Car Accident Lawyer Serving Sebastian
A part of the Indian River County, Sebastian is a small city located on the Treasure Coast. It is arguably one of the best spots for surfing across the coastal line and offers other entertainment opportunities to its residents and tourists alike.
The residents of Sebastian claim that it’s one of the few cities along the coats that has still maintained its small-town reputation and vibe. They like it this way, and many who seek to move away from the hustle and bustle of large cities also make the move to Sebastian.
No matter how much it tries, Sebastian, too, has been touched by overt modernism and commercialism, which has led to a fair bit of development in the city. Cars and other vehicles are now seen cruising along the small streets of Sebastian.
If you or your loved one has been hurt in a car accident, due to another party’s negligence, you may be eligible to file a claim against them and pursue compensation for your losses. Frankl Kominsky Injury Lawyers offer a free initial consultation and case evaluation. Contact our legal team for comprehensive guidance for your car accident claim.Most Common Causes of Car Accidents in Sebastian
Car accidents, though not always fatal, can result in grave injuries. These injuries can range from mild to severe. Car accidents occur due to a number of factors, including:
1. Accidents involving Drunk or DUI Drivers
Driving under the influence is one of the top causes of car accidents not only Sebastian but anywhere in the US. Not only is the drunk driver at risk themselves, but they are also endangering the lives of other people on the road. Alcohol and other drugs impair your thinking and reasoning abilities as well as clog your vision and judgment. Despite its being a crime to drive drunk, many continue to attempt it and injure thousands because of their negligence.
2. Rear-End Collisions
Rear-end collisions can occur with anybody and is one of the most commonly occurring forms of car accidents. If you are driving above the speed limit, do not notice an obstruction on the road, or do not maintain a safe, recommended distance from the vehicle in front of you, there are chances that you will crash into it. With rear-end collisions, the driver at the front cannot see or do anything about the car behind them and can be directly in the line of fire of a reckless driver.
3. Distracted Drivers
Distracted driving is a broad term. Distractions can be mental as well as physical. Though the most common form of distracted driving that is even punishable by law is Texting while Driving, there are other distractions that can cause car accidents too, such as eating while driving, turning and talking to someone in the backseat, reading a billboard while driving, fixing your hair, etc. Distracted drivers take hasty turns, crash into vehicles from behind, and even run street signs.
4. Teen, Young, and Inexperienced Drivers
Handing over the car to a young, inexperienced driver is a recipe for disaster. It is necessary that youngsters are first taught how to drive properly, and have their licenses made before they can drive on the streets. If a young driver has not had much experience in the driving seat, they can get overwhelmed by the slightest of traffic or distraction and end up causing an easily avoidable accident.
5. Crashes Involving motorcycles, bikes, pedestrians or commercial vehicles
Cars do not only collide with cars. There are a number of different kinds of vehicles on the streets and any, and each one of them can become dangerous due to the carelessness of just one. While car to car accidents are mostly survivable, the odds do not look good for a car in a truck accident. The bigger the vehicle, the worse the accident. Larger vehicles also have a larger blind spot and can make smaller vehicles like motorcycles almost invisible to them, causing collisions.Serious Injuries after a Car Accident
Injuries in car accidents are unavoidable. Hardly anybody escapes completely unscathed. As technology advances, cars are being built to be sturdier so as to avoid loss of life, but there are many injuries that the victim can sustain, including:
1. Traumatic Brain Injuries
Some of the most concerning injuries are those of the brain. Brain injuries can be obscure for a while and may take time to spot and thus treat. From slight dizziness to excessive hemorrhaging, treating brain injuries as quickly as possible can be a matter of life and death. For this reason, a complete and thorough medical exam is essential. Any brain damage must be quickly identified, addressed, and treated.
2. Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord is one of our most major organs. Though it is one of the most crucial for proper physical and cognitive functioning, it can be quite delicate. It can sustain great damage during car accidents. Injuries to the spinal cord, if not treated right, can leave the victim paralyzed and disabled for life.
3. Broken & Fractured Bones
Car crashes often cause a number of broken bones. The impact of the collision can fracture some bones. If the damage isn’t too severe and the right medical assistance is provided in time, the bones heal without any problem. In severe cases, surgery may be required.
