Hallandale Beach Car Accident Lawyer
Serious car accident injuries can devastate victims and their families. In addition to the physical pain of injury and recovery, some victims must miss work, losing household income as medical expenses pile up. It compounds an already difficult situation when people suffer preventable injuries due to another’s negligence or intentional harm. Fortunately, Florida law provides a pathway for car accident victims to seek compensation for damages.
If you sustained injuries in a preventable car accident in Hallandale Beach or a nearby area, you may have the right to file a claim against the party who caused the accident to receive money for your injuries and associated losses. The experienced Hallandale Beach car accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Jared Spingarn have the knowledge and resources to help you through this difficult time. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your car accident, your injuries, and your legal options.
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The skilled car accident injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Jared Spingarn have ample experience in the settlement, negotiation, and litigation of car accident claims. Jared Spingarn brings a special commitment to justice to his work because of his own experience. After surviving a near-fatal car crash at age 18 and dealing with insurance companies and their questionable tactics, Jared made it his life’s mission to help people who have suffered injuries from the negligent actions of others.
The firm’s commitment to seeking justice and client service has led to the recovery of tens of millions of dollars in compensation from jury awards and settlements for their clients. Examples of recent case results include:
- A $975,000 settlement for a client who suffered spinal injuries and had to undergo surgery after a motorist crossed the centerline and struck him on his motorcycle.
- A $950,000 settlement for a client who had to undergo multiple spinal surgeries after sustaining injuries in a rear-end collision.
- A $585,000 settlement for a client who had to undergo surgery after suffering neck and lower back injuries in a rear-end collision.
- A $375,000 settlement for a client who needed a cervical fusion from injuries sustained after a semi-truck backed into the client’s vehicle.
These results serve as examples of potential financial outcomes after a Hallandale Beach car accident; however, we cannot guarantee specific results for any accident case. Each claim has underlying facts and circumstances that may add to or detract from its value. Regardless, you can count on the team at the Law Offices of Jared Spingarn to diligently pursue maximum compensation on your behalf.
Florida residents who register a vehicle must carry a minimum amount of personal injury protection (PIP) and property damage liability (PDL) coverage to comply with the state’s no-fault insurance system. Under Florida law, drivers and occupants who suffer injuries in a car accident file a claim under their own PIP policy, regardless of who caused the accident. PIP coverage extends to everyone who lives in the policyholder’s home and those who were riding with the policyholder.
Sometimes people assume that they have filed a PIP claim, so they cannot receive additional compensation. PIP coverage in Florida only pays for 80 percent of medical expenses and 60 percent of lost wages up to the policy limit, leaving victims without full compensation for their economic losses. Additionally, PIP coverage does not compensate accident victims for pain and suffering, diminished quality of life, and other non-economic costs of car accident injuries.
Even those who have filed a PIP claim after a Hallandale Beach car accident should consult with an experienced car accident attorney. An experienced lawyer from the Law Offices of Jared Spingarn can help guide you through the claims process and advise you on how to recover additional compensation beyond your PIP coverage after suffering injuries in a car accident from another party’s negligence.
After suffering car accident injuries, some people question whether their injuries qualify as bad enough to warrant filing a claim or bringing a personal injury lawsuit. If you have doubts, you should always consult with an attorney who can determine the viability of your claim and advise you on the best path forward. Even seemingly minor injuries can cause chronic problems for victims.
Examples of common car accident injuries that we handle at the Law Offices of Jared Spingarn include:
- Broken bones, especially those that require surgery
- Head traumas and traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Neck and back injuries
- Severe soft tissue injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal organ damage
The heavy traffic between Ft. Lauderdale and Miami certainly creates conditions that make Hallandale Beach an area ripe for car accidents. In fact, more than 20,000 accidents resulting in injury occur in Broward County each year, representing well over 10 percent of all injury crashes in Florida. However, even with heavy traffic, the majority of traffic accidents remain preventable. Most occur because of negligent motorists who make bad choices behind the wheel. Examples of common driver behaviors that can lead to accidents include:
When most people think of distracted driving, they think of cell phones. Cell phones deserve this reputation, as they do cause tens of thousands of injuries and fatalities across the United States, especially when drivers text. Driving distractions fall under three categories: (1) manual, (2) visual, and (3) cognitive.
Texting while driving fits into all three categories because drivers take their hands off the wheel, eyes off the road, and mind off driving. Like many other states, Florida has outlawed cell phone use while driving unless using a hands-free device. Unfortunately, far too many drivers still use their phones when operating a vehicle, putting others at risk.
Cell phones get all the attention, but many other distractions can also lead to dangerous car accidents.
