Experienced Injury Attorney Serving Accident Victims in the Sunrise, West Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale Areas

Injured woman at car accident siteIs it safe to drive in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in a report on Florida Accidents, the answer is NO.

The Traffic Safety Report for 2005 was recently released, and the news is not good.

According to the report there were 3,543 car accident fatalities in Florida in 2005. That’s 19.9 deaths per 100,000 people in the state, which is well above the national average of 14.7 deaths per 100,000 people.

As the most populated sections in Florida, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Miami-Dade and Broward Counties have accounted for the most accidents and fatalities. Miami-Dade had 335 deaths and Broward County had 263.

The one positive thing that you can say about these numbers is that they pale in comparison to the number of non-fatal injuries caused by car accidents in our state. According to a report by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, our state had 252,902 car crashes in 2004, which caused over 227,192 non-fatal injuries. Admittedly, many of those injuries were minor, but keep in mind that paralysis, dismemberment, broken bones, or brain injuries are all considered “non-fatal.”

So if you have ever wondered why the insurance premiums here in South Florida are so high, it appears that the answers are in these numbers. But with so much daily, weekly and monthly revenue coming in from those premium checks, you would think that your insurance company would be able to quickly and efficiently handle an auto accident claim. If you’re paying some of the highest insurance premiums in the country then surely money isn’t an issue, right?

Wrong!

The truth is that insurance companies are not in the business of writing big checks. They have no problems with the cash flow coming in, but sending it out is a different story. They especially don’t like paying for extended hospital stays, severe injuries, or injuries that require long-term medical care due to car accidents and other injuries. And even though Florida has “No-Fault Laws” that require that your insurance company pays your claim regardless of whether or not the fault was yours, that’s still no guarantee that your insurance company will simply pay off your medical bills, property damage, or long-term care.

Common Insurance Company Negotiating Tactics

Insurance claims adjustors carry an invisible bag of tricks to every negotiating session – especially when the claimant is not represented by an attorney. Following are a few of the hundreds of tricks that are commonly used by insurance companies:

  • The insurance company agrees to accept liability and you seek treatment. After you rack up large medical bills, they refuse to cover most of your expenses for this reason or that.
  • The adjustor gives you an arbitrary deadline to accept a paltry settlement. This deadline is designed to deny you the time you need to calculate how much your claim is actually worth.
  • They tell you that you don’t need a lawyer because they are “on your side.”
  • They delay resolving your claim one step at a time, hoping to lull you into missing the statute of limitations deadline for filing a lawsuit. If you miss the deadline, your claim will become worthless.
  • “How are you today?” “I’m fine.” “If you’re fine, then your injuries must not be as serious as you are claiming.” Be very, very careful what you say.

We are on the Same Side – I Don’t Make a Dime Unless You Do

When dealing with an insurance company, you face an inherent conflict of interest –they make money by accepting premiums, not by paying claims. With me, it’s just the opposite. I will not charge you a dime until and unless you receive compensation in the form of a settlement or a court decision. In other words, I only make money if you do. This puts us on the same side – and on the opposite side of the insurance company.

A Word from One of Our Clients

I had a wonderful experience with this office. It started when I had a car accident and the person left the scene. I contacted Mr. Benenfeld and he was great and helped me through everything. Always can count on him and his office. Did a great job for me and my family! Thank you for caring. I would not trust anyone else!
— Beatriz Forbes

Some of My Practice Areas

In addition to auto accident cases, I also frequently take the following kinds of cases:

Don’t Settle for Mediocrity

Any lawyer who has passed the bar exam and been admitted to practice can start a firm and practice in almost any field of law he or she wishes, with or without any actual experience. Even many experienced lawyers operate “buffet” practices where they dabble in many different fields of law. My practice is devoted solely to personal injury and workers’ compensation law – and I always represent injured parties – never insurance companies.

The Time to Act is Now

David M. Benenfeld has been showered with awards and recognition from peers and clients. He maintains an “A+” rating from the Better Business Bureau and a “Superb” AVVO rating. In fact, he has won the AVVO Clients’ Choice Award for four consecutive years.  He has also been admitted to the Million Dollar Advocate Forum along with fewer than one percent of all lawyers.

If you have been injured in a Florida auto accident, or if your loved one has been killed in such an accident, call David M. Benenfeld at 954-677-0155, or complete the online contact form so that we can schedule a free consultation.

