Plantation Car Accident Lawyer

Rick Ellsley

Florida roads are extremely dangerous. Unfortunately, unlicensed and inattentive drivers, speeders, intoxicated drivers and of course drivers allowing improperly secured cargo to spill out onto the highways are all realities out there that safe drivers face on all roadways. When recklessness leads to a life threatening injury, a victim needs an experienced and dedicated Plantation car accident attorney to aggressively, effectively, and quickly:

  • analyze the physical evidence left at the car accident scene.
  • examine the damage done to the vehicles involved.
  • interview witnesses. When it comes to proving liability in a car accident case, The Ellsley Law Firm takes an aggressive approach and work diligently to gather the necessary evidence to win the case with an effective and easily understood trial.

A key component to a car accident lawyer near you successfully litigating a case is identifying all available insurance coverage that would apply. Under Florida law, the owner of a vehicle is responsible for the injury caused by use of that vehicle. Similarly, an employer is legally responsible for the damages caused by one of its employees while on streets and highways.

As part of our investigation of all parties involved, a Plantation injury lawyer from our firm will identify and locate assets, run an employment, civil and criminal litigation history, and request a driving record report. We will also obtain cell phone records to determine whether the other driver was on a call or, worse, sending or receiving text messages at the time of the crash.

Auto Accidents & Insurance Disputes

Common types of car accidents

Our Plantation car accident attorneys have handled cases involving all types of wrecks, including the following, which are more prevalent:

  • Speeding-related crashes: When other drivers ignore the posted speed limit, the chance of a serious car accident occurring exponentially increases. The faster the speed, the greater severity, in many cases.
  • Distracted driving wrecks: If a driver is texting while driving, and then hits another car, it often can be proven in court. If that driver's negligence caused injury or death to other drivers, he or she needs to be held financially liable in court.
  • Parking lot accidents: Accidents in parking lots usually occur at a low rate of speed, but that doesn't make them less dangerous. While collisions with other motorists are a concern, drivers have an obligation to watch out for pedestrians, too.
  • Head-on collisions: A car that hits another square on could seriously injure or kill all occupants in the vehicle, especially when excessive speed is a factor.
  • Side-impact collisions: When a car runs a red light, the chances of an accident occurring in an intersection skyrocket. Given that many motorists speed up when a light turns yellow, there is a likelihood of severe catastrophic injury resulting from these types of wrecks.
  • Rear-end collisions: While this might seem to be the most benign type of accident, serious bodily injury can occur in the form of whiplash, or even ejection from a vehicle.
  • Rollovers: Rollover accidents could happen a number of ways, but speed and side-impact collisions often play a role. The chance of death or catastrophic injury is high in a rollover.
  • DUI-related accidents: Everyone knows drinking and driving is against the law, but that doesn't stop some people from doing it anyway. If someone else made the reckless decision to get behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated, and it resulted in a collision with your vehicle and catastrophic injury or death, victims or their families could be entitled to significant compensation from the negligent party.

Regulations must be followed

For cases that involve buses or trucks, federal and state laws place numerous requirements not simply on the driver, but also the owner, operator, shipping company, and transporter. Commercial drivers are required to undergo training and pass a written and a driving examination in order to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License. Other laws enforced by the Federal Department of Transportation Department of Motor Carrier Compliance are ones that regulate driver hours, attempt to prevent driver fatigue, increase the visibility of red reflective tape on the rear of cargo trailers, increase the frequency and quality of maintenance, and that ensure a safe depth for truck tire tread. Mr. Ellsley, a Plantation auto accident attorney, is an active member of the American Association of Justice’s Interstate Trucking Litigation Group and has extensive experience handling matters involving commercial vehicles.

Short- and long-term effects of a car crash

The Ellsley Law Firm investigates the incident thoroughly and gathers all necessary evidence to prove the fault of the responsible persons or companies.

Anyone who has been involved in an auto accident knows just how difficult it can be to move past the pain. Even accidents that are not very serious in nature can leave a lasting negative impact on victims and their loved ones for years to come. When it comes to injuries suffered in car wrecks, it can take even longer for a victim to recover, and unfortunately, sometimes victims are never the same.

An auto accident involves physical or emotional injury or trauma to a victim. Many times, collisions can alter a victim’s life to the point that they are significantly traumatized or physically affected and can no longer perform regular tasks or enjoy their usual activities. Additionally, auto accident cases can overlap other personal injury case types, most notably wrongful death and injuries to pedestrians. If it can be proven that a manufacturer's defect caused your accident, you might have grounds for a product liability case, with the auto maker potentially liable, monetarily. No two cases are alike, but the underlying issue still remains – car accident victims have rights and they cannot be dismissed.

Always speak with an accident attorney first

If you or a loved one have suffered serious injuries in a car accident, let the auto accident lawyers at The Ellsley Law Firm help you obtain justice for your incident. As a victim of an injury case, you may be entitled to receive thousands or even millions of dollars in benefits and damages.


Why shouldn't I accept the insurance company's offer?

If you are injured in a car accident, chances are you are in pain, both physical and financial. Medical bills pile up quickly, and money is in short supply. Insurance companies bank on this, and likely will try to talk you into sign a financial settlement. Don't do this! You might be entitled to significantly more for your pain and suffering. Always consult with a car accident lawyer in Plantation before discussing the details of your incident with anyone else, or before signing anything.

Is Florida a no-fault state?

Yes, Florida is a no-fault state. This means that each policyholder's own insurance company pays for his or her losses suffered in a car crash.

What if the car accident was my fault?

At the scene of the accident, admit nothing. Even if you were partially at fault for an accident in Plantation, do not apologize or admit responsibility. Such admissions can and will be used against you in Florida court.


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