If someone’s carelessness caused your car accident in Kendall, Florida, your case may be different than if you’re accident happened in another city.
Here are some fast facts that you need to know for Kendall injury claims arising from car accidents.
Higher Chance that Drivers in Kendall have Insurance
If a careless driver hits you in Kendall, Florida, there is a greater chance that he or she has bodily injury (“BI”) liability insurance than if the crash happened in some other cities like Homestead and Hialeah.
This is good for injured victims because BI liability insurance isn’t usually required on cars in Florida.
There is also a higher likelihood that the driver who hit you in Kendall has a higher BI insurance limit than in some other cities in Miami-Dade County.
What insurer is the careless driver likely to have in a Kendall crash?
The five most common auto insurance companies that I see in Kendall car accidents are State Farm, GEICO, Progressive, Allstate and United States Automobile Association (USAA).
Kendall Accident Victims Get Better Jurors
If someone’s carelessness caused your accident in Kendall, Florida, your case will likely be decided by a Miami-Dade county jury. However, most cases settle before trial.
Though there is no guarantee, Miami-Dade County juries tend to award more money than jurors in more rural parts of Florida. So, if you’re hurt in Kendall, you are likely to get a better jury than if you are hurt in a rural area in Florida.
Hispanics may do better in Kendall accident claims
As a rule of thumb, jurors in Miami-Dade County (where Kendall is located) award more to Hispanics than other ethnicities. (However, every case is different so you have to look at the details.)
Insurance claims adjusters and defense attorneys know this. Examples of Hispanics are Cubans, Central Americans, South Americans, etc.
Hispanics generally due better because a jury in a Kendall injury case will likely be mostly made up of Hispanics. Hispanics tend to award other Hispanics more than other ethnicities.
That being said, whites, blacks and others can still do well in a Kendall accident case. The facts of the case are more important than the injured person’s ethnicity.
Let’s take a look at some Kendall car accident settlements.
Driver Gets $57,600 for Kendall Car Accident
Three cars were traveling southbound on SW 127th Ave in The Crossings, which is next to Kendall. The Crossings borders the Hammocks, Three Lakes and Kendale Lakes.
A car failed to stop in time and ran into the rear of another car.
It pushed the middle car into the front car (Vehicle 3), which my client was driving. An ambulance came to the scene and treated every person involved.
An ambulance took my client to the hospital. The driver of the Vehicle 1 received a ticket.
My client had shoulder surgery. Progressive insured the middle car. Progressive paid $10,000 to settle the case.
GEICO insured Vehicle 3. GEICO paid $47,600 to settle my client’s personal injury claim.
Passenger Wins $37,500 for Wrist Surgery from Kendall Car Crash
My client was a passenger in a car that was heading straight. Another car was traveling the opposite direction and made a left hand turn.
The car that my client was in t-boned the other car. This crash happened outside of The Falls, which is minutes from Kendall, Pinecrest, Richmond Heights and Palmetto Bay.
My client had wrist surgery as a result of the wreck. The total available insurance was only $35,000.
I got the at fault driver to contribute an extra $2,500 to settle the case. The total settlement was for $37,500.
My client didn’t have uninsured motorist insurance. Since the settlement value of my client’s case was over $160,000, uninsured motorist insurance would have paid at least an additional $120,000 or so.
Bike rider Gets $33,000 after Car Hits Him in Kendall area
A car hit a bike rider at an intersection. The bicyclist fractured the top of his lower leg bone (tibia). This is called a tibial plateau fracture.
The doctor said that he healed perfectly and did not need any more treatment. State Farm insured the driver.
Driver Gets $16,500 for Herniated Disc from Kendall Car Crash
A man was driving his pickup truck. Another driver crashed into him in Kendall, Florida.
My client claimed that his herniated disc was caused by the accident. GEICO insured the careless driver.
Passenger Gets $14,100 Settlement for Kendall Car Crash
A passenger, Joe*, in his early forties was in a car on SR 874 in Kendall, Florida. Another driver was in a car behind them. Both cars were traveling in the same direction.
The other driver failed to slow down. The front of his car collided with the rear of the car that my client was a passenger in.
The at-fault driver’s car had disabling damage. It was towed from the scene. His airbag deployed.
The at-fault driver was charged with DUI. An ambulance did not arrive at the scene.
Joe did not take an ambulance to the hospital. The next day he went to the hospital.
At the hospital, he told the nurse that he had pain in his head, neck, back and both shoulders. He was treated in the hospital for a few hours. The hospital records said that he had no pain when he left the hospital.
Most of his medical treatment included therapy for his neck and lower back.
MRI Reveals Disc Protrusion/Herniation
He had an MRI that revealed a L4-L5 focal left neural foraminal disc protrusion producing foraminal stenosis at the subarticular process.
His chiropractor said that he had a L4-L5 intervertebral disc herniation with narrowing of the left neuroforaminal stenosis.
His chiropractor also diagnosed him with a lumbosacral sprain/strain injury, and a lumbosacral nerve root injury.
A few months after the crash he saw a neurologist. The neurologist noted that he had muscle spasms in his lower back.
The neurologist diagnosed him with Post Concussive Vertigo, and Lumbar Myofascitis.
A South Florida auto insurer insured the DUI driver. They paid us their $10,000 limits. State Farm was Joe’s UM insurer.
He did not want to sue State Farm. State Farm paid $4,100 to settle the case.
The total settlement was for $14,100.
Man Gets $10,000 for Broken Ribs and Spleen Injury
My client was a passenger in a car. Another car crashed into him.
He broke some ribs and damaged his spleen. He spent several days in the hospital.
The accident occurred near Kendall. My client did not have uninsured motorist (UM) insurance. He didn’t live with any resident relatives whose UM insurance may have covered him.
Thus, we could not make a claim for any amount above $10,000.
Lady Gets $10,000 for Wrist Tear from Kendall Car Crash
A car crashed into a car that my client was driving on SW 104 Street in Kendall, Florida. She received medical treatment at West Kendall Emergency Center.
She was diagnosed with a tear in the central and volar portions of the scapholunate ligament. The scapholunate ligament is in the wrist.
She didn’t have surgery. Nationwide Insurance Company insured the careless driver. They paid the BI liability insurance policy limits of $10,000.
Driver Gets $5,965 for Soft Tissue Injuries from Kendall Car Wreck
A 20 year old park attendant aid for Miami-Dade County Parks was driving his car. Another driver failed to yield the right of way and t-boned his car in West Kendall, Florida.
GEICO insured the careless driver. My client had soft tissue injuries.
He received 3 months of treatment, including rehabilitative treatment, with a chiropractor.
Who is the best Kendall accident lawyer?
Attorneys can’t ethically say that they are the “best Kendall injury lawyer.” However, there are important factors to look at when hiring an injury lawyer.
If you’re hurt in Kendall, I suggest that you strongly considering hiring an injury lawyer whose office is close to your home or the accident scene.
You should also hire a lawyer who knows Florida personal injury law very well.
I am located 6 minutes from Kendall, Florida
My office is located about 6 minutes from Kendall, Florida. I can meet you at an accident scene in Kendall within minutes of our first phone call.
I’ve met clients (who were hurt in Kendall) when they were staying at Baptist Hospital, Kendall Regional Medical Center and other hospitals in the Kendall area.
Here is a separate article on Kendall slip and fall cases.
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