Questions & Answers - Car Accident
The Miami and North Miami Beach Personal Injury Law Offices of Perazzo Law Share Best Insight for Understanding Car Accidents in Miami-Dade and Broward County.Car Accidents Q&A by Perazzo Law FAQ
- What is the First Thing I Should do After a Car Accident?
- Should I Give a Statement to the Authorities About How the Accident Happened?
- Should I Go to the Hospital or Clinic After the Accident Despite Not Suffering Evident Injuries?
- What Happens if I Crash Into Another Car and I Have No Insurance?
- What Happens if an Uninsured or Underinsured Motorists Crashes Into Me?
- What Happens if a Drunk Driver Crashes Into Me?
- What Happens if the Driver of a Stolen Vehicle Crashes Into Me and My Passengers and I are Hurt?
- What do I do if an Uber or Lyft Driver Crashes Into Me?
- What Happens if I am Crashed Into by Someone Pulling Out of Their Driveway?
- What Happens if a Motorcycle Driver Crashed Into Me?
- What do I do if My Airbags Explodes Prematurely or Without Impact?
- What Happens if a Limousine Crashes Into My Car?
- What do I do After a Car Crashes Into Me After a U-Turn?
- What Happens if My Passenger is Killed in a Car Accident?
- What Happens if a Rented Car Crashes Into Me?
- What Happens if I Rent a Car That is in Poor Operating Condition Which Leads to a Car Accident?
- What Happens if a Dump Truck or Tow Truck Crashes Into My Car?
Perazzo Law advises Miami-Dade or Broward County motorists involved in car accidents to seek immediate medical treatment in the event of serious injuries such as fractures and bloodshed. Have someone call emergency rescue units or 911. Never let anyone other than a qualified healthcare provider move you or any other accident victim. If the car accident occurs on a highway or busy intersection, there are steps to take to avoid further accidents. (See Highway and City Accidents). After determining the extent of any injuries and the accident scene, notify your insurance company of the accident (your auto insurance policy requires that you contact them immediately after the accident and failure to do so may jeopardize your coverage).
Should I Give a Statement to the Authorities About How the Accident Happened?
No. Perazzo Law urges car accident victims to not give a statement until authorities arrive. 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. Perazzo Law suggest all car accident victims seek medical attention following a car accident. Many times internal injuries don't appear till long after the car accident occured. Head trauma and Spinal Cord injuries may appears months after the car accident. Perazzo Law also advices 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 Insurance?
Florida Law states that all registered motor vehicle carry PIP 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 Underinsured 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?
Perazzo Law advices 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?
Perazzo Law 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 Perazzo Law ONLINE.
- See Uber/Lyft Accidents
What Happens if I am Crashed Into by Someone Pulling Out of Their Driveway?
Perazzo Law suggests 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?
Perazzo Law 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?
Perazzo Law 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?
Perazzo Law 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?
Perazzo Law 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?
Perazzo Law knows 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?
Perazzo Law 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?
Perazzo Law 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).
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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