Miami Car Accident Lawyers
Representing Clients across Florida Since 1993
Driving and riding in cars has become such a routine part of most people’s lives, we often forget that everything can change in the blink of an eye. If you’ve been involved in a car crash, you know just how frightening the experience can be. If you suffered serious injuries as a result of the accident, you know that the impact of the crash can last far beyond the accident itself.
At Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, we are dedicated to helping car accident victims, as well as the surviving family members and loved ones of those wrongfully killed in automobile collisions, seek the fair compensation they need and deserve. If you believe someone else was at fault for the accident—even partially—reach out to our Miami car accident lawyers to find out if you may be entitled to financial recovery for your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Car accidents can and do occur for a wide variety of reasons. Most often, carelessness or recklessness plays a role.
At Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, we represent clients in all types of car accident injury claims, including:
- Drunk driving accidents
- Head-on collisions
- Hit-and-run accidents
- Parking lot accidents
- Reckless driving accidents
- Recreational vehicle accidents
- Sideswipe accidents
- SUV rollovers
- Uninsured/underinsured motorist accidents
In Florida, you do not need to prove that the other driver or another third party was completely at fault for the accident in order to pursue a personal injury claim. Instead, under the state’s “pure comparative negligence” rule, you can seek compensation even if you were partially at fault. If you are determined to be partially at fault for the accident, your total award will be reduced by the percentage of fault the jury/judge determines you had in the incident.
Who Is Liable for a Car Accident in Florida?
When it comes to car accident liability, states either follow a no-fault or fault system. A fault system means that the party responsible for the accident is also responsible for paying any resulting damages, while a no-fault system is one where the injury victim’s own insurance covers most damages. Because of this law, drivers in these states are required to carry a special type of insurance coverage called personal injury protection (PIP) benefits.
Florida is a no-fault state, which means after an accident, injury victims collect damages through their PIP benefits regardless of who was at fault for the accident. Unlike fault states where the claimant has the option to file a personal injury claim in most situations, drivers in Florida must meet certain criteria to step outside of the PIP system and file a personal injury claim against a negligent driver.
Filing a personal injury claim is beneficial since an injury victim is able to pursue compensation for more damages than what is available solely through PIP coverage. Typically, PIP benefits cover economic damages such as medical expenses and to the inability to work, although it often only covers a percentage of these missed wages. A personal injury claim, on the other hand, compensates for more losses associated with the injury including, non-economic damages such as pain and suffering and emotional distress. Circumstances where an injured person may file a claim, can include:
- Sustaining a serious or permanent injury
- Medical expenses that exceed what is covered by PIP coverage
- Permanent scarring or disfigurement
- Loss of a body part or bodily function
What to Do After a Car Accident in Miami
A car accident is a jarring experience that can cause even the calmest individuals to feel distressed in the immediate aftermath. While it is normal to feel shaken up, it is important to remember that everything you say and do can have a potential impact on any subsequent insurance claim or lawsuit you should choose to pursue. It is important to have a plan in place to guard your interests and maximize your chances of securing fair compensation.
After a car accident in Miami, be sure to do the following:
- Stay at the scene: Pull over and render aid to anyone who is injured. If anyone is severely injured or appears unresponsive, call 911. Call for medical attention first, then call the police. You are legally obligated to report any crash that causes injury, death, or more than $500 worth of damage to the police.
- Do not discuss the crash: Anything you say can potentially be used against you by an insurance company. While tempers may be high, stay calm and do not discuss the crash with the other involved motorists. Even seemingly simple phrases such as "I'm sorry" or "I didn't see you" can be misconstrued as admissions of guilt before an investigation has taken place. Once the police arrive, tell them your version of the facts. Tell the truth and avoid any uncertain statements or speculation.
- Exchange information: Exchange names, addresses, phone numbers, driver's license numbers, license plate numbers, and insurance policy information with all involved motorists. If there were any witnesses to the crash, be sure to get their contact information as well.
- Take photos / videos: Your smartphone is your greatest asset at the scene of a crash. Take detailed photographs and/or videos of the damage to all vehicles, their positioning, traffic patterns, weather conditions, tire tracks, and any other details that prove what happened. If you can, get photos of your injuries before they are treated.
- Seek medical help: Once you are cleared by police to leave the scene of the crash, see a doctor immediately even if you feel fine. It is not uncommon for car accident injuries to have delayed symptoms due to the adrenaline rush of the crash, causing them to go unnoticed for hours or even days. Tell your doctor you were involved in a collision and follow their treatment instructions closely.
- Keep detailed records: Keep records of all expenses you incur as a result of your injuries, including medical bills, prescription drug costs, vehicle repair estimates, and transportation costs to and from your medical treatments. Keep a journal of your pain levels and how they affect your day-to-day life during your recovery.
- Contact an attorney: It is not uncommon for insurance companies to quickly offer a low settlement in order to close your case and move on. Getting an attorney involved early on after a car accident can help to ensure your interests are guarded and maximize your chances of securing the compensation you need. A lawyer who is familiar with Florida car accident laws can help you to understand your legal options and determine the best course of action.
Experience Makes the Difference
Car accident claims are complex and, often, the liable insurance party will do everything it can to devalue or deny your claim. You need someone on your side who knows the law and how the process works.
At Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, our Miami car accident lawyers have over 130 years of combined legal experience and they have successfully secured numerous million- and multimillion-dollar results for victims of car accidents and their families. We know how to effectively negotiate with insurance adjusters and represent you before a judge or jury whenever necessary. Our entire team is dedicated to protecting your best interests and fighting for the maximum compensation you are owed.
Fatal Accident Involving Mother of Two $22 Million
Settlement for a 5-year-old quadriplegic daughter and her injured sister, and for the death of their mother in a horrific and devastating automobile accident.
Fatal Florida Turnpike Car Accident Results In Three Deaths $5.6 Million
Three elderly Miami women were killed when their vehicle was struck by another car on the Florida turnpike. This wrongful death case was tried to a verdict.
Debris From Tire Blowout Causes Motorcycle Accident $3.75 Million
We reached a $3.75 million settlement for a Miami man who was injured when he was caused to fall from his motorcycle.
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