Miami Lakes Side-Impact Car Accident Lawyer

Any car accident is a frightening experience, but being broadsided may be more shocking and scary than a front-end or rear-end crash. Side-impact collisions have the potential to cause major injuries and to be fatal, especially in crashes that involve an SUV or truck T-boning a car.

In 2014, there were 5,376 deaths due to side-impact crashes, and 3,731 of those fatalities were passengers in cars, making up 69 percent of total fatalities. Because of the force of a side-impact and the fact that neither cars nor people were designed to withstand these crashes, the injuries and damages can make for a painful aftermath.

For these reasons, it is crucial to know if you should take the party at fault to court for the damages and suffering that resulted from the accident. A Miami Lakes car accident attorney will be able to quickly assess your case to determine if you qualify for more compensation.

Injuries

For years, car tests have studied side-impact crashes in car on car collisions, but trucks and SUVs now make up a large portion of the vehicles on the road with a point of impact that is much higher on a car or sedan.

Commonly seen serious injuries from side-impact car accidents may include:

  • Back/Spinal cord injuries
  • Whiplash and Neck injuries
  • Chest injuries from airbag impact
  • Abdominal injuries
  • Leg, hip, knee or foot injuries
  • Cuts and bruises from shattered glass

Legal Action

Side-impact accidents are not as common as other types of car crashes in Miami. Unfortunately, they are frequently the result of a careless or reckless driving error like texting while driving or driving under the influence—a person distracted behind the wheel may cross a barrier into oncoming traffic without realizing it until it is already too late.

If an accident was the fault of another driver, a personal injury claim and lawsuit may be filed against them if it can be proven that the driver was negligent or engaging in reckless behavior while driving.While insurance companies may try to settle the case before it goes to trial, it is not always in a victim of a car accident’s best interest to settle, especially if the damages go beyond what insurance can cover.

Though a lawsuit may take longer to settle, it can be worth the wait to receive the compensation that you case warrants for the injuries and suffering endured after a front-end car accident. Dealing with the physical and emotional pain, financial difficulties, and living without a vehicle while it is repaired can be compensated in a successful settlement that an attorney will be able to negotiate with expertise and knowledge of the legal system.

Obtaining Police Reports

Obtaining a police report can be essential in Miami Lakes car accident cases because that usually establishes who is at fault for the accident. If someone is involved in an accident and someone else is at fault, the insurance company usually relies on the police report to make that determination. A person can obtain a police report in Miami by going to the police station of the town where the accident occurred. They usually have a report number so they cannot get a full police report until it is ready. They have to go to the police department and pay for the report or they can purchase the report online through the different police station websites available. Their attorney can get it for them with an affidavit from the client.

To obtain a police report, must have their driver’s license information, the traffic report number, and the date the accident occurred. A Miami Lakes side-impact lawyer knows which police departments offer reports earlier. They know the website to obtain police reports, and they have a database where they can order police reports from as a courtesy for all of their clients.

Information in a police report includes the names of both drivers, the names of any witnesses, who were cited as being at fault for the accident, the description of the vehicles, how the accident occurred, and the insurance company.

How An Attorney Can Help

Getting into a side-impact accident can be a traumatizing experience and no one should have to go through it alone.  If you or a loved one have suffered damages due to another driver’s negligence, then you could be eligible to receive compensation for your losses.

Do not hesitate to contact our firm today to find out how a Miami Lakes side-impact car accident lawyer can help you through this difficult time and ensure that you receive the maximum financial settlement for your pain and suffering.