Car Accident Lawyer Serving Miramar
Miramar is a city located in the South of Florida and in Broward County. Approximately six million people live in Miramar. With a 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 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 Miramar, Miramar Outpatient Center, and South Broward Community Health Service 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. If you are one of the many injured in a car accident in Miramar, contact Frankl & Kominsky Injury Lawyers to pursue fair and just compensation.
In Miramar one of the major roads is Interstate 75, which is home to many accidents, due to a larger volume of traffic. The Florida Turnpike is also a major roadway that runs through Miramar and contributes to many accidents.Top Causes of Car Accidents in Miramar
While the number of crashes in Miramar has decreased over the last year, the cause of crashes has remained the same. We are available to handle your car accident case including those caused by:
- Accidents Involving Drunk or DUI Drivers
- Twenty-eight people die each day from crashes involving a drunk or DUI driver in the United States.
- Rear-End Collisions
- In Florida there is a rebuttable presumption with rear-end collisions, 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.
- 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 Miramar
Injuries from car crashes can be different depending on the severity of the crash. Some crashes might be minor while others will be more severe. The legal team at Frankl & Kominsky are dedicated 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:
- 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. If stitches are required, there may be permanent scaring. It is essential to get any injury, no matter how critical, checked out by a medical professional.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Similar to back injuries, neck injuries include damage to vertebrae or discs in your neck. There are several types of neck injuries, and whiplash is an example of a kind of neck injury.
- 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.
- 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.
After 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 will work with you every step of the way to assist you in receiving the compensation you deserve.
- Past and Future Medical Bills
- Some car accidents will end with you having an injury, and these injuries can vary. Treatment may include emergency room visits, diagnostic testing, prescription medication, physical therapy and repeated visits to your doctor. While some injuries might be healed in a matter of weeks and months; 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.
- 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
- 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 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 work 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 may be entitled to compensation due to lost or reduced earning potential.
- Pain and Suffering
- Pain and suffering refers to the diminished quality of life as a result of the injuries sustained in the car accident. This refers to the well-being, health, and ability to enjoy everyday life. If a car, motorcycle, or bike accident diminishes your quality of life in any way, you may be entitled to compensation.
- 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.
- Pain and Suffering
- Any type of injury, or just the crash itself, can cause pain and suffering, whether it is physical, mental, or emotional.
- 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 also be pursued.
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:
- Obtain accident reports from police
- Call 911 or Emergency Medical Services. You should not leave the scene of the accident until the police arrive. 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.
- Eyewitness statements
- You should try to obtain the contact information from anyone in the area that witnessed the accident. This includes their name, phone number and address.
- Video & Pictures from the scene of the accident
- A critical step in this process is to take pictures or videos of the scene. 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. You can also take photographs of your injuries.
- Seek immediate medical care and gather 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 or to a local hospital including Memorial Hospital Miramar. 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 Miramar Car Crash
Frankl & Kominisky Injury Lawyers strive to help you with every step of the process, from building your claim to litigation. Once you contact Frankl & Kominsky, the first step will be establishing a claim with the at-fault party's insurance company.
The second step of the process is the investigation process. Once you have filed a claim, 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 investigation, your legal team at Frankl & Kominsky will handle all communications with the insurance company and go through the negotiations process on your behalf. 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 Miramar and throughout Florida. We have over 40 years of combined legal experience and have represented over 8,000 valued clients. No matter the accident, we will fight for your rights to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve. If you or a loved one are injured in an accident in Miramar and need representation, call Frankl & Kominsky at 561-800-8000 for a completely free consultation.