Auto Accidents

Fort Lauderdale Auto Accident Victims Shouldn’t Have to Pay


Fort Lauderdale Auto Accident Lawyer


With its wide, busy streets and monolithic highways, the state of Florida seems like it was designed with motorists in mind. And since much of the infrastructure was designed and put in place in the boom automotive years of the twentieth century, that’s probably true. But so many people have taken the state up on that unspoken offer that we suffer from frequent traffic jams and almost omnipresent frustration while out on the road.


Sadly, this has turned Florida into one of the most accident-prone places in the country. In fact, we ranked third-worst in 2010 with 2,445 car crash fatalities, behind only Texas and California. And that doesn’t even touch on the non-fatal car accidents in the state. According to the Florida DMV, there are nearly a quarter of a million crashes every single year here.


Even if half of those crashes don’t involve injuries, that’s still a lot of people getting hurt and needing medical help. Unfortunately, Florida’s “no-fault” laws don’t always make it easy to receive the help you need, and the recent changes to PIP make it even harder. Many people won’t even be able to cover their hospital bills – let alone follow-up treatment and rehabilitation.


That’s where the firm of Lawlor, White & Murphey comes in.


Fort Lauderdale Car Crash Lawyers Who Fight to Get You Compensation


Our experts specialize in personal injury law and handle all kinds of motor vehicle accident cases, so you know that you’re going to be in good hands with us. When you come in to meet with us for your free initial consultation, we’ll go over the facts of your case and let you know what options are available to you.


Sometimes, negotiating a settlement may be in your best interest – but not always. At Lawlor, White & Murphey, we’re not afraid to push for a trial if we believe that you’re being low-balled by the opposition, regardless of whether it’s another driver or a big insurance company. Not all firms have this philosophy; they’d rather you take the settlement and be happy with it so that they can keep your case short and move on to their next client. That’s not how we work. If we think there’s more money on the table and it’s in your best interest to do so, we’ll go after it.


Types of Common Car Accidents in Florida


Many things can cause someone to get into a car accident in South Florida, but there are a number of common threads in many crashes, and Sunshine State drivers should pay special attention to them while out on the road.


Auto accidents can cause some of the most devastating injuries, from traumatic brain injury to wrongful death. You may be able to file an auto accident claim for an accident involving any type of motor vehicle, including cars, buses, motorcycles, and boats. Our firm has represented hundreds of auto accident victims across Florida, helping them negotiate with insurance companies and judges in and out of court to secure fair compensation.


  • Exceeding the speed limit. Most of us speed at one time or another, but that doesn’t make it right. When someone gets into an accident because they were going too fast and couldn’t react in time, they should be held responsible for their actions.


  • DUI Accidents. It is never okay to have a few drinks or get high before getting behind the wheel, but far too many Floridians do just that, and often it ends up in disaster. Intoxicated drivers are a hazard, and if one of them causes you harm, you’re perfectly within your rights to go after them for compensation.


  • Turning improperly. You’d be surprised how many cases we see at Lawlor Winston where someone got hurt because another car turned when they weren’t supposed to or did so without putting on their signal to warn other drivers. It may seem like a small thing, but neglecting it can cause real harm.


  • Cutting someone off. This one is often caused by people hurrying or otherwise driving aggressively. They can’t stand to be stuck in the admittedly awful traffic and do their best to weave through it, frequently speeding up, slowing down, and swerving in front of other cars to try to get ahead. All too often, it leads to them getting rear-ended – but if you can prove that they illegally or recklessly passed you, they can be held responsible. These kinds of accidents can be especially bad when they involve motorcycles or bicyclists.


  • Drowsy driving. We live in a society where pushing ourselves to the limit is considered a virtue, but when someone does this behind the wheel of a car or – far, far worse – a big truck, the results can be catastrophic. It only takes a split second of nodding off for an accident to occur, and when the culprit is driving a bigger vehicle like an SUV, van, or semi, the people on the receiving end are likely to suffer severely.


  • Tailgating. Another aggressive-driving accident, these often cause little damage to cars but can result in serious problems like whiplash and back injuries to drivers. Don’t assume that you’re okay just because your vehicle seems fine.


  • Distracted driving. There’s been a lot of publicity recently about people who text while behind the wheel, but that’s not the only thing that can distract drivers. Technology has caused all kinds of problems by providing us with things like cell phones, GPS systems, radios, CD players, and other kinds of music systems. And even low-tech distractions can be deadly, as when people reach down for a drink or look away because another person in the car is talking to them. If someone isn’t paying attention and they hit you, they should be paying for any injuries you sustain.


Other drivers aren’t the only culprits. Floridians know all too well about dealing with roadway hazards and inclement weather, and sometimes parts can malfunction and cause a crash. But by and large, when accidents occur, a human being is to blame.


Lawlor, White & Murphey Handles All Kind of Auto Accident Injury Cases


If you’re in a crash, the worst thing you can do is wait and hope that things will resolve themselves. Under the new PIP rules, you only have two weeks to seek medical help before your insurer no longer has to pay, and the sooner a personal injury firm like Lawlor, White & Murphey can start on the case, the more likely it is that we’ll be able to get you the compensation you deserve. Because we focus on injury suits and insurance claims, our firm has a successful track record in all kinds of motor vehicle accidents – including motorcycle accidents.


We understand that finding and paying for legal help is probably one of the last things on your mind after you’ve suffered a trauma, but it’s important that you do so. That’s why we offer all of our clients a free initial consultation and why most our cases are taken on a contingency basis – we don’t get paid until we get compensation for you.


Wondering whether or not you have a case that’s even worth fighting? Contact us today by filling out our form or calling us at any of our convenient numbers:


Toll Free: 1-855-347-5475

South Florida: 954-525-23455


You and your family shouldn’t be responsible for someone else’s mistake, and Lawlor, White & Murphey can make sure that you don’t have to pay.