The aftermath of a crash can be stressful, especially if there are physical injuries. You may have questions about insurance, paying for medical bills and property damage, and how to collect reimbursement for your losses.
If you have recently suffered an injury in a car accident, call our personal injury law firm in Sunrise for a free consultation with our legal team. After discussing your accident, we can explain your options and discuss how to maximize your damages. Call us today to speak to an experienced car accident lawyer in Sunrise.
Who Is Liable for My Damages?
Liability depends on who caused your accident. If we can show that another driver acted with negligence while behind the wheel, we can hold them liable for any minor or debilitating injuries you experienced.
Negligent drivers can harm others in many ways, but some common examples include:
- Drunk driving: Driving under the influence of alcohol is illegal, dangerous, and irresponsible. Drunk drivers could cause serious accidents with this negligent behavior.
- Drugged driving: Drugs impair judgment and reaction time, making it difficult to drive safely. Drug-impaired drivers are often at fault when they cause crashes.
- Reckless driving: Reckless driving includes ignoring traffic safety signals and signs. This type of reckless driving can lead to collisions and other accident types.
- Speeding: Speeding is one of the most common causes of traffic crashes. Careless drivers often speed because they are distracted by their phones, listening to music, or simply trying to get somewhere faster than other cars.
- Driver fatigue: Fatigue is a major factor in nearly half of all fatal crashes. When tired, motor vehicle operators are less alert and more likely to cause driver error.
- Driver distractions: Distracted driving behavior can include answering a cell phone or texting. These behaviors distract drivers from safe driving practices and increase the risk of causing a collision.
In addition to holding at-fault drivers accountable for causing accidents, we also seek financial compensation from those responsible for maintaining roads and highways.
For example, if the road is poorly maintained and unsafe, it could cause a collision. In these cases, the state or local government could be held accountable.
We collect the evidence necessary to prove the cause of your crash. Several parties may share the fault depending on the specific scenario of your auto accident.
You Were at Fault
If you directly caused your accident, we can file a claim with your own insurer. Workers’ compensation might also come into play if you were on the job when the accident occurred. Our attorneys can help you recover the compensation you need, even if you caused your crash.
Another Driver Was at Fault
We can help you pursue damages from the at-fault party by opening a claim with their insurance company or filing a case in court. Given your unique circumstances, we advise you which route would work best when you work with our firm.
A Third Party Was at Fault
If an outside factor caused your accident, such as a defect with your car or faulty roads, a third party might be liable, such as the manufacturer or city. Third-party claims can be complex, but our attorneys know how to navigate the legal process successfully.
You and the Other Party Were at Fault
Shared fault cases can be tricky. You are still eligible for compensation, but your damage award is lower based on your degree of fault.
For example, if another car ran through a red light and hit you, but you were speeding at the time, you may be 30% at fault for the crash. When we file a compensation claim, you will only be able to collect 70% of your damages.
After reviewing your case, we can determine liability, make sure you are not pinned with excess blame, calculate the value of your damages, and file the right claims with the right companies or agencies.
How Do I Deal With Auto Insurance Companies?
TV commercials often depict car crash victims calling their insurance agent at the scene of the accident. A claims adjuster quickly appears with care and concern to answer questions.
While it is certainly okay to call your insurer to report the accident, avoid giving a recorded statement, admitting fault, or going into details about the crash without first speaking with a car accident lawyer. Insurance companies are for-profit businesses that don’t put their customers first.
Because you don’t know your options, don’t rush into any claim before receiving legal advice and verifying it’s the best route.
We will collect supporting evidence, including a crash report, medical bills, receipts, employment records, and expert testimony. We will request a fair settlement amount from the insurance company using this proof.
The insurance company might make you a settlement offer early in the claims process. They know you are likely suffering financially and may settle for less than your claim is worth to expedite your payment.
Let your accident lawyers team review the offer for fairness and negotiate for more. If you settle for a low claim early on, you cannot file another claim later to pay for unforeseen future costs.
Our team has expert negotiation skills and years of experience dealing with insurance companies. We understand what they are looking for and how to get them to offer maximum compensation for your losses.
What Types of Damages Can I Collect?
Depending on the details surrounding the accident, insurance policies, and the extent and nature of your injuries, you might be able to collect damages for:
- Medical expenses and rehabilitative care.
- Prescriptions, follow-up appointments, surgeries, and in-home care.
- Loss of wages, loss of work perks, and loss of fringe benefits.
- Household services.
- Scarring, disfigurement, and disability.
- Emotional pain and suffering.
- The effect of your injuries on your family, relationships, and quality of life.
When we file your claim, we will calculate the total monetary value of your suffering due to your injuries.
Can Your Legal Team Help With My Car Accident Case?
Our team of personal injury attorneys can facilitate any type of car accident case in Sunrise. We are a full-service firm, which means we can help with every legal aspect of your car accident claim.
We can investigate the facts, work with the insurance company, prove your damages, and take the case to court if necessary. We can also assist with extra tasks, like finding you a rental car and talking to your doctor about deferred payments until your claim finalizes.
Our lawyers are highly trained in personal injury and wrongful death law. We are passionate about helping victims with their legal matters so they can focus on getting better. We understand the intricacies of serious claims and how to maximize our clients’ recoveries.
Call the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine For a Free Case Evaluation
Do you have questions about handling your car accident? The Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine can help. Our accident attorneys handle multiple kinds of personal injury claims, including motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, and medical malpractice,
Contact our office today and request a free case evaluation with a Sunrise car accident lawyer.
We Can Help.