Car Accident Lawyers Serving Miami
Miami is a city located in the South of Florida and is considered the cultural, economic, and financial center of South Florida. Car crashes occur every day and leave many injured or dead. According to preliminary statistics reported on the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website, there were 64,627 car crashes reported in Miami-Dade County in 2018. This number has decreased slightly since 2018, from 65,986 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 Jackson Memorial Hospital, Mercy Hospital and University of Miami Hospital among other hospitals. In 2018, there were 293 fatalities from these car crashes, while in 2017, there were 285.
In Miami I-95 is one of the most dangerous roads. This could be due to the many people who travel I-95 to get to work. In 2016 there were 12 deadly accidents on route I-95. Other dangerous roads consist of Palmetto Expressway, US Route 1, US Route 441, and Bird road.
If you or a loved one become one of the many injured in a car accident in Miami, contact Frankl & Kominsky Injury Lawyers for a free case evaluation and guidance as to your legal options.Top Causes of Car Accidents in Miami
While the number of car accidents in Miami is on a slowly decreasing trend, the most common causes of car accidents remain the same. The most common causes of car accidents include the following:
- Accidents Involving Drunk or DUI Drivers
- In the United States, 28 people die each day from crashes involving a drunk or DUI driver.
- Rear-End Collisions
- In Florida rear-end collisions, 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
- 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 include, but are not limited to, cell phone use, reading, using the navigation system, or interacting with passengers..
- 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.
- Crashes Involving Motorcycles, Bikes, Pedestrians, or Commercial Vehicles
- Accidents involving motorcycles, bikes, pedestrians, or commercial vehicles make up a large percentage of accidents in Miami
Other common causes include: speeding, failure to yield the right of way, running a stop sign or failure to obey traffic signals.Should You Go to the Doctor After a Car Crash in Miami
Victims of car crashes can experience a wide range of injuries from minor to severe. The legal team at Frankl & Kominsky Injury Lawyers are ready 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:
- 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.
- Back Injuries
- Herniated discs, fractured vertebrae, and muscle sprains and strains are examples of back injuries.
- Neck Injuries
- Similar to back injuries, neck injuries include damage to vertebrae or discs in your neck.
- Broken or Fractured Bones
- 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. Broken bones can happen in any type of car accident and any part of the body.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries range in severity, but 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Cuts and Bruises
- Cuts and bruises may seem like they are not as dangerous as the other injuries on this list, but severe cuts or bruises may result in a lot of lost blood or internal bleeding. Some lacerations are deep enough to require stitches and result in permanent scars. It is essential to get any injury, no matter how critical, checked out by a medical professional.
If you are injured in a car accident, it is essential 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 will work with you every step of the way and fight for you to receive the compensation you deserve.
- Past and Future Medical Bills
- Some car accidents will leave you with injuries. While these injuries might be healed with medical treatment in a matter of weeks and months, some of these injuries could linger for years. This includes emergency room physicians, diagnostic testing, physical therapy, surgery and any visit to a qualified medical professional. You may be entitled to compensation for both past and future medical bills about the injury you sustained in the accident.
- 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 wages and benefits you missed due to your injury.
- Reduced Earning Potential
- Lost wages or benefits is not the only work-related compensation you may be entitled to. You are entitled to compensation due to lost or reduced earning potential. This includes missing a critical job interview or sales meeting.
- Loss of Consortium
- Loss of consortium is a claim brought by the spouse of the injured party. The damages pursued result from the injured's inability to provide the same amount of love, support, etc. as they were able to before their accident.
- Temporary or Permanent Disability
- Temporary disability is an injury that prohibits you from working for a short time. If the injuries you sustain from a car accident leave you permanently or temporarily disabled, you can file a claim after your accident.
- Disfigurement refers to any changes to your appearance. If any action that permanently alters your appearance, you can file a claim for compensation.
- Vehicle or Property Damage
- No matter if your accident is a simple fender bender or your car is totaled, vehicle and/or property damage will most likely occur. You may be able to receive reimbursement for the repairs for your car, and if your car is deemed a total loss, you may receive the fair market value.
- Pain and Suffering
- Any type of injury, or just the crash itself, can cause pain and suffering, This includes emotional suffering, loss of the enjoyment of life and a diminished quality of life.
- 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.
After a car accident occurs, there are certain steps 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:
- Call 911 or Emergency Medical Services
- The first thing you must do after an accident is to contact the police. When an officer arrives, 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 and the Traffic Crash Report.
- Eyewitness statements
- Take down the contact information for any witnesses to the accident. Be sure to include their name, phone number, address and email.
- Video & Pictures from the scene of the accident
- It is vital to take pictures from the scene of the accident. If you are ever unsure of what to take pictures of, take more than you think you will need. 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.
- Seek immediate medical care and keep your medical records
- If you believe that you have sustained any type of injury because of your car accident, you must seek urgent medical attention. You can go to your own personal physician, to a local hospital or to any qualified medical professional. 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
- 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 Miami Car Crash
Frankl & Kominsky strive to help you with every step of the process in your automobile accident claim. Once you contact Frankl & Kominsky Injury Lawyers, the first step will be establishing a claim with your insurance company.
The second step of the process is the investigation process. Once your claim is filed, your insurance company will assign someone to your case. This person 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 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 Injury Lawyers our attorneys strive to provide diligent representation to injured parties from vehicle collisions in Miami and throughout Florida. No matter the accident, we will fight for your rights to help you receive the compensation you deserve. We have recovered over $75 million in verdicts and settlements for our valued clients. We examine each case thoroughly and strive to keep a clear channel of communication with our clients at all times.
If you or a loved one are injured in an accident in Miami and need representation, call Frankl & Kominsky at 561-800-8000 for a completely free consultation. An experienced and dedicated lawyer will work with you through the entire claims process to pursue the compensation you deserve.