South Florida Car Accident Lawyers
Attorneys Dedicated to Protecting Rights of Clients Injured in Car Accidents and Fatal Car Accidents in Palm Beach County, Broward County, and Across South Florida
Driving a car is so much a part of our everyday lives that we often forget how dangerous this basic aspect of life can be. Unfortunately, a car accident can provide a sharp reminder of the fact that we are never fully in control while driving here on the South Florida roadways. The negligent or reckless actions of a third-party driver can change your life in an instant, and, in many cases, insurance can never fully compensate you for your losses. Even if the accident did not result in a fatality, your routine is likely to be disrupted—the costs of injuries can be substantial and long-lasting, and coordinating with law enforcement officers and insurance companies to recover compensation for injuries or even for vehicle damage is often challenging.
At Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., we understand that you are likely overwhelmed following a car accident that caused an injury or the death of a loved one. We know that, after the accident, you may suddenly face substantial medical bills, damage to the vehicle that you use to get to work, and even funeral expenses if you lost a family member in the accident. Many of our clients are without health insurance, which can turn an emotionally challenging time into a future financial crisis. Our Fort Lauderdale car accident attorneys are here to help you cope both emotionally and financially. We have 35 years of combined experience both working with insurance companies and fighting for our clients’ rights to recover compensation after a car accident. We can also help ensure that you follow the specific insurance laws that apply in Florida in order to preserve your right to receive compensation from your insurance company under Florida’s no-fault statute.
Contact our offices today if you have sustained injuries in a car accident in Palm Beach County or Broward County, FL, and let us take on the burden of pursuing your right to receive compensation from the insurance company, as well as from the person whose negligent or reckless behavior caused the car accident.
Types of South Florida Car Accident Cases We Handle
The legal team at Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. has experience representing clients who have been injured in car accidents throughout South Florida. We handle all types of Fort Lauderdale car accident claims, including:
- Fatal car accidents
- Taxi accidents
- Uber and Lyft accidents
- Distracted driver accidents, including accidents caused by texting
- Drunk driving accidents
- Fatigued driving accidents
- Rear-end accidents
- Whiplash injuries, and other head & neck injuries
- Uninsured & underinsured motorist accidents
- Vehicle rollover accidents
- Car accidents in construction zones
- Tire blowout accidents
Our experienced Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyers can also answer any questions you might have about your car accident. We will help determine:
Initial Steps to Take After a Car Accident
Our significant experience dealing with the insurance companies has given us insight into how these companies operate following a car accident. First and foremost, the most important initial action step to take after a car accident is to seek medical attention. This is for the injured party’s own personal benefit, from a health perspective, as well as to preserve the right to recover compensatory damages for injuries sustained in the accident. Serious injuries will be obvious, but even if it seems that everyone has escaped the crash unharmed, many injuries only become apparent to the untrained eye days after the accident. Under Florida’s no-fault law, a person who is injured in a car accident is required to seek medical attention within 14 days of the accident in order to preserve his or her right to recover under a personal injury protection (PIP) insurance policy.
In addition to receiving medical attention and helping any parties who were injured in the car accident, after a car accident, you should also do the following:
- Contact the police to notify them of the accident.
- Obtain the insurance information and contact information of others involved in the car accident.
- Obtain the contact information of any witnesses to the car accident.
- Take photos of the accident scene.
- Contact an attorney.
Do not provide statements to an insurance adjuster or sign any documents provided by the insurance company or other parties to the accident without first contacting a lawyer.
Additionally, remember that you can always take steps to obtain relevant information and file a police report at a later date if your injuries are extensive, or if you are concerned about the extensive injuries suffered by a loved one who was in the vehicle. If the negligent or reckless driver was uninsured when the accident occurred, our attorneys can explain alternative routes to recovering compensation after you have exhausted your own PIP coverage.
Identifying the Cause of an Accident Is Step One to Recovering Compensation in a Car Accident Claim
In order to recover monetary compensation for damages sustained in a car accident, it is first necessary to identify the responsible party–which means determining the exact cause of the accident. In some cases, a single party’s negligent driving or reckless driving may have caused the accident. In cases involving multiple vehicles, our attorneys will evaluate the comparative negligence of all parties involved in order to determine each party’s relative degree of fault. (In some cases, a judge may make this determination.)
Our attorneys will investigate the scene of the car accident and identify witnesses to determine how the accident was caused. We have handled hundreds of different cases where personal injury or wrongful death was caused by a car accident, and we have experience determining whether the accident was caused by:
- A drunk or impaired driver.
- The unsafe driving of another driver.
- Failure to check blind spots.
- Blown tires or other manufacturing defects in the car.
- Distracted driving, whether because the driver was texting or using a cell phone.
- Road hazards.
- Inclement weather.
Our Fort Lauderdale attorneys understand that you might have unpaid medical bills following the car accident, and you may even have lost your job after the accident if your injuries were serious. We advocate for our clients’ right to recover compensation from the responsible party in every car accident case, regardless of how severe your injuries were.
Attorneys Gonzalez & Cartwright Can Evaluate Your Case for Free & Clearly Explain Your Options
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, or if you have lost a loved one in a fatal car accident, you have options for recovering compensation. In addition to recovering compensation that your own insurance company owes to you under Florida’s no-fault law, our attorneys can explore options with respect to filing an insurance claim with the responsible party’s insurance company, or a personal injury lawsuit or wrongful death lawsuit against the individual who was responsible for causing the accident. A lawsuit may become especially necessary if the responsible party was driving while uninsured or underinsured.
If the negligent or reckless actions of a third party caused your car accident, our attorneys can help you recover monetary compensation for:
- Medical expenses, including anticipated future medical expenses.
