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Hurt in a car crash that wasn’t your fault? You have the right to pursue compensation from the party who caused the collision. In some cases, more than one person may be responsible, which makes it imperative to work with a skilled Fort Lauderdale car accident attorney.

Call a Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer at Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath to work with an expert car accident lawyer in Fort Lauderdale today at (561) 867-4117. We’ll prioritize your well-being and work hard to help you move forward.

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Why do I need an attorney? Can’t I just file my own claim?

Some insurance representatives will personally get paid more if you receive less, and they’ll succeed if an effective lawyer does not represent you.

That’s only one of the reasons why you should hire a Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer. Another reason is that an effective attorney will preserve the evidence that could be integral to your case.

What should I do after a car accident in Fort Lauderdale?

Following a car crash, follow these steps to protect your rights and best interests.

  1. Get to a safe place – If the crash occurs at night, be careful exiting your vehicle. Use a flashlight to help drivers see your position outside of the car. Avoid walking close to the road.
  2. Call 911 and ask for an ambulance and the police – Police will ensure that the scene is protected and keep traffic moving smoothly around you, but they can also file a police report. Most insurance companies require this report to process any claims for car accidents. If you or your passenger(s) are injured, go to the hospital in an ambulance.
  3. Speak with the responding officer – Keep communication with the other driver to a minimum.
  4. Gather evidence at the scene – Write down your recollection of the events and take photos of the accident scene, including stop signs, skid marks on the road, and weather conditions. Make sure you gather the names of anyone present for future reference.
  5. Exchange information – Get the full name, identification, telephone number, address, and license plate number of the other party involved in the accident. Try to get witness information as well. This will help your Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyer later when they build your case.
  6. Notify your insurance – Report the accident to your insurance company immediately. Your insurance may also have suggestions for covered treatment or follow-up processes that you must be aware of.
  7. 7. Contact a Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyer – Don’t try to do everything yourself. Get someone who knows the laws and can protect your rights to be on your side. At Lytal, Reiter, Smith, lvey & Fronrath, we ensure you only have to focus on your recovery while we get your compensation.

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How much does it cost to hire a Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyer?

You won’t owe us a dime at Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath unless and until we win your case. This is known as being paid “on contingency,” and it means you can rest assured we’ll do everything in our power to win your case.

How long do I have after a car accident to file a claim?

In Florida, you have two years from the accident date to file a personal injury claim for damages. This deadline is known as a “statute of limitations” and you must follow it to have a valid claim.

What damages can my car accident lawyer claim?

Economic damages are the things that were physically damaged and required financial investment to repair. In a car accident, economic damages include property damage to vehicles, physical injury to either party, medical bills (including trips to the ER and follow-up doctor’s appointments), lost wages, and car replacement costs.

Ensure you retain receipts of these damages to assist in your claims.

Non-economic damages

Non-economic damages aren’t physical with a receipt attached. They are emotional harm done to the victim of an accident. These are just as significant and life-changing as economic damages.

Injured drivers often experience distressing conditions like PTSD, shock, emotional anguish, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and more as a result of the experience.

If you are unsure what damages you’re entitled to, call a Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyer at Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath for a free, no-obligation consultation.

What is “liability” in a car crash?

Unfortunately, another driver’s reckless, careless, or negligent actions cause many car crashes. If you were injured in an accident caused by someone else, you can pursue compensation against their insurance company.

Here are a few situations where liability (responsibility) comes into play:

  • Driver runs a red light or fails to give the right of way and causes a crash at an intersection
  • Driver fails to check their blind spot and merges into the side of another vehicle
  • Driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol and enters the wrong side of the highway

No matter the type of car accident you were involved in, if you were injured as the result of someone else’s negligence or reckless behavior, you have the right to pursue compensation. Contact a Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyer today at (561) 867-4117.

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We fight the insurance company to get you total compensation

When the other party’s insurance company calls you, remember this: you are not obligated to speak with them. If they call you and ask questions about the wreck and your injuries, tell them you’ll call them back once you have a lawyer.

No matter what they may say, you do not have to speak with them, and you really shouldn’t. If you feel obligated, you can tell them your name, phone number, and address, but don’t give away any more information. You shouldn’t talk about your injuries and vehicle damage — tell them your lawyer will discuss those matters with them.

No matter what they say or how nice they may sound on the phone, the insurance company is not your friend. They will try to find any opportunity to pay you less than you are asking for, so don’t give them that opportunity.

What are some common car accident injuries?

Vehicle damage is evident after a car accident, but physical injuries don’t always manifest as quickly. You might not even know you were injured until days or weeks after the crash (these are known as ‘latent injuries’), especially if you suffered an injury to the head or specific internal organs.

However, some injuries will be immediately apparent. Whichever type you have (visible or latent), you must contact a Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyer from Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath. Keep reading to learn about the most common car accident injuries, then contact our office to schedule your case consultation.

Why should I go to the doctor immediately after a crash?

Even if you don’t feel injured, you should seek medical attention after a car accident. As mentioned above, many injuries are latent, meaning symptoms appear weeks or months after the accident.

But just because the symptoms occur later doesn’t mean the injury hasn’t already appeared. Your doctor can do a thorough exam to ensure you did not suffer internal or brain injuries in the accident.

You should not accept a settlement from the other party’s insurance company until your injuries are completely healed. (Your lawyer will not file a lawsuit or claim until your injuries are healed, either.) This will help ensure you do not receive less than you need.

It’s always a good idea to visit the doctor after being in an accident. At the very least, you’ll have a checkup and peace of mind that you are healthy.

Hurt in a crash? Our Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyers are ready to help.

Call us at (561) 867-4117 to learn how we can take care of your case while you care for yourself. We put our trial-tested lawyers to work gathering evidence and getting you the compensation you’re owed.

Get a free, no-obligation consultation today to see how we can assist you. We don’t charge you unless we win your case. There’s nothing to lose except the stress of fighting for your rights alone.

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