Fighting For The Compensation You Deserve After A Car Accident
Car accidents are a leading cause of serious injuries and deaths in the United States. This is truer in Florida, where the state consistently ranks as one of the most dangerous places to operate a motor vehicle in the country. Within Florida, Broward County experiences more accidents than the rest of the state, which includes Fort Lauderdale.
If you have been injured in a car accident due to the partial or complete fault of another motorist, talk to lawyer Steve Charles at Charles Injury Law. Based in Plantation, he is a proven advocate who will fight for maximum compensation for your injuries. He also offers free initial consultations. Call 954-613-9108 any time, day or night, to get started.
What To Know After An Accident: You Have Rights
Though car accidents sometimes involve a single vehicle, for the most part, the overwhelming majority of collisions are multivehicle, which means dealing with multiple insurance coverages and all the complexities that go along with that. Many accidents result from the negligence of one or more of the drivers involved. Distracted driving, drunk driving, speeding and intoxicated driving are all common contributing factors. Even if you were partly at fault for the accident, you may still be entitled to significant compensation.
The tragic reality is that most motor vehicle accidents cause major injuries or death. Your accident may have left you grappling with expensive medical bills, lost income, decreased standard of living, and pain and suffering. You deserve compensation for those losses. Attorney Steve Charles can help you get it.
Frequently Asked Questions About Auto Accidents
Below you will find general guidance on common questions about motor vehicle accidents. For answers to your specific questions, contact lawyer Steve Charles for a free initial consultation.
What are common injuries from car accidents?
More than half of all motor vehicle collisions cause some type of injury. In many cases, they are severe. Common injuries sustained in car accidents include:
- Head and brain injuries: Due to the nature of car accidents and how drivers and passengers are positioned, head and brain injuries occur at an alarming rate. They can include concussions, disfigurement, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), etc.
- Neck injuries: The most common neck injury associated with car accidents is whiplash. This injury mostly affects the muscles and ligaments within a victim’s neck. Other injuries can include dislocated disks, disk herniation, a broken neck and others.
- Spinal cord injuries: There is nothing simple about a spinal cord injury. In many cases, they require extensive rehab. In other cases, they can lead to permanent paralysis in parts of your body or complete paralysis.
- Broken or fractured bones: Though a broken bone is not as serious as a traumatic brain injury, it can still cause victims to miss out on work, suffer immense pain and create expensive medical bills.
- Cuts and bruises: Depending on the severity of a cut or bruise, it can have major implications on the life of a crash victim.
- Burn injuries: Burn injuries range from a first-degree burn to a fourth-degree burn. They can lead to serious surgery, permanent disfigurement, nerve damage and an extensive recovery period.
What should I do if I’ve been in a car accident?
If you’ve been involved in a car accident, it’s important to protect yourself – physically, financially and legally. Your first priority is to get to a safe space. Don’t stay in the roadway. Check yourself for injuries and check on the safety of others involved.
Contact the police, but never admit fault (even if you believe that you share some of the blame). Exchange personal information with the other drivers involved and contact your insurance provider. Always seek medical attention, even if you don’t have any obvious injuries. Many car accident victims are not aware of the injuries they have sustained until well after the accident, which can complicate your personal injury claim.
Lastly (but just as important as the previous steps), contact a skilled car accident lawyer as soon as possible to discuss the details of your case. Attorney Steve Charles can get to work for you right away, gathering evidence and building a strong claim so that you don’t end up leaving money on the table.
Is Florida a no-fault state for auto insurance?
Florida is a no-fault state, which means drivers are required to carry personal injury protection (PIP) with a minimum coverage of $10,000. This coverage kicks in when you get injured in an accident. It covers your medical bills, lost income and related expenses, regardless of who was at fault.
Can I also file a personal injury lawsuit for a car accident claim?
Your first recourse is your own no-fault insurance. However, you may still be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against another driver, provided:
- You suffered severe injuries (or are a surviving family member pursuing a wrongful death claim on behalf of a loved one who was killed in the accident)
- The other driver was at least partly at fault
A personal injury lawsuit provides an additional avenue for much greater recovery than your own insurance coverage. In cases involving truck accidents or other commercial vehicles, a personal injury lawsuit is almost always warranted given the severity of the injuries and losses.
What damages can I recover in a personal injury lawsuit?
Through a personal injury lawsuit, you can pursue damages (compensation) for:
- Your medical bills, rehab expenses and related costs
- Your lost income and reduced earning capacity
- Your pain and suffering
Punitive damages – that is, extra compensation designed to punish the wrongdoer – may also be available in cases involving intentional wrongdoing or extremely reckless conduct such as drunk driving. Punitive damages are only available through personal injury lawsuits (not through your insurance) and may be significant.
How do I know who was at fault in the accident?
In some accidents, the fault is immediately apparent. Perhaps the other driver ran a red light and crashed into you. Maybe they were visibly drunk, as later confirmed by chemical testing. Perhaps they rear-ended you.
But in other cases, fault can be more complicated. With multicar pileups, fault may be spread among a large number of drivers. Mechanical issues stemming from defective auto parts may also be a hidden underlying factor.
For this reason, it’s important to never admit fault to the police or your insurance company – especially without first talking to a lawyer. Attorney Steve Charles knows how to dig deep to uncover all possible contributing factors, including those that aren’t immediately apparent.
Can I still get compensation through a personal injury lawsuit if I was partly at fault?
Potentially, yes. If another party was also at fault, you can still pursue compensation from them, but any compensation you’re awarded will be reduced by your percentage of the fault. For example, if your damages totaled $1 million but you were 50% at fault for the accident, you would only be able to recover $500,000.
As you can see, fault is a critical issue in personal injury claims. The defense may try to overstate your fault (and minimize their own) in order to get off the hook for damages. It’s important to work with a lawyer such as Steve Charles who knows how to present strong evidence with regard to fault.
What is the deadline for filing a personal injury lawsuit in Florida?
The statute of limitations for pursuing personal injury cases in Florida is generally four years after the accident. However, any experienced car accident attorney will recommend that you immediately pursue your claim, before memories fade and evidence grows stale. Don’t wait until it’s too late or more difficult to file a personal injury claim.
Don’t Get Shortchanged Or Outmaneuvered After A Car Accident
Dealing with the high-powered lawyers of the insurance company can be daunting and difficult without the help of an experienced advocate on your side. After all, their main objective is to win the case and spend as little money as possible.
Attorney Steve Charles understands how to gauge the worth of your case and will not settle until you are fairly compensated for your injuries. He is compassionate, aggressive, experienced and prepared to fight for your right to maximum compensation. Contact him today at 954-613-9108 to schedule your free, no-hassle, initial consultation. Available 24/7.