FLORIDA MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS

A car accident in Florida can be a life-changing event. Aronfeld Trial Lawyers has represented those who have been injured and the families of those who have been killed in tragic car accidents across the state of Florida for over 30 years.  

The crash itself is just the beginning of a long journey for most. Starting with complex issues dealing with property damage and insurance companies and ensuring that you get the best possible medical care. Most car accidents in Miami and throughout the state of Florida are relatively minor and result in either no injury or minor injuries. However, when an accident causes a serious change in the quality of someone’s life and results in broken bones, surgeries, and permanent neck or back issues, you must have an experienced and aggressive attorney on your side.

Auto insurance companies like State Farm, Allstate, Geico, and Progressive have an army of lawyers who are experienced in defending car accident cases in order to minimize your recovery. Even your own insurance company will find a loophole to avoid paying you the full value of your case.

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FLORIDA’S NO-FAULT INSURANCE LAW

Under Florida Law, Bodily Injury Insurance is not required. This means that you can own and operate a car, truck, or motorcycle in Florida without having the insurance that compensates somebody that you hit and injure or even worse kill. Therefore, our law firm believes that the only way to protect yourself and your family in the event of a serious car accident in Florida is to buy insurance that is commonly referred to as “uninsured motorist coverage”. 

Uninsured motorist coverage will protect you and your family members in the event that you are hit by a car, truck, or motorcycle that either has no insurance (which many do not) or has inadequate insurance (which most do) to compensate you for your injuries, lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. Insurance companies try to avoid selling this type of insurance because they know that is the time it will most likely have to get paid out in the event of an accident.

It is not uncommon for someone to believe that they have “full coverage” when in fact they only have the basic mandatory minimum coverage that’s required in Florida, otherwise known as personal injury protection or PIP insurance. Less PIP insurance will only pay a portion of your medical expenses, usually after a sizable deductible or a portion of your lost wages, usually after a sizable deductible- regardless of whether or not you’re at fault for the accident. In other words, if you’re sitting at an intersection at a light and you get rear-ended by a truck that doesn’t have insurance or even one that is fully insured, your PIP insurance will pay the first portion of your medical expenses, usually up to $10,000. It is difficult for most people to believe that their own insurance will have to pay for their medical bills even if they were not at fault but it’s true.

Florida’s auto insurance laws are designed to protect the profits of insurance companies at the expense of those who are injured and killed on Florida highways. Most people don’t understand this, which is why it’s important to speak with an experienced and aggressive Miami car accident lawyer as soon as possible if you’ve been involved in a car, motorcycle, truck, or pedestrian accident.

SPEAK TO AN EXPERIENCED MIAMI CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER TODAY  

Our vehicle accident lawyers in Miami have nearly 50 years of combined legal experience representing victims in traffic accidents across the state of Florida from the panhandle to Key West. Our offices are located in Coral Gables but we are available to meet with you on the telephone, Zoom, Skype, or Google meet. We are also available 24/7 to meet with you in a hospital or rehabilitation center. 

Our Florida injury attorneys pride themselves on our ability to navigate claims against insurance companies and maximize our client’s recovery. We work on a pure contingency basis which means we don’t get paid unless we are successful in collecting money for you.    

TRUCK AND BIG RIG ACCIDENTS IN FLORIDA 

We know how to hold commercial trucking companies responsible for accidents that occur on our Florida highways and streets. Trucking accidents generally result in catastrophic injuries- especially when a big rig collides with a smaller vehicle, motorcycle, bicycle rider, or pedestrian. 

When a commercial vehicle causes a Miami truck accident, the driver, the employer of the driver as well as the owner of the truck, and the trailer are all potentially responsible for the injury or death caused by the collision. Occasionally there are defective maintenance issues with the truck that may bring in the mechanic who inspected and repaired the truck and or trailer leading up to the incident. 

Additionally, trucking and car accidents frequently involve multiple vehicles in the same incident. This often means that there will be a significantly higher payout and a much more complicated fight with competing insurance companies.  

Our truck accident lawyers in Miami can help you evaluate your case and direct you to the best legal path in terms of litigation or settlement of your trucking accident claim. 

How we investigate car accidents in Miami, Palm Beach, and Broward County

It is important to gather evidence in order to prove liability in car accident cases. This means that we need to interview witnesses and often use private investigators in accident reconstruction engineers to understand how and why an accident occurred. We feel that the best thing we can do for a client is to allow them to focus on their recovery while we take the responsibility of prosecuting their legal claims.

Attorney Client Communication After Your Accident

We stay in constant communication with our clients by phone and text. Our Attorneys will advise you on every stage of your case. Any time one of our clients needs or wants to speak with an attorney in our office we make that happen: by Zoom, Google Meet, text, or by telephone. We work hard for our personal injury clients, and our clients make the ultimate decision as to whether or not they want to accept a settlement or go to trial in their traffic accident case.

