Car Accident FAQs
The legal team at Flaxman Law Group works with many individuals injured by traffic collisions and car accidents in Homestead, Hollywood, Miami, and other communities in Southern Florida. We’ve compiled this list of questions we get ask most often, but if you have additional questions about your potential case, contact us at 1-866-352-9626 (1-866-FLAXMAN) for a free consultation.
- What Are the Common Types of Car Accidents?
- What Are Common Types of Car Accident Injuries?
- What Happens to Your Body in a Car Accident?
- What Causes Car Accidents?
- What Should I Do After an Accident?
- Do I Really Need a Car Accident Injury Lawyer?
- What is My Car Accident Worth?
- What is the Process of Financial Recovery?
- Where Can I Find out More?
Common car accidents in South Florida include:
- Drunk driving accidents
- Drugged driving accidents
- Distracted driving accidents
- Accidents involving pedestrians
- Car accidents involving other vehicles, such as bicycles, motorcycles, or trucks
- Hit and run accidents
- Single vehicle accidents
- Rear-end shunt accidents
- T-bone or sideswipe accidents
- Head on accidents
- Sideswipe accidents
- Intersection accidents
- Backover accidents
- Parking lot accidents
Any car accident, even a minor fender bender can lead to injuries. Injuries in car crashes vary from mild to life-altering, and can include:
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue injuries
- Facial injuries
- Brain injuries
- Back and spinal cord injuries
What you can expect physically from a car accident depends on the collision and your body. Your body is typically thrown about inside the vehicle and can be ejected from the car, though air bags and seat belts can reduce the risk. Your body may crash against any object inside the car, including against any object which has been thrown around the inside of the car because of the impact.
In addition, your body releases adrenaline during and immediately after an accident. This can leave you feeling disoriented and can make it harder to notice some symptoms. The emotions and adrenaline of the crash can make your memory hazy about the impact, which is why it is important to conduct an investigation of the collision and also to seek medical attention after your crash.
Your emotions and mind are also impacted by a collision. Depression, trauma, and anxiety can all occur as a result of a car crash. In fact, traffic accidents are one of the leading causes of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Just as you will want to get medical attention for your physical symptoms after your accident, you will also want to seek help if you notice sleep disruption, mood swings, anxiety, or any symptoms of emotional trauma.
Car accidents can be caused by many factors, including:
- Human error
- Not adjusting driving to weather conditions
- Reckless driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Not obeying stop lights or other rules of the road
- Not checking blind spots
- Poor road design
- Poor road maintenance
- Mechanical failure
If you are in a traffic collision, stay calm. Evaluate the situation and then take these steps:
- Call emergency services if you or anyone at the scene is seriously injured or if you suspect the other driver has done something illegal (like drinking and driving).
- Evaluate the damage and take photos of the scene, including the surrounding area.
- Move the cars out of the way of traffic if it is safe to do so and the accident has not been serious.
- Avoid getting into a conversation about the cause of the accident and avoid apologizing, which can be seen as an admission of wrongdoing.
- Exchange insurance information with any other drivers involved.
- Get contact information for any potential witnesses.
- Write down as much as you can remember soon after the crash.
- Get a medical evaluation, even if you’re not sure you’ve been injured, soon after the crash.
- Report the accident to your insurer.
- Contact a personal injury attorney to get an evaluation of your claim.
After your accident, avoid speaking about the crash or posting about it and your injuries on social media. You may say something which can impact your claim.
After your collision, you may get an offer from an insurer and you need to ensure that you understand the offer. If you do get any documents you don’t fully understand, speak with an experienced car accident attorney before signing anything.
While you are not legally required to work with a personal injury attorney after your collision, an experienced lawyer can be very helpful. It’s normal to have many questions and concerns after your collision and your attorney can address some of them. He or she can also help you understand how much your injuries may be worth and can evaluate any offers from insurance companies, so you can make the right decision about your future.
An attorney represents you and your best interests. He or she can help you understand your options and case, so you can make informed decisions about what to do next. If you file a legal claim, your attorney represents you at the negotiation table and at trial, seeking the best financial recovery possible.
No two collisions are the same and there are no guarantees about the compensation an injured person may receive. How much you can seek from a claim can depend on the severity and cause of the collision as well as the extent of your injuries. You can seek compensation for:
- Current future medical costs
- Rehabilitation, therapy, and other support services
- At-home care
- Property damage
- Current future expected income loss
- Incidental costs related to your injury
To find out how much compensation you can seek in your specific claim, you can contact Flaxman Law Group for a free case review. You can reach us at 1-866-352-9626 (1-866-FLAXMAN) for your free consultation.
Seeking compensation through a lawsuit usually begins by speaking with a personal injury attorney, who can help you determine whether you have a claim. An attorney can also help guide you through the process of filing a claim and can take care of many of the steps needed. An attorney can officially file the claim, investigate the collision, negotiate with other parties, review offers, and more. If you cannot settle out of court, an attorney can also represent you in trial, seeking the best compensation possible.
If you have been injured in a traffic collision and have additional questions, you can always contact Flaxman Law Group at 1-866-352-9626 (1-866-FLAXMAN) for a free, no-obligation case consultation. Our team has more than 60 years of combined experience and we have offices in Homestead, Hollywood, and Miami to serve you.