Fort Lauderdale Auto Accident Attorney
Serving Florida since 1981
More than 235,000 traffic crashes were recorded in Florida in 2010 that involved more than 338,000 drivers, which is an average of 645 crashes each day. Out of these auto accidents, more than 195,000 resulted in injuries. If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in an auto accident because of the negligence of other drivers or because of auto defects, our attorneys at Boone and Davis, PA are dedicated to providing the high-quality legal assistance you need. During their more than 30 years in practice, our Fort Lauderdale auto accident attorneys have developed a reputation for excellence among both our clients and other attorneys — and they have a proven record of success.
What to do after an auto accident
After an automobile accident occurs, important steps to take — if you are able — to protect your rights to compensation include:
- Seek medical assistance if you or anyone else is injured.
- Move your vehicle or place cones on the road to prevent further accidents.
- Contact the police in serious accident cases, and report the crash.
- Take notes, including the names and contact information of other drivers and any witnesses.
- Take photos or video of the accident scene with your cell phone, if possible, or make a diagram of the accident.
In addition, speak to an experienced Fort Lauderdale auto accident attorney before talking to anyone else, even if you believe you may be partly at fault, because even innocent statements may be used against you later by other drivers or insurance companies that want to avoid paying your claim.
If you discover injuries after the fact
After a serious auto accident, you may have obvious injuries, such as broken bones or amputation injuries. But many injuries, such as a traumatic brain injury, may not show any symptoms for several days or weeks after the accident. This can create a problem when you attempt to recover compensation from your insurer for your latent injuries. Under Florida no-fault insurance laws, an insurance company should pay 80 percent of all reasonable expenses for medically necessary treatment, as long as you obtain initial medical care within 14 days of the accident. If you fail to obtain medical care within this two-week period, you may lose your right to insurance benefits. This is of particular importance in Florida, where no-fault insurance is mandatory, as it means that drivers have virtually no right to sue for personal injury compensation.
Because of the 14-day limitation, and because immediate treatment may prevent further harm, it is always important to see a doctor after an accident. Our Fort Lauderdale auto accident attorneys are highly experienced at guiding clients through insurance claims, including tracing injuries that are not immediately apparent back to the accident through the use of a network of experts. Plus, with a background in insurance law, our lawyers understand the tactics insurers use to avoid paying claims and how to address them.
Accidents that result in death
Almost 2,300 fatal auto accidents, involving more than 2,400 deaths, were recorded in Florida in 2010. Nine hundred of these involved DUI-related accidents stemming from drug or alcohol use. If you have lost a loved one in a fatal accident, our auto accident lawyers possess the skills and compassion to help you obtain the compensation and justice you deserve. We assist you in dealing with insurance companies that attempt to deny or undervalue your claim for bodily injury and death benefits. We also guide you through a wrongful death lawsuit against negligent parties to obtain a wide range of compensation, including:
- Loss of support and services
- Loss of companionship, protection, instruction and guidance
- Mental pain and suffering
- Medical or funeral expenses
Contact an experienced Fort Lauderdale auto accident attorney for the prompt guidance you need
At Boone and Davis, PA, our Fort Lauderdale auto accident attorneys are committed to being honest and available at every step of your auto accident claim. Whether we’re dealing with insurance companies on your behalf or representing your interests in litigation, we strive to provide the best possible service. To learn more about how we can help with your case, contact us online or call 954-566-9919 today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.