Experienced Longwood, FL car accident lawyer that stands up for injury victims' rights
A car wreck in Florida can be complicated, which is why you need a seasoned Longwood attorney who is qualified to help you fight for justice and compensation. With nearly 20 years' experience, Attorney Scott M. Miller knows that without warning, another driver can crash into your car, causing extensive damage and serious injuries. But it's not just the accident itself that can be overwhelming. It's dealing with the insurance companies, police reports and the medical bills afterward that can lead to a spiral of despair.
In some cases, the other driver might claim you caused the accident when you did nothing wrong. Other times, drivers might not have insurance or may flee the scene of the accident. Then there are the insurance companies, which act like paying you fair compensation is the last thing they want to do.
Knowing what to do after a car crash can be confusing. Fortunately, you don't have to deal with your motor vehicle accident on your own. Florida auto accident attorney Scott M. Miller and his experienced legal team can guide you through your accident, one step at a time.
What types of car wreck cases does the Law Office of Scott M. Miller handle?
Our Longwood, FL law firm handles all types of car crashes involving negligence. Some of the top types of accidents include:
- Rear-end crashes - Rear-end collisions, which can happen on any road or highway in the Orlando area, typically occur when the car in front slows or stops and the rear-most driver does not have time to stop. The rear-most driver is almost always at fault, although there are exceptions.
- Cell-phone related accidents - Florida adopted a texting-while-driving ban, but some drivers continue to ignore the law and cause serious crashes. While it's not illegal to talk on a cell phone while driving, studies have found that drivers who do so experience a cognitive distraction that increases their risk of causing an accident.
- Drunk driving accidents - Despite tough Florida laws to stop drinking and driving, many intoxicated people get behind the wheel and cause devastating accidents. In 2012, there were 697 drunk driving fatalities (drivers with blood alcohol content of .08 or higher), according to MADD.org. This number represents a slight increase from the previous year.
- Speeding accidents - Excessive speed can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles or not stop in time. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding was a factor in 30 percent of all deadly crashes in 2011, when 9,944 people died in this type of accidents.
- Asleep at the wheel accidents - Fatigued driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving. Even if drivers don't fall asleep, they are less attentive, have slower reaction times and their ability to make a decision is affected. A tired driving accident in Florida can be difficult to prove, which is why it's important to arrange a consultation with an experienced lawyer.
Attorney Miller knows how to handle such complicated cases. Before moving to Florida and starting his own practice, Attorney Miller worked as a personal injury lawyer in Chicago for 5 years. He's also a member of the "Million Dollar Advocates Forum," an elite legal association reserved for lawyers who obtain a settlement or verdict for a client worth more than $1 million.
Common questions and issues involving Florida car wrecks
After a car accident in Longwood or anywhere in the Orlando, FL area, you likely will have a lot of questions and concerns. Finding answers to your questions can sometimes be a challenge. That's why we offer a free consultation to all accident victims. It's also the reason why we compiled this list of frequently asked questions about auto accidents and other related issues:
- Who is Liable in a Rear-End Crash?
- How Do Head-On Crashes Happen?
- What Causes a Car to Rollover?
- Broadside/ T-Bone Collisions
- The Rights of Passengers Who Are Injured
On our website, you can also find information about many other topics related to car accidents in Florida, including:
- What Are Frequent Injuries in Car Wrecks?
- How to Interpret a Florida Car Accident Report
- How Does an Attorney Help After a Car Wreck?
- Why Do Car Accidents Happen?
- Auto Insurance Coverage - What You Should Know
- Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents
Whatever the cause of your car accident, whatever complicated legal issues you're dealing with, put your trust in us. We have the experience and knowledge to aggressively represent you.
Why should I hire Florida car crash attorney Scott M. Miller?
As your lawyer, Attorney Miller will aggressively investigate your car accident. Our comprehensive approach to auto accident investigations often includes:
- Visiting the accident scene
- Analyzing accident reports
- Interviewing witnesses
- Dealing directly with insurance companies
- Filing a lawsuit if necessary
In most cases, the driver of the car that crashes into the vehicle in front is presumed to be responsible for the rear-end car accident. But that's not always automatically the case in rear-end accidents, which are among the most common types of car accidents in Florida.
Determining who is liable in a rear-end crash is not always so straight-forward. In some cases, two cars are pushed into the front-most car. The middle and front-most car generally would be able to file a claim against the third car. In rare cases, the driver of the car that is struck in a rear-end collision may be partially at fault. That vehicle may have brake lights that were not functioning. But with the right lawyer on your side, you can make sure that driver who caused your crash is held responsible for his or her actions. And often, the key to winning such cases comes down to the evidence.