Some examples of other common driving distractions include:
- Eating snacks
- Personal grooming, such as fixing hair and putting on makeup
- Reaching for dropped items or things in the backseat
- Arguing with occupants
- Adjusting the A/C, seats, radio, or another vehicle feature
- Watching events outside the vehicle
Driving Under the Influence
Hallandale Beach lies between Ft. Lauderdale and Miami, making it more likely that motorists encounter drunk drivers during their travels, especially during the spring when college students flock to the area for spring break. Most drivers understand the dangers of drunk driving; however, drivers still choose to consume alcohol and get behind the wheel far too often.
Not only does drunk driving constitute a clear violation of the law, but it also impairs drivers’ ability to judge distance, time, and space. Even when drivers try to operate a vehicle safely after a few drinks, they still suffer impairment. Safely operating a vehicle requires drivers to process large amounts of information and react appropriately. Alcohol slows process and reaction time, potentially leading to dangerous car accidents.
The traffic along Florida’s southeastern coast makes it likely that some drivers suffer from drowsiness and/or fatigue. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), people who go without sleep suffer similar impairment as those who have a 0.08 blood alcohol concentration, the legal limit for drivers. Even if drowsy drivers don’t fall asleep at the wheel and cause a collision, they still suffer from an impaired ability to judge time and distance, so they can still cause an accident.
Although anyone can suffer from fatigue or drowsiness, some people face a higher risk than others. For example, people who work the night shift and drive to or from their jobs while the rest of the population sleeps face a heightened risk of drowsy driving. In the Hallandale Beach area, service industry employees driving home from work after the bars and nightclubs close have a greater risk of causing an accident because of fatigue.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 25 percent of all traffic deaths across the country occur because of speeding. Even when speeding-related crashes don’t prove fatal, they can still lead to severe injuries. Speeding involves more than traveling over the posted speed limit; it also includes traveling too fast for conditions.
When Ocean Driver or Highway 1 experiences heavy traffic, aggressive drivers who try to speed as they weave in and out of traffic pose a particular danger to other drivers. When speeding, drivers more easily lose control of their vehicles and have less time to react and/or stop for other vehicles and road hazards. Even if speeding doesn’t directly cause an accident, it still has serious consequences.
The faster that vehicles travel immediately preceding a collision, the greater the impact of the crash, leading to greater property damage, more severe injuries, and a higher likelihood of death.
Following Too Closely
Drivers make sudden turns and quick stops all the time, especially when driving in unfamiliar areas. During the peak tourist season, drivers in Hallandale Beach must watch out for out-of-state drivers who make erratic movements or tailgate other vehicles. Either situation can lead to a dangerous rear-end collision, especially in heavy traffic. Drivers who follow too closely do not have enough time or distance to react to sudden stops, road hazards, and traffic lights, putting others on the road at risk for accident and injury.
If you have sustained serious injuries in a Hallandale Beach car accident caused by negligence, you have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party once you have met or exceeded the limit of your PIP insurance coverage. If you come to an agreement with the insurance carrier or if your case goes to court and the jury awards you damages, you could receive compensation for a wide range of losses related to the accident and your injuries. Not all types of damages apply to every accident claim.
Depending on the circumstances of your car accident, you could receive compensation for:
- Medical expenses, including an ambulance ride to nearby Aventura Hospital, emergency room visit, hospital stay, surgery, diagnostic imaging, lab tests, prescriptions, follow-up visits, and travel to and from the doctor/hospital.
- Estimated future medical treatment costs when a car accident leads to permanent injuries or conditions that require continuous care.
- Rehabilitation expenses, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, behavioral therapy, and other specialized treatment to help car accident victims face the physical and mental challenges of their injuries.
- Assistive devices, including wheelchairs, canes, crutches, and prosthetic devices.
- Lost wages for missing work due to the accident and injuries.
- Lost earning capacity when a car accident leads to catastrophic injuries that prevent someone from returning to work or working in the future.
- Physical pain and suffering.
- Emotional pain and suffering.
- Loss of consortium, if applicable.
- Scarring and disfigurement.
- Punitive damages in cases that involve gross negligence or willful harm.
Surviving family members also have the right to seek compensation for damages in a wrongful death claim after losing a loved one in a Hallandale Beach car accident. Families could recoup some damages listed above, as well as costs for funeral and burial. Your Hallandale Beach car accident lawyer can review your claim, determine your eligibility to seek compensation, and advise you and your family on the best path forward.
Taking legal action after a car accident will not undo the physical harm and emotional trauma you have suffered; however, receiving compensation for your injuries can help alleviate some or all of the economic struggles that you might experience because of your injuries. The skilled legal team at the Law Offices of Jared Spingarn can help you through this difficult time and fight to recover maximum compensation on your behalf. Contact us today online or call (866) HIRE-JARED for a free consultation to discuss the details of your case.
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