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Car Accident Lawyers Serving Fort Lauderdale Residents  (UPDATED, APRIL, 2023)

Fort Lauderdale has approximately 200,000 residents and is located between Miami and West Palm Beach.  The Interstate-95 exits in Fort Lauderdale span from Cypress Creek Road to Broward Blvd. Fort Lauderdale has great nightlife with residents and tourists visiting Las Olas, Riverfront, and the Seminole Hard Rock and Fort Lauderdale Beach. With a large population and an influx of tourists, automobile accidents are frequent in Fort Lauderdale. If you've been injured in a car accident in Fort Lauderdale, we can help you to get your life back in order.  We understand how traumatizing a car accident can be for those who are injured.


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Car Accident Settlements

Some of our car accident settlements include:

$250,000 - We obtained the maximum amount of money for our client pursuant to both her underinsured motorist policy and the at-fault driver's insurance policy through Progressive Insurance. Our client was rear-ended and she required surgery to fix her shoulder. 

$125,000 - We obtained the maximum amount of money for our client when she was riding in a taxi-cab. The taxi-driver drove recklessly and rear-ended another vehicle. Our client was transported to Memorial Hospital. 

$120,000 - Our client was cut off and collided with another vehicle. He required knee surgery due to being injured in the accident. There was minimal property damage to his vehicle. 

$100,000 - Our client was hit by a vehicle when she was crossing the street. We obtained the maximum amount of money pursuant to the insurance policy. 

How much does it cost to hire a Fort Lauderdale car accident attorney? 

We work on contingency and our consultations are free. This means that we do not get paid unless we recover money for you from the insurance company. We advance the costs for all police reports and medical records. 

Can I get a settlement advance if I need money now? 

Attorneys are prohibited from giving money to their clients. However, we can connect you with a settlement funding company who may provide you with money while your case is ongoing. 

I'm hurt and I can't drive to your office, can I sign up remotely?

Yes, you do not have to drive to our office to become a client. We can send you all of the necessary paperwork through email or Docusign so that you do not have to take time out of your busy day. We represent clients in both Broward County and Palm Beach County. 

Can you refer me to a doctor to help treat my injuries? 

Yes, we can refer you to both medical doctors and chiropractors to treat the injuries that you have received from your accident. 

Car Accident Injuries in Fort Lauderdale

 There is no need to feel alone if this is the case. Fort Lauderdale is in one of South Florida's busiest traffic areas, with more than 10,000 vehicle accidents every year caused by distracted driving, speeding, and drunk driving. An accident that leaves you or someone you love injured could have a significant impact on the lives and families affected, including significant medical expenses and lost wages. To ensure your losses are covered, you should know your rights.

Your Fort Lauderdale injury accident may have been caused by someone else's negligence, so you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, among other damages. You can recover the full amount you are entitled to with the help of experienced car accident attorneys at Bottari & Doyle, P.A. Attorneys at Law.

Vehicle Accident Statistics in Fort Lauderdale

In addition to experiencing high holiday traffic, Fort Lauderdale also experiences high commuter volumes during the day due to its position as a business center. Consequently, many vehicle collisions in this area result in serious injuries. According to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle Division, Broward County experienced more than 40,000 vehicle accidents, with nearly 11,000 resulting in injuries. Accidents in Fort Lauderdale and Broward County consist of:

  • There were 163 collisions that resulted in deaths
  • 633 pedestrians (including 43 gravely injured).
  • 428 bicycle crashes
  • 752 hit-and-run crashes

After a Fort Lauderdale Car Accident, Who Pays For My Medical Bills? 

Personal Injury Protection (PIP) is a requirement in Florida for motor vehicle owners. It covers medical expenses up to $10,000. However, it is important to attempt to obtain additional coverage from the at-fault party when medical expenses exceed this amount. Did you go to Broward General or Holy Cross hospital by ambulance? Hospital and ambulance bills are expensive, often exceeding ten thousand dollars. An experienced car accident lawyer can help you with your medical bills. This is one of the reasons why you should hire one.
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Should I get a Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyer  for an accident that wasn't my fault? 

