Fort Lauderdale Car Accident Attorney Stephen Morse
Stephen Morse is a Fort Lauderdale Car Accident Lawyer. He works on all types of car accident, crash and wreck cases in all areas of Florida – this includes Broward County and throughout South Florida. The types of accident cases Mr. Morse handles include rear-end car accidents; head-on collisions; t-bone accidents; sideswipe accidents; side-impact accidents; rollover accidents; hit and run accidents; multiple-car and vehicle pile-ups; drunk driving, intoxicated driving, and other alcohol and drug related accidents; accidents involving texting and driving and other cell phone use; distracted driving accidents; accidents that caused injuries to passengers; accidents caused by defective roadway construction; road rage accidents; and accidents involving automobile or vehicle defects - including defective tires; airbag defects; defective seatbelts; defective children’s, kids’ and baby car seats.
Stephen Morse also represents pedestrians hit by vehicles. He represents bicyclists hit by vehicles while riding their bicycles/bikes as well.
Automobile accidents can be caused by all types of reasons. Stephen Morse represents clients who were injured by vehicles that ran red lights and stop signs, vehicles that were speeding, vehicles that changed or switched lanes improperly, and vehicles that failed to yield - amongst other reasons.
Stephen Morse also represents clients who have been injured by Uber vehicles, Lyft vehicles, and taxi cabs.
If you are injured in a car accident occurring anywhere in Florida (including Miami and West Palm Beach), contact this Fort Lauderdale Car accident Law Firm at 954-560-3063. Stephen Morse will give you a free, no obligation consultation. Should you hire Mr. Morse as your attorney, you will not be charged anything unless Mr. Morse helps you to make a recovery and you receive compensation in your case.
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Stephen Morse handles cases involving all types of automobile and vehicle accidents, crashes and wrecks. These include car accidents, truck accidents (including pickup trucks, garbage trucks, tow trucks, and fire trucks and ambulances as well), SUV (sport utility vehicle) accidents, minivan accidents, bus accidents, semi-tractor trailer accidents, big-rig accidents, motorcycle accidents, ATV (all-terrain vehicle accidents), moped accidents, scooter accidents, bicycle accidents, train accidents, boating accidents, waverunner and jet ski accidents, airplane accidents, parasailing accidents, bicycle accidents and pedestrian accidents. If you’ve been injured in any of these types of accidents, contact this Fort Lauderdale Accident Attorney.
If you are involved in a car wreck, there are a couple of things you should do. First of all, you should get medical treatment immediately if you are feeling any pain/symptoms. You should not delay treatment in hopes that you will feel better. It is important to your health that you are checked out immediately, and it is also important to any potential litigation as the defense will surely emphasize it if you delay treatment.
Secondly, you should take pictures of the damage to the various vehicles involved in your accident. After a crash, vehicles can be repaired quickly, and you may not be able to obtain pictures of the vehicle damage at a later date. It is therefore important to take pictures of the vehicles at the scene so that the pictures can be used later in the case.
You should also take down the names of any witnesses as these witnesses may be important should you and the defendant (i.e., the other person involved in the accident) later disagree about how the accident happened.
You should not talk to anybody from an insurance company about how the accident happened or your injuries before first talking to a Broward County Car Accident Attorney. Stephen Morse will be able to give you advice and guide you as you deal with the insurance company.
If you’re involved in a car accident anywhere in Florida, it will also be important to obtain the “black box” of all of the vehicles involved in the accident. The black box can contain valuable information about the speeds, positions, and directions of the vehicles. However, black boxes can re-record over themselves, and this valuable information can be lost – so it is vitally important that the black box information be downloaded immediately.
Finally, if your accident occurred at an intersection, it is important to see if there were any intersection cameras. If there were intersection cameras (such as “red-light cameras”), your accident could have been recorded, and this recording could prove that the other driver was at fault. Nevertheless, again it is important to realize that these red-light cameras oftentimes re-record over themselves, so time is of the essence and it is important that you contact a car accident lawyer as soon as possible so that the attorney can obtain the video.
When you are injured in a car crash occurring anywhere in Florida, it will also be important to figure out what type of automobile insurance you had, as well as the type of insurance the other driver/s had. In the State of Florida, there are several different types of automobile insurance you can purchase. Firstly, if you have automobile insurance in the State of Florida, you will automatically be entitled to $10,000 of PIP (personal injury protection) benefits to compensate you for your medical bills and lost wages (i.e., time missed from work) due to the accident. This PIP insurance is “no-fault,” meaning that you are entitled to it whether you or the other driver caused the accident. PIP insurance will cover you if a car was involved in your accident in any way. For example, if you were a pedestrian who was hit by a car, your PIP should cover up to $10,000 of your medical bills and lost wages.
The second type of insurance which is optional for you to purchase is Bodily Injury (BI) coverage. This type of insurance will cover you if the other driver was at fault for your accident and caused injuries to you. It will also cover you if you were the passenger in a vehicle and the driver of the vehicle caused the accident, which resulted in injuries to you.
