Car Accident Lawyer Serving Vero Beach
Vero Beach is a small city located on the Atlantic coast of the state of Florida. It is part of Indian River County and has a population of a little more than 17,000 people, as of 2018. It is home to many beautiful beaches, the Vero Beach Museum of Art and the Saint Lucie County Aquarium. Every year in the state of Florida, there are over 400,000 automobile accidents. Over 500 of those crashes occur in Vero Beach alone. In these accidents, drivers, passengers, and even pedestrians are injured or even killed. When these injuries or fatalities occur, victims are typically taken to the Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital.
In Vero Beach, the most dangerous intersection by far is the intersection of US 1 and State Route 60. Not only is this the most dangerous intersection in Vero Beach, but it is the most dangerous intersection in all of Indian River County. While this is the most dangerous intersection, accidents can happen anywhere. It is important to stay alert and drive safely no matter where you are.
If you are one of the many people injured in a car accident in Vero Beach, call Frankl Kominsky Injury Lawyers. We offer a free consultation and case evaluation. Let us fight for the fair and just compensation you deserve.Top Causes of Car Accidents in Vero Beach
Every car accident is different. No two drivers are the same, and there are rarely exactly the same circumstances involved in accidents. However, there are many of the same reasons or causes that car accidents happen. Below is a list of the top causes of car accidents in Vero Beach, Florida. If you or someone you know is involved in an accident like one of the ones described below, the lawyers at Frankl Kominsky are available to assist you with your claim.
- Accidents Involving Drunk or DUI Drivers
- The statistics for accidents involving drunk or DUI drivers are staggering. Sadly, even with awareness and car services such as Uber or Lyft, these numbers have not completely disappeared. One of the most common causes of car accidents, unfortunately, is a driver who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In the state of Florida, a driver can be charged with a DUI for driving or operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or more.
- Rear-End Collisions
- Rear-end collisions range in severity from fender-benders to completely totaled vehicles. A read-end collision happens when a moving vehicle strikes the vehicle in front of it. These accidents happen most typically during the rush hour times of day, as drivers are in a hurry or distracted, and traffic is dense.
- Distracted Drivers
- Accidents caused by distracted drivers happen very frequently. Nowadays, there are more and more ways to be distracted while in your vehicle. Cell phones, satellite radio, podcasts, and passengers all pose threats to safe driving. If you are driving, it is imperative that you refrain from any technology usage and encourage your passengers to not be distracting.
- Inexperienced Drivers
As a driver, you are typically considered inexperienced or new until you are 25 years old. That makes a large amount of drivers on the road inexperienced. If you are driving under the age of 25, it is important to realize that you are more likely to be involved in an accident. So that means it is necessary to be as alert and careful as possible.
- Crashes Involving Motorcycles, Bikes, Pedestrians, or Commercial Vehicles
- Most people, when thinking about automobile accidents, don't consider the accidents that involve motorcycles, bikes, pedestrians or commercial vehicles. However, these types of accidents make up a large amount of the injuries and fatalities that occur from accidents.
Being involved in a car crash can leave you shaken and scared. Accidents can also leave you physically injured. There are many different things that can go wrong when two vehicles get in an accident. Drivers and passengers can both suffer from minor or very serious injuries, depending on the severity of the accident. The list below details different types of injuries that can be sustained in an automobile accident. If you are injured in an accident, the lawyers at Frankl Kominsky are dedicated to helping you get the compensation you deserve.
- Cuts and Bruises
- Cuts are bruises may seem like the least of your worries when it comes to a car accident, but all cuts and bruises are not minor. Some can be very serious wounds. Serious cuts and bruises require immediate medical attention. Some lacerations are deep enough to require stitching and may result in scarring. All types of car accidents can cause cuts or bruises to those involved.
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- A soft tissue injury may not seem like the most serious injury as well, however it has the potential to be and may require extended medical treatment. Soft tissue injuries are injuries that occur to the muscles, ligaments or tendons in our bodies. Serious soft tissue injuries can require surgery and months of physical therapy for recovery.
- Broken or Fractured Bones
- Broken or fractured bones are another possible result of a car accident. When bones are under too much pressure or stress, they can break or fracture. When a bone breaks because of the forces from a car accident, it is known as a traumatic fracture.
- If an accident is serious enough, and two vehicles collide with enough force, the drivers and passengers can suffer from whiplash. Whiplash is a specific type of neck injury that is caused by forceful, back and forth movement of the neck. Whiplash requires medical attention, and can be treated by resting, wearing a neck brace, physical therapy and taking medication if prescribed.
- Back Injuries
- Back injuries can be very serious and very debilitating. Your back directs and controls a lot of your body's movement. If your back is injured in a car accident, it can mean weeks or months of physical therapy or even surgery.