Auto Accidents FAQ

  • My teen son was injured by a driver who ran a red light, but he was texting right before the crash at a stop light. Do we still have a case?
  • How does the insurance adjuster decide what to offer me initially after a car accident?
  • Do I need a police report prior to contacting a personal injury lawyer?
  • What should I do after being in a car accident over the Labor Day weekend?
  • The defense lawyer in my car crash case is asking for my complete medical records. Is it really that big of deal to agree to this?
  • I’ve heard that most people settle their cases outside of court. If this is the case, why do I need to hire an attorney?
  • I was hit when a car rear-ended my vehicle because my brakes suddenly slowed my car down for no reason. Can I sue the manufacturer even if there isn’t a recall out about this issue?
  • My son was injured while walking to a school bus stop because the stop is in a dangerous location. Who is responsible?
  • We know children can get injured on the way to school. What can we do to help our children stay safe?
  • Do I have a legal case for my injuries even if I was driving a car I don’t own?
  • Do I have legal rights after an accident while driving a rental car?
  • My teenage daughter was injured in an auto accident. Another driver was at fault; however, she sent a text message just moments before the crash at a stop light. Does she have a case?
  • What can I do as a teenager to try and get my friend to stop texting while driving?
  • How long will it take to settle a car accident claim involving an injury?
  • I was badly injured by a drunk driver and am still at the hospital. Shouldn’t I wait until my injuries heal to talk with a lawyer about my case?
  • Should I see a doctor if I’m having nightmares after a car crash?
  • What Should Someone Not Do When They Have Been In An Auto Accident?
  • If An Accident Is “Your Fault”, Can You Still Get Compensation?
  • What Happens If Someone Gets Into An Accident With The Wrong Person?
  • Are Insurance Companies Evil?
  • How Do Courts Decide How Much Someone Would Get For Their Auto Accident?
  • How Long Is Too Long To See The Doctor After An Accident?
  • Is It Worth It To Hire An Auto Accident Lawyer?
  • My son works a swing shift and is constantly tired. I’m afraid for his safety and want to talk to him about drowsy driving. What should I tell him?
  • As a passenger, how can I tell if a driver is driving while tired?
  • Because of my car crash injury I wasn’t able to go to Hawaii with my family for my son’s wedding. Can I get compensated for my non-refundable travel expenses by the insurance company for the at-fault driver?
  • I was injured when an elderly driver turned the wrong-way onto a street and ran into my car. The woman was really shaken up over it, so I feel bad suing her. What should I do?
  • Which parties might be liable for my mom’s death that was caused by a drunk wrong-way driver?
  • What rights do I have as a passenger injured in a taxi cab accident?
  • What can I do to get involved in road safety week and help save more kids from traffic fatalities?
  • My son suffered minor injuries when another driver hit our car. Can I handle the insurance claim on my own or do I need an attorney?
  • What should I know when considering pursuing a claim against an auto manufacturer for a vehicle defect?
  • A driver hit my car in the rear and he said his advanced brakes should have stopped his car from hitting me. Can I pursue a claim against the automaker?
  • My adult daughter is always on the phone when she is driving. I’m concerned about her crashing. What can I do to keep her safe?
  • I was injured because an older driver pulled out in front of me and caused me to crash. I don’t want to be rude, but I don’t think he should be driving any more. What can I do?
  • What are the laws surrounding car seats in Florida?
  • My baby boy was injured in a crash. I thought the car seat was supposed to protect him. Could the car seat be defective?
  • What Parents Of Teen Drivers Need To Know About The Cars Their Teenagers Are Driving
  • I’ve Heard On The News That Many Cars Have Been Recalled This Year Due To Safety Concerns. How Do I Know If My Car Has Been Recalled?
  • What Should My Teen Driver Have In Her Car In Case Her Car Breaks Down Or She Is Involved In A Collision?
  • Who Is Liable For Multiple Car Pile-Up Accidents In Florida?
