How a Fort Lauderdale Car Accident Lawyer Can Help
According to a source that which evaluated every state in the U.S. for safe driving laws, Florida was identified as one of the most dangerous states to drive in. The ten-year fatality total (2009-2019) was high, at 27,720. Florida also lacks:
- Rear seat belt laws
- All-rider motorcycle helmet laws
- Rear-facing car seat laws through age two
- Booster seat laws
- Mandatory ignition interlock laws for all drivers convicted of DUI
- Cell phone restrictions as a part of the Graduated Driver’s Licensing Program
Being involved in a car accident—particularly when that accident was not your fault—can be a traumatic experience, particularly when your injuries are severe, and you are unable to return to work. An experienced Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyer from Lauriston Law Firm as your advocate can make all the difference in the outcome.
What Should I Do Immediately Following a Car Accident?
When you are involved in a car accident, adrenaline naturally floods your body, often masking the seriousness of your injuries. There are certain things you should do—and not do—following a car accident, including:
- Always call 911 and report the accident. Florida law requires that you contact the police following a car accident if there is more than $500 worth of property damage, and/or there are any complaints of injuries. Since virtually any damage at all to your vehicle will cost more than $500—and you could be injured without realizing it—calling the police is the smart and legal move. If the at-fault driver does not have insurance or has numerous accidents on their record, they may ask you not to involve the police, telling you they will “take care of” your damages. Even if you feel empathy for the other driver, never let this happen. You could be left paying out of pocket for extensive injuries or damages to your vehicle, particularly if you don’t carry underinsured/uninsured motorist coverage on your own policy.
- Seek medical attention to determine the extent of your injuries. Even if you think you are okay, you should still be examined by a medical professional because many injuries do not manifest for hours, a day, or even a week.
- If you are physically able following your car accident, take photos of the scene—including both vehicles, the license plate of the at-fault vehicle—and obtain witness contact information.
- Never admit fault, even if you think you might have been partially at fault. Even saying “I’m sorry” can be misconstrued as an admission of fault.
- Once you are home, notify your own insurance company of the accident.
- Write down any detail you can remember about the accident, no matter how small.
- If you think your injuries may exceed the PIP limit, contact a Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyer who can help you navigate the Florida no-fault insurance system.
What Are the Most Common Injuries Following a Car Crash?
The most common injuries following a car accident are bumps and bruises, cuts, contusions, sprains, strains, and whiplash. More serious injuries include broken bones, concussions, and neck and back injuries. Catastrophic injuries include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, internal injuries, scarring leading to disfigurement, amputations, and loss of vision.
While broken bones, minor neck and back injuries, whiplash, and concussions will all generally heal within a few weeks to a few months, catastrophic injuries can last a lifetime. These injuries may require ongoing medical care, many surgical procedures, rehabilitative therapies, assistive devices, and care by other people—and may never be able to return to work and make a living.
Regardless of the injury, you need an attorney who will offer strong advocacy, allowing you the time to heal while they pursue damages.
How We Can Help Following Your Car Accident
Having a car accident lawyer from Lauriston Law Firm by your side can truly make a difference. We believe in being transparent with our clients, while clearly explaining all the options available. We will go to extraordinary lengths to protect your rights and your future following a car accident. Contact Lauriston Law Firm today.