Car accidents are one of the leading causes of death and injury in the United States, killing innocent people every day. While some accidents might be unavoidable, many are caused by negligence. Whether it is speeding, distracted driving, or drunk driving, negligent behavior behind the wheel can have devastating consequences. If you or someone you love has been hurt in a car accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you could be entitled to financial compensation. It is helpful to understand your legal rights and options, and what steps to take after a car crash.
While some car accidents are minor fender benders, others can be much more serious, resulting in significant property damage and serious injuries or death. The following are some of the most common injuries sustained from car accidents:
Following a car accident, it is not unusual to be confused and unsure of what to do. Take the following steps to protect your rights and give you the best chance of obtaining the justice and compensation you’re entitled to:
The first thing you should do after a car accident is call 911. This will ensure that police and medical personnel are dispatched to the scene. It is important to have a law enforcement officer on the scene to file a report and speak to any witnesses.
Be sure to exchange information with the other driver involved in the accident. You will need their name, contact information, insurance information, and license plate number.
If you are able, take pictures of the damage to both vehicles as well as any injuries you have sustained. You can also take photos of the accident scene and anything you think is relevant to a potential insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit.
Even if you do not think you are seriously injured, it is important to seek medical treatment after a car accident, as some injuries are not immediately apparent. By getting checked out by a medical professional, you will also have documentation of your injuries in case you need it later on.
Drivers have a duty to obey the rules of the road and pay attention to their surroundings. When drivers neglect these responsibilities, they can injure or even kill other motorists. If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident, you may be entitled to compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
In the aftermath of an auto accident, you may be left dealing with physical pain, doctor appointments, medical bills, car repairs, missed time from work, or funeral expenses. Unfortunately, insurance companies are not in the business of acting with your best interest in mind. Their goal is to settle your claim as quickly and cheaply as possible. That’s why it is important to hire an experienced south Florida car accident lawyer who will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
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From hazardous road conditions to heavily traveled roadways, Florida is one of the most dangerous states for motorcycle riders. Motorcycle accidents tend to cause severe injuries because motorcyclists often have very little protection.
Insurance claims involving motorcycle accidents can be complicated; there are circumstances that can affect your ability to receive compensation. If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident caused by a negligent driver, you should contact a south Florida motorcycle accident attorney to help you negotiate a fair settlement.
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Trucks are large, heavy vehicles that can cause serious injuries to other drivers on the road. Florida remains one of the top contributors to injuries and fatalities caused by accidents involving trucks due to its high volume of traffic. Common causes of trucking accidents are speeding, distracted driving, fatigue and driving while under the influence.
When a trucking accident occurs, police and insurance adjusters perform a detailed investigation to determine who is at fault, as there may be multiple defendants and more than one layer of insurance coverage available.
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Florida is one of the most dangerous states for bicycle accidents. Unfortunately, an increased number of cyclists on the road results in an increased number of bicycle accidents. While cyclists must take care in riding their bicycles on the road, negligence on the part of motor vehicle drivers is said to be the main cause of most bicycle accidents. However, even if you are partially at fault for your own bicycle accident, it is important to remember that Florida operates under the pure comparative fault system, which means you may still be entitled to compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
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According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, the number of school bus accidents is on the rise. Higher population and increased student enrollment lead to more school busses being on the road. Public transportation/private charter bus accidents are also not uncommon. Injuries from any type of bus accident can be severe because these vehicles are large, heavy, and often do not come equipped with seatbelts. Determining who is at fault can require an in-depth investigation; there can be multiple defendants involved and several layers of insurance coverage.
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No one expects to go for a walk and get struck by a car. Unfortunately, pedestrian injuries and fatalities remain high nationwide. Common causes of pedestrian accidents include improperly crossing an intersection or roadway, failure to yield the right of way, playing/working in a roadway, poor visibility, being under the influence, distractions, and physical impairments. If you or a loved one have been injured as a pedestrian, it is important to remember that Florida operates under the pure comparative fault system, which means you may still be entitled to compensation even if you are partially at fault for the accident.
