Car Accident Attorneys in Broward & Palm Beach County
Law Offices located throughout South Florida, including Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach
I’ve Been in A Car Accident, Should I Take Legal Action?
In the aftermath of your car accident, you’re probably experiencing physical pain and emotional distress over:
- mounting medical bills
- lost wages
- car repairs
You may even be considering filing a liability claim against the person/s you believe caused the accident.
If you or a loved one were injured through no fault of your own but due to the negligence of another driver, you may be legally entitled to receive financial compensation for your injuries and other sustained damages.
Top Notch Legal Representation
At the Law Offices of John D. Ameen, P.A., our car accident attorneys have earned a strong reputation throughout South Florida as staunch advocates of injured Floridians rights.
We’re not afraid to go toe to toe with the insurance companies — whether in negotiations or in front of a jury.
Our lead attorney, Mr. Ameen, has over 20 years of experience handling personal injury, accident and insurance claims.
Early in my career, I worked as an attorney representing the insurance industry. During this time I gained valuable insight into how insurance companies defend cases. This inside knowledge of how the other side operates has helped me recover millions of dollars for my clients over the past few years.
We don’t charge any fees unless your case is won.
Set-up a consultation today at one of our seven locations:
- Fort Lauderdale
- Coral Springs
- Boca Raton
- Boynton Beach
- West Palm Beach
Was I a Victim of Negligence?
Negligence occurs when a driver fails to exercise reasonable care. In most cases, this is referred to as “careless driving,” which is defined in Florida Statute 316.1925:
“Any person operating a vehicle upon the streets or highways within the state shall drive the same in a careful and prudent manner, having regard for the width, grade, curves, corners, traffic, and all other attendant circumstances, so as not to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person. Failure to drive in such manner shall constitute careless driving and a violation of this section.”
At The Law Offices of John D. Ameen, P.A., we represent victims of car accidents:
- involving drunk drivers
- uninsured drivers (UM Claims)
- trucking companies or commercial vehicles
- other negligent persons
Under Florida law, negligence can be established in three ways:
- The driver that injured you had a duty to drive reasonably/with care
- The driver breached their duty to drive reasonably/with care
- The driver’s breach caused damages/injuries
To be successful in pursuing a liability claim, evidence will be needed to prove guilt of negligent or reckless behavior, such as:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Failure to obey traffic laws (running a stop sign/red light, failure to yield)
- Distracted driving (using a cell phone/texting)
- Tailgating, following too closely
- Defective car parts
- Hit & run
In order to file suit against the driver at fault, you must show that you have suffered a
“serious” injury, such as:
- Spinal cord injury
- Herniated disc
- Brain damage
- Significant head injury
- Permanent scarring or disfigurement
- Broken bones
Understanding Florida’s Auto Insurance
As a no-fault state, Florida requires drivers to purchase $10,000 in personal injury insurance and $10,000 in property liability damage. Personal injury protection (PIP) will cover 80% of your medical expenses and 60% in lost wages.
It is also highly recommended that drivers purchase uninsured (UM) and underinsured (UIM) motorist benefits. These coverage plans will protect you from negligent drivers who are illegally uninsured or underinsured and do not have enough coverage to fully compensate you for your injuries.
What if the Negligent Driver Does Not Have Insurance?
If a driver is negligent, their insurance company pays for your injuries. However, if the negligent driver is uninsured, we would have to file a UM claim under your uninsured motorist plan to obtain compensation. If the negligent driver is underinsured or has limited liability coverage, we can make an additional claim under your UIM policy to cover the difference.
What If I Am Partly To Blame For Accident?
In some cases, the person you are holding liable for your injuries may argue that you were partly to blame for the accident. If you were at fault in some way, it will affect the amount of compensation you receive.
Florida follows a pure comparative negligence rule which enables a jury to reduce your compensation amount by the percentage of how much you were at fault for the accident. For example, if you were 30% negligent, your recovery would be reduced by 30%. In other words, you would be entitled to a 70% monetary reward. However, if you were 50% or more at fault then you can’t recover total compensation.
Contact Our Offices
If you or a loved one have been the victim of a vehicle accident, let the Law Offices of John D. Ameen, P.A. review your case and provide you with a free consultation. If you want a lawyer you can talk to, who understands your situation and who will fight for you, call today at (800) 555-4011 for your free consultation, or you can contact us here.