  • Is Driving Under The Influence Of Prescription Drugs Considered Grounds For A DUI Charge?
  • Does The Strict Control Of Blood Sugar Increase The Risk Of A Diabetic Driver Getting Into A Car Accident?
  • I Was Involved In A Car Accident In Broward County, And The Other Driver Took Off. Who Is Liable For My Injuries In A Hit-And-Run Accident?
  • My Teenage Daughter Was In An Accident. She Suffered A Back Injury, And Says That The Accident Wasn’t Her Fault. Who Is Liable For Her Injuries?
  • Can Talking On A Cell Phone While Driving Hurt My Personal Injury Case Even Though I Was Not At Fault For The Accident?
  • On A Recent Trip To Miami, I Was Involved In A Car Accident And Received Multiple Burns On My Body. Are Their Additional Insurance Claims That I Am Entitled To?
  • Another Driver Hit My Car And Caused My Injuries. He Said That The Heavy Rains Caused Him Not To See My Car And Is Blaming Me As Well And The Weather For This Accident. Is He Responsible?
  • I Didn’t Realize That I Broke My Rib In The Car Accident Until Weeks Later. I Was In Pain, But Thought It Would Go Away. I Now Found Out That The Rib Punctured An Organ And That I Need Surgery. Will The Other Driver Pay For My Medical Bills?
  • I Was Involved In An Auto Accident In Broward County. I Was Broadsided By Another Vehicle. My Car Flipped Over And I Sustained Severe Injuries That Left Me Paralyzed. What Can I Collect From These Injuries?
  • My Boyfriend Suffered A Punctured Lung When Another Driver Ran A Red Light And Crashed Into Him. What Are Some Treatment Options For A Punctured Lung, And Should The Other Driver Pay For His Medical Bills?
  • The Other Driver Is Trying To Sue Me For Their Accident Injuries, But The Crash Was The Result Of A Defective Tire. Shouldnt The Tire Manufacturer Be Liable And Not Me?
  • What Compensation Is Available For A Fort Lauderdale Car Crash?
  • How To Determine Who Is At Fault From A South Florida Auto Accident
  • What Will Happen To Someone Who Causes Multiple Accidents In The State Of Florida?
  • What Types Of Auto Accidents Does David Benenfeld Handle?
  • My Father Was Killed In A SUV Accident In South Florida. The SUV Rolled Over And Crushed Him. What Type Of Damages Can We Get From This Accident?
  • How Can We Prove That The Driver Who Hit Our Car And Caused My Mom To Suffer Severe Injuries Was Texting?
  • Is There Any New Information About Texting And Driving? What Should Drivers Know?
  • As A DUI Victim, Should I Expect The Same Compensation As Other Personal Injury Victims Or More?
  • As A Victim In A Drunk Driving Crash Will I Be Treated The Same As Victims In Other Crashes, Or Will The Insurance Company Have More Pity On Me And Treat Me Differently?
  • I Work At A High School And Was Wondering What Schools Can Do To Help Encourage Safe Driving Behaviors For Teens?
  • My Friend Is Giving Me Her Used Car Seat. How Can I Tell If It Is Safe Or Dangerous For My Baby?
  • How Do I Answer Questions From An Insurance Claims Adjuster After Being Injured In An Auto Accident In Fort Lauderdale? I Have Been Told That The Questions Can Be Tricky And I Don’t Want To Incriminate Myself With An Incorrect Answer?
  • Is It Legal To Drive Without Car Insurance?
  • Who Is Liable For Multiple Car Pile-Up Accidents In Florida?
  • I Heard Florida Changed Their Law About Texting And Driving?
  • What Can I Expect From The Other Driver’s Claims Adjuster?
  • In This Heat, I Heard That Reports Of Carjacking Have Increased. How Can I Prevent Becoming The Next Carjacking Victim In Broward County?
  • I Recently Heard Of A Baby That Was Found After A Carjacking Incident. How Can I Best Prevent Being Carjacked?
  • Is Sleeping While Driving A Serious Problem In South Florida?
  • Why Would Someone Drive Against The Flow Of Traffic? Do Wrong-Way Auto Accidents Usually Involve Drugs?
  • What Is The Best Way To Get Rid Of A Tailgater?
  • What Factors Makes Someone More Likely To Be Seriously Injured In A Car Accident In South Florida?
  • I Recently Read That Hit And Run Accidents Are On The Rise In Broward County. What Should I Do If I Am A Victim Of A Hit And Run Accident?
  • What Is The Most Important Thing I Should Do After I’ve Been In A Car Accident?
  • If I Was Injured In An Auto Accident Caused By A Dangerous Road Condition, Is It Still My Fault?
  • What Compensation Should I Expect To Receive After Suffering Facial Injuries In A Florida Crash?
  • If Both Drivers Were Injured In An Automobile Accident, How Do You Know Who Is At Fault?
