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A car accident in central Florida that wasn’t your fault can be serious. When somebody’s negligence caused an accident that injured you or resulted in the injury or the death of your loved one, you need to act aggressively to protect your rights.
Orlando's Car Injury & Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney - Scott M. Miller - Longwood Florida
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. Longwood car accident lawyer 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 Offices of Scott M. Miller, PLLC handle?
A Longwood, FL car accident lawyer can handle 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 Longwood or Orlando, FL 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 these complicated cases. Before moving to Florida and starting his own practice, Attorney Miller worked as a personal injury lawyer in Chicago for five 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 car wrecks in Longwood and Orlando, Florida
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
- What Are The Rights of Passengers Who Are Injured?
- What Should I Do After a Car Accident?
- What Injuries Can You Get from a Car Accident?
- Is Florida a Fault or No-Fault State for Car Accidents?
- How Much Does a Car Accident Lawyer Cost?
On our website, you can also find information about many other topics related to car accidents in Longwood and Orlando, FL, 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?
- Car 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 car accident lawyer Scott M. Miller in Longwood, Florida?
As your lawyer, Attorney Miller will aggressively investigate your car accident. Our comprehensive approach to auto accident investigations often includes:
- Visiting the scene of the accident
- 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 the case in rear-end accidents, which are among the most common types of car accidents in Longwood and Orlando, FL.
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. Generally, the middle and front-most car 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 the driver who caused your crash is held responsible for his or her actions. 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
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 Longwood and Orlando, FL. 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 on the road
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. An experienced attorney can help you understand your legal rights and options.
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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% of all passenger fatalities
- Seatbelts reduce the risk of dying in a rollover accident by 75%
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% of rollover accidents occur on roads with speed limits over 55 mph
- 50% of fatal rollover accidents involve alcohol
- 75% of rollover accidents occur in rural areas
- 90% of fatal, single-vehicle rollover accidents involve routine driving maneuvers
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What are 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% 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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What Are 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.
Passengers are almost never themselves held at fault for accidents. They have a right to pursue compensation from the at-fault driver, whether that’s the driver of the car they were in or another driver.
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What Should I Do After a Car Accident?
If you get into a Florida car accident, you should:
- Check on everyone involved and call 911 if anyone needs an ambulance.
- Activate your car’s hazard lights and move it out of the road so you don’t block traffic or cause another wreck.
- Call the police to report the accident. Later, you can obtain a copy of the investigating officer’s traffic crash report from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles for a fee.
- Get the name, address, phone number, license plate number, and insurance information of every driver involved in the crash.
- Take down the name and contact information of any eyewitnesses.
- Document the crash scene with photos. Remember to take pictures of the damage to every car involved, tire marks, street signs, traffic signals, road hazards, construction, and any visible injuries.
- Write down your recollection of the events leading up to, during, and immediately after your wreck. Include the date, time, and location of your car accident, weather conditions, and anything else that might be relevant to your crash.
- Seek medical attention. Even if you don’t have any symptoms or pain, get examined by a licensed medical professional within 24 hours of your crash. Your adrenaline may be hiding a serious injury.
- Notify your insurance company. Tell them you were in a car accident, but try not to go into too much detail and do your best to stick to the facts. Refer them to your attorney if they ask for a recorded statement.
- Call a personal injury lawyer. An experienced car accident attorney can help you maximize the value of your claim and get you the compensation you’re entitled to.
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What Injuries Can You Get from a Car Accident?
Some of the most frequent injuries in car wrecks are:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Neck Injury
- Back Injury
- Herniated Disc
- Head Injury
- Spinal Cord Damage
- Broken Bones (e.g., broken arm, broken ribs, broken jaw)
- Knee Injury
- Internal Bleeding
Car accident injuries often cause severe pain and debilitating symptoms. As such, the long-term cost can be quite substantial.
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Is Florida a Fault or No-Fault State for Car Accidents?
Florida follows a “no-fault” car insurance system, which means if you are injured in a car accident, you need to turn to your own insurance policy first for compensation – regardless of who’s at-fault. In the event that you sustained a permanent or disfiguring injury, you may be able to recover compensation from the at-fault driver by making a claim against their insurance policy or by filing a lawsuit against the at-fault driver.
Because it is a no-fault state, Florida requires all drivers to carry a minimum of $10,000 in personal injury protection (PIP) coverage, which can help pay for medical expenses and lost income that result from a car accident.
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How Much Does a Car Accident Lawyer Cost?
Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no upfront costs and you only pay attorney fees if there’s a financial recovery in your case. Fees are different from law firm to law firm, but the industry standard is usually 33-40 percent of your award.
At the Law Offices of Scott M. Miller, PLLC, we represent personal injury victims on a contingency fee basis. We also offer all potential clients a free case consultation.