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With residents and tourists alike out all year long exploring everything that our lively state has to offer, car crashes are a common occurrence in Florida. Sadly, many of these accidents that result in serious injuries and even deaths are due to the negligence of an individual or organization. At the Law Firm of Andrew Winston, we know this all too well and have built our business on helping accident victims to get the compensation that they need to pay off medical bills and put their lives back on track.
You might think that it seems excessive to hire a lawyer and file suit over a car crash, but often it is the only way for a victim to make sure that they actually receive fair compensation. As nice as it would be if negligent people and businesses always took responsibility for their wrongdoing and gave you what you deserve, most of the time the opposite is true – they will either deny their culpability until it can be proven otherwise or offer you a lowball settlement that may not even cover your initial medical expenses.
The experienced personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of Winston believe that this is unfair and uncalled for – if someone else causes you harm, you should never have to foot the bill, and if you work with us, we will fight vigorously to help you to get the highest compensation possible for what you have suffered.
When you are harmed in an auto accident that occurred due to the reckless or irresponsible actions of someone else, seeking compensation is something that you should take very seriously. Why?
Medical care costs money. Even if you only suffer minor injuries in the crash, you will be surprised at how quickly your bills can add up if you need to head in for a brief hospital visit, see your doctor multiple times, or undergo rehab treatment. Far too many good people in our state go bankrupt because they just cannot afford the high cost of appropriate medical treatment. When someone else is responsible for you seeking out treatment in the first place, it is only right that they pay for you to heal.
You cannot work from the hospital. If your injuries require you to miss work, that is money that you are losing out on because of what happened and along with high medical bills can cause people great financial harm.
Your injury is lingering or permanent. One of the biggest reasons not to take the first low offer that you get from the opposing party’s insurance company is because it is unlikely to factor in ongoing care that you could need if your injury ends up affecting your for longer than expected. Sometimes people with very serious injuries are unable to return to their job or even find employment of any kind because of what happened. Appropriate compensation will take into account any future earnings that you are likely to lose out on.
It provides closure. Car crashes often leave more than just physical scars – they cause emotional damage that will only start to heal once you are able to hold the person or organization responsible liable for what happened and force them to see what their actions did to you. This is often especially true in cases where the victim died in the crash and the family files suit against the perpetrator.
It can help others. Fighting to get compensation in court is not just about the money. Many times, businesses and individuals who fight to deny responsibility and pay victims a reasonable sum will also continue to engage in the same activities that led to your injury until they are given a financial incentive (such as the prospect of losing more cases in court like yours) to change their ways.
At the Law Office of Andrew Winston, our lawyers have successfully handled all kinds of auto accident cases and enabled numerous victims to get the compensation that they needed and deserved. This wealth of experience has taught them that there are as many different ways that negligence can lead to auto injuries as there are crashes. Here are some of the most common kinds of negligence that we tend to face:
Drunk driving. Despite the fact that Florida has both public transportation and a number of private driving companies, far too many people still decide to get behind the wheel after drinking. It is a problem that is made worse by the fact that our state is a place that people visit with the intent to cut loose, vacation, and party.
Distracted driving. Most drivers know that they should not be texting or talking on their phones while driving, but that does not mean that everyone engages in good behavior. And even beyond technology, there are plenty of things that can cause distractions from rubbernecking to reaching for a drink to talking to passengers.
Defective car parts. Maybe the other driver did everything right behind the wheel, but still ended up colliding with your vehicle because something went wrong with their car. Defective car parts can and do happen, and when they cause accidents and injuries, the manufacturer may be held liable and forced to compensate you. Additionally, you may be able to hold your auto manufacturer liable if your injury occurred or was exacerbated by a defective part that was not able to protect you in the way that it should have, such as a weak roof that collapses during a rollover accident.
Reckless driving. This one encompasses a lot, from speeding to weaving to failing to yield or obey traffic signals. Drivers who neglect the rules of the road and cause accidents need to be held responsible, and you deserve to get compensation if you are injured because of their actions.
Unsafe roads. Sometimes, accidents happen because the people responsible for keeping our roads in good working order know about a problem but do not fix it. If your auto accident injury was caused by damage to the road or a lack of proper safety signs and warnings, you may be able to receive compensation.
Uninsured drivers. Normally when you are involved in an accident, you exchange insurance information with the other driver and call in the incident. But what happens when they do not have insurance? If you do not want to end up paying for the harm that they caused to you, it may be necessary to file suit against them.
We know that car crashes are traumatic experiences, especially if you or a loved one suffers a serious injury. Your initial focus should be on receiving the best possible medical care and healing. But if you want to make sure that you receive the compensation that you need to cover the cost of what was done to you, you owe it to yourself to get in touch with Andrew Winston.
All you have to do to set up a free consultation about your case is contact us, and we recommend doing it sooner rather than later because the more time we have to plan a strategy, the more likely it is that you will receive the compensation you deserve. There are three easy ways for you to reach out to us:
Phone: 866-306-9606 (toll free); 954-606-6606 (South Florida)
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The sooner you get in touch, the better your chances at success.