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Florida leads the nation for the most registered vessels. Unfortunately, it also leads the nation for the highest number of reported boating accidents. One of the most common causes of boating accidents is lack of education. Other common contributors are hazardous weather conditions, intoxicated or distracted drivers, negligent maintenance, defective parts, capsizing and passenger overboard. If you or a family member have been seriously injured in a recreational boating accident or yacht accident, call our office today to speak with south Florida maritime attorney, David A. Salomon.
Many accident victims affected by a brain injury will have permanent disabilities that require a lifetime of costly medical care. The effects of a brain injury are unpredictable from person to person. A brain injury can affect the way we act, think, and feel. Some common effects of a brain injury are cognitive disabilities, physical disabilities, behavioral changes, and mental conditions.
At the Law Offices of David A. Salmon P.A., a South Florida brain injury/traumatic brain injury (TBI) accident law firm, we have the experience and resources to:
As auto and gas prices soar, rideshare companies such as Lyft and Uber have become increasingly more popular. Scores of people have reported physical assaults, sexual assaults, and car accidents while either riding in a Lyft/Uber or driving for one of the rideshare companies. It is important to contact an experienced rideshare accident attorney to assess your situation and determine the next steps.
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If an accident or wrongful conduct claims the life of a loved one, you will undoubtedly have good days and bad while coping with the loss, but you may also be left with medical bills and other losses as a result. If you have suffered the loss of a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation that can bring relief to you and your family.
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There are a wide range of hazards associated with construction work. While employers must do everything reasonable to mitigate onsite risks, accidents do happen. Construction site accidents involving hazardous or heavy equipment, trucks, a fall from heights, electrocution or an explosion can result in serious injury and even fatality. If you or a family member have been injured in a construction site accident, it is important to remember that you may also be able to file a liability claim against other defendants for personal injuries and may be entitled to additional compensation.
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Premises liability is a type of personal injury claim that arises from an unsafe or defective condition on someone else’s property. Under these circumstances, the property owner may be held liable for the injuries sustained if he or she was negligent in the ownership or maintenance of the property. Common premises liability accidents include slip and fall, inadequate building security resulting in injury or assault, elevator accidents, swimming pool accidents, fires, and toxic chemicals. If you or someone you love are injured on someone else’s property, including the apartment complex you live in, it is important to contact an experienced premises liability attorney to evaluate your potential claim and obtain expert legal advice.
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Florida’s strict liability laws for dog owners means they are liable for unprovoked dog bites. If you or your child have been attacked or bitten by an aggressive dog, contact an experienced south Florida dog bite attorney to understand your rights and seek expert legal advice. Our office handles dog bite cases throughout Miami Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties.
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Medical malpractice is when a hospital, doctor or healthcare practitioner negligently causes injury or death to a patient. Some common examples of medical malpractice are failure to diagnose, misdiagnosis, surgical errors, misreading lab results, improper medication, premature discharge, poor follow-up care, disregarding patient history, failure to order proper testing, and failure to recognize symptoms. If you or a family member have suffered an injury or death due to the negligence of a Florida medical care provider,
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New products are introduced into the market daily. Manufacturers of these products have a duty to make them safe for consumers. Under Florida law, consumers who sustain injuries from a defective product can hold suppliers, designers, distributors, and manufacturers liable for placing a faulty product into the hands of consumers. Some well-known products liability lawsuits are:
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After you have taken care of all the immediate aftermath of the accident, you should contact a personal injury lawyer. An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to guide you through the legal process and help you get the compensation you deserve.
It is always important to know what steps to take after a traumatic accident, but in some situations, it is as important to know what not to do. Following a car accident, the insurance company will often try to downplay the severity of your injuries and damage to your vehicle. They may also try to get you to accept a low settlement offer. Hiring a personal injury lawyer will level the playing field and ensure that you not taken advantage of throughout the claims process. Before speaking with the insurance company or signing any documents, consult with an experienced car accident attorney.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident that was not your fault, hiring a personal injury lawyer is crucial. The experienced car accident attorneys at The Law Offices of David A. Solomon have decades of experience and will do everything possible to ensure you get the justice you deserve.
If you have been accused of a crime, it is crucial to the outcome of your case that you get help from an experienced attorney. David A. Salomon is here to protect your rights and will fight to get you the best possible result for your legal situation. To contact us, send us a message or call us now.