  • Why Would My Broward County Insurance Agent Try To Convince Me To Purchase Uninsured Motorist Coverage If Everyone In The State Of FL Is Required To Carry Insurance Anyhow?
  • Who Would Be Liable In The Event Of A Seatbelt Failure?
  • Who Can Be Held Liable For My Defective Tire Case?
  • While I Was Stopped At A Stop Sign, A Car Rear Ended Me. I Was Thrown Against The Steering Wheel And Broke My Jaw And Had Multiple Lacerations. This Incident Has Caused Me Extreme Stress, And I Can Hardly Sleep At Night. How Do I Start The Process To File A Claim From This South Florida Auto Accident?
  • When Should I Call A Lawyer After An Intersection Accident?
  • What Should I Do When I Am Involved In An Automobile Accident?
  • What Recourse Does A Victim Of A Florida Rollover Accident Have?
  • What Is The First Thing I Should Do If I’m In A Car Accident?
  • What Insurance Coverage Do You Have In A Miami-Dade Hit And Run Accident?
  • What Compensation Is Available For Eye Injuries After A South Florida Auto Accident?
  • What Are The Things I Should Be Receiving Compensation For After A Car Accident Left Me With A Broken Bone?
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  • I Was In Town Visiting My Mother And Rented A Car To Get Around Town. The Tire On The Rental Car Blew Out And Caused Me To Crash. Do I Have A Legal Claim?
  • Are There Things I Should Do To Stay Safe When My Car Breaks Down On A Highway?
  • The Other Driver Is Trying To Sue Me For Their Accident Injuries, But The Crash Was The Result Of A Defective Tire. Shouldnt The Tire Manufacturer Be Liable And Not Me?
  • How Should I Talk With My Teen Son About The Dangers Of Driving After Using Marijuana?
  • I Suffered Serious Injuries As A Result Of My Left Front Tire Failing And Causing My Fort Lauderdale Car Crash. How Can I Tell If I Have A Lawsuit Against The Tire Manufacturer?
  • My Son Was Injured While Riding In His Friend’s Car. He Said His Friend Was Texting And Driving. Can We Get My Son’s Medical Bills Reimbursed From His Friend’s Insurance Company?
  • How Can We Reduce Our Daughter’s Risk Of Being In A Distracted Driving Accident?
  • Why Do I Have To Put My Child In A Rear-Facing Car Seat, And When Can I Face Them Forward?
  • What Can I Do To Help Prevent From Being In A Car Accident While I’m On Vacation In Florida?
  • Pedestrians Are At Risk Of Being Hit By Older Drivers In Florida. What Is The State Doing To Help Increase Pedestrian Safety?
  • Why Are More Parents Getting Arrested For DUI’s With Their Kids In The Car?
  • My Teenage Son Wants To Get His License. Is It Getting Any Safer To Drive In Broward County? What Are Current Auto Accident Statistics?
  • My Son Was Recently In A Serious Broward County Car Accident And The Airbags On His New Car Did Not Deploy. He Ended Up With A Serious Brain Trauma. Do You Know If He Would Be Eligible For Compensation Because The Airbags Didn’t Work?
  • My Right Leg At My Knee Had To Be Amputated From An Auto Accident That Wasn’t My Fault. How Do I Know What My Case Is Worth Since This Is A Life Changing Injury?
  • My Car Was Totaled And I Had Severe Injuries After A Car Accident In Broward County. The Other Driver Crashed Into The Side Of My Car. The Driver Acted Strange When He Got Out Of The Car. The Police Found Some Drugs. What Happens Next?
  • My Boyfriend Suffered A Punctured Lung When Another Driver Ran A Red Light And Crashed Into Him. What Are Some Treatment Options For A Punctured Lung, And Should The Other Driver Pay For His Medical Bills?
  • How Long Should I Wait After Drinking To Drive Home?
  • How Long Will It Take For My Auto Accident Claim To Settle?
  • Do I Have Legal Rights After Being In A Crash In Fort Lauderdale Even Though I’m Not A Resident Of Florida?
  • How Do I Know If My Auto Accident Case Is Really Worth Hiring An Attorney?
  • I Was Rear-Ended Yesterday And Just Started Feeling Neck Pain. What Should I Do?
  • I Was Rear-Ended In A Florida Car Crash, And Suffered A Back Injury. What Is My Case Worth?
  • I Was Involved In An Auto Accident In Broward County. I Was Broadsided By Another Vehicle. My Car Flipped Over And I Sustained Severe Injuries That Left Me Paralyzed. What Can I Collect From These Injuries?
  • I Was Involved In A Broward County Car Accident. Only One Airbag Deployed On The Passenger Side. My Airbag Never Deployed And I Was Injured. Could This Have Happened As A Result Of A Defective Product In The Car? What Can I Do?
