Car Accidents

Since 1988, Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen has represented families who have lost loved ones to someone else's negligent actions. Our firm has a proven track record of success, winning millions of dollars in rightful compensation for our clients.

Coral Gables Car Accident Attorneys

Protect Your Rights with Our Help

Were you involved in a car accident? If so, you are probably dealing with a wide range of emotions, from shock to confusion to anger. At the same time, you are probably wondering what to do next. You need to take action to protect your rights and your future. You need an experienced personal injury attorney.

At Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen, we understand what you are going through and what you need. Our Coral Gables car accident attorneys are here to help you through this difficult time. We can answer your questions, fight for your rights, and ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.

Call (866) 629-1061 or contact us online today to request your free initial consultation.

Florida Car Accident Laws

lorida follows a no-fault insurance system, which means that after an accident, each driver's own insurance typically covers their medical expenses and related costs, regardless of who was at fault. Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage is mandatory for all drivers in Florida.

In certain cases, you may step outside of the no-fault system and pursue a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver if you sustain "serious" injuries. The state defines serious injuries as significant and permanent loss of an important bodily function, permanent injury, significant scarring, disfigurement, or death.

Florida follows a pure comparative fault rule, which means that if multiple parties are found to be at fault for an accident, each party can be held responsible for their percentage of fault. This rule can impact the amount of compensation you may receive in a personal injury claim.

Common Causes of Car Accidents

Car accidents can occur due to a wide range of factors, and identifying these causes is essential for promoting road safety. Some of the common causes of car accidents include:

  • Distracted driving: One of the leading causes of accidents today is distracted driving. This includes activities like texting, talking on the phone, eating, adjusting the radio, or any other behavior that diverts the driver's attention from the road.
  • Speeding: Driving above the speed limit or too fast for road and weather conditions reduces a driver's ability to react to sudden changes in traffic or road conditions, increasing the likelihood of accidents.
  • Driving under the influence: Operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or any other substances impairs judgment, reaction time, and coordination, leading to a higher risk of accidents.
  • Reckless driving: Aggressive behaviors such as tailgating, frequent lane changes, running red lights, and ignoring traffic signs put everyone on the road at risk.
  • Weather conditions: Adverse weather conditions like rain, snow, ice, fog, or strong winds can reduce visibility and traction, making it more challenging to control a vehicle and increasing the likelihood of accidents.
  • Fatigue: Driving while fatigued or drowsy can impair a driver's ability to focus, react quickly, and make sound decisions, increasing the risk of accidents.
  • Failing to obey traffic laws: Disregarding traffic signs, not using turn signals, or failing to yield right-of-way can lead to collisions and other road-related incidents.
  • Inexperienced drivers: Novice drivers or those with limited experience may be less skilled in handling various driving situations, making them more prone to accidents.
  • Poor road conditions: Potholes, uneven surfaces, or lack of proper road markings can contribute to accidents, particularly when drivers are caught off guard by unexpected road defects.
  • Mechanical failures: Faulty brakes, tire blowouts, engine problems, or other vehicle malfunctions can cause accidents, especially if drivers are not properly maintaining their vehicles.
  • Pedestrian and cyclist interactions: Not yielding to pedestrians at crosswalks or not paying attention to cyclists on the road can lead to accidents involving vulnerable road users.
  • Wildlife encounters: Collisions with animals, such as deer or other wildlife, can be hazardous, especially in rural areas.

What to Do After a Car Accident

After a car accident, there are many things you need to do to protect yourself. You should always:

  • Call the police and file a report
  • Seek medical treatment
  • Contact your insurance company
  • Get copies of all the relevant accident reports and documents
  • Take notes of everything you can remember about the accident, including other drivers' names and contact information
  • Take photos of the accident site, your injuries, and the damage to your car
  • Get a copy of the other driver's insurance policy
  • Get a copy of the police report

You should also avoid doing anything that might be considered an admission of liability. This includes making statements like, "It's my fault," or, "I did something wrong." You should never admit fault or apologize to the other driver. Doing so can be used against you later on.

What Damages Can I Recover After a Car Accident?

After a car accident, you may be dealing with a wide range of injuries and physical, emotional, and financial hardships. You may be temporarily or permanently unable to work, and you may need medical treatments or rehabilitation. You may have trouble caring for yourself and your family due to emotional trauma. You may also need to deal with new expenses related to the accident, such as vehicle repairs or a rental car.

