Car Accident Lawyer Serving Coconut Creek
Coconut Creek is a city located in the South of Florida located in Broward County. It is known as the Butterfly Capital of the World. Coconut Creek is home to 61,000 residents and supports a diverse, growing business community. Both residents and visitors frequent the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek and the Coconut Creek Promenade, a 23-acre, open-air, upscale shopping and restaurant center. With a large population of residents and tourists, car crashes occur every day in Broward County and leave many injured or dead.
According to preliminary statistics reported on the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website, there were 41,082 car crashes reported in Broward County in 2018. This number has decreased slightly since 2018, from 41,337 crashes. Even though this number has decreased, the number of collisions is still very high. Those injured in these crashes were taken to Northwest Medical Center or West Boca Medical Center, among other hospitals. In 2018, there were 237 fatalities from these car crashes, while in 2017, there were less fatalities with 225.
If you or a loved one become one of the many injured in a car accident in Davie, contact Frankl Kominsky Injury Lawyers for a free case evaluation and guidance as to your legal options.Top Causes of Car Accidents in Coconut Creek
- Distracted Drivers
- In 2016, nearly 50,000 crashes in Florida alone were attributed to some form of distracted driving. These crashes included 3,500 severe injuries and 233 deaths. Distractions such as cell phone use, using the GPS, reading, applying makeup, or interacting with other passengers.
- Inexperienced Drivers
- Inexperienced drivers are involved in many accidents as their driving skills are not yet fully developed. Teenagers are you typical inexperienced drivers, however an inexperienced driver could be an older person. However teenage drivers get the label because many teenage drivers show carelessness, or even recklessness, while driving.
- Accidents Involving Drunk or DUI Drivers
- In the United States, approximately 28 people die from crashes involving a driver who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Rear-End Collisions
- In rear-end collisions the rear driver is presumed to have been negligent and is at fault unless proof is shown otherwise in the state of Florida. This is known as the rebuttable presumption of negligence.
Crashes Involving Motorcycles, Bikes, Pedestrians, or Commercial Vehicles
- In Coconut Creek a large percentage of accidents involve motorcycles, bikes, pedestrians, or commercial vehicles.
- Other causes of car crashes include: Failure to yield, failure to obey a traffic signal, speeding or falling asleep at the wheel.
For some the accident will leave minimal injuries however, for many the crash will leave more serious injuries that may require extensive medical treatment. The legal team at Frankl Kominsky Injury Lawyers will help you navigate the claim process for your injuries due to a car accident. Some of the most common injuries accident victims experience are:
Soft Tissue Injuries - Soft tissue injuries occur when damage is done to muscles, ligaments, or tendons on the body. Depending on the severity of the accident these soft tissue areas of your body can be strained, stretched, or even torn.
Broken or Fractured Bones - Most broken bones in a car crash are broken arms or legs, although it is common for the victim of a car crash to have a broken or fractured collarbone as well.
Traumatic Brain Injuries - A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is damage to the brain that is caused by a sudden jolt or blow to the head. While traumatic brain injuries (TBI) range in severity, all are serious as they can affect brain function. Treatment for TBIs varies greatly, from rest and medication to intensive hospital care.
Back Injuries - Some examples of back injuries are herniated discs, fractured vertebrae, and muscle sprains and strains.
Neck Injuries - Like back injuries, neck injuries include damage to vertebrae or discs in your neck. Whiplash is another example of a neck injury.
Spine Injuries - Spinal cord injuries are defined as damage to the spinal cord that results in loss of function or mobility. Spinal cord injuries are severe injuries to get from car crashes. In many spinal cord injuries, function or mobility can be lost forever.
Cuts and Bruises - Some cuts may not seem like they are not as dangerous as the other injuries on this list; however, severe cuts or bruises may result in a lot of lost blood or internal bleeding. Some lacerations are deep enough to require stitching and may result in permanent scarring.
Whiplash - Depending on the circumstances of the accident, whiplash can be a common injury. For example, whiplash is a common injury that occurs from rear-end collisions. Whiplash affects the neck, and the injury is caused by a forceful and/or back-and-forth movement in the neck.What Damages Can I Pursue After A Car Accident?
If you or a loved one sustained injuries in a car accident, it is important to know your legal rights and what claims you can pursue. Below is a list of damages you can try to recover after a car accident. The experienced attorneys at Frankl Kominsky Injury Lawyers are ready to work with you every step of the way to assist you in receiving the compensation you deserve.
- Lost Wages and/or Benefits
- Injuries from car crashes/ accidents can affect your job performance or your ability to attend your job for an extended time. If this is the case, you may be able to pursue a claim for lost wages and/or benefits for the lost wages or benefits you missed due to your injury.
- Temporary or Permanent Disability
- If the injuries you sustain from a car accident leave you permanently or temporarily disabled, you can file a claim after your accident. Temporary disabilities and permanent disability can have different impacts on your life.
