Miami Car Accident Attorneys
Helping Victims of Car Accidents Throughout the State of Florida
Florida is recognized around the world for its beautiful beaches, warm climate and world-class attractions. Unfortunately, however, it is also known for its heavy traffic and numerous car accidents. According to National Highway and Traffic Safety (NHSTA) reports, Florida ranks right behind California and Texas as the state with the third most motor vehicle accident fatalities per year. Crash reports from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles show that close to 250,000 people are injured in motor vehicle accidents each year in Florida and more than 3,000 are killed.
Undoubtedly, these car accident fatalities and other serious injuries can be devastating for accident victims and their families. In addition to physical pain and suffering, people injured in car accidents often suffer from mental anguish and anxiety. They may need expensive medical procedures and long-term health care. They may not be able to work, pay their mounting bills or do many of the things they used to enjoy doing before the accident. Their families could also be suffering from the losses they have experienced because of the accident.
The Miami car accident attorneys at Boyers Law Group understand these difficulties and the many concerns car accident victims and their families have and want to help. We have over twenty-five years of experience helping families throughout Florida obtain the substantial compensation they deserve for their injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Florida car accident, let us put our experience and expertise to work helping you hold the negligent driver and other potential negligent parties accountable and get the full compensation to which you are entitled.
Please call us as soon as possible at 305-512-7600 or submit the “Tell Us What Happened” form on this page to talk with an experienced Miami Boyers Law Group car accident lawyer about your accident. We want to hear what happened to you and help you recover the substantial compensation you deserve for the damages you have suffered.
What Are the Major Causes of Car Accident Injuries in Florida?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) lists six risky behaviors that impact safety on our nation’s and Florida’s roads: drunk driving, drug-impaired driving, distracted driving, speeding, not wearing seat belts, and drowsy driving. Of these, five can be considered negligent conduct that causes accidents:
- Drunk Driving – For several decades, private advocacy groups, such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and government agencies have campaigned aggressively against driving while intoxicated. As a result, the number of drunk driving accidents has decreased in the U.S., yet drunk driving accidents are still the number one cause of death on U.S. roads. In Florida, close to 5,100 accidents per year are caused by drunk drivers. These accidents injure more than 2,900 people and kill more than 335 each year.
- Drug-Impaired Driving – Driving while impaired by any substance, whether legal or illegal, is against the law in all 50 states. Some over-the-counter medications, prescription medications, and marijuana can affect a driver’s ability to drive safely and respond quickly to changing traffic conditions. In Florida, drug-impaired driving causes approximately 475 crashes, 400 injuries and 270 fatalities each year.
- Distracted Driving – The digital age has given drivers many new distractions. Cellphone calls and texts, as well as complex car audio and navigation systems, can draw a driver’s attention away from the road. When a driver is distracted in this way, accidents are much more likely to occur.
- Speeding – Speeding is dangerous for the speeder as well as everyone on the road around them. Over the past twenty years, speeding has been involved in approximately one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities. In recent years, it has been a factor in approximately 30% of all traffic fatalities.
- Drowsy Driving – When you’re behind the wheel, lack of sleep, drowsiness or fatigue can impair your cognition and performance, leading to serious accidents. NHSTA estimates that in a single year, drowsy drivers were involved in 91,000 police-reported crashes that led to approximately 50,000 people being injured and 800 fatalities. Most experts agree, however, that these numbers underestimate the widespread problem of drowsy driving.
How Do Defective Automobiles Cause Car Accidents?
Sometimes a car accident is not caused by a driver, but by the car itself. Mechanical malfunctions can manifest in tire blowouts, brake failures, seat belt and air bag defects and other problems. In other cases, a flaw in the design of the vehicle can lead to an accident, such as SUV rollovers, engine errors, structural failures and post-collision fires.
These product defects can be the sole cause of a crash or act in combination with a driver’s negligence. The attorneys of Boyers Law Group are experienced in handling defective product claims and will carefully examine all of the facts in your car accident case to be able to determine all of the liable parties and the full amount of compensation you deserve.
