Car Accident Lawyers Serving Davie
Davie is located in Broward County in southern Florida. Due to the large population, car crashes occur every day and leave many injured or dead per year. 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 a combination of Memorial Hospital Pembroke or Memorial Hospital West among other hospitals. In 2018, there were 237 fatalities from these car crashes, while in 2017, there were less fatalities with 225.
One of the more roads in Davie, and the whole state of Florida, is I-95. Other major interstates in Davie are the I-595 Expressway and the Florida's Turnpike.
If you or a loved one are one of the many injured in a car accident in Davie, contact Frankl & Kominsky Injury Lawyers for a free case evaluation, legal guidance and to pursue fair and just compensation.Top Causes of Car Accidents in Davie, Florida
While the number of car accidents in Davie is on a slowly decreasing trend, the most common causes of car accidents remain the same. Our legal team is available to handle car accident claims including:
- Accidents Involving Drunk or DUI Drivers
- Each day 28 people die from crashes involving a drunk or DUI driver in the United States.
- Inexperienced Drivers
- Inexperienced drivers, frequently teenagers, are involved in many accidents as their driving skills are not yet fully developed. Also, many teenage drivers show carelessness, or even recklessness, while driving.
- Rear-End Collisions
- In the State of Florida there is a rebuttable presumption that the rear driver is presumed to have been negligent and is at fault unless proof is shown otherwise.
- Distracted Drivers
- Distracted drivers can make up a significant percentage of car crashes in Florida. Distractions include, but are not limited to, cell phone use, reading, applying beauty products, or interacting with a passenger or pet. 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.
- Crashes Involving Motorcycles, Bikes, Pedestrians, or Commercial Vehicles
- A large percentage of accidents in Davie involve motorcycles, bikes, pedestrians, or commercial vehicles.
Victims of car crashes can experience a wide range of injuries from minor to severe. The legal team at Frankl & Kominsky Injury Lawyers will try to help you navigate the claim process for your injuries due to a car accident. Some of the most common injuries accident victims experience are:
- Spine Injuries
- Spinal cord injuries are severe. In many spinal cord injuries, function or mobility can be lost forever. Spinal cord injuries are defined as damage to the spinal cord that results in loss of function or mobility.
- 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. It is essential to get any injury, no matter how critical, checked out by a qualified medical professional.
- Whiplash can be a common injury, depending on how the accident happens. 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.
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Soft tissue injuries are injuries in which damage is done to muscles, ligaments, or tendons on the body. These soft tissue areas of your body can be strained, stretched, or even torn depending on the severity of the accident.
- Broken or Fractured Bones
- No matter what type of accident has occurred broken bones can happen and any part of the body can be impacted. Most broken bones in a car crash are broken arms and legs, although it is common for the victim of a car crash to have a broken or fractured collarbone as well.
- Back Injuries
- Back injuries can be debilitating for many people. Some examples of back injuries are herniated discs, fractured vertebrae, and muscle sprains and strains.
- Neck Injuries
- Whiplash is an example of a kind of neck injury however, there are other types of neck injuries. Like back injuries, neck injuries include damage to vertebrae or discs in your neck.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- 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.A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is damage to the brain that is caused by a sudden jolt or blow to the head.
You have legal rights after an accident and it is important for you to understand your rights. Below is a list of damages you can try to recover after a car accident. The experienced attorneys at Frankl & Kominsky Injury Lawyers will work with you every step of the way to assist you in receiving the compensation you deserve.
- Diminished Quality of Life
- If a car, motorcycle, or bike accident diminishes your quality of life in any way, you may be entitled to compensation. Quality of life can be different for different people. However, quality of life refers to the well-being, health, and ability to enjoy everyday life.
- Past and Future Medical Bills
- You may be entitled to compensation for both past and future medical bills about the injury you sustained in the accident. Some car accidents will end with you having an injury, and these injuries can vary. These injuries might be healed in a matter of weeks and months; some of these injuries could linger for years.
- Pain and Suffering
- Any type of injury, or just the crash itself, can cause pain and suffering. Pain and suffering can mean different things. For example, it could be physical, mental, or emotional pain. Injuries that you claim for do not always have to be specific
- Temporary or Permanent Disability
- Temporary disability is an injury that prohibits you from working for a short time. However, permanent disabilities can have a more significant impact on your life. If the injuries you sustain from a car accident leave you permanently or temporarily disabled, you can file a claim after your accident.
- 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 should know your rights and what you can claim for.
- 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 money you missed due to your injury.
- Reduced Earning Potential
- Lost wages or benefits are not the only work-related compensation you may be entitled to. You are entitled to compensation due to lost or reduced earning potential. However, reduced earning potential could mean missing a critical job interview or sales meeting.
- Loss of Consortium-research
- A loss of consortium claim can be filed by the spouse or dependent of the injured person. 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.
- Disfigurement refers to any changes to your appearance. If any action that permanently alters your appearance, you can file a claim for compensation.
- Funeral and Burial Expenses
- This would be reserved for worse case scenarios. In the event of a death caused by a car accident, funeral and burial expenses can be claimed.
A car accident can be a stressful experience but there are several steps that you may choose to take. The personal injury lawyers at Frankl & Kominsky will assist you in navigating these steps so that you may pursue the compensation you deserve. These steps include the following:
- Obtain accident reports from police
- Call Emergency Medical Services or 911 and wait for the police to arrive. 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. Get a copy of the Crash Report and the Drivers Exchange of Information.
- Eyewitness statements
- After you have called the police you should try to obtain the contact information from any eyewitness at the scene. Make a note of their name, phone number and address.
- Video & Pictures from the scene of the accident
- 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. Make sure not to forget about this crucial step.
- Seek immediate medical care and keep your medical records
- You should seek immediate medical care if you believe that you have sustained an injury due to the crash. You can go to a local emergency room or to your own physician. Make sure to save any bills and medical records directly about your care as they may be used for documentation in your claim.
- Other documentation of your injuries
- ther 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 rule requires individuals to carry Personal Injury Protection coverage as part of their insurance policy. This coverage will pay a percentage of your medical bills and loss wages, regardless of who is at fault for the accident. If you are injured in a car crash you must seek medical attention within 14-days, or two weeks, 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.Is it important to see a Doctor after a Car Crash?
Frankl & Kominsky Injury Lawyers are dedicated in helping you with every step of the process, starting with opening your claim and ending with obtaining the compensation you deserve. Once you contact Frankl & Kominsky, the first step will be establishing a claim with your insurance company.
The second step of the process is the investigation process. Once you file a claim, someone from your insurance company will be assigned to you. This person will likely begin investigating the events leading to the accident and the accident itself. The legal team will collect all of the documents needed for this investigation. 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 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 Our Injury Lawyers
At Frankl & Kominsky 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 to help you receive the compensation you deserve. If you or a loved one are injured in an accident in Davie and need representation, call Frankl & Kominsky Injury Lawyers at 786-800-8000 for a completely free consultation. Our experienced and dedicated legal team will work with you through the entire claims process to pursue the compensation you deserve.