According to the CDC, motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of death in the United States for people under the age of 55. The National Safety Council shows that across the country, 5.4 million people were injured and 46,980 were killed in car accidents during 2021.
Here in Florida, the picture is just as grim.
During 2022, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles released the following key car accident statistics:
- 381,156 crashes statewide
- 242,622 injuries
- 3,292 fatalities
- 9,741 crashes that involved pedestrians, which resulted in 693 deaths
- 102,568 hit-and-run accidents, which resulted in 22,309 injuries and 255 fatalities
If you or a loved one was injured in a South Florida car accident, you need a personal injury attorney to help you get the compensation you deserve. At Cohen & Cohen Law, we specialize in motor vehicle accidents in South Florida.
Contact our experienced Florida accident lawyers today by calling (800) 33-COHEN or using the form below to schedule your free consultation.
Common Injuries Sustained in South Florida Car Accidents
- Head injuries: Head injuries are the most common type of injury sustained in car accidents. They can range from mild concussions to severe brain damage. Symptoms of head injuries include headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, memory loss, and difficulty concentrating.
- Neck injuries: Neck injuries, also known as whiplash, are another common type of injury sustained in car accidents. They occur when the head is suddenly and violently jerked back and forth. Symptoms of whiplash include pain, stiffness, numbness, and tingling in the neck, shoulders, and arms.
- Back injuries: Back injuries are also common in car accidents. They can range from muscle strains to spinal cord injuries. Symptoms of back injuries include pain, stiffness, numbness, and tingling in the back, neck, and shoulders.
- Chest injuries: Chest injuries can occur in car accidents when the chest is compressed or when the heart or lungs are injured by flying debris. Symptoms of chest injuries include pain, shortness of breath, and difficulty breathing.
- Wrist and hand injuries: Wrist and hand injuries are common in car accidents when the body is thrown forward, and the hands are used to brace the impact. Symptoms of wrist and hand injuries include pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty using the hands.
- Leg and foot injuries: Leg and foot injuries are also common in car accidents. They can range from muscle strains to broken bones. Symptoms of leg and foot injuries include pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty walking.
It is important to seek medical attention immediately after a car accident, even if you do not think you are injured. Some injuries, such as head injuries, may not show symptoms immediately after the accident. By seeking medical attention right away, you can get the treatment you need to prevent further damage and recover as quickly as possible.
If you have been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. For this reason you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your case.
Car, Motorcycle, and Trucking Accidents in South Florida
Motor vehicle accidents can be devastating, no matter the cause or the situation. Whether any of the vehicles involved were cars, motorcycles, trucks, or other transportation, if you were a victim, Cohen & Cohen can help you recover damages.
Types of Damages for Which You Can Be Compensated
- Economic damages: Economic damages can be easily calculated and are directly related to the accident. They include:
- Medical expenses: This includes all of the costs associated with your medical treatment, such as doctor’s visits, hospital stays, surgery, and prescription drugs.
- Lost wages: Lost wages may include any wages you lost due to the accident, such as if you could not work for some time.
- Property damage: This includes the cost of repairing or replacing any property damaged in the accident, such as your car or belongings.
- Non-economic damages: Non-economic damages are more difficult to calculate and are not directly related to the accident. They include:
- Pain and suffering: This includes the physical and emotional pain you suffered from the accident.
- Emotional distress: This includes the anxiety, depression, and other emotional problems you suffered from the accident.
- Loss of consortium: This includes the loss of companionship, love, and affection from your spouse or other loved ones due to the accident.
- Punitive damages: Punitive damages are awarded to punish the at-fault driver and to deter others from engaging in similar behavior. They are rarely awarded in car accident cases. Still, they may be awarded in cases where the at-fault driver’s actions were particularly reckless or negligent.
The compensation you can receive for your damages will depend on the severity of your injuries, the amount of economic and non-economic damages you have suffered, and the circumstances of the accident. You should contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your case and to get an estimate of the amount of compensation you may be entitled to.
Here are some additional things to keep in mind:
- You may recover damages from multiple parties, such as the driver who caused the accident, the driver’s insurance company, and any other negligent parties.
- You have limited time to file a lawsuit after a car accident. This is known as the statute of limitations. In Florida, the statute of limitations for car accidents is four years.
- It is important to gather evidence after a car accident, such as police reports, medical records, and accident scene photographs.
- You should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after a car accident. An attorney can help you understand your legal rights and options and represent you in negotiations with the insurance company or in court.
Cohen & Cohen Will Fight for Your Damages
Cohen and Cohen Law has represented thousands of drivers, passengers, and pedestrians over the last 50 years. Whether you were injured in Miami, West Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Hollywood, or any other location in South Florida, our experienced attorneys will ensure that the negligent driver who caused your accident is held accountable.
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