Experienced Sunrise Car Accident Lawyer
Serving Accident Victims in the Sunrise, West Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale Areas
We all want to feel safe on the roads. As a driver or as a passenger in a truck or car (even on a bicycle), we want to believe that others are driving responsibly and paying attention to those who are sharing the roadways. Unfortunately, this is simply not always the case; in fact, it’s frequently not the case.
You may ask yourself: Is 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.”
These sorts of injuries can happen in the blink of an eye. Safe drivers, like yourself, can become victims of those drivers who are negligent, distracted, reckless, or intoxicated. It’s an unfortunate truth that, sometimes, no amount of safe driving on your part can prevent these accidents from happening.
When such injuries occur, the first step, of course, is to seek the medical treatment that you need. Even injuries that may seem fairly minor at first can worsen quickly without prompt medical attention. After seeking medical care, your next step should be to give us a call. It’s very important to hire a proven Sunrise car accident lawyer who can fight for your fair compensation.
Being involved in an accident of this nature can significantly change your life emotionally, physically, and financially. We want to help.
If you’ve been involved in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you need to understand and promptly assert your right to damages. However, when you’re injured, you need to be able to focus on healing instead of spending your time trying to fight with an insurance company to recover benefits or trying to navigate a difficult and complex legal maze to receive the compensation you deserve. We’d love the opportunity to put our knowledge to work for you and to fight on your behalf.
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?
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. Hiring an experienced Sunrise car accident attorney can make a big difference in how insurance companies respond.
Common Insurance Company Negotiating Tactics
Insurance claims adjusters carry an invisible bag of tricks to every negotiating session – especially when the claimant is not represented by a car accident lawyer. 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 adjuster 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. Because of the pressure, you panic and accept far less than you actually deserve.
- They tell you that you don’t need a car accident lawyer in Sunrise 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.
- Your insurance company may ask, “How are you today?” To be polite, you answer, “I’m fine.” Often, insurance companies will then argue: “If you’re fine, then your injuries must not be as serious as you are claiming.” You should be very, very careful what you say. Unfortunately, without expert legal knowledge, it’s hard to know exactly what is and isn’t the right thing to say. Hiring an experienced Sunrise car accident lawyer can make a huge difference.
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. As a Sunrise car accident attorney, 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:
- Bicycle Accidents
- Lyft accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Personal Injury
- Trucking Accidents
- Uber Accidents
- Wrongful Death
Don’t Settle for Mediocrity
Any Sunrise car accident 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 attorneys 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. David M. Benenfeld has also been admitted to the Million Dollar Advocate Forum along with fewer than one percent of all lawyers. I have the experience and knowledge that you need in your corner. I’m approachable and compassionate, yet aggressive when the situation calls for it. I am practical, streetwise, and savvy when it comes to understanding the law and how best to fight for your rights. I have successfully litigated thousands of cases, and I would be honored to help you with yours.
Contact our Highly Experienced Sunrise Car Accident Lawyer
If you have been injured in a Sunrise Florida car accident, or if your loved one has been killed in such an accident, call your Sunrise car accident attorney David M. Benenfeld at 954-677-0155, or complete the online contact form so that we can schedule a free consultation. Call us immediately. Don’t delay even one more day in taking the first step toward fighting for the compensation you deserve.