Personal Injury Lawyer In Coral Gables, FL
Over 30,000 people are killed in auto accidents in the United States every year. According to a Center for Disease Control (CDC) report on the costs of death from motor vehicle crashes in Florida, there were over 400,000 crashes, 3,000 fatalities, 250,000 injuries, and thousands more pedestrian and motorcycle accidents in 2018 alone. The state suffered an estimated $40 million in medical care costs and over $3 billion in lost economic productivity due to these accidents that have become something of a norm on the state’s roadways.
The sad truth is that these figures are more than just statistics; each injury, wrongful death, lost job, or incapacitated loved one results in lives that are changed forever, uphill challenges on the road to recovery, and the stress and anxiety that come with being unable to pay for medical care.
Whatever situation you find yourself in, we are here to help. We will see to it that you are compensated for your injuries, lost wages, property damage, long-term pain and suffering, and the loss of a loved one as a result of a negligent driver or other road mishaps, as applicable.
The High Cost of Medical Care
A 2010 report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on the economic and societal impact of motor vehicle crashes placed the overall cost to society from vehicle accidents at over $800 billion in that year alone.
One of the biggest mistakes victims of an accident can make is brushing off injuries as benign or temporary. Many accident injuries, such as whiplash or muscle strains, do not manifest themselves until days after an accident. Furthermore, the types of injuries commonly seen in car accident cases can affect every part of the body, that too for long periods of time.
Depending on the types of trauma or injuries you have sustained in an unfortunate car crash, you may have to pay short-term or long-term medical costs for numerous things, including all of the following:
- Tests, such as X-rays, blood tests, or emotional trauma assessments
- Rehabilitative or assistive equipment such as wheelchairs, crutches, or canes
- Surgery for spinal cord damage, compound fractures, internal bleeding, or amputations
- Medicine, implants, or other supplements
- Doctor visits and transport costs to and from healthcare facilities
Beyond medical costs, there are a number of other costs you may have to bear after an accident. These include direct economic costs such as lost wages and time spent away from work, as well as non-economic costs, such as a loss in the enjoyment of life, an inability to participate in activities you used to enjoy prior to the accident, and an inability to lead a comfortable, pain-free life.
These are real costs, and we will help you file a claim for all of the expenses and related costs that you are brought to bear so that you are fully compensated from the party or parties responsible for your accident.
There are several steps required to prove negligence in a roadway accident. Firstly, you need to establish that:
- The road user responsible for the crash owed you a duty of driving safely on the road
- That their negligence resulted in an accident
- That as a result of the accident, you suffered provable damages that should be compensated
These three requirements are known as the duty of care. If a duty of care can be established, the next step is to collect evidence to prove that you have indeed suffered damages. This can be done by obtaining the following:
- Pictures of the accident scene
- Cell phone usage data of the at-fault driver to prove distracted driving
- Dash cam or surveillance camera footage
- Eyewitness testimony
- The testimony of accident reconstruction experts
We will then seek damages and recovery from the at-fault motorist, their insurance provider, and any other relevant party (such as a vehicle manufacturer if it can be established that a manufacturing fault caused the accident or was partially to blame for the accident). We will seek damages from your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage and/or uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage as well if the at-fault party was not insured or was underinsured. These forms of coverage will also come into play if you were struck in a hit-and-run accident and the driver responsible for hitting you fled the scene and could not be identified.
We Are Here to Help
There is no need to suffer alone. We have built our practice on respect and integrity and work as a family. We have represented countless victims and have helped them rebuild their lives after suffering the misfortune of a road accident. Call us today at 305-853-9171 to learn more about the filing process, what your rights are, what evidence is needed to support your claim, what the average payout is for cases like yours, and to ultimately file a claim and seek the damages you deserve. Call now.