4. Back Injuries
Back injuries may affect a victim’s posture and have the potential to cause severe pain for life. Back injuries can include disc bulges, disc herniations, joint dislocation, broken vertebrae, and other injuries that may require physical therapy or surgery to treat and bring the victim back to normal.What Damages Can I Pursue After A Car Accident?
An experienced car accident lawyer will help you identify and document your compensatory damages following a car crash. Some recoverable economic and non-economic damages include:
1. Past and future medical bills
Medical bills can be substantial for a person involved in a car accident, depending on the nature and gravity of the injuries. Severe injuries may require extensive surgeries, costly medications, and lengthy physical therapy and rehabilitation. Medical treatment can include the ambulance, emergency room, diagnostic testing, doctor visits, prescription medication, physical therapy and surgery.
2. Lost wages and/or benefits and reduced earning potential
Due to their injuries, the victims of car crashes may be out of work for an indefinite period of time while they recuperate. For that time period, they may have no source of earning for themselves and their dependents. In some cases, the victims may never be able to fully recover, leaving them unable to work in the same capacity again.
3. Pain and suffering
Car crash victims and survivors often suffer from mental trauma, long after the actual crash. The pain and suffering can affect a person’s ability to enjoy life and their time spent with family and friends.
4. Sudden Funeral and burial expenses
In the unfortunate incident where the victim of the car crash expires, the family members may have to arrange for a burial and a funeral ceremony in a rush.What to Do after a Florida Car Accident: Collecting Evidence
In case you are involved in a car crash, following are some suggestions to help guide you:
At the Scene of the Crash
Following a car accident, do not leave the scene of a crash. Stay there and immediately call 911 or the Sebastian Police Department. Once help arrives, they will conduct an investigation and collect all contact and insurance information.
Be sure to take photos of the vehicles involved and the scene of the accident. If there were any witnesses, get their contact information.
If you are injured in the accident, Emergency Medical Services will address your injuries at the scene and may transport you to the nearest hospital such as Broward Health.
After the Crash
Make sure to undergo a complete medical examination. You may go to your own personal doctor, urgent care center or to the local hospital. Keep records of all your medical reports, discharge papers, expenses and prescriptions.
Remember, if the insurance company of the at-fault party tries to contact you for a recorded statement or to sign documents, be sure to consult with your attorney. Avoid speaking about the accident to anybody without your lawyer’s permission and presence.
Contact an experienced car accident attorney. The legal team at Frankl Kominsky Injury Lawyers are available to take on the liable party and help you pursue the compensation you deserve.Florida Statute of Limitations: Car Accidents
The amount of time you have to file a lawsuit for your car accident is determined by the Florida Statute of Limitations. If you are planning to file a lawsuit for personal injuries and/or property damage, the following timelines may be applicable:
- For both property damage and personal injuries, the statute allows a period of four years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit.
- If, unfortunately, a person loses their life in a car accident, the case will be that of a wrongful death. A close family member of the deceased will have to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault party within 2 years of the death.
Failure to file your lawsuit within the Statute of Limitations will likely result in your case being dismissed and you may be barred from pursuing your claim. It is best to consult with your car accident lawyer to ascertain the statute of limitations in your specific case.Hiring An Experienced Injury Lawyer for Your Sebastian Car Crash
Frankl Kominsky Injury Lawyers will help you take on the at-fault party’s insurance company and pursue the compensation you deserve. We can help you establish your claim, investigate liability, collect documentation of your injuries, treatment and lost wages and consult with experts including accident reconstructionists. We will handle all communications and negotiations with the insurance company. If necessary, we will file a lawsuit on your behalf and represent you in court.Get Started with a Free Consultation at Frankl Kominsky
Frankl Kominsky Injury Lawyers have a seasoned team of attorneys with over 40 years of combined experience in handling personal injury cases. Our lawyers have recovered millions in settlements and verdicts for our clients, and we may be able to do the same for you.
We offer a contingency based fee, so you don’t have to worry about paying the attorney fee out of pocket until we recover on your behalf.
We also offer a free initial consultation with our lawyers to let all the parties familiarize themselves with the case and ascertain how you would need to proceed with it.