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MIAMI CAR ACCIDENT Q&A
THE CAR ACCIDENT LAWYERS AT THE PERAZZO LAW FIRM ANSWER COMMON CAR ACCIDENT QUESTIONS
In Miami, the best personal injury lawyers understand car accidents and what they mean to motorists, passengers, and vehicle owners following a car crash or other vehicle collision. Read the Questions and Answers below for insight on how to deal with car accidents, injuries, and insurance claims for compensation in Florida.
Common Car Accident Question and Answers by the Perazzo Law Firm
Should I give a statement to the authorities about how the accident happened?
No. The Personal Injury lawyers at the Perazzo Law Firm urge Miami car accident victims to not give a statement until authorities arrive. A police officer or highway trooper will conduct a visual investigation and ask the parties invovled in the vehicle accident what happened. What you should do is take out your cell phone and take pictures and videos of the accident scene. And if possible, try to get witness testimony and their contact information.
Should I go to the hospital or clinic after the accident despite not suffering evident injuries?
Yes. The Perazzo Law Firm suggest that all Miami car accident victims seek medical attention following a car accident. Many times, internal injuries don't appear until long after the car accident occurred. Head trauma and spinal injuries may appear months after the car accident. The Perazzo Law Firm also advises car accident victims to keep all medical records and receipts of costs incurred as a result of the car accident.
What happens if I crash into another car and I have no vehicle insurance?
Florida Law states that all registered motor vehicle carry PIP and PD insurance coverage. In the event that the driver does not have insurance and gets into a car accident that he/she causes, then that motorists is liable for compensation for personal injury, property damage, and any other losses sustained to the car accident victim. (See PIP Insurance).
What Happens if an Uninsured or Under-insured Motorists crashes into me?
According to Florida Law, all registered vehicles must possess PIP coverage, which is used to cover up to $10,000 in losses sustained from a car accident. If you carry Uninsured Motorist Coverage, then you would be covered for an added amount. (See Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist Coverage).
What happens if a drunk driver crashes into me?
The Perazzo Law Firm advises Miami victims of drunk driving accidents to contact the authorities immediately and check for any injuries to you or any passengers. It is quite common for drunk drivers to flee the scene of the accident before the authorities are contacted or they arrive. If the drunk driver does not flee, and once the authorities have arrived, you may step out of the vehicle and proceed to communicate with the drunk driver and the responding officers. Save a copy of the police report and proceed by contacting the Perazzo Law Firm. (See Hit & Run Accidents).
What Happens if the Driver of a Stolen Vehicle Crashes Into Me and My Passengers and I are Hurt?
The Perazzo Law Firm knows from experiences that stolen vehicles used for criminal activity are usually not old Gremlins. With the chances of a high speed chase, criminals will most likely chose high-end vehicles, which most often carry insurance policies that extend the minimum PIP insurance set by Florida Law.
What do I do if an Uber or Lyft Driver Crashes Into Me?
Uber, Lyft and other rideshare companies carry insurance policies to cover up to $1 million in damages and losses to victims of Uber/Lyft accidents.
Perazzo Law highly urges Uber accident victims to follow these procedures:
- Don't move.
- Determine the extent of your injuries and contact the authorities to report the accident with the Uber operator.
- Wait for the Police.
- If possible, contact your insurance provider and the Perazzo Law Firm ONLINE.
- See Uber/Lyft Accidents
What Happens if I am Crashed Into by Someone Pulling Out of Their Driveway?
The Perazzo Law firm staff of Personal Injury attorneys in Miami suggest treating a car accident on a driveway in the same way they would a city street or avenue. Vehicles must abide by the right of way rule and treat pulling out of a driveway as if they were pulling onto an avenue from a small side street. If the driver is found at fault and injuries and property damage is sustained, a compensation claim can be presented to cover losses incurred by the driveway accident.
What Happens if a Motorcycle Driver Crashed Into Me?
The Perazzo Law Firm knows that handling motorcycle accidents can be complex due to the need to determine negligence by the motorcycle rider. Motorcycle riders do tend to exceed speed limits, split lanes, and ultimately ride recklessly. However, that is not always easy to prove. (See Legal Advice for Motorcycle Accidents).
What do I do if my Airbag Explodes Prematurely or Without Impact?