- Neck Injuries - Neck injuries are extremely common after an automobile accident. If you were in a car accident and are suffering from a neck injury, there are many different symptoms you could be dealing with. Pain in the neck, head, or shoulders, difficulty focusing, headaches or migraines, restricted range of motion, or inability to lift something are all symptoms you could see after experiencing a neck injury.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries - Traumatic Brain Injuries, commonly referred to as TBI, are extremely serious injuries. A traumatic brain injury occurs when a blow, bump, or jolt to the head causes damage to the brain. It can also occur when an object penetrates the skull. There is a wide range of severity for TBI. Some of these injuries do not cause permanent disability, while others cause permanent or long-lasting disability.
- Spine Injuries - According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, motor vehicle accidents are the most common cause of spinal injuries. Spinal injuries are typically identified by pain, tingling, or numbness in your body or extremities. Some examples of spinal injuries are herniated or ruptured discs or spinal fractures.
If you were in an accident and are unsure about what damages you can pursue, contact the lawyers at Frankl Kominsky. They can discuss your legal options and offer guidance as to what damages you can claim for your particular case. Below is a list of claims you can pursue after a car accident
- Past and Future Medical Bills
- If a car accident leaves you with injuries and medical bills, you may be able to receive compensation. This can include treatment such as the ambulance, emergency room, hospital, doctor visits, diagnostic testing, physical therapy, medication and surgery. You can also claim any future anticipated medical treatment and bills resulting from the car accident.
- Temporary or Permanent Disability
- Temporary or permanent disability can be pursued if your car accident leaves you disabled for a short amount of time, or for life.
- Vehicle or Property Damage
- In almost every accident, there is vehicle and/or property damage. If your vehicle is damaged during a car accident, you could be entitled to compensation to pay for the damages. The same goes for any of your personal property that is damaged in an accident as well.
- Lost Wages and/or Benefits
- If your injury prevents you from going back to work to earn an income, you have the right to be reimbursed for your money. Also, if you are forced to use sick days or vacation time due to your injury, you could also be compensated for that loss as well.
- Reduced Earning Potential
- If the injuries you sustain from a car accident in Vero Beach are substantial, there is a chance you can be away from work for a long period of time. This leaves the chance for reduced earning potential, especially for those who are self-employed.
- Pain and Suffering / Diminished Quality of Life
- Quality of life refers to someone's general well-being and their ability to live a happy life. If you suffer an injury in a car accident that affects your quality of life, you are entitled to compensation.
- Loss of Consortium
- Loss of consortium damages can be pursued by the spouse or family of the injured individual. Loss of consortium means that an individual loses their ability to provide the same amount of love, services or support due to their injury.
- Disfigurement is when your appearance is deeply harmed both medically and physically. More severe car accidents can cause disfigurement, and damages can be pursued if this is the case.
- Funeral and Burial Expenses
- In the event a car accident causes a fatality, funeral and burial expenses can be pursued by the family of the deceased.
After you are involved in a car accident, it is sometimes difficult to know what steps to take next. Here are some suggested steps you may choose to follow:
- Obtain accident reports from police
- The first thing you should do after an accident takes place is to contact the local police. The police will prepare and file an accident report and talk to everyone involved in the accident to find out what really happened. Be sure to get a copy of the report along with the Drivers Exchange of Information.
- Eyewitness statements
- Eyewitness statements should be taken, if possible, to corroborate how the accident occurred. Get the contact information of any witnesses at the scene. This includes their name, phone number and address.
- Video & Pictures from the scene of the accident
- It is important to take as many pictures of the scene of the accident as possible. A video is a great idea as well. Take pictures of the vehicles involved, the area where the accident took place, and any road signs that could have contributed to the accident. Even taking pictures to support the weather conditions is a good idea.
- Seek immediate medical care and gather your medical records
- If you are injured in an accident, it is imperative that you seek medical attention as soon as possible. Keep track of your medical records when you receive your medical care, so that you have proof of your care. You can visit your own personal physician, the local hospital or any qualified medical professional.
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 immediately noticeable and may take a day or two to be correctly identified.Hiring an Experienced Injury Lawyer for Your Vero Beach Car Crash
If you or a loved one are injured in a car accident in Vero Beach, the attorneys at Frankl Kominsky Injury Lawyers are available to help you with every step of the process. The first step will be establishing a claim with the at-fault party's insurance company.
Once the claim is made, the investigation process will begin. After your claim is filed, your insurance company will assign someone to your case. This person will review the police report, and visit the scene of the accident to determine who was at fault. We will collect all necessary documentation including the accident report, medical records and expenses, doctor reports, evidence of lost income, witness statements and any other evidence that will help establish your claim. After your accident is investigated, your lawyer at Frankl Kominsky will handle all communications and negotiations with the insurance company. After negotiations, demands will be made for compensation, if we are unable to settle your claim, we will proceed with litigation.
The legal team at Frankl Kominsky Injury Lawyers strive to provide you with experienced and dedicated representation for your automobile accident claim. We have over 40 years of combined legal experience and have recovered more than 75 million in settlements and verdicts for our valued clients. Contact Frankl Kominsky Injury Lawyers at 855-800-8000 for a completely free consultation. Let us help you get the fair and just compensation you deserve.