Such evidence often includes:
- Location of damage on both vehicles
- Lack of skid marks on road from rear vehicle
- Statements made by witnesses who saw the accident
Attorney Miller knows how to search for such evidence and build strong legal cases. That's why he has such a strong track record of success. He has years of experience investigating rear-end accidents and he has the case results to prove it.
Rear-end accidents can lead to serious injuries, such as whiplash (neck or back injury) and bone fractures, including facial injuries. A lawyer can evaluate your claim and help you pursue compensation for your losses.
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How Do Head-On Crashes Happen?
While not as common as rear-end crashes, head-on car accidents do happen frequently in Florida. Because of the extreme forces of two cars slamming into each other from opposite directions, this type of collision often results in severe or fatal injuries. The reasons why include some of the most common causes of car accidents, including:
- Distracted driving
- Intoxicated driving
- Tire blowouts
- Falling asleep at the wheel
- Hazards in the road
If you or a loved one was injured in a head-on collision in Florida, attorney Scott M. Miller can work with you to make sure your family receives the compensation you rightfully deserve. Victims of head-on collisions often face a difficult and painful recovery due to injuries and emotional distress. Expenses can add up quickly. Your car may be totaled. You may be unable to return to work.
Head-on crashes are among the most serious motor vehicle accidents we deal with at our law firm. We work hard on these cases because we know that the money we obtain for families can make a dramatic difference in their lives. When a potential client contacts us about a serious car accident, we tell them that no matter how big their losses may be, there is hope. Attorney Scott M. Miller helps victims and families who lost loved ones file a claim against the at-fault party. He shows the insurance company exactly how the accident has affected the victim and family so they can get the compensation they need to get their lives back on track.
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What Causes a Car to Rollover?
Typically, a rollover accident involves a vehicle which flips over onto its side or roof. These accidents usually involve SUVs, trucks, pick-ups and other larger vehicles. Rollover accidents happen for many reasons. They also account for some startling statistics, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- More than 10,000 people die every year in rollover accidents
- Rollover accidents account for 33 percent of all passenger fatalities
- Seatbelts reduce the risk of dying in a rollover accident by 75 percent
Why do so many rollover car accidents happen? Sometimes, the cause involves a design defect. The vehicle might be top-heavy. Tall vehicles have a higher center-of-gravity, which makes them more prone to rollover. There may be a defect such as tread separation that causes tire blowout. Many rollover accidents occur because of drivers who ignore speed limits or drive too fast for conditions and who lose control of their vehicles or change lanes without warning. In other cases, a driver might cause a rollover by jerking the steering wheel to make a sharp turn. Here are some other important numbers about factors that contribute to rollover accidents:
- 75 percent of rollover accidents occur on roads with speed limits over 55 mph
- 50 percent of fatal rollover accidents involve alcohol
- 75 percent of rollover accidents occur in rural areas
- 90 percent of fatal, single-vehicle rollover accidents involve routine driving maneuvers
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Broadside/ T-Bone Collisions
Side-impact car accidents, in which one vehicle crashes into the side of another car, are often called "broadside accidents" or "T-Bone collisions." Such accidents can have very serious consequences. T-Bone accidents account for an estimated 27 percent of all passenger fatalities.
Nearly all broadside accidents occur at intersections. Side-impact accidents happen for any number of reasons. Sometimes, a driver fails to stop at a red light or a stop sign. Other times, a distracted driver crashes into another car or drives into an intersection without warning.
Depending on the size of the vehicles involved in T-Bone collisions, injuries can be severe, especially if a tractor-trailer or large vehicle crashes into a car. If you or a loved one has been injured in a broadside accident, contact us. We want to help you get your life back on track.
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The Rights of Passengers Who Are Injured
Each year, more than 2 million people sustain injuries in car accidents nationwide, and many of the people injured are passengers. When passengers are injured, they can pursue a claim against the negligent driver. Depending on the circumstances, it may be the driver of the other vehicle, the driver of the vehicle in which the passenger was riding or both drivers.
Some of the scenarios of injuries to passengers include:
- Passenger related to the driver and they live in the same household - Passenger will likely need to pursue an accident claim under the driver's insurance policy.
- Passenger not related to the driver who caused the accident - Passenger will likely need to file a third-party claim against the driver.
- Passenger injured in two-car accident caused by other driver - Passenger will likely need to file a third-party claim against the other driver.
There are so many different scenarios for different types of car accidents. That's why it's critical you contact an experienced Florida car accident attorney to handle your case and make sure you receive the money you rightfully deserve.
Call (866) MILLER-5 or (407) 869-9996 and schedule a free case evaluation with Attorney Scott M. Miller.
You won't have to worry about fees or costs if there is no recovery. Attorney Miller works on a contingency fee basis. You only pay an attorney's fee if you win or there is a settlement.
The Law Office of Scott M. Miller - personalized attention, exceptional results.