  • I’ve Heard That Texting And Driving Is The Most Dangerous Thing Teen Drivers Can Do, But Aren’t There Other Distractions That Are Equally As Dangerous?
  • Is It True That A Flat Tire Can Lead To A Life Threatening Or Fatal Auto Accident?
  • I Recently Heard About The “Hit And Run” Driver On The Road Who Is A Repeat Offender. The News Said He Had Already Been Convicted Of Causing A Deadly Crash Just Two Years Ago. Why Was The Driver Allowed Back On The Road? What Are The Consequences Of A Florida Hit And Run?
  • I Read That David Cassidy From The Show Partridge Family Was Recently Pulled Over In NY For A DUI And It Was Treated As A Felony. How Can I Spot A DUI Driver?
  • I Was Injured In An Accident And The Driver Admitted To Having One Beer Before He Drove. Although He Wasn’t Considered Drunk, What Are My Rights To Hold Him Accountable?
  • Is There Anything I Can Do To Increase My Car Accident Injury Claim Settlement?
  • If Someone Is Rear-Ended, Is It Always The Other Driver’s Fault?
  • If I Am Injured In An Automobile Accident, How Do I Go About Getting Medical Care With A Medical Provider?
  • I Broke Some Bones In A Car Crash Caused By A Reckless Driver, But I Didn’t Realize That I Had Chest Pain For Several Days. Can I Still Get Compensated For My Chest Injuries, Or Is It Too Late?
  • I Always Thought More Was Better When It Comes To Airbags. Is It True That Airbags Have Been Found To Kill Passengers, Namely Children?
  • How To Deal With Insurance Companies After An Accident In Fort Lauderdale
  • How Do I Go About Getting Medical Care For Injuries Caused By An Auto Accident?
  • How Can I Heal From The Psychological Wounds Following My Recent Car Accident?
  • I Was Hit And Injured By A Car That Ran A Stop Sign. I Think The Driver Was Distracted Or On Drugs. How Can I Prove That?
  • I Was Hit By A Driver Turning Into A Parking Lot. Can I Sue The Driver For My Injuries?
  • How Does Florida’s New Texting Ban Affect Teenage Drivers?
  • My Family Is Driving To South Florida This Thanksgiving And I Was Wondering If There Are Things We Should Know About The Roadways Or How To Stay As Safe As Possible This Holiday?
  • An Elderly Driver Ran A Stop Sign And Hit Me. How Can I Make Sure That His Driver’s License Is Revoked?
  • What Makes Driving During Thanksgiving A More Dangerous Time To Be On The Road?
  • What Are Some Of The Driving Dangers I Should Talk With My Teenager About To Keep Him Safe This Summer?
  • What If The Driver Who Hit Me Wasn’t Found Guilty Of Drunk Driving? Do I Still Have A Case?
  • Do I Have A Claim In A Hit-And-Run Accident If The Driver Is Not Identified?
  • Does Injury Law Service Handle Drunk Driving Accident Cases?
  • Does Florida State Law Permit Texting And Driving?
  • Does David Benenfeld Handle Pedestrian Accident Cases?
  • I Was Dazed After Being Involved In A South Florida Car Accident. When I Got Out Of My Car I Can Barely Remember What I Said. How Do I Know What To Say To The Other Driver After A Car Accident In Florida And What To Look For?
  • My Daughter Was Seriously Injured As A Passenger In Another Teenager’s Car. Does She Have A Claim For Her Injuries?
  • What Should I Do After My Daughter Was Hit In A Mall Parking Lot By An Aggressive Driver?
  • If My Daughter Was Hit Exiting A School Bus, When Is It Her Fault And When Is It A Driver’s Fault?
  • Can I Collect Compensation For My Seat Belt Collarbone Injuries That Occurred In The Crash?
  • My Collarbone Was Broken In A Crash. Does That Mean The Seat Belt Was Defective Or I Was Wearing It Wrong?
  • There Have Been Many Car And Pedestrian Accidents In Parking Lots During The Holiday Shopping Season. How Can Pedestrians Reduce Their Chance Of Being Hit?
  • What Can Pedestrians Do To Reduce Being Hit By A Car When Walking Near A Parking Lot Driveway?
  • Can A Driver Be Held Liable For A Car Accident Even Though He Was Blinded By The Sun?
  • What Benefits Am I Entitled To After Suffering Injuries In A Crash Caused By An Impaired Driver?
  • What Are The Benefits Of Airbags?
  • How Do I Answer Questions From An Insurance Claims Adjuster After Being Injured In An Auto Accident In Fort Lauderdale?
  • I Almost Hit A Cyclist The Other Day Due To Sun’s Rays. What Can Be Done To Reduce The Effects Of The Sun Glare?
  • My Airbag Didn’t Deploy In My Car Accident And I Was Seriously Injured. Do I Have A Case Against The Manufacturer?
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