The Perazzo Law Firm knows that premature or inadvertent Airbag deployment can occur in all vehicle makes and models, and this is because airbag manufacturers such as Autoliv, Daicel, Takata, TRW, and KSS are the leading manufacturers equipping US cars with airbags. Takata for example, has had to recall thousands of defective airbags in recent times. Defective airbag incidents include severe personal injury and can often lead to accidents with other vehicles, which can worsen the injuries sustained by a faulty airbag. Miami-Dade and Broward County motorists are advised to contact Perazzo Law ONLINE in the event of faulty airbag causing Florida motorists injury. (See Airbag Injuries).
What Happens if a Limousine Crashes Into My Car?
The Perazzo Law Firm knows that limousine accidents seem unlikely because there is a sense of security when riding in a limo. However, Limos are big and clumsy, and usually operate in areas where there is a lot of chaotic traffic, such as airports, fancy hotels, and a partying atmosphere. Though limo operators and owners must meet certain standards, however, these safety measures are not always met. Limousines carry hefty insurance policies, so if you were hurt in a limo, the chances of you being compensated for losses or injuries are high. (See Limousine Accidents).
What do I do After a Car Crashes Into Me After a U-Turn?
The Perazzo Law Firm staff of personal injury car accident attorney in Miami, knows that not all U-turns are illegal. First and foremost, check for any serious injuries. If no injuries are serious, proceed to contact the authorities to file an official report. Check for surveillance cameras and witnesses. Ask the police officer if the driver that crashed into you made a legal or illegal U-Turn. Regardless, if you are not at fault for the accident, you are eligible for compensation to cover personal injury, property damage, or losses from the U-turn accident. (See U-Turn Accidents).
What Happens if My Passenger is Killed in a Car Accident?
The Perazzo Law Firm staff of car accident attorneys in Miami, know how devastating a fatal car accident can be for friends, family, and loved ones. Reckless driving and the disregard for traffic laws are the main reasons for fatal car accidents in Miami-Dade and Broward County. If drunk driving, intoxication, or negligent cell phone use can be proved by our Miami Personal Injury staff, you may have a case for wrongful death. Regardless, all registered vehicles are required by law to carry PIP insurance to cover up to $10,000 in injuries or damages to victims. The extent of the compensation settlement would depend greatly on the type of vehicle responsible for the fatal car accident. Uber and Lyft have the best insurance policies, thus the payout would be greater to that of someone driving an outdated vehicle. (See Fatal Car Accidents).
What Happens if a Rented Car Crashes Into Me?
The Perazzo Law Firm knows that crashing in a rented car is no freak occurrence. Motorists unfamiliar with a rented vehicle can sometimes misjudge speeds and the automobiles handling and technical features. Furthermore, car rental drivers most often rely on GPS to guide them, thus this can be distracting and lead to an accident., Car rental agency provide their vehicles with automobile insurance coverage to cover third party accident claims for compensation. Furthermore, they most often offer car rental customers added coverage to safeguard them in the event of an accident in which they are at fault. (See Rental Car Accidents).
What Happens if I Rent a Car That is in Poor Operating Condition Which Leads to a Car Accident?
Perazzo Law knows that car rental agencies must provide customers with vehicles that are in proper operating conditions. Thus, brakes, headlights, tail lights, dashboard instrument panels, airbags, etc., must all function properly. Any accident resulting from poor vehicle maintenance will hold the car rental agency liable for any personal injuries, damages, loss, or even wrongful death as a result of poor rental car vehicle maintenance. (See Rental Car Accidents).
What Happens if a Dump Truck or Tow Truck Crashes Into My Car?
The Perazzo Law Firm knows that Dump Truck and Tow Truck accidents occur in Miami-Dade and Broward County. Dump trucks and Tow trucks usually operate at high speeds to meet schedules and deadlines, hence, their big, bulky vehicles can cause severe damage to any passengers vehicles they crash into. These truck services carry hefty insurance policies aimed at covering accident victims for injuries, property damage or losses incurred from an accident with a car or other vehicle. (See Dump Truck and Tow Truck Accidents).
How are Car Accidents and Personal Injury Law Connected?
After a car accident in Miami, there may be injuries that need medical attention by emergency healthcare professionals or treatment long after the car accident happened. In this case, the victim will be liable for any medical expenses. Fortunately, basic vehicle insurance (PIP) helps cover some of these costs and there are other vehicle insurance policies that cover a greater part of these medical costs and more. See Florida Vehicle Insurance Policies.
If you, a family member, or loved-one has been hurt in a car accident in Miami, the Perazzo Law Firm urges Miami-Dade and Broward County accident victims to contact our Miami or North Miami Beach offices Online or Call (786) LAWS-411 for a FREE initial consultation.
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