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Panter, Panter & Sampedro is a leading personal injury law firm dedicated to protecting Florida’s families. For over 30 years, our experienced trial attorneys have worked one-on-one with clients to successfully get the justice, recovery and compensation they deserve.

Miami Car Accident Attorneys

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.

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.

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.

*On March 24, 2023, Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill (HB) 837 reducing Florida’s statute of limitations for general negligence cases from four years to two years. In other words, a lawsuit alleging negligence which accrued after March 24, 2023 must now be filed within two years of the date of the alleged negligence or the claim will be forever barred.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Panter, Panter & Sampedro is among the leading personal injury law firms in South Florida. For more than 30 years, our Board Certified trial attorneys have represented individuals injured by negligent parties in cases of significant size and complexity across various practice areas.

    We are a different kind of law firm, with the legal skill and expertise needed to serve our clients, and an unwavering dedication to family values.

    We believe our success, both inside and outside the courtroom, is defined by what we care about — it’s that simple. Panter, Panter & Sampedro is an award-winning personal injury law firm — but more than that — it is a group of people that genuinely cares about protecting the rights of individuals suffering as a result of wrongdoing and negligence.

  • With a track record of success in working closely with each client, our legal team has secured millions of dollars in compensation for thousands of accident victims and their families over the course of three decades. We guide our clients through the entire legal proceedings, from filing the initial complaint to assisting with the proper distribution of funds once compensation is awarded.

    Our vast trial experience includes substantial verdicts and settlements in cases involving motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, product liability, slip-and-fall, catastrophic injuries, wrongful death and more.

    Panter, Panter & Sampedro’s proven team of civil trial lawyers are relied upon by the Miami and South Florida community to protect their rights and ensure justice is served by securing the best verdicts and recoveries possible.

    When our firm takes on a personal injury claim, we aggressively represent our clients and fight for the maximum compensation under the law. Rest assured that no matter how difficult the case, we are prepared to serve as your most ardent legal advocates and welcome the opportunity to hold the culpable parties accountable.  

    Panter, Panter & Sampedro proudly serves residents throughout South Florida — including Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties.

  • No recovery, no fees.

    We believe that everyone, regardless of their financial status, should have access to sound legal counsel as they exercise their right to pursue justice and redress any harm or wrongdoing.

    At Panter, Panter & Sampedro, all our services are offered on a “contingency fee” basis, which means that any payment to the firm completely depends on whether our efforts result in a financial recovery for our client.

    Any lawyer’s fees for representing the client will be deducted from the final personal injury settlement in the client’s case or from the damages awarded after a favorable verdict, in the event that the client’s case goes to trial.

    In general, attorneys can receive up to one-third of the gross amount of a pre-suit settlement or 40% of the gross settlement recovery once a Defendant files an answer to a lawsuit. These rules are regulated by the Florida Bar, and the following summarizes our contingency fee policy:

    • Client enters into an agreement granting legal authority to the firm to represent the client in exchange for attorneys fees paid in the form of a percentage of the total recovery.
    • The firm assumes all up-front financial costs and risk associated with litigating the case. All of these expenses are paid by the firm, and are only repaid if a recovery is won.
    • The client pays no fees whatsoever, hourly or otherwise.
    • The firm’s contingency fee percentage varies based on the type of case, level of complexity, and the foreseeable resources required to litigate it properly.
    • Every case is unique, but the contingency fee percentage is always clearly agreed upon by both parties and documented in writing upon retaining our services.
  • We can. Call 305-662-6178 or submit a request for your FREE CONSULTATION to speak directly with one of our knowledgeable personal injury lawyers. We will review your case at no charge. To learn more about personal injury, please read below.

    Personal injury law, also known as tort law, is designed to protect you if you or your property is injured or harmed because of someone else’s act or failure to act. In a successful tort action, the one who caused the injury or harm compensates the one who suffered the losses.

    Every tort claim, regardless of its basis, whether intentional, negligence, or strict liability, has two basic issues—liability and damages. Was the defendant liable for the damages you sustained, and, if so, what is the nature and extent of your damages? If you can prove liability and damages, our system of justice will award you compensation for your loss.

    Personal injury cases can involve:

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