- Past and Future Medical Expenses
- Injuries can vary, depending on how severe the car crash is. Some injuries might be healed in a matter of weeks, while others will require several months of treatment. In fact, some of these injuries could linger for years. You may be entitled to compensation for both past and future medical bills about the injury you sustained in the accident.
- Pain and Suffering
- Any type of injury, or just the crash itself, can cause pain and suffering. Pain and suffering can mean emotional trauma, the loss of enjoyment of life or a diminished quality of life.
- Vehicle or Property Damage
- Vehicle and/or property damage will most likely occur no matter if your accident is a simple fender bender or your car is totaled. You may be entitled to pursue compensation for your vehicle repairs, cost of the rental vehicle and if your car is deemed a total loss, you will be entitled to its fair market value.
- Loss of Consortium
- Loss of consortium claims that the injured person is not able to provide the same amount of love, support, etc. as they were able to before their accident. The spouse or dependent of the injured person can file a consortium claim.
- Changes to your appearance would fall into disfigurement. If any action that permanently alters your appearance, you can file a claim for compensation.
- Funeral and Burial Expenses
- In the unfortunate event of a death caused by a car accident, funeral and burial expenses can be claimed.
- Reduced Earning Potential
- You are entitled to compensation due to lost or reduced earning potential. Lost wages or benefits are not the only work-related compensation you may be entitled to. For example, reduced earning potential could mean the inability to return to your job, missing a critical job interview or sales meeting.
After a car accident, there are certain steps you may choose to take. The personal injury lawyers at Frankl Kominsky are available to assist you in navigating these steps so that you may pursue the compensation you deserve. These steps include the following:
- Immediately call 911 or Emergency Medical Services
- After the accident has occurred and you both have gotten to a safe place, the first thing you must do is to contact the police. After the officer arrives at the scene, they will ask you a series of questions about the accident and create an accident report from the information you share.Be sure to get a copy of the Driver's Exchange of Information or the Traffic Crash Report
- Eyewitness statements
- Get the contact information of any eyewitnesses to the accident. This includes their name, address, phone number and email.
- Take Video and Photos from the scene of the accident
- Videos and pictures can be a very important part to your case. Make sure to include both vehicles, any damages or injuries that were sustained, any landmarks or defects with the road, pertinent road signs, etc. We always recommend taking videos of the scene of the crash, property damage, and traffic signs and signals like a "no U-turn" sign. If you are ever unsure of what to take pictures of, take more than you think you will need.
- Seek immediate medical care and keep copies of your medical records
- You should seek immediate medical care if you believe that you have sustained an injury due to the crash. Make sure to save any bills and medical records directly about your care as they may be necessary for documentation of your injuries. You may go to your own doctor, a local hospital or any qualified medical professional.
- Other documentation of your injuries
- ther documents might be needed to help your case. Other documentation includes statements from mental health physicians, physical therapists, etc.
Florida's No Fault Statute is a specific rule for the state of Florida. This statute requires drivers within Florida to carry Personal Injury Protection coverage as part of their insurance policy. If you become injured in a motor vehicle accident, PIP will cover a percentage of your medical expenses for qualified medical treatment and lost wages, regardless of who is at fault for the accident. This rule requires individuals injured in a car crash to seek medical attention within 14-days of the accident. Even if you believe your injuries to be minor, it is imperative that you be examined by a qualified medical professional. Some injuries are not readily noticeable and need a trained eye to be correctly identified.Hiring an Experienced Injury Lawyer for Your Coconut Creek Car Crash
Frankl Kominsky Injury Lawyers are dedicated in helping you with every step of the claim process. Once you contact Frankl Kominsky, we will establish a claim with the insurance company. After your claim is filed, your insurance company will assign someone to your case. They will likely begin investigating the events leading to the accident and the accident itself. Your legal team will collect all documentation necessary for your claim. This includes accident reports, photos of the vehicles, accident scene and injuries, witness statements, medical records and bills, documentation of lost time from work, calculations of pain and suffering, and any other information to establish your claim.
After your accident is investigated, your legal team at Frankl Kominsky Injury Lawyers will handle all communications and negotiations with the at-fault party's insurance company. During these negotiations, we will attempt to obtain a favorable settlement for your claim. Demands will be made for compensation, and if necessary, we will proceed with litigation.Free Consultation with Frankl Kominsky Injury Lawyers
Our attorneys strive to provide diligent representation to injured parties from vehicle collisions throughout Florida. We have over 40 years of combined legal experience. No matter the accident, we will fight for your rights so you can receive the compensation you deserve. If you or a loved one are injured in an accident in Coconut Creek and need representation, call Frankl Kominsky Injury Lawyers at 786-800-8000 for a completely free consultation. An experienced and dedicated lawyer will work with you through the entire legal process to pursue the compensation you deserve.