Fort Lauderdale Car Accident Claims We Can Help With
Car accidents can have many different causes, chief among them being driver negligence. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that human error accounts for 94% of car accidents in the U.S. If you were not to blame for your crash, someone else was. Knowing who was responsible is the first step to pursuing further compensation.
Our lawyers can investigate your accident, using the police report, calling witnesses, and examining the scene of the crash to find evidence of liability. One we’ve determined who was at fault, we can help you file a claim. Our team is prepared to handle claims involving:
- Driver distractions
- Texting and driving
- Drunk driving accidents
- Auto product defects
- Fatigued drivers
- Reckless driving and speeding
- Poor weather conditions
- Road hazards
- Malfunctioning traffic lights
- Failure to follow traffic laws
Even when someone else was to blame, you may be stymied by insurance adjusters who try to deny or dispute some aspect of your claim. We can fight on your behalf in this situation. Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. has secured millions of dollars in compensation and has a long track record of success. We know what it takes to build the strongest possible case for our clients.
Understanding Florida's No-Fault Car Accident Laws
In the U.S., states enforce “at-fault” or “no-fault” insurance laws. In at-fault states, the at-fault driver and their insurance company are responsible for paying damages to the affected parties in an accident. No-fault states, on the other hand, require drivers’ insurance companies to compensate them, regardless of who was at fault.
While a no-fault system has definite benefits, insurance companies’ main objective is to protect their bottom line, and they will use any trick in the book to avoid paying you the compensation you deserve after an accident. Therefore, it’s never a good idea to try to handle an insurance claim on your own. A car accident attorney will be able to negotiate with your insurer and ensure you receive the compensation you need and deserve.
Seeking Additional Damages for "Serious" Injuries
One of the major downsides of a no-fault system is that it can be harder for accident victims to pursue compensation if their medical bills and other losses cost more than their insurance policy maximum. If you have suffered what state laws consider a “serious” injury, you may have grounds to seek additional compensation from the at-fault driver. Especially if you are in this situation, it’s important you reach out to an attorney for assistance with your claim.
The no-fault system does not allow plaintiffs to seek compensation for pain and suffering, and PIP insurance has other limits on the types of damages it will cover. This can mean, even if your PIP insurance has been exhausted, you may be eligible to recover these expenses from the at-fault driver. Having an attorney who is well-versed in Florida laws can help you recover maximum compensation.
You should also do what you can to preserve evidence after the accident. This includes proof of liability and proof of your damages. After an accident, you should:
- Contact the authorities. The responding officer will file a police report that describes how the accident occurred. Make sure you receive a copy of the police report; this will serve as evidence to bolster your claim.
- Seek medical attention. Make sure to seek medical attention for any and all injuries, even ones that seem minor. Keep records of all treatment received. This can be used as evidence that the accident caused you harm.
- Collect any witnesses’ information. Gather the contact information of any eyewitnesses at the scene. Their testimony may be beneficial in proving that the other driver was responsible for causing the crash.
- Take note of any traffic cameras at the scene. The footage from nearby traffic cameras can be vital in proving the other driver was at fault. A lawyer can help you secure this footage.
- Take photos. Take photos of your injuries and any physical damage sustained at the scene.
Speak with one of our Fort Lauderdale car accident attorneys today, free of charge, by calling us at (888) 499-6206. We have over 50 years of legal experience helping people like you.