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 2020.
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, call me at Tel:(954)-388-0646 or fill out a contact form. Most telephone consults take less than 15 minutes — and they are free.
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.
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.
West Greater Fort Lauderdale, FL Car Accidents
Matthew is one of the top-rated Fort Lauderdale Car Accident Attorneys
In Broward and Miami-Dade’s western reaches, the area around Miami Lakes, Hialeah and Miramar is in the earliest stages of building the largest mall and theme park in America, the American Dream Miami.
The biggest-in-its-class megamall will overwhelm western roads, including the Turnpike, despite the new Turnpike interchange that will be part of the American Dream Miami’s infrastructure.
Many parts of Davie, Plantation, Pembroke Pines, Miramar, Tamarac, Coconut Creek and Westin are already suffering from the effects of overbuilding and too many cars on the road, and the additional trips to reach the American Dream Miami by both visitors and tourist is almost unimaginable.
Unlike the North and South traffic, which is the beneficiary of frequent highway upgrades, the East to West traffic continues to get worse.
North Greater Fort Lauderdale, FL – Pompano Beach, FL Car Accidents
If you live near Pompano Beach, you have no doubt experienced the amazing growth our city has experienced to make it one of South Florida’s most popular places to reside. It is no wonder that in 2020, more than 110,000 people will call Pompano Beach home. With our gorgeous new pier and restaurants, bars, shopping, and hotels popping up at rapid pace, it’s quickly becoming one of the region’s top beach-side destinations for tourists as well.
City officials are working diligently to handle the explosive growth of Pompano Beach But with the population boom we are experiencing comes an unpleasant reality—traffic. Yes, people in Pompano Beach are sitting in traffic longer now than ever before.
Pompano Beach residents have undoubtedly witnessed their share of car accidents, and perhaps been involved in a fender bender or two. The influx of pedestrians and bicyclists add to the volume of accidents we witness on an almost a daily basis.
According to crash reports compiled by Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, approximately 2% of Broward County residents were involved in car accidents in 2015. By 2017, that percentage had increased to 2.13%. The increase in car accidents is triple the rate of the population growth in Broward County during the same period of time. Unfortunately, according to the crash data compiled by the State, approximately 60% of all accidents in Broward County result in injuries.
North Greater Fort Lauderdale, FL – Deerfield Beach, FL Car Accidents
Deerfield Beach combines pedestrians and cyclists, cars and trucks, Brightline trains and the Trirail, highways and commercial service roads in a single small area. While only about 4% of people in Broward County live in Deerfield Beach, each morning and afternoon the population swells due to commuters on I-95, making it more difficult and more dangerous for locals to get around. It is no wonder that each year people are killed and injured as a result of car accidents in Deerfield Beach.
Deerfield Beach Car accidents are exceeding population growth. While we don’t have exact numbers regarding the amount of crashes and injuries in Deerfield Beach, we do know that the rate of traffic accidents in Broward County continues its upward trend.
According to crash reports compiled by Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, approximately 2% of Broward County residents were involved in car accidents in 2015.
By 2017, that percentage had increased to 2.13%.
The increase in car accidents is triple the rate of the population growth in Broward County during the same period of time. Looking at Deerfield Beach specifically, it looks like as many as 1,735 people may have been involved in car accidents in Deerfield Beach in 2017. According to the crash data compiled by the State, approximately 60% of all accidents in Broward County result in injuries. If the statistics equally apply to Deerfield Beach car accidents, then as many as 1,040 Deerfield Beach motorists may have been injured in 2017 alone. The data further shows that there are roughly 1,200 car accidents each day throughout Florida. That translates to at least six accidents per day in Deerfield Beach alone of which three to four people will be injured on average.
Hit and Run Accidents Continue to Plague Fort Lauderdale, FL
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, there are about 25-40 hit and run accidents every day in Florida. Many of those accidents involve serious injury or even death.
If you have been involved in a hit and run accident, finding insurance coverage can be difficult. It is much easier if you have a lead on the hit and run driver such as a license plate. However, for many people – especially pedestrians or cyclists – finding leads is challenging. That’s why it is up to all of us who live and drive in Fort Lauderdale to report hit and run drivers to local authorities.
At Waring Law, we are At War with Hit and Run Drivers. Waring Law: Accident Lawyer Fort Lauderdale
What if you have been in a car accident in Fort Lauderdale, FL?
Local car accident attorney, Matthew Waring, protects the rights of victims in Broward County, FL.
You can get Waring Law involved in your case today by clicking here to fill out a contact form. If you are at the scene of an accident, in a hospital or doctor’s office, or would like to get Matthew Waring involved right now, you can call or text to 954-388-0646.
Matthew Waring is an experienced Fort Lauderdale auto accident attorney. After graduating from Florida’s top law school, the University of Florida, he joined a large insurance defense law firm where he became an insurance industry insider. Matthew later joined a large Broward County personal injury firm where he handled hundreds of cases. Matthew founded Waring Law to provide his clients with more one-on-one attention. Matthew has recovered millions for injury victims in South Florida and he focuses on making things happen sooner on his clients’ cases.
Before you hire a Fort Lauderdale car accident attorney, read the 5 Tips to Hiring the Best Personal Injury Attorney for Your Case and How Long Will My personal Injury Case Take?
If you have been in a car accident and looking for Broward County Accident Reports, you can access them at Florida’s new accident report database. You can access almost all traffic accident reports from Broward County car accidents on the database.
Here’s how you can protect yourself:
With the increase in car accidents and overall risk to Deerfield Beach residents from car accidents, it is more important than ever for Deerfield Beach residents to purchase the additional uninsured motorist (UM) coverage on their insurance policies. As I discussed in my article titled “The Full Coverage Myth“, Florida does not require drivers to have bodily injury coverage meaning that many people on the road are underinsured. If you are one of the 60% of people who are injured after a car accident in Deerfield Beach, you will want to know that you have the best insurance coverage available for your recovery.
I founded Waring Law to provide fast and transparent legal help for people in Fort Lauderdale and Broward County, FL who need a South Florida Car Accident Lawyer. At Waring Law, you speak directly with me, Matthew Waring, experienced Fort Lauderdale Accident Lawyer, from your first call. You never speak with call centers.
I have years of experience in representing people who have been injured in car accidents and I have recovered millions of dollars for car accident injury victims. If you are looking for an attorney that can help with a car accident or you were in a car accident and want someone to talk to, you can call us anytime and we are happy to meet with you for free to answer your questions.
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