In all of these cases, you may be entitled to compensation. In Florida, you can recover damages for all of your losses, including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damage
  • Vehicle repairs or replacement
  • Punitive damages

You can recover these damages by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the driver who caused the accident. In order to win your case, you will need an experienced attorney who can build a strong case on your behalf.

Why Choose Us?

At Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen, we know how to build a strong case for our clients. Our firm knows how to negotiate with insurance companies and how to fight for our clients in court.

Contact us today at (866) 629-1061 to discuss your case.

A Legacy of Compassion & Excellence

Working With Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen
  • Changing Lives by Changing The Law

    Since our firm opened, we've made it our mission to get justice for our clients and their families. We've not only taken on cases that other firms had turned down, but we've also fought to get unjust laws and restrictions overturned or modified.

  • A Team of Legal Professionals

    Complex legal cases require extensive research, trial experience, and industry knowledge, which is why we always have a team of attorneys working on every case we take on. Our team-centric approach to litigation means that we're able to really focus on getting our clients the best possible outcome.

  • There Are No Upfront Legal Fees

    We handle all of our claims on a contingency fee basis and will handle all legal fees, court costs, and expert fees related to your specific case. With decades of experience in this industry, we have a wealth of experts we work with routinely to ensure your case is handled with the utmost care.

  • We Understand the Medicine

    Our attorneys not only take the time to understand the evidence in your case, but also the pathology and medical techniques used in your specific situation. We believe that any attorney that takes on these types of cases needs to be on equal footing with medical professionals and physicians. 

A LEGACY OF CHANGING LIVES

Millions Recovered on Behalf of Our Clients
  • Medical Malpractice Eight-Figure Settlement Achieved for Family Involved in a Medical Malpractice Case
  • Medical Malpractice Eight-Figure Settlement for Failure to Timely Treat a Heart Attack

    After successfully opening and stenting a 53-year-old man's blocked artery, while in the recovery room, the patient suffered another heart attack, but this time it took medical staff nearly 90 minutes to get him back to the catheterization lab. Due to the delay, his heart stopped. He was revived in the operating room, but he suffered a hypoxic brain injury, causing massive brain damage.

  • Medical Malpractice Eight-Figure Settlement for Victim of Nursing Medical Malpractice

    A middle-aged woman was in a hospital recovering from a brain aneurysm. While recovering in her hospital room, she grew agitated and began pulling on the tracheostomy tube connected to her neck. The nurse on duty documented that she was pulling at her tubes six different times in 24 hours, and yet did nothing to prevent her from being able to dismantle the tubes.

  • Hotel & Resort Liability Eight-Figure Settlement in Premises Liability Case

    A Massachusetts man was visiting Key West, Fla. for vacation. During his time at a resort restaurant and bar, the tourist jumped into the water adjacent to the property and severely injured his neck, leaving him quadriplegic.

  • Florida International University Pedestrian Bridge Collapse $100,000,000
  • Judgment on Behalf of Miami Doctor $1,750,000

    A $1.75 million vehicle collision judgment in Volusia County on behalf of a Miami doctor who was permanently injured as a result of an automobile accident.

  • Jury Verdict Against the University of Florida $23,500,000

    A $23.5 million medical malpractice jury verdict against the University of Florida on behalf of a woman who suffered a massive stroke when a medical procedure to ease her migraines went wrong.

  • Jury Verdict Against Vision Air $5,000,000

    A Multidistrict and Class Action Litigation jury verdict in Nevada federal court against Vision Airlines to recover unpaid hazard pay on behalf of the pilots and flight attendants who operated Vision’s Air Bridge into the war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Jury Verdict for Palm Beach County Residents $19,000,000

    A Multidistrict and Class Action Litigation jury verdict on behalf of residents of Palm Beach County, Florida, whose citrus trees were cut down by the state as part of its program directed toward the elimination of citrus canker.

  • Jury Verdict on Behalf of a Former Major League Baseball Star $898,000

    A medical malpractice jury verdict on behalf of a former Major League Baseball star against an ophthalmologist for negligence in the removal of a cataract and implantation of an artificial lens in our client’s left eye.

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