Delray Beach Car Accident Attorney
Car Accidents in Florida
Were you or a loved one recently injured in a motor vehicle accident?
Samuel M. Yaffa P.A. is here to help you recover the compensation you are owed.
Our Delray Beach auto accident lawyer has over two decades of experience
helping clients obtain compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Lost income
- Rehabilitation costs
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
Your path to fair and full compensation starts with a free consultation. Call
(561) 677-8566 or
contact us online to schedule your complimentary case review.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Auto accidents occur far too frequently in the state of Florida. Since
most motor vehicle collisions are due to driver error, most of them are
preventable. Unfortunately, no matter how safe you are in driving, you
cannot control what other people do.
The most common causes of car accidents in the U.S. include:
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence
- Reckless driving
- Running red lights
- Improper turns
- Design defects
When someone else’s negligence leads to your injuries in a car accident,
you deserve to be compensated. Let Samuel M. Yaffa P.A. handle your claim
so that you can get every penny you deserve.
Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Coverage
Florida is a no-fault auto insurance state. For this reason, all motorists
must carry a minimum amount of $10,000 in personal injury protection (PIP)
coverage. When you are involved in a car accident, you will need to file
a claim under your PIP first, regardless of who is at fault. If you meet
or exceed your PIP policy coverage, you can step outside the no-fault
system to file a claim against the other driver’s insurance provider.
In this case, you would only be able to collect as much as the at-fault
driver’s policy covers. Those who require more compensation for
their losses may also be able to directly sue the at-fault driver.
Florida's 14 Day PIP Rule
Florida law says that the insurance company must provide compensation under
the insurance agreement with a driver as long as the victim gets initial
medical services and care within 14 days of the motor vehicle accident.
We will be happy to explain this to you in detail.
What to Do after a Car Accident?
If you have been injured in a serious accident, the most important thing
for you to do is seek immediate medical attention. However, if you are
able, you should also be sure to take the appropriate action to enhance
your ability to secure compensation.
There are several steps to follow after an auto collision, including:
- Do not flee the scene of the accident – doing so could lead to criminal charges
- Seek medical attention for any injuries, even if they seem minor
- Report the car accident to the police
- Request a copy of the police report
- Exchange your information with any other driver’s involved in the accident
- Collect contact information from any witnesses
- Take pictures of your injuries and the damage done to any vehicles involved
- Avoid sharing details of the accident on social media
- Continue to be aware of any injuries that may have delayed symptoms
Samuel M. Yaffa for legal assistance with your car accident claim
Taking these steps after an auto accident could mean the difference between
winning and losing your personal injury claim. Be sure to consult with
an experienced motor vehicle accident attorney as soon as possible after
your collision. Your lawyer can help you gather the necessary evidence
to prove that the other driver was responsible for the accident and your injuries.
What Not to Do after an Auto Accident
There are also a couple things that you should not do following the collision.
First, never apologize for the accident or say anything that indicates it was
your fault. What you say can be used against you in a personal injury claim.
Second, do not make any formal statements with or sign any paperwork from an
insurance company without first speaking to a lawyer. Accepting an offer
of compensation from an insurer will likely prohibit you from filing a
personal injury claim. Your attorney can help you determine a fair settlement
that will cover the costs of all your losses.
Contact Samuel M. Yaffa P.A. at
(561) 677-8566 to discuss your case with a knowledgeable car accident lawyer in Delray Beach.