In case of a car accident, accident lawyers are able to get you money. You are entitled to receive compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages. You won't receive the fair value of your case without an attorney. The best accident attorneys will make the insurance company pay as much compensation as possible for a person who hit you by aggressively pursuing the policy limits.

What are the common causes of car accidents in Fort Lauderdale? 

Beaches are one of the most frequently visited attractions in South Florida - and tourists and vacationers are flocking to Fort Lauderdale Beach. You have the perfect recipe for collisions when you throw daily commuters into the mix - and in fact, thousands of them happen every year. Injuries from these accidents are mostly caused by:

Speeding. Traffic jams and high speeds along high-traffic corridors frustrate local commuters, often with serious or even fatal results.

Driving while distracted. While Florida law prohibits drivers from using mobile devices, tourists still fumble with GPS directions while texting behind the wheel.

DUI (Driving Under the Influence).  DUIs are common in Fort Lauderdale, particularly around nightlife hotspots and scenic areas, such as Las Olas, Riverfront, Fort Lauderdale Beach and Federal Highway. Punitive damages are available to victims of DUI crashes. 

When driving in and around Fort Lauderdale and Broward County, drivers should always exercise caution, but like any other community, certain roads and intersections are more prone to injuries than others.  Sunrise Boulevard and Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale is an area that is prone to vehicle accidents. 

How much money should I expect to receive from a car accident settlement in Fort Lauderdale?

Depending on the severity of your injury case, you should be able to receive a settlement based on the following:

  • How much you owe in medical bills,
  • How severe your injuries are from the accident 
  • How much insurance is available. Insurance companies, for example, issue insurance policies with varying amounts ($10,000, $50,000, $100,000, $500,000, $1 million). When a person needs surgery and has a $100,000 insurance policy, the insurance company will likely pay the full limits.  Depending on whether the case is in litigation, attorneys charge twenty five percent to forty percent of the settlement in car accident cases.

We know the medical bills for car accident cases in Florida are very high, even though car accident settlements vary.  Here are some things you may have needed if you were involved in a car accident: 

  • The cost of an ambulance ride to Broward General or Holy Cross Hospital is about $1,000
  • ER visits can range from $1,000 to over $10,000
  • Florida's hospitals charge thousands of dollars per night to stay. 
  • Chiropractors and physical therapists charge hundreds of dollars per visit. 
  • Surgical procedures may cost more than $5,000. 

PIP only covers your medical bills up to $10,000. You may not be able to use your health insurance or your copays may be steep even if you have health insurance. With the help of our Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyers, you can recover every penny you are owed by the insurance company for your past and future medical expenses. 

How do I know which Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyer to hire? 

In the area, there are many accident lawyers.  It would be smart to find out what percentage of the lawyer's practice is dedicated to car accident cases and personal injury law.  To maximize the amount of money you will receive from the at-fault driver's insurance company, you should hire a lawyer who devotes substantial time to injury law and auto accident cases. 

How long will it take to settle my Fort Lauderdale car accident case? 

The amount of time it takes to settle a case and receive money depends on several factors, such as the length of your medical treatment, the amount of available of insurance coverage, and if the insurance company is disputing liability.  We have settled car accident cases in as little as 48 hours for our clients, but each case is different.  

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If I make a claim, will my auto insurance rates increase?  

You should not see an increase in your insurance rates if you were not substantially at fault for the accident. There is no guarantee, but Florida law provides guidelines that insurance companies must follow when raising premiums. When you have never been in an accident before, and you were not at fault, the insurance company cannot raise your premiums.  In addition, not using your insurance is like paying for a service that you never use.  Under Florida law, all vehicles must be insured. If you need it, use it.

My car needs to be fixed. Who is responsible for fixing it? 