- Lost wages during your recovery time.
- Future lost earnings capacity, depending upon the severity of the injury.
- Rehabilitative costs, including costs for physical therapy and counseling.
- Pain and suffering.
- In the case of a wrongful death action, loss of support or companionship, in addition to funeral expenses.
We know that many of our clients may feel uncomfortable dealing with law enforcement or the courts, and we are often able to reach a settlement agreement for fair compensation well before trial. We want our potential clients to understand that our office is a safe environment, regardless of your immigration or legal status, and we will always take your comfort level into account when determining how best to proceed with your case. If trial does become necessary, we will be there to offer our support and guidance throughout the process, and we will fight tirelessly to protect your rights.
Injuries Commonly Sustained in Car Accidents Vary Based on the Type of Accident
The type and amount of compensation that may be available following a car accident will vary, depending upon the severity of your injuries. In most cases, more severe types of car accidents will generate larger compensation packages. Our attorneys are skilled in handling claims involving all types of car accidents, including:
- Head-on collisions
- Rear-end accidents
- Vehicle rollover accidents
- T-bone accidents
- Tailgating accidents
- Side-swipe accidents
- Accidents caused by defective airbags
Regardless of how severe your injuries were, we cannot overemphasize how important it is to seek medical attention as soon as possible following a car accident in order to preserve your right to a claim against your PIP insurance coverage. A physician’s recommendations can be especially important in car accident cases that result in serious personal injury because these injuries will likely require extensive future medical care, the costs of which should be included in any comprehensive compensation award. If you have sustained the following types of injuries, our attorneys can help evaluate your physician’s recommendations to determine a fair estimate of future medical and rehabilitation expenses:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Loss of limbs or amputation
- Head injuries
- Whiplash injuries
- Other catastrophic injuries
Navigating the Florida Auto Insurance System Can Present Additional Complications
Florida is a no-fault state, which means that each party looks to his or her own insurance carrier first for compensation following a car accident. Despite this, additional complications can arise, depending upon the type of motor vehicle accident involved. For example, our attorneys have experience handling insurance claims relating to:
- Uber or Lyft accidents: Uber and Lyft drivers are subject to a different set of insurance laws, and they must carry coverage that exceeds the generally applicable $10,000 PIP coverage for individual drivers. Coverage requirements vary based upon whether there was a passenger in the car at the time the accident occurred.
- Taxi accidents: Taxi drivers are also subject to different insurance requirements under Florida law, and they are specifically excluded from the no-fault rule. Taxi drivers must carry at least $50,000 in property damage coverage, $125,000 in bodily injury liability (BIL) coverage per person, and $250,000 in BIL coverage per accident.
- Accidents involving uninsured or underinsured drivers: If the negligent driver was not sufficiently insured, it may be necessary to pursue a claim under an uninsured motorist insurance policy, or resort to a lawsuit to obtain full compensation.
South Florida Car Accident FAQ
FAQ: What types of compensation can I recover after a serious injury in a car accident, or after the death of a loved one in a fatal car accident?
Current and future medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earnings capacity, rehabilitation costs, and damages for pain and suffering may be available in all car accident cases. The level of compensation will depend upon the severity of the injuries involved. In a wrongful death case, you may also recover damages for loss of support, loss of consortium or companionship, funeral expenses, and emotional suffering. Depending upon the actions that caused the car accident, punitive damages may be available to punish the individual or individuals responsible.
FAQ: What is Florida’s no-fault rule? Doesn’t the no-fault law preclude my right to recover compensation from the at-fault party in my car accident case?
The Florida no-fault statute essentially provides that, in the case of a car accident, each party seeks compensation from his or her own insurance company, regardless of who caused the accident. However, if compensation from your own insurance company is inadequate, we can negotiate with the at-fault party’s insurance company to obtain additional compensation. Personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits can also be brought against the at-fault party or, in some cases, even against the company that manufactured the vehicle if a defect caused the accident.
FAQ: Where in South Florida do you handle car accident cases?
We handle cases throughout all of South Florida including but not limited to:
- Palm Beach County
- Broward County
- Pompano Beach Car Accident Lawyer
- Lake Worth Car Accident Lawyer
- Fort Lauderdale Car Accident Lawyer
- Boynton Beach Car Accident Lawyer
- West Palm Beach Car Accident Lawyer
- Boca Raton Car Accident Lawyer
- Delray Beach Car Accident Lawyer
- Wellington Car Accident Lawyer
- Miramar Car Accident Lawyer
- Coral Springs Car Accident Lawyer
- Sunrise Car Accident Lawyer
- Plantation Car Accident Lawyer
- Jupiter Car Accident Lawyer
- Hollywood Car Accident Lawyer
- Pembroke Pines Car Accident Lawyer
Contact an Aggressive and Trustworthy Attorney to Discuss Getting Compensation For Your Case Today
At Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., we take pride in providing exceptional legal representation to the residents of South Florida who have been injured in car accidents, and we will work tirelessly to maximize the amount of compensation to which you are entitled in your car accident case. While we have been nationally recognized by prestigious organizations such as Super Lawyers, Top Latino Lawyers, and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, we are most proud of the recognition that we have received from satisfied clients whose financial security we have helped to preserve.
If you have been injured and need help following a car accident or fatal car accident call or contact our offices today for a free consultation. Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. has been serving the local community in South Florida both inside and outside the courtroom for over 10 years. We offer a fully bilingual office environment—all of our attorneys speak fluent Spanish and English to more effectively help our clients navigate the legal system. We are available to visit you in the hospital or at your home, if you prefer.