Car Accident

In Florida, drivers of a motor vehicle have the legal duty to operate their vehicle in a safe and reasonable manner that does not expose other drivers to injury. Despite this duty, there are an average of 650 car crashes per day, and almost 200,000 per year in the State of Florida, with the vast majority being caused by the negligence of one or more involved drivers.

Auto and motorcycle accidents are the two leading causes of spinal cord injuries, and they represent about half of all spinal cord injuries suffered each year in the United States. If you have been injured in an auto accident, even if seemingly minor, speaking with a car accident attorney could make the difference in whether you obtain the compensation you may be entitled to. The sudden and unexpected acceleration and deceleration forces that an occupant experiences in a car crash can lead to a wide variety of musculoskeletal and nervous system injuries.

The severity and extent of car accident injuries are difficult to self-diagnose because they commonly manifest themselves long after the shock and adrenaline from the accident subsides. For this reason, it is imperative that you seek diagnostic medical treatment immediately after you’ve been involved in an accident, even if seemingly minor. 

Florida law requires all drivers to carry auto insurance that includes $10,000 for Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and $10,000 Property Damage Liability (PDL) coverage, at minimum. When a driver is injured in an accident, they are entitled to their PIP benefits, even if the driver is at fault for the accident. In many accidents, this minimum coverage is insufficient to compensate an injured party for his or her medical expenses, lost wages, or pain and suffering. In those situations, the injured party can seek to secure additional compensation through the at-fault party’s bodily injury coverage, which is optional in the State of Florida.

If you have been injured in an auto crash, the car accident attorneys at Lopez and DeFilippo will not only assist you in securing your PIP and property damage benefits, but we will also aggressively pursue bodily injury benefits from the at-fault party and/or their insurance carrier to fully compensate you for your injury.

What Should I Do If I Have Been in a Car Accident?

  • Call the Police: After your car accident make sure you are in a safe location and call 911. Have your driver license and insurance card ready. A police officer should arrive to investigate the accident and determine the at-fault party. If you are able, recall the events of the crash to the officer so the at-fault party can be determined.
  • Seek Medical Attention: If you are injured after your car accident, or believe that you may have been injured, you should call 911 and request an ambulance come out to the crash scene. Be sure to describe your injuries to the dispatcher to the best of your ability.
  • Document the Details of the Accident: If you are not seriously injured, make your own detailed account of your car accident scene. This can include videos, pictures, diagrams, or whatever other evidence might be helpful to prove your case. 
  • Contact the Miami Car Accident Attorneys at Lopez and DeFilippo. Calling the car accident attorney of Lopez and DeFilippo today can drastically affect the compensation you receive and how quickly you receive it. When you call our skilled and aggressive team we begin working on your car accident case right away. We immediately look for all possible places or persons you can recover damages from after your accident. Our car accident lawyers have the resources and knowledge to properly investigate your case and hold the at-fault party accountable for your injuries.