If you need to fix your car, you can use the at-fault driver's property damage insurance.  After all, you shouldn't have to pay to fix your own vehicle.  You can use your own insurance if you have collision coverage. In that case, you will have to pay your deductible for your insurance company to repair your vehicle. However, most insurance carriers will attempt to get your deductible returned to you by pursuing the at-fault driver's insurance through a process called subrogation.

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I need a rental car. Will the insurance company provide me with one? 

We will arrange for the insurance company of the at-fault driver to pay for your rental car if you weren't at fault in the accident. The rental cars are generally arranged through Enterprise and you will be able to rent the car free of charge for at least 30 days.  

What should I do if my car is declared a total loss?

An insurance company has declared the vehicle a total loss if it costs more to fix it than the vehicle is worth. As a result, the insurance company issues you a check for the value of the vehicle. 

What kind of medical treatment do people receive after a car accident? 

  • Treatment in a hospital
  • Chiropractic treatment for neck and back pain
  • Herniated discs and bulging discs can be diagnosed using MRIs of the neck or lumbar spine. 
  • Exercise therapy can be beneficial.
  • Epidural or facet injections can provide pain relief. 
  • Several types of surgery can relieve pain.

What should I do if a law firm or a medical provider called me after my accident? 

They have committed a felony, so you should call the police.  Write down their phone number. Unethical law firms and "ambulance chasers" market to people injured in car accidents in an attempt to obtain their clients' business.  Calling prospective clients is against the law.  Clients must contact the firm directly. Calling prospective clients makes car accident attorneys look bad.  These people are not on your side. Instead, they are simply looking to increase their own income. 

What is the deadline for filing a car accident lawsuit in Florida? 

The statute of limitations for Florida car accidents that do not result in death is four years.  A person injured in an accident who wants to file a negligence claim against the at-fault owner and driver has four years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. You will not be able to receive compensation if you do not file a lawsuit within this time frame.  You should not wait until this time frame has almost run to bring a claim. Evidence in your case may need to be preserved and can easily disappear with the passage of time.  

How to Get Help After a Fort Lauderdale Crash

You can significantly affect both your recovery and settlement if you are injured in a vehicle collision. In the aftermath of an injury crash, follow these steps to protect yourself and your interests:

Seek medical attention immediately. If you need help, call 911 and stay in place until law enforcement arrives. While you wait for emergency medical technicians (EMTs) or paramedics to assess your injuries, move your car to a safe location off the road.

Get checked by a doctor within 24 hours if you are treated and released at the scene without being transported to a hospital. Often, injuries do not become obvious until days or even weeks after the accident, and internal injuries may not manifest symptoms until they are quite serious.

You should exchange information with the other driver. You should exchange both personal information and insurance information for follow-up later.

Do your best to document the accident. Photograph any damage and injuries you sustain. Obtain eyewitness testimony at the scene if you can. You should be able to obtain a copy of the police report within a few days of the accident. You should keep all receipts and records of the medical care. Using all of this documentation, you can prove your personal injury claims.

Get in touch with an experienced car accident lawyer. Getting in touch with an attorney as soon as possible will give them more time to investigate your claims and build a strong case on your behalf. In settlement negotiations, your auto accident attorney can also ensure you receive full compensation for the damage caused.

A team of experienced car accident attorneys serving Fort Lauderdale, Florida

A victim of an accident-related injury may be eligible for significant damages, including the cost of medical expenses (present and future), lost wages (present and future), and compensation for pain and suffering, mental anguish, and more. If you have been injured in a car accident, an experienced lawyer can help you navigate the challenges of dealing with insurance companies, hiring medical professionals to assess your injury, and filing all proper claims so that you receive full compensation.

Contact Our Fort Lauderdale Car Accident Lawyers For a Free Consultation at 561-588-2781. Our main office is in Palm Beach County, but we do represent Fort Lauderdale residents. You do not have to drive to us and we are available to see you if you are in the hospital. There is no fee if we do not recover money for you.