According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, car accidents continue to be a serious problem in our state. In 2017, there were over 396,000 crashes, resulting in more than 250,000 injuries. Nearly 3,000 people died in traffic accidents as well. The beginning of 2018 has been equally dangerous, with over 100,000 injuries and 787 fatalities as of April.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, you should contact a qualified attorney right away to ensure you don’t lose important legal rights. At Sibley Dolman, we represent clients injured in car accidents and help them to recover compensation for their injuries.
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Types of Fort Lauderdale Car Accidents
Car accidents can happen in countless ways. Nevertheless, we see some common causes of car accidents again and again, including:
- Side-impact collisions: These occur when one car slams into the side of another car, often at intersections. These are also called “T-bone” collisions. They can be extremely serious, especially if the other driver is speeding or driving a large vehicle.
- Sideswipes: Two vehicles are moving in parallel when one of them hits the other. Often, these accidents can occur when someone is driving too fast for conditions and temporarily loses control of a vehicle.
- Head-on collisions: This is a particularly dangerous type of collision. Sometimes head-on collisions occur when a drunk driver drifts into an oncoming lane and other vehicles cannot get out of the way fast enough.
- Rear-end crashes: One vehicle collides with the vehicle in front of it. Rear-end collisions typically happen when the vehicle in front slows down or stops suddenly without warning, or when the car behind is following too closely. Rear-end crashes often occur in parking lots and at intersections.
- Rollovers: These occur when a vehicle flips onto its side or the roof. Some vehicles roll over when they drive on soft shoulders or uneven ground. SUVs are more prone to rollovers, though all vehicles can potentially be involved in this type of accident.
- Pileups: Involving multiple vehicles, these crashes are very serious. Usually, one vehicle strikes another, causing one or both to stop in the middle of the road. Vehicles following behind either crash into them or swerve to avoid them, hitting other vehicles in the process. The initial crash sets off a chain reaction, sometimes involving dozens of cars.
These are some of the most common accidents we see. Each case is different, so make sure to consult with a car accident lawyer about the specific facts and circumstances unique to your accident.
Reported Car Accidents Involving Injuries in Fort Lauderdale
Common Car Accident Injuries in Fort Lauderdale
Car accident injuries can be large or small, but all should be taken seriously. Every week, we see a variety of injuries, such as:
- Whiplash: When the head is thrown violently forward or backward, or side to side, the ligaments in the neck can be stretched beyond the normal range of motion. Nerves and ligaments in the upper back and shoulders might also be injured. As a result, victims suffer whiplash and immobilizing pain.
- Pinched nerves: Anything pressing on a nerve can cause constant pain. Strained muscles or bulging disks in the spinal column are common culprits.
- Cervical fractures: Blunt force can crack the vertebrae in the neck. A serious break can cause paralysis from the neck down.
- Broken Bones: Car accident victims often suffer breaks in their hands, arms, and legs. Broken ribs may also damage internal organs, and cause internal bleeding.
- Burns: Gas can spill out of ruptured fuel tanks and catch fire. Battery acid and antifreeze might also splatter, causing contact burns.
- Partial or complete paralysis: Any damage to the spinal cord can result in a loss of sensation or movement.
- Death” In thousands of car accidents, victims suffer fatal injuries, leaving behind grieving family members to pick up the pieces.
In addition to physical injuries, accident victims can suffer emotional and mental trauma as well. These emotional injuries can be as serious as physical ones and can require medical intervention to treat, such as therapy and prescription medications. While mental and emotional trauma is typically intangible to the naked eye, the effects can have very real physical effects on a person’s life. Mental and emotional trauma can interfere with a person’s ability to work and even lead to a need to change careers completely. The damages caused by these injuries are just as valid as those more physical in nature. Some of the more common mental and emotional injuries suffered by those involved in car accidents include:
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Suicidal Tendencies
- Mood Swings
- Sleeping Disorders
Fortunately, under Florida law injured car accident victims can often receive compensation for these injuries as well.
How a Fort Lauderdale Car Accident Lawyer Can Help You
After an accident, many of our clients are intimidated by the daunting claims process. Not knowing where to turn, they delay seeking the compensation to which they are entitled. However, delaying too long may prejudice your claim, because the law imposes deadlines on how long a victim has to bring a lawsuit.
At Sibley Dolman, our car accident attorneys can help you in many ways. We can analyze your situation and help you determine whether you have a valid legal claim. Most car accidents are caused by someone’s negligence or a defective car part. It is not always clear, however, who is to blame or whether you can make a claim.
We can also negotiate with an insurer on your behalf. If your injuries are serious, you will need compensation for medical expenses (above what your PIP benefits provide), in addition to lost wages and property damage. Depending on the circumstances, you might also qualify for additional types of damages. Many clients report being intimidated by insurance agents, so we can ease the claims process for you by handling communications with them.
If settlement discussions fail, we can also represent you in court. Filing a lawsuit is a complicated process, and learning court rules can be challenging for someone new to the legal system. At Sibley Dolman, our lawyers can handle the entire litigation process, from the filing of initial pleadings to discovery through trial. Of course, many cases settle before ever reaching a jury, but we are prepared to take your case all the way to trial if necessary to recover the compensation you deserve.
Speak With a Fort Lauderdale Car Accident Lawyer Today
Car accidents leave many scars—physical, emotional, and financial. Injured motorists should pursue all avenues of compensation for their injuries, including a possible settlement with the driver who is at fault. At Sibley Dolman, our car accident lawyers can handle the entire process for you and are only a phone call away. To schedule your free consultation, call 754-208-1130 or send us an online message.
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