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    Car Accident Lawyer in Miami

    Being in a car accident is a life changing experience. The crash itself is just the beginning of a long road of insurance filing and fault determining. If another party’s negligence caused a car accident and resulted in injuries you are suffering from, you have a right to compensation to help cover medical treatment, lost wages and pain and suffering.

    Should I contact an attorney for a car accident?

    Your health and safety should be your first priority following a car crash. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may need to call an ambulance to take you to a hospital where medical professionals can promptly and thoroughly treat you. You should also contact law enforcement to assess the accident and file a report that can be used later for pursuing compensation. 

    Navigating an insurance claim alone can be complex, especially if the fault of the accident is in question. Hiring an lawyer puts someone in your corner who knows your state’s laws and the gimmicks insurance companies may try to play.

    When should you get an attorney for an auto accident?

    Bringing a lawyer on to your car accident case as soon as possible following the accident gives better access to critical evidence like photos of the accident scene and witness statements. The statute of limitations comes into play and an auto accident attorney can ensure enough time to build your case before it is too late to file a personal injury claim.

    Things move rapidly after transportation and traffic accidents occur. Having a lawyer by your side early on will help to ensure you make sound choices and relieve you of the stress of responding to insurers so you can focus on recovering from your injuries.

    Your health and safety should be your first priority following a car accident. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may need to call an ambulance to take you to a hospital where medical professionals can promptly and thoroughly treat you. You should also contact law enforcement to assess the accident and file a police report that can be used later for pursuing compensation.  

    It is important to keep in mind that insurance companies have teams of lawyers and adjusters on hand to evaluate your accident claim immediately following the accident. Because of this, it is a good idea to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible if you have been injured in a car collision. This levels the playing field and increases your chances of obtaining compensation for your injuries.

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    Insurance and Personal Injury Lawsuits

    Insurance companies generally want to settle by paying you as little out of their pockets as possible. And if a settlement agreement can not be reached, the adjuster knows your lawyer will likely file a personal injury lawsuit to take the matter to trial. Insurers would rather settle with you then risk the outcome of a trial, where they have to pay whatever the courts award you.

    Insurance adjusters are in the business of acting in the best interest of their company when they offer you a settlement. This means the offer will not likely compensate for your losses fairly. They may challenge your fault as the policyholder in an attempt to deny your claim.

    Unfortunately, many car accident victims are quick to accept the first settlement offered by their insurance company out of fear of walking away with nothing. This is a common misconception that eliminates any opportunity to go back to the insurer for more compensation when they realize the amount is not enough to cover their expenses. 

    Miami Car Accident Statistics

    According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle Crash Dashboard for 2018, there were nearly 65,000 collisions in Miami-Dade county and almost 300 fatalities. There are some common trends when you take a closer look at the fatal motor vehicle crash data:

    • 15 people on average lose their lives in crashes involving drunk driving and 14 more are killed in drugged driving accidents each year. Throughout the state of Florida, the yearly average in alcohol and drug crashes is 402 and 207 respectively.
    • Total motor vehicle accidents are on the rise across Florida, with 403,626 in 2016 compared to 402,385 and 395,785 in the previous two years.
    • Fatal auto crashes tend to cause multiple casualties. Over the past three years, the average fatal accidents in Florida is 2,935, but there were 3,176 deaths in these accidents.

    In addition to car accidents, there are also a number of vulnerable road user fatalities in 2018:

    • 107 pedestrians were killed
    • 744 bicycle riders were killed and
    • 45 motorcycle riders were killed.

    Florida Car Accident Laws

    Florida law requires all drivers to stop at the scene of an accident to help those injured. The accident must be reported to law enforcement if the injuries and damages are in excess of $500. 

    If injuries occurred, you are required to remain at the scene of the accident and exchange contact information, name, address and vehicle registration numbers with all involved parties. It is also a violation of Florida law to block the roadway with your vehicle, so you must move to the side if you can do so safely or arrange for a tow service if you cannot.

    All Florida drivers are required to have car insurance and proof of that insurance in their vehicle. The minimum insurance drivers must purchase is at least $10,000 for personal injury protection or PIP, and $10,000 for property damage liability or PDL. 

    If you are a Florida driver who has been involved in an auto accident, a qualified car accident attorney can help you. Call the law firm of Panter, Panter & Sampedro for a free consultation with an experienced Miami car accident lawyer who is well-versed in Florida law and experienced in cases like yours.

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