these things safely, please keep in mind that nothing is more important than ensuring your safety, health and well-being.
If at all possible, move the motor vehicles involved in the accident to a parking lot, a side street, or otherwise out of the way of main traffic. This will help protect the safety of those involved in the accident, as well as the safety of other motors on the road. If you cannot move the vehicles, turn on your hazard lights, set up flares, or use other markers to divert traffic around the accident scene.
Even if no one is injured and there is limited property damage, call the local police department or sheriff’s office. Insurance companies will want as much information as possible about the motor vehicle accident, and having a police report will be helpful. Additionally, because police officers and sheriff’s personnel deal with motor vehicle accidents on a frequent basis, they will notice and record details that you and the other individuals involved in the accident may not think of. Make sure you keep a copy of the paperwork you are given. You will need the identifying and contact information regarding the other person for future claims, correspondence, etc. If the police or sheriff’s department does not respond, likely based upon the location and nature of the accident, you should nevertheless file an accident report with the appropriate agency. This should be filed as quickly as possible so as to prevent key details from fading in your recollection.
It may take some time for the police to arrive. During this time, it is helpful to take pictures of your vehicle, the other vehicle, and the accident scene. Close-up pictures of the damage to both vehicles should be taken as should video, if available. Pictures of pre-existing damage are also important to obtain. You want to be able to determine what damage was related to the accident and what was not, and you do not want to have to rely on your or the other person’s memory to do this. Pictures of the surrounding area, such as the intersection or other markers indicating where the accident occurred, are useful. These pictures will help recreate the accident as memories fade. Cell phones are a wonderful tool for taking such photographs.
During the time you are waiting for the police to arrive, or in the hours after, if possible, it will be helpful for you to write down what happened. You may be required to do so anyway in the documents the police fill out. However, sometimes these forms are limited in space and scope. Any crucial details should be included in these forms, but a more detailed explanation can be useful.
If you are like most individuals, you have not spent any significant amount of time reviewing your motor vehicle insurance policy. The days after an accident are a good time to do so. You will want to understand key details of your policy, including your deductibles, what your policy covers, what your policy excludes, and what you are required to do to ensure coverage. Insurance policies can be arduous to wade through. Our attorneys are well versed in motor vehicle insurance policies, and can help you understand yours. You will also need to notify your insurance company about the accident as quickly as possible to ensure your insurance coverage is not jeopardized and that the claims process can move along. We can also help you through this process.
If you are injured in any way, go to your health-care provider or to an Emergency Room or Urgent Care Center to be examined and treated. Don’t wait in pain for an appointment when there are centers who specialize in treating emergent cases. Some injuries take longer than others to manifest, but those injuries can linger and take a lengthy amount of time to heal. If you do not quickly establish that the injury is related to your motor vehicle accident, it will be more difficult to assert that your medical bills should be covered.What If the Accident Was My Fault?
Even if the accident was your fault or partially your fault, if you were injured, you may still be able to recover for your injuries. Do not assume that just because you were at fault, you have no rights to be protected. Depending upon the limits and nature of your motor vehicle insurance policy, and the nature and limits of the other individual’s insurance policy, you could still have coverage for injuries.Contact Us Today
If you have suffered a serious injury or a loved one died in an accident involving a vehicle in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, or anywhere else in Florida, contact one of our law offices to schedule a free consultation at 305-595-2400 or 1-888-499-9700..
Our Miami car accident lawyers have a full-time investigator on staff who can be dispatched to the scene of the vehicle accident promptly after you report your injury to us. Our investigator will document the conditions under which the accident occurred, photograph the scene and the vehicles, gather evidence, and interview any witnesses.
Our Miami personal injury attorneys handle every type of personal injury and vehicle accident case, including those caused by:
- Car accidents , including accidents involving uninsured and underinsured motorists or drunk drivers
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Cruise ship injuries and other boat and personal watercraft accidents involving either injury or drowning
- Airplane crashes
Contact Greenberg Stone & Urbano, P.A., the South Florida car accident and wrongful death lawyers. We offer a free consultation in English or Spanish. We represent victims of car accidents and negligence on a contingency-fee basis. You pay no attorneys' fees unless we recover compensation for you. Call us at 1-888-499-9700 or 305-595-2400 for a Free Consultation.