When Can I File a Car Accident Claim in Florida?
Contrary to what many people believe, Florida’s Motor Vehicle No-Fault Law does not prohibit you from filing a car accident claim against a negligent party or parties to obtain compensation. The law entitles you to bring a claim for damages if you suffered serious injuries because of someone else’s negligence or recklessness. Florida drivers and other negligent parties can be held liable for your injuries and damages if their negligent actions or wrongful conduct caused or partially caused the injury accident. These actions include but are not limited to such things as speeding, driving while intoxicated, disregarding a traffic light, failing to yield the right of way, following too closely, and engaging in road rage.
There are many times when a lawsuit is necessary to obtain the compensation you need to pay for your mental anguish, ongoing medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, among other possible damages. An experienced Boyers Law Group car accident attorney will review what happened in your injury accident and let you know if you are eligible for this kind of lawsuit. You should not assume that you do not meet the law’s “serious injury” threshold without first consulting with a knowledgeable Florida car accident attorney.
In Florida, victims of automobile accidents have only 2 years from the date of the crash to file a lawsuit. Given this time limitation, it is important to contact an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible after the crash. Getting experienced legal guidance early not only helps ensure that your claim gets filed on time, it also helps your law firm’s investigators and experts gather evidence of negligence from the accident site and vehicles involved in the crash.
When you contact the experienced Miami car accident lawyers of Boyers Law Group, we can often obtain “Black Box” electronic data (aka “Event Data Recorder”) from the car’s computer system that enables us to determine vehicle speeds, steering maneuvers and braking attempts at the time of a crash. We will also interview witnesses while their memories are still fresh. In addition, our car accident attorneys will obtain cell phone service provider records of the at-fault driver, which often provide invaluable evidence of negligent, distracted driving.
You can be assured that we have the know-how and will dedicate the resources needed to amass evidence of negligence on the other driver’s or other parties’ part. We will then build a compelling case holding them accountable and getting you the substantial compensation you deserve for the damages you have suffered.
What Kind of Compensation is Available for Florida Car Accident Injuries?
If you or a family member has been seriously injured in a car accident caused by another driver’s negligence or recklessness, you may be able to obtain substantial financial compensation for the injuries and damages caused by their actions. With a Florida car accident lawsuit, you may be able to obtain compensation for:
- Mental anguish
- Diminished capacity to enjoy life
- Physical pain and suffering
- Scarring, disability, disfigurement
- Property damage to your vehicle and possessions in your vehicle
- Lost wages and diminished earning capacity in the future
- All current and future medical expenses related to your accident injuries
- Your family’s loss of your companionship, guidance and assistance
- Other damages recoverable under Florida law
The amount of financial compensation you may receive from a settlement or jury award depends on many different factors, including the extent of your injuries, prognosis, medical treatment, need for rehabilitation, ability to work and your family’s dependence on you. Our expert Florida car accident lawyers will examine every detail of your case to help you get the full substantial compensation you deserve.
Boyers Law Group Attorneys Have Many Years of Experience Helping Florida Car Accident Victims Get the Compensation They Deserve
When you or a member of your family has been seriously injured in an automobile accident, you need expert legal help to gather evidence and advocate tirelessly for the compensation to which you are entitled. Our compassionate, experienced team has more than twenty-five years of experience fighting for the rights of people who have been injured in automobile accidents. We will put our extensive experience and resources to work for you:
- Helping you understand the legal process and your rights
- Making sure we have complete knowledge of all the facts of your case
- Gathering and presenting all the evidence necessary to prove negligence and demonstrate your right to substantial compensation
- Leaving no stone unturned in advocating for justice for you and your family
Please contact the experienced Miami car accident attorneys of Boyers Law Group at 800.545.9100 or submit the “Tell Us What Happened” form on our website to get started working on your case.