Miami Car Accident Lawyers
Fighting for Your Rights After a Motor Vehicle Accident
If you or someone you love was involved in an auto accident, the big question remains: What should you do next? Will insurance cover your medical bills, vehicle repairs, and other accident-related expenses? Can you file a lawsuit against the other driver?
After first seeking medical attention, the best thing to do after any accident is to immediately pick up the phone and contact a lawyer. At Amanda Demanda Law Group, our Miami car accident lawyers have decades of experience and a long history of successfully representing motor vehicle accident victims throughout South Florida. We understand the laws that govern these claims, and we know how to effectively advocate for the maximum compensation you are owed.
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Common Car Accident Injuries
There are a million and one different things that can happen during a car wreck. The setting could vary, depending on whether you’re on the highway or at your local intersection. The amount of damage could also vary, depending on the way the vehicles collided, what your vehicle may have collided into, and the speed at which you were traveling before the accident. But, unfortunately, hardly anyone walks away from a car accident without some type of injury.
Some of the most common types of injuries people sustain in motor vehicle accidents include:
- Back and neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Cuts and lacerations
- Spinal injuries
- Brain injuries
- Knee and leg injuries
- Chest and arm injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Soft tissue damage
- Crush injuries
- Traumatic amputation
These and other catastrophic injuries can have significant, lasting effects on the lives of victims and their loved ones. Thankfully, victims and their families do not have to face the aftermath of an accident—including the physical, emotional, and financial challenges that come with it—on their own.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
With four large interstate highways running through the state, not to mention countless intercity roads, motor vehicle accidents are common in Florida. In fact, according to a recent report from Policygenius, Florida ranked third in the nation behind California and Texas as the state with the highest number of traffic accident fatalities.
This means you are very likely to be involved in some sort of auto accident here in South Florida. And if that happens, you may need a Miami accident lawyer with the experience to protect your right to fair compensation.
There are countless reasons why you may have ended up in a car accident. Most often, these incidents result from the careless, reckless, or negligent conduct of others. Specifically, some of the most common causes of car accidents include:
- Intoxicated drivers
- Uncontrollable weather conditions
- Excessive speeding
- Reckless driving maneuvers
- Failure to follow legal traffic regulations
- Tailgating, or following too closely
- Road rage and aggressive driving
- Design defects in the roads and/or the vehicles involved
- Ridesharing (e.g., Ubers and Lyfts)
If you were severely injured in an auto accident, and a negligent or reckless driver was to blame, you could be entitled to step outside the state’s no-fault insurance system and seek full compensation for your accident-related damages.
Speaking with a Miami car accident attorney will help you understand the legal options available to you, so you can choose the best option for you and your family. It is important that you work with an experienced attorney, like those at Amanda Demanda Law Group, who can help you navigate Florida’s complex no-fault insurance and car accident laws.
What Compensation Are You Entitled to After a Car Accident?
Every situation is different. The exact compensation you are entitled to receive will depend on the unique factors involved in your case.
If you were injured but did not suffer a “severe” injury, as defined by the state of Florida, you may file a personal injury protection (PIP) claim. Under Florida’s no-fault insurance system, you are entitled to compensation for certain damages after an auto accident, regardless of who was at fault. However, PIP does not cover the full amount of your damages after a crash. Instead, PIP provides coverage for the following:
- Up to 80% of your medical expenses
- Up to 60% of your lost wages/income
- Certain other miscellaneous out-of-pocket expenses
PIP does not provide any compensation for non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering. Additionally, if your injury is not classified as an “emergency medical condition” (EMC), you are only entitled to $2,500 in compensation through your PIP coverage.
If you do have an injury that meets Florida’s serious injury threshold, you can go outside the no-fault system and bring a claim against the other driver’s insurance company. You may also be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit directly against the liable party, which can be helpful if their insurance does not cover the full cost of your damages.
Because of the many complex rules in place, it is best to talk to a car accident attorney in Miami to learn more about the value of your claim. At Amanda Demanda Law Group, our attorneys can go over what you may be entitled to after reviewing the details of your case. We can explain the different types of compensation that you may receive for monetary and non-monetary losses. For instance, if someone loses a limb due to a horrific car accident, they may suffer from both emotional trauma and financial loss that follows them for the rest of their lives.
What Is the 14-Day Rule?
If you’re injured in a traffic accident by a negligent driver in the state of Florida, and you don’t obtain a medical exam within 14 days, you may not be compensated. You must receive medical treatment within 14 days of the accident to be eligible for compensation.
What happens if you do not see a doctor or receive medical care within 14 days? Your auto insurance company may not be required to compensate you through your PIP coverage, and it may reject any injury claim that you file at a later time. You will also most likely be unable to pursue a third-party personal injury claim or lawsuit without sufficient evidence of your injury.
A thorough investigation of the accident is essential to establish the cause of the crash and to determine which driver has liability. Do not negotiate with an auto insurance company by yourself. Your health and future are too important to risk.
How Does No-Fault Insurance Work?
Under Florida’s no-fault auto insurance system, drivers in this state must have automobile insurance that includes:
- At least $10,000 in personal injury protection (PIP) coverage
- At least $10,000 in property damage liability (PDL) coverage
The 14-day rule isn’t the only barrier to injury victims who are seeking compensation. When a Florida driver is injured by negligence, the first $10,000 of medical bills and lost wages are supposedly paid from the victim’s personal PIP coverage. But that’s not the whole story.