FINDING THE RIGHT DOCTOR FOR YOUR INJURY AND CARE 

We work with the most experienced and credentialed medical doctors in Florida in the areas of orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, radiology, neuropsychology, pain management, neurology, and physical therapy. We want our clients to get the best care possible and to recover fully. We also understand that we will need credentialed advocates who can come to court and testify if need be as to what our client’s injuries and prognosis are.

Choosing the right personal injury lawyer to represent you in a car accident is only part of the process. It is equally important to make sure that you’ve got the right medical team behind you that can treat and diagnose your injuries. That is one of the most important things that we do for a client, putting them in the hands of skilled medical doctors and medical professionals who we know and trust will take care of our clients as if they are family.

Call us today for a free legal consultation. It’s confidential and you will speak to an experienced and aggressive car accident lawyer. Aronfeld Trial Lawyers is not a mega personal injury mill. Rather, you will get personalized attention from Spencer Aronfeld, a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer who is considered to be one of the Nation’s premier personal injury lawyers, and his team of Miami attorneys.

DO I NEED A LAWYER AFTER I WAS IN A MINOR CAR ACCIDENT?

For a small fender bender where there is no injury, no pain, and no discomfort, we do not believe you need to hire a lawyer. Simply report the accident to local law enforcement and your insurance company. We do believe that it’s a good idea to seek medical care even if you’re unsure of how significant your injuries may be because many injuries take hours or even days to appear. Given that Florida has a very strict PIP 14-day rule that means you must treat within the first 14 days in order to get your insurance to pay for your medical bills.

DO I NEED A LAWYER IF I AM IN PAIN AFTER AN ACCIDENT?

Yes. First, get the medical care you need. If you are in a lot of pain after the accident or have suffered a broken bone, we recommend you go to the nearest emergency room by ambulance if necessary. Once you have stabilized medically, call our office and let us help you investigate your claim and get you the money damages you are entitled to.

HOW MUCH IS MY TRAFFIC ACCIDENT IN MIAMI WORTH?

Every traffic accident has different values. Even the same injury is worth more or less money depending on a multitude of factors ranging from the age of the victim, the amount of property damage, the recovery from the injury (does it require surgeries, prolonged time off from work), and most importantly how much insurance coverage is available. Since bodily injury insurance is not mandatory in Florida, even catastrophic accidents may have little to no value if there is not adequate insurance coverage to compensate the victims. 

SHOULD I MAKE A CLAIM IF MY FRIEND WAS THE DRIVER WHO CAUSED THE ACCIDENT?

If you are injured, yes. That is because the claim is being made against your friend’s insurance company, not your friend directly. If the person is truly your friend they will want you to get compensated for your pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills, and other expenses that you incur due to their careless driving. Either way, speak to us and we will help guide you through the process. 

IF I MAKE A CLAIM WON’T MY INSURANCE GO UP?

This is the urban myth most insurance companies want you to think so that you will be hesitant to make a claim. However, if you are at fault for causing a car accident that results in a claim in Florida, your premiums may go up or you may get dropped.

HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO MAKE MY CAR CRASH CLAIM IN FLORIDA?

 In Florida, you have four years to file a claim against an individual. Ff you caused your Florida car crash, five years to sue your own uninsured or underinsured motorist carrier. 

HOW LONG CAN I WAIT TO GET TREATMENT AFTER MY CAR CRASH UNDER FLORIDA LAW?

Under Florida‘s new PIP system, you have only 14 days in which to seek medical attention after a car accident. This deadline is a requirement to make a claim for compensation through your PIP insurance. If you’re outside the 14 days you still can make a personal injury claim against the party that hit you but your insurance will not pay your medical bills. Either way, it’s important to consult with us as soon as possible, please call our Miami personal injury lawyers for a free consultation

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Miami-based Aronfeld Trial Lawyers was established by Board Certified Trial Lawyer, Spencer Aronfeld in 1991. The firm represents cases resulting in serious injuries in the areas of Defective Product Liability, Maritime Law, Automobile Accidents, Premises Liability, Cycling Accidents, Slip and Fall Incidents, Wrongful Death, Medical and Dental Malpractice, Civil Rights Claims, Workplace Injuries, Sexual Assault, and others. Every client receives the full benefit of our experience, our resources, and our commitment. The practice of personal injury law is our calling. We are a firm of high-profile, nationally recognized legal advocates who work for you, our client, never big business. All attorneys and staff members at the firm are bilingual speaking Spanish. To learn more, visit https://www.aronfeld.com/ or contact Aronfeld Trial Lawyers directly at (305) 441-0440.

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