Cutler Bay Car Accident Lawyer
With its proximity to Route 1 and hectic Miami, Cutler Bay receives heavy traffic, making it a common location for serious car accidents. If you or a family member was injured in a car crash in the Cutler Bay, Florida area, you may be able to get compensated for pain and suffering, medical bills, lost earnings, and other expenses related to the crash. If you think you could have a claim against a reckless, aggressive, or negligent driver, it is in your best interests to review your legal options with an experienced Cutler Bay auto accident attorney, like Prosper Shaked, founder of the Law Offices of Prosper Shaked.
Prosper Shaked has years of experience handling auto accident claims and lawsuits on behalf of car crash victims and the surviving family members of wrongful death victims. He can determine whether you have a claim, and if so, help you understand the potential strategies for pursuing financial compensation. With an aggressive, trial-ready approach that is tailored to each case, Prosper Shaked is committed to maximizing your recovery while ensuring that your legal rights are protected under the law. For a free consultation about a car accident injury in Cutler Bay, contact Prosper Shaked online, or call (305) 690-0244 today.
Common Car Accident Injuries
Unfortunately, many auto accidents result in injuries or fatalities. According to Florida car accident statistics from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), more than 254,000 injuries resulted from the 395,785 crashes that occurred in 2016, in addition to nearly 3,180 deaths. Among the 254,155 injuries that were reported, 21,645 were described as “incapacitating,” which means about 8.5% of the injuries were serious enough to disrupt their victims’ normal abilities and functioning.
Prosper Shaked has investigated a wide range of car accident injuries, ranging from minor injuries to catastrophic injuries and fatal accidents. The Law Offices of Prosper Shaked can help you file an auto accident lawsuit related to:
- Abdominal injuries
- Amputation and loss of limbs
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Bruises and contusions
- Burn injuries
- Chest injuries
- Crush injuries
- Cuts and lacerations
- Facial injuries
- Foot injuries
- Hand injuries
- Head and brain injuries
- Hearing loss
- Hip injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Knee injuries
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement
- Seatbelt injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Sprains and strains (soft tissue injuries)
- Torn ligaments
- Vision loss and eye injuries
- Whiplash injuries and other neck injuries
- Wrongful death
Leading Causes of Car Crashes
Many factors can cause or contribute to deadly accidents and injury crashes. A few of the most common have been highlighted by the FLHSMV. According to an FLHSMV report entitled “Traffic Crash Facts – Annual Report 2016,” some of the leading causes of fatal and catastrophic car accident injuries in Florida included:
- Driving in a “careless or negligent manner”
- Driving in a “reckless or aggressive manner”
- Driving the wrong way, or on the wrong side of the street/highway
- Driving too fast for the conditions
- Failing to stay in the proper lane
- Failing to stop at stop signs
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Making improper turns
- Passing other vehicles improperly
- Running off the roadway
- Running red lights
On the surface, it seems as though car accidents have dozens of different causes. However, most can be boiled down to a single key factor: human error. While these errors can take different forms, such as running a red light or texting while driving, they all raise questions of fault and liability for a car accident in Florida. The next section discusses insurance coverage and filing a lawsuit after you’ve been hurt in an accident.
Is Florida a No-Fault Insurance State for Auto Accidents?
Every state follows a “fault” or “no-fault” system when it comes to auto accident insurance. Florida is a no-fault car accident state, which affects the rules and procedures for filing a car accident lawsuit or insurance claim.
Every motorist in Florida is required to meet minimum insurance thresholds. Specifically, each motorist must carry at least $10,000 in Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage, in addition to at least $10,000 in Property Damage Liability (PDL) coverage. Vehicle owners in Florida are required to meet the PIP/PDL minimums under state law.
If you are injured in a car accident, your PIP coverage will pay for your medical care up to the policy limits, regardless of who was at fault for the crash or collision. In addition to covering you as the driver, PIP coverage can also protect:
- Your child
- People who share your household
- Certain passengers, provided they do not own their own vehicles or have their own PIP insurance
If your care expenses exceed the policy limits – a situation that many accident survivors encounter, unfortunately – it may be necessary to sue the driver who hit you. You may also wish to file a car accident lawsuit if you sustained injuries of a permanent nature, such as permanent scarring or disfigurement, or injuries that will require ongoing care, such as a spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury.
Filing a car accident claim or lawsuit may enable you to recover compensation for a variety of monetary and nonmonetary losses, including emotional or physical harm you suffered. It may be possible to obtain compensation for:
- Anticipated reduction to your earning capacity in the future
- Lost income and earnings
- Medical bills, including your future medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage and vehicle damage
Cutler Bay, FL Car Accident Attorney Handling Injury Claims
The Law Offices of Prosper Shaked represents individuals who were injured in vehicle accidents throughout the Cutler Bay, Florida area. If you, your son or daughter, your mother or father, your husband or wife, or another loved one was seriously hurt in a crash, or if you sustained an injury in a collision, Prosper Shaked can evaluate the situation to identify your potential strategies for proceeding. If you have a case, he will fight aggressively to recover the maximum damages.
For a free legal consultation, contact us online, or call the Law Offices of Prosper Shaked at (305) 690-0244. Our phones are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.