However, bodily injury coverage is optional and, in South Florida, many drivers unfortunately do not carry it or are completely uninsured. Therefore, the third type of coverage that is optional and that you can purchase is Uninsured Motorist (UM coverage). This type of insurance covers you if the other driver in your accident didn’t carry any bodily injury coverage (i.e., was uninsured or underinsured). In that case, your uninsured motorist coverage (if you have any) will cover you for your injuries. UM coverage will also protect you if you were a passenger in a vehicle, the driver was at-fault for the accident and carried UM coverage. Finally, UM insurance will cover you in the situation of a hit-and-run accident – when the identity of the other driver or his/her insurance cannot be identified.
If you are in an accident caused by an uninsured or underinsured motorist, you also may be covered by the uninsured motorist policies of other resident relatives in your household. That is, if the relatives you live with carried UM policies, you may be able to receive compensation from those policies. It will therefore be important to look at all of the insurance policies in your household – not just yours. Mr. Morse will turn over every stone and look in every nook and cranny to try to help you.
Just for your information, when you go to purchase uninsured motorist coverage, you are entitled to purchase coverage up to or matching your bodily injury limits. That is, you can’t purchase more UM than BI coverage.
Also, when you purchase automobile insurance, you have the option to select “stacking” or “non-stacking” uninsured motorist coverage. If you purchase stacking UM coverage, the limits of your coverage will be multiplied by the number of vehicles in your household – although this type of coverage will be more expensive.
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Stephen Morse handles cases involving all types of injuries. Car accidents frequently cause sudden, violent motion of vehicle occupants’ necks and backs. Injuries that frequently result from this type of motion include spinal cord injuries, neck/cervical and back/lumber herniated discs (involving fusion surgeries and discectomy procedures), broken necks, broken backs, fractured vertebrae in the neck and back, whiplash and other soft tissue injuries, contusions, and sprains and strains.
In particularly bad car accidents, severe blows to the head can also cause catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injuries (TBI’s) and closed head injuries, brain damage, paralysis, paraplegia and quadriplegia, cerebral palsy, comas and vegetative states.
Victims of car accidents can also sustain eye injuries and vision loss, as well as hearing loss.
Also frequently resulting from car accidents are fractured and broken bones. These can be worse if a seat belt is not worn by the occupants of the vehicle (or if the seatbelts were defective). Fractured and broken bones typically resulting from a car accident include fractured ankles and ankle injuries, fractured knee caps, fractured hips (including hip replacement surgeries and operations), fractured pelvis (including pelvic repair surgeries and operations), fractured tail bones, fractured ribs, fractured clavicles and collarbones, fractured elbows (including elbow surgeries and operations), fractured wrists (including wrist surgeries and operations), finger injuries (including finger amputations), maxillofacial injuries including fractures to the nose, jaw and other bones in the face, fractured femurs and broken legs, fractured tibias and shins, and fractured fibulas.
Oftentimes, due to body parts hitting the interior of vehicles, victims of car crashes can sustain injuries to the joints – including knee injuries (including arthroscopic knee surgeries and procedures and total knee replacement surgeries and procedures), ACL tears, MCL tears, shoulder injuries (including arthroscopic shoulder surgeries and operations), and rotator cuff surgeries and operations.
Sometimes, due to their injuries, victims of car wrecks can develop syndromes and other maladies after their accidents. These syndromes and other maladies can include RSD (complex regional pain syndrome), carpal tunnel syndrome, Lisfranc injuries, and drop-foot.
Finally, especially if they are thrown from their vehicles, it is possible that victims of car accidents can sustain injuries such as lacerations to all parts of the body (including resultant scars and scarring), burns and road-rash, and death and loss of life (i.e., wrongful death). If you’ve sustained any of these types of injuries, contact this South Florida Car Accident Lawyer.
If you are involved in a car accident occurring anywhere in Florida, it is important to “document” these injuries. Take pictures of any visible injuries – these photographs can be valuable evidence in future litigation. Also seek medical attention should you feel any pain or other symptoms.
The statute of limitations for a car accident case in Florida is four years. This means that you have four years to file a lawsuit after a car accident in the State of Florida, so time is of the essence for you to contact a car accident lawyer and initiate a case.
Oftentimes, after a car accident, liability (or the issue of who is at fault for an accident) is in question. That is, it is not always clear who caused your accident. In that case, Mr. Morse will hire an expert caused an accident re-constructionist. This expert witness will analyze the accident (including the locations of the various vehicles involved in the accident, as well as the speeds and directions of the vehicles), read the depositions and review the other evidence in the case, and determine who was at fault for the accident. The accident re-constructionist will testify for you should the case go to trial.
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If you’ve been injured due to the fault of somebody else, contact Stephen Morse at 954-560-3063 for a free consultation. Mr. Morse will give you a free, no obligation consultation. This means that there is absolutely no financial risk to you. If you decide not to pursue a case, there will be no charge to you. This Broward County Car Accident Attorney will not get paid unless you make a recovery and receive compensation for your case.