Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale Car Accident Attorney, Matthew Waring, At Your Service.

  • Fort Lauderdale accident victims are targets for spam calls and referral agencies.
  • There are dozens of lawyer ads in your face on a daily basis.
  • But you have serious questions about what to do next.
  • You may feel pain or discomfort but you are unsure whether you should go to the hospital – especially in 2021.
  • Which insurance company should fix your car?
  • Should you speak with them on the phone to get the process started?
  • Are your car insurance rates going to go up?
  • I hear you.  I put together some information below to help guide Fort Lauderdale accident victims.

NOTE: This is not legal advice. I do not know the specific facts of your case yet. For a personalized recommendation in real time, please call us at Tel:(954)-388-0646

Option 1 – Do Nothing

Many accident victims do not want to call and sit on hold with insurance companies.

They do not want to sit around in doctors’ offices every day of the week for six months.

I don’t blame them.  

I will be the first lawyer to say – people don’t always need to hire a lawyer after a car accident!

If you are not injured and your damage is minimal, then you may be able to avoid hiring a lawyer. (How to Know if You Have a Personal Injury Claim in Florida?) 

Sometimes there is not much a personal injury lawyer can do for you. 

Option 2 – Do it Alone (i.e. Don’t Hire a Fort Lauderdale Auto Accident Attorney)

 The second option is to try and handle the claim alone.

Here are some things that people should know in general:  In Florida, injury victims have 14 days to get checked out by a doctor to qualify for PIP benefits. 

PIP may pay up to $10,000.00 towards injury related treatment.  

Not all medical providers provide treatment to injury victims.

Some doctors do not take PIP insurance and will instead bill health insurance. 

If health insurance pays the medical bills then an injury victim may have to pay it back from a settlement. 

Injury victims may have other obligations to remain eligible for certain insurance benefits.

Victims should study their insurance policies and correspondence sent by the insurance companies.  

Insurance companies have a financial interest in avoiding your injury claim. So it is critical to be careful when communicating with them.  

Option 3 – Pay a Lawyer by the Hour to Help You Navigate the Claims Process 

Victims can pay a lawyer by the hour for advice in handling an injury claim.

It is rarely done this way. 

This option is great if you want to remain in charge of your case but need the legal advice to handle it. 

There are a few downsides. 

Victims may need to pay a lawyer a retainer.

The hourly fee lawyers may charge for every email, text message, phone call, or document. 

The time (and the bill) adds up and an injury victim may end up paying more for a lawyer than their claim is worth. 

Also, many injury victims don’t have the money to pay a lawyer up front for advice after an accident. 

The lawyer may not have the same incentive to help you maximize the value of your case.

They get paid up front and not a percentage of the settlement. 

Option 4 – Hire Fort Lauderdale Car Accident Lawyer on Contingency

  • Most personal injury lawyers in Florida work on contingency.
  • Victims do not pay upfront fees or costs and they pay their lawyer a percentage of the settlement.
  • Accident victims get better results when they hire lawyers to help them with their cases.
Waring Law does not charge any upfront fees or costs to injury victims.

Waring Law Knows Broward County Car Accidents

Did you know that Broward County, home to Fort Lauderdale, ranks second in Florida for having the highest car accident totals? In 2017 alone, there were over 41,300 accidents, and Fort Lauderdale has seen an 8.71 percent increase in accidents year over year.

With the exception of the Covid-19 Shut Down which saw car accidents in Broward County drop by as much as 61%, traffic is growing in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area. The growth of traffic increases the likelihood that at some point, you’ll need to speak with a Fort Lauderdale car accident attorney.

Fort Lauderdale will become the size of Miami-Dade in roughly ten years according to some estimates. The amount of cars packing the highways each day is continuing to grow. The population of Florida grows by 900 people per day! Many of those people move to South Florida. I can’t blame people who want to move here. I’m from North Florida originally so I’m also part of the population problem.

Traffic congestion raises accident risks for Broward County residents. Despite now having high speed regional transit, the bulk of Fort Lauderdale area drivers can’t use the Brightline because it only travels North and South and most commuters in Broward County travel East to West.

BRIGHTLINE STREET INTERSECTIONS FORT LAUDERDALE

The congested East to West traffic on roads such as Broward Boulevard, Sunrise Boulevard and 5-95 means more accidents around Fort Lauderdale and greater Broward County.  Continuing residential and commercial development throughout Broward County means that congestion will only get worse — and so may Broward County car accidents.

Even though the Florida Department of Transportation has widened I-95 and the Turnpike, many roads are just simply clogged, and handling daily car loads far greater than these older roads should.

East Greater Fort Lauderdale, FL Car Accidents

Matthew Waring is a Fort Lauderdale Auto Accident Attorney who was born and raised in Florida

In Pompano Beach and Fort Lauderdale, high-rises are taking the place of smaller buildings or are undergoing extensive renovations.

Lane closures and detours are common, as is bumper-to-bumper traffic. 

With the cooler breezes of November, the seaside towns of Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Fort Lauderdale, Dania Beach and Hollywood are bracing for the annual influx of visitors and tourists.

Broward County’s visitors are here to have fun, and when they drive, it’s not the same as local residents driving from work to home with a stop at their local Publix.

Visitors are heading to Ft. Lauderdale’s or Lauderdale-by-the-Sea’s famed beaches, or treating themselves to one of Wilton Manor’s outstanding restaurants, cafes or bars.

Tourists are unfamiliar with our area and may have also tossed back a few drinks. Too, more visitor driving is done at night, and nighttime driving has an increased accident rate of at least 400%.

Unfortunately, these factors together may increase the odds of needing a Fort Lauderdale auto accident attorney. 

If you have been in an accident, speak with Matthew first.