Florida Car Accident Lawyer
Smith, Ball and Báez Injury Lawyers fight for car accident victims, so injured parties can focus on recovering from their injuries.
Florida Car Accident Lawyer
According to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) Annual Report, there were over 400,000 automobile crashes in the State of Florida in the year 2019. Of those crashes, over 250,000 resulted in injuries and over 3,100 resulted in deaths.
Being involved in a motor vehicle crash is a traumatic experience. Victims of car crashes can be left with devastating injuries. In addition to handling the pain and suffering associated with their injuries, injured parties and their loved ones also face the financial burdens caused by an accident. A damaged or totaled car, mounting medical bills, and an inability to work can leave a victim feeling overwhelmed and stressed.
While most Florida residents know they have an option of making a claim, many people do not know where to start. They wonder, “Do I really need an attorney?”
Smith, Ball and Báez Injury Lawyers have the knowledge and experience necessary to help you through the complicated legal and insurance issues you face after being involved in a motor vehicle crash. The team at Smith, Ball & Báez has helped thousands of Florida residents get the compensation they deserve after car accidents. We have recovered millions of dollars for our clients, allowing them to get the medical care and peace of mind they need. Let us fight for you, so you can stop worrying about the financial aspects and put your energy into your recovery.
Causes of Florida Car Accidents
Smith, Ball and Báez Injury Lawyers investigate accidents to determine the cause or causes and fight to make sure the responsible parties are held accountable. There can be a variety of causes of car accidents. Some of the more common causes of Florida car accidents include:
- Distracted driving including cell phone use, eating, drinking or adjusting the radio or GPS
- Impaired driving including driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Aggressive driving and road rage
- Drowsy or fatigued driving
- Reckless driving and street racing
- Improper Lane Changes
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Wrong-way driving
- Failing to drive in a safe manner in construction zones or in inclement weather
- Failing to yield the right-of-way
- Failing to properly maintain the vehicle including the brakes, steering and tires
- Manufacturing defects
- Poor road conditions
- Road design or construction issues
Types of Car Accidents
There are many types of car accidents that happen on Florida’s roadways. Different categories of crashes include the following:
- Head on collisions where the front ends of two vehicles strike one another;
- Rear-end accidents where the front end of one vehicle collides with the rear or back end of another vehicle;
- Side-swipe accidents, which occur when one vehicle’s side makes contact with another vehicle’s side;
- Side impact or T-bone crashes, where the front of one vehicle strikes the side of another vehicle;
- Multi-vehicle accidents, where several or multiple vehicles are involved;
- Roll-over accidents, in which one vehicle rolls over, oftentimes the result of mechanical and/or manufacturing problems, poor road conditions or very excessive speed.
Seven Steps to Follow After Being involved in a Car Accident
Regardless of the type of accident you have been involved in, there are some important steps that you should follow after a car crash including:
- Report the accident. The other driver may try to encourage you to leave the scene and just exchange information. This is not a wise decision, especially if you are injured. There are laws that require you to report accidents in Florida. Also, documentation is paramount when it comes to getting your car repaired and bringing a claim if you are injured. Call the police and wait for them to arrive.
- Seek Medical Care. If you are injured, you should seek medical attention right away, even if your injuries seem minor at first. Many times, adrenaline has kicked in after a car crash. In the hours and days to follow, your symptoms may increase. Also, under Florida law, in order to receive benefits for your medical bills, it is crucial to obtain timely medical care. When you do see a health care provider, make sure to tell them about all the parts of your body that are hurting.
- Exchange information with the other driver and obtain any witness information. Sometimes witnesses leave the scene before police arrive. Therefore, ask the witnesses for their names, addresses and phone numbers. They may provide key testimony for your claim to get your car repaired and your medical bills paid.
- Take photographs and videos at the scene if possible. If you are able, take video and photographs of the position of the vehicles, vehicle damage and individuals at the scene. This evidence will help prove how the crash occurred and the extent of the damage.
- Take photographs of your injuries. Pictures speak a thousand words. If you have cuts, bruises, abrasions or other evidence of injuries, take pictures of those injuries. Many times, insurance companies argue that your injuries are not serious. Injury photographs can be helpful to prove you were, in fact, hurt in a crash.
- Notify your insurance company. You will need to notify your insurance company of the accident. Provide the basic facts, but do not speculate about what might have happened. Do not provide any formal recorded statements without consulting with an attorney first.
- Contact a car accident attorney. An experienced car accident lawyer can provide you important guidance as to the legal and insurance issues involved. They can also help preserve necessary evidence, including surveillance or evidence at the scene that may not be available later.
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- Proven Results – Smith, Ball & Báez Injury Lawyers has secured numerous multi-million settlements and trial verdicts for clients, including a $40 million settlement for a car accident wrongful death.
- Serving the State of Florida – Our personal injury law firm is based in Palm Beach County, and we serve victims throughout the state.
- Bilingual Law Firm – Smith, Ball & Báez Injury Lawyers and legal support team are bilingual so that clients can speak in their native language.
- Available 24/7 – Reach out to our firm any time of day or night. We are available 24/7 to serve you and help you get the compensation you deserve.
REAL CLIENTS, REAL REVIEWS
DO ALL CAR ACCIDENT CASES GO TO COURT?
In many instances, the process begins with attempts to negotiate with the at-fault party’s insurance company. Settlements are often reached before a case goes to trial. In fact, The team at Smith, Ball and Báez has reached numerous high-value settlements. However, if a fair and reasonable settlement cannot be reached, your attorney will fight for your rights in the courtroom at a trial. During the trial, your attorney will present evidence to back up your personal injury claim, including expert testimony. While some law firms are afraid to go to trial, the attorneys at Smith, Ball and Báez Injury Lawyers have secured millions of dollars in judgments from juries throughout the State of Florida. Our attorneys have the necessary knowledge, expertise and confidence in the courtroom.
TIME LIMITATIONS FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT
Car accident lawsuits have a statute of limitations or time limitations on when you must file a lawsuit. If you don’t file the lawsuit within that time limitation, your claim could be forever barred.
Under Florida law, most car accident lawsuits have a four-year statute of limitations. While that seems like a long time, waiting too long to take the necessary steps can harm your case. Many times, critical evidence needs to be preserved. Also, there are often complicated legal and insurance issues that need to be addressed and handled. Delays could make your case harder to win. For these reasons, if you or a loved one has been involved in a motor vehicle accident, get a free consultation with a car accident lawyer right away to protect yourself and your family.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN THAT FLORIDA IS A “NO FAULT” STATE?
Florida is a “no fault” state for automobile insurance law purposes. What does that mean if you are involved in an accident that is someone else’s fault?
In Florida, whenever you are involved in an automobile accident, regardless of who is at fault, you are initially required to make your injury claim through your own automobile insurance company under your PIP or Personal Injury Protection coverage.
However, this does not bar you from making a claim against the at-fault party. Our team at Smith, Ball & Báez Our will fight to recover for the losses, injuries and damages you suffer due to someone else’s negligence including:
- Damage to your vehicle or loss of personal property;
- Past and future medical expenses;
- Lost Income; and
- Pain, suffering, inconvenience, loss of enjoyment of life and other non-economic damages.