Motor Vehicle Accidents
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Our experienced Palm Beach Motor Vehicle Accident Attorneys are fully aware of the complications that can emerge after a motor vehicle accident. We have seen a number of tragedies, and we understand the emotions that many victims deal with as they seek compensation for their losses. Florida’s complicated laws and ordinances can sometimes make insurance claims and the recovery of damages difficult.
If you’re injured in a motor vehicle accident in Palm Beach County or anywhere in Florida, it’s imperative to get legal help right away from an experienced Palm Beach Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney. At the Law Offices of Thomas J. Lavin, our Palm Beach Motor Vehicle Accident Attorneys have three decades of experience defending motor vehicle accident victims, and our record of success speaks for itself.
The motor vehicle accidents that lead to serious injuries are most commonly caused by:
- Distractions like reading, eating, applying makeup, cell phones, radios, and mp3 devices
- Negligence including disregard for traffic signals and street signs, failure to yield the right of way, following too closely, driving under the influence, and speeding
- Failure to adequately maintain and service a vehicle
Defective Equipment And Poor Roads
We assume that streets and highways are going to be designed safely and maintained responsibly; that’s one reason we pay taxes. Every party involved in designing, building, and maintaining a road has a responsibility to ensure its safety under normal driving conditions. Unfortunately, they don’t always do that. Corners are cut, miscalculations are made, and people end up saying “that’s a bad stretch of road” while nothing gets done. It often takes a tragedy, or several of them, before dangerous roads are repaired or warning signs are posted. Water and oil are common road hazards in south Florida but are not the only hazards you may encounter. Blind curves, narrow bridges, shoulder drop-offs, improper road grading, and other hazards can cause serious accidents and severe injuries.
There may be more than one person who is liable for injuries in an accident. The most obvious liable party is the driver of the other car involved in the accident. However, there may be other persons who have contributed to the accident although they may not have operated the vehicle that collided with your car. For instance, other pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorists in the vicinity, whose negligence caused the liable party to lose control of his car and hit your car, can also be held liable. If you were involved in a drunk driving accident caused by an intoxicated teenage driver, the commercial drinking establishment like bar or restaurant that served the alcohol to the teenage driver, could be held liable for your damages.
Under Florida’s “dangerous instrumentality” doctrine, in many cases, vehicle owners can even be held vicariously liable for the negligent actions of a third party driving a vehicle with permission. This means if you lend your car to a friend and that friend injures someone in an accident, you could be held partially responsible. The doctrine protects accident victims injured by a driver who does not own a vehicle or have insurance coverage by dividing the responsibility between the driver and the vehicle owner.
Drivers are supposed to be alert to potholes, pools of water, and other hazards. But those charged with keeping roadways safe may also be partially responsible for accidents. State, county, and municipal governments, transportation departments, engineering firms, construction companies, and other contractors and subcontractors may all be scrutinized for liability. Juries may assess the negligence of multiple parties and adjust damage awards accordingly.
What To Do After An Accident
Obviously, if you’re involved in a traffic accident here in south Florida, seeking medical attention is your first priority. In fact, it’s essential to seek medical treatment if you’ve been injured by a driver who was distracted, intoxicated, or negligent for any other reason. Make sure to tell the healthcare providers if you experience any twinges, muscle aches, or lingering pains. After you’ve been seen by a doctor, speak as quickly as possible to an experienced West Palm Beach personal injury attorney. You may be able to receive compensation for your expenses after an accident, and the right attorney can discuss your options with you.
Most of the awards in traffic accident cases are directly related to injuries and related expenses like lost income or additional childcare. In some states, you may also be awarded punitive damages in cases where the at-fault-driver was egregiously negligent and careless. The expenses more typically reimbursed to personal injury victims include:
- Medical expenses
- Property damages
- Temporary or permanent disability
- Lost income
- Mileage related to medical visits, treatment, and therapy
- Additional childcare expenses created by your injury
- Compensation for physical and emotional pain and suffering
How is your compensation calculated? By an insurance adjuster. This person is responsible for investigating and researching your accident, and going through your current accident policy. He will then make a decision on how much money you must receive in compensation. It is important to be polite and respectful to the car insurance adjuster, but it is also important to understand that he is an employee of the insurance company, and therefore, does not necessarily have your best interests at heart.
The insurance adjuster will ask you to make a statement about the accident. If possible, get a lawyer on your side, and seek legal counsel before you make a statement. Remember that there is extensive negotiation involved before you can reach a settlement with the insurance company. It’s important to have a Palm Beach car accident lawyer working with you to make sure that your rights are protected, and that you get the compensation that you deserve for your injuries. For instance, you may be eligible for damages that include loss of consortium, and loss of enjoyment of life, and all of these loses must be accounted for in your claim.
Standing With You
An accident injury may impair your work prospects, your ability to meet responsibilities, and your family’s future. Some injuries – brain and spinal injuries, for instance – may require lifelong care. We will help you receive the benefits you need to face the future.If you’ve been injured – or if you’re injured in the future – call an experienced Palm Beach Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney at the Law Offices of Thomas J. Lavin immediately.
The law limits the amount of time you have to file a claim, so act promptly.We never charge a fee until you receive compensation. If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident in Palm Beach County or anywhere in the state of Florida, call us at 561-557-4546 to schedule a free legal consultation, or complete the form on our Contact Page and take the first step toward receiving the compensation you deserve.