Although PIP coverage promises $10,000 toward an accident victim’s losses, you are actually limited to only $2,500 from that coverage unless you can show that you are suffering from what Florida law calls an emergency medical condition, or “EMC.”
If you are injured by a negligent driver, you comply with the 14-day rule, and you are diagnosed with an emergency medical condition, you’re entitled to receive 80% of your medical costs up to $10,000 (in other words, up to $8,000) from your PIP insurance. You can also receive up to 60% of your lost wages up to your policy limit.
When Can You Take Legal Action?
If you sustain a severe spinal cord injury, a traumatic brain injury, or any other long-term or permanent injury in a traffic collision, you will need considerably more than $8,000 of compensation. However, under Florida law, an injured accident victim may take legal action to hold a negligent driver accountable only when their injury meets the state’s definition of a “serious injury.” In Florida, an injury is considered “serious” when it:
- Is permanent
- Results in death
- Includes significant scarring or disfigurement
- Leads to a permanent loss of a basic bodily function
If you have suffered a “serious” injury, as defined by the state of Florida, you have the right to take legal action against the negligent driver or another liable party, such as the manufacturer of a defective vehicle or a municipal entity that failed to perform adequate roadway maintenance. We strongly encourage you to reach out to our Miami car accident attorney at Amanda Demanda Law Group to learn more, including how our firm can help.
Why Hire a Car Accident Lawyer?
With all of Florida’s conditions and rules for recovering compensation, an injured accident victim will need sound legal advice and guidance from the very beginning of the legal process. Although Florida’s statute of limitations gives you four years from the date of injury to take legal action, you should not wait this long to schedule a meeting with a personal injury lawyer.
In fact, immediately after you have been seen by a healthcare professional, reach out to the attorneys at Amanda Demanda Law Group. We can explain how the law applies in your circumstances, as well as what rights and legal options you have. We offer completely free initial consultations and contingency fees, meaning you do not pay anything unless/until we recover a settlement or verdict for you.
Schedule A Free Evaluation With Our Miami Auto Accident Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has suffered from a car accident injury, don’t hesitate to seek legal representation from Amanda Demanda. She is committed to helping car accident victims recover the compensation they deserve for their injuries.
Get started with your complimentary case evaluation today; call us at (305) 998-6953 or reach us online using our secure contact form.
Florida Car Accident FAQs
Q:How much does it cost to hire a car accident lawyer?
A:Personal injury lawyers, including those who handle automobile accident claims, work on a contingency fee basis. This means that you pay no attorney fees until your attorney obtains an out-of-court settlement or a jury verdict on your behalf. At this time, the attorney’s fees are paid via a percentage of your overall recovery, meaning you never pay any out-of-pocket fees when you hire a personal injury lawyer.
Q:Can I be compensated for my pain and suffering after a car accident?
A:The only way to be compensated for your pain and suffering—along with other non-economic damages resulting from an accident—in Florida is to go outside the no-fault system. Personal injury protection (PIP) insurance does not cover non-economic damages, so you will have to prove that you suffered a serious injury that resulted in permanent and/or significant impairment, disfigurement, or disability. If you can prove that your injury meets the state’s “serious injury threshold,” you can file a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance company. You could also bring a lawsuit against the liable party directly and seek compensation for all of your accident-related damages.
Q:How long do I have to file a car accident lawsuit in Florida?
A:The statute of limitations, or deadline for filing your lawsuit, on car accident cases in Florida is four years. This means that you have four years from the date of the accident or injury to file your claim in court. However, investigating auto accident claims and building evidence-based cases can take a long time. It is strongly recommended that you do not wait to contact an attorney who can immediately begin protecting your rights.
What to Do After a Car Accident
There are several things you should do after a motor vehicle accident, regardless of whether it occurred on a major highway, a city street, or even a private road.
First things first, do not overreact. Acting calmly—no matter how scary the situation may be—is the best way to react to an already stressful situation.
If you can, follow these steps after a car accident:
- If your vehicle is blocking traffic, move it to a safe location near the scene if possible. Do not leave the scene—it’s against the law in Florida.
- Safely exit the vehicle and check on all other parties involved.
- Call 911 and wait for paramedics and/or the police to arrive.
- Take as many pictures and videos as possible at the scene of the accident. Ask witnesses for their contact information, as well. This will be important for your personal injury case.
- Seek medical attention. If you were not transported to a hospital and/or did not receive emergency treatment at the scene, go to a doctor as soon as possible. Even if your injuries seem minor, the shock of the accident can mask their true severity.
- File an official police report. Provide details about the accident and be honest, but do not admit fault. Note that, if the police did not come out to the scene of the accident, you are required to report the crash right away if it involved bodily injury or death, a hit-and-run, a drunk driver, or property damage amounting to over $500 in value.
- Do not provide a recorded statement to anyone, especially insurance companies. Insurance companies are trained to ask misleading questions that may be difficult to answer. You may even accidentally accept fault when answering these questions.
- Do not accept the insurance company’s first offer. The first offer will almost always be low, so don’t make the mistake of settling for less than you deserve.
- Finally (and most importantly), hire a Miami car accident attorney to help guide you through the legal process and fight for the compensation you truly deserve.
Every minute matters after a car accident, so call our law office today. Schedule a free consultation by giving us a quick call at (305) 998-6953.