An Overview Of Automobile Accidents
An automobile accident occurs when an automobile strikes another vehicle, person, animal, or stationary object. Automobile accidents can be as typical as a fender bender in the streets of Miami to an automobile smashing into a house while people are sleeping. Dealing with the aftermath of an automobile accident can be a traumatic time in a person’s life but, with The Izquierdo Law Firm by your side, you don’t have to face it alone.
As a result of an automobile accident, not only will you endure the pain and suffering of the physical injuries sustained because of the negligence of a third party, but you will also likely face the expenses of lost wages and massive medical bills. An airlift or ambulance ride to the emergency room can easily cost you $10,000; at which point your PIP benefits have been exhausted but you still face long months of physical therapy and perhaps even surgery. Many times serious injuries resulting from the automobile accident don’t present themselves immediately; serious lumbar and spinal injuries, neck injuries, brain injuries and/or other significant illnesses may take time to progress and become noticeable.
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A Plaintiff/ victim must prove four things when brining an automobile accident claim; (1) duty, (2) breach, (3) causation, and (4) damages. The Plaintiff must prove that the defendant owed the victim a duty to drive his vehicle in a responsible manner. The Plaintiff must also prove that the defendant’s actions, i.e., running a red light, texting and/or talking on the phone while driving, driving intoxicated, speeding or failing to obey any other traffic law, was a breach of said duty. After Mr. Izquierdo has established that the defendant had a duty and that he breached said duty, he has established negligence. However, for the victim to recover, he must also prove that the damages sustained where caused by the defendant’s negligence. Often times insurance company will try to claim that the injuries were pre-existing and were not caused by their insured’s negligence. Insurance companies will also try to claim that the victim was also negligent in some way and that they should be barred from recovering. Because an insurance company is in the business of making money by trying to avoid paying out claims, it is essential that you retain Mr. Izquierdo as your attorney. He works closely with an expert medical team to establish that the injuries sustained by our clients were a result of the defendant’s negligence. Mr. Izquierdo will make sure that the insurance companies don’t avoid liability or paying as they should.
If you are injured in an automobile accident, you should seek representation from an experienced attorney like Mr. Izquierdo. You shouldn’t have to fight alone when you are surrounded by parties whose interests will be well protected by a team of attorneys. Insurance companies deal with complex automobile related litigation on a daily basis. Insurance companies are for profit businesses whose bottom line is to make money. Usually, an insurance company will try to present settlement papers right away in order to limit their liability. It is important that you do not sign any documents prior to seeking the help of an experienced personal injury attorney like Mr. Izquierdo. To safeguard your rights, please Miami Personal Injury Lawyer | Hialeah Car Accident Lawyer, Alexis Izquierdo for a free consultation. Legal action may not be the first thing victims of a car accident think of, but the reality is that an experienced lawyer, like Mr. Izquierdo, helps when dealing with any insurance company. Commonly, victims assume that the insurance company is working in their best interest. However, that is not the case, and statistics show that car accident victims represented by a lawyer wins three times the original offer of an insurance claim made solely by the victim.
What to do after a Car Accident
- Call 911
- Make a report and let the police officer know of any symptoms you may be feeling
- Take note of the driver and vehicle information
- Take pictures (if possible)
- Look for witnesses
- Do not discuss details of the accident with the driver: Only exchange the needed information, insurance companies have been known to twist simple statements of “I’m Sorry” into an admission of guilt to lower your settlement.
- Go to a Doctor
- Consult with a car accident attorney
To arrange a free initial consultation to further discuss how we can help you through this difficult time, please contact Miami Personal Injury Lawyer / Hialeah Car Accident Lawyer Alexis Izquierdo at our Florida office today at (305) 985-7800. Se Habla Español / Spanish language services available.
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