Miami-Dade Police officials have taken a man into custody in connection with a car accident that took place around 6:45 pm on Tuesday near Broward Boulevard on the I-95. A representative for the Florida Highway Patrol says the man is an assistant state attorney for Broward County. Police officials say the man was headed northbound on the I-95 when he crashed into two vehicles near Sunrise Boulevard and Oakland Park Boulevard. The man appears to have abandoned his vehicle and fled the scene. Officials with the Broward County State Attorney’s Office issued a statement earlier this week saying that the assistant state attorney in question will be suspended without pay until the case is resolved. No further details were released.
These types of crashes are unacceptable but are unfortunately common across South Florida every year. At Suarez & Montero Car Accident Lawyers, we believe that traffic deaths and serious injuries are preventable and unacceptable. For us, the only acceptable highway safety goal should be zero serious injuries and fatalities. Being involved in a serious car crash can be devastating for the victim, and even the victim’s family and friends for many reasons. For one, it can create the financial burden of having to pay for medical expenses, vehicle repairs and the like. It can be especially difficult when the person who is injured cannot work as this reduces the amount of income available to pay for these expenses. Escalating medical expenses not covered by insurance and lost wages due to hospitalization and injury adds another layer of stress to the equation. By seeking an attorney to help you obtain compensation for your damages, you can help ease the stress of dealing with the aftermath of a car accident including some of the financial difficulties that come along with an accident. If you sustained serious injuries in a car accident or lost a loved one due to the negligence of another driver in a car crash, you may have the right to obtain compensation for your loss and to sue for damages under Florida law. Generally speaking, you are allowed to file a personal injury liability claim and a property damage liability claim to recover your losses. Each of these types of claims might compensate you for a variety of expenses and loss, but specifics vary based on each situation. Below you’ll find a quick guide on the different types of personal injury claims you can file after a car accident.
Claims against Other Drivers
This is the most common type of car accident personal injury claim. This is because in most cases, a plaintiff will want to file suit for damages against the motorist who hit their vehicle. In large accidents, more than one driver might be at fault for the damages caused. A personal injury attorney will be making sure to sue all defendants with possible liability for the accident. Was the driver identified in the police report working for someone else at the time of the accident? If so, under the doctrine of respondeat superior, the employer is legally responsible for all torts caused by the employee during the course of his or her employment. There may also be more than one defendant responsible for causing the accident. If two or more people, by their combined negligence, cause an accident, each tortfeasor is still liable in part for your injuries. Thus, if the plaintiff is a passenger in an automobile that collides with another car, the driver of the plaintiff’s vehicle should also be named as a defendant, even if he or she is less at fault than the other driver.
Car Accident Claims Against the Government.
If you’re involved in an accident due to a poorly designed road, or a poorly maintained highway or street, then you may have a claim against the city or county responsible for said roads. A personal injury attorney may be able to help you prove that the government knew or should have known about the conditions that led to your accident to help you recover for your injuries.
Wrongful Death Claims
If you have lost a loved one in a car accident, Florida law entitles survivors to file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party. The Florida Wrongful Death Act provides that an action for wrongful death must be brought by the decedent’s personal representative, who is to recover for the benefit of the decedent’s survivors and estate all the damages, as specified in the Act, caused by the injury resulting in death. Thus, the personal representative has the exclusive authority to conduct litigation, and to hire counsel to carry out his or her duties with regard to a wrongful death claim. The deceased victim’s survivors only have two years from the time of death to take legal action, instead of four years like most other personal injury claims. Additionally, a personal representative for the deceased typically initiates the suit on behalf of the estate and surviving family members.
How a Lawyer Can Help in the Event of a Car Accident
At the Law Offices of Suarez & Montero Car Accident Attorneys, you are never just another file or claim to us—you are part of our family and your well-being is just as important to us as if you were our own family. Our skillful attorneys are genuinely committed to our clients. We will fight to make sure that you get the maximum amount of compensation owed to you. Let us help you get the medical care you need and fight to make sure you are compensated for your injuries! Our attorneys are ready to provide proven legal representation in pursuing your claim and stand ready to protect your rights. We are available 24/7 to give you a free, no risk case consultation.
We serve clients throughout Florida including those in the following areas:
Miami-Dade: Aventura, Coral Gables, Doral, Fontainebleau, Hialeah, Homestead, Kendall, Miami, Miami Beach, Miami Lakes, North Miami, Tamiami, and Westchester.
Broward: Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach, Hollywood, Pembroke Pines, and Weston; and Palm Beach County including Boca Raton, Lake Worth, and West Palm Beach.