Palm Beach Car Accident Attorneys
Help for Florida Car Accident Victims
Florida is known for its beautiful beaches and numerous world-class attractions, but its streets and highways are also recognized as being among the most dangerous in the country. In 2018, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reported more than 401,850 crashes and 3,150 fatalities.
Unfortunately, car accidents can occur in many different ways and result in many different types of injuries or even death. Although not every Florida car accident injury case is serious or warrants a personal injury lawsuit, car crashes are indeed one of the most frequently filed types of personal injury lawsuits throughout Florida.
The experienced car accident attorneys at the Boyers Law Group have successfully litigated and achieved substantial compensation for the victims of car accidents and their families in numerous cases throughout Florida. If you or a family member has been seriously injured in a car accident, we will put our experience and expertise to work helping you hold the responsible party accountable and recover the damages you deserve.
Causes of Florida Car Crashes
Driver error or negligence is a major cause of car crashes in Palm Beach and throughout Florida. Examples of driver error or negligence include, but are not limited to, driving at an excessive rate of speed, disregarding a traffic control device, failing to yield the right of way, following too closely, engaging in road rage and driving while intoxicated.
In Florida, if you or a family member has been the victim of an injury accident caused by driver error or negligence, you can hold the negligent motorist liable for the injuries and damages. An experienced car accident attorney from the Boyers Law Group can help you determine the best course of action to hold the responsible party accountable for his or her negligence.
The modern digital age has overwhelmed many drivers with potential distractions. From cellphone calls and texts to complex car stereo and navigation systems, digital devices often pull a driver’s attention away from the road. When someone is distracted by these devices, accidents are more likely to occur.
If driver distraction led to your injury accident, it’s important to contact our car accident attorneys. They have experience with all cell service providers and, if contacted soon after the crash, are able to preserve the at-fault driver’s cell phone history, which can be used as powerful evidence in your case.
Product Liability or Mechanical Defect
Sometimes an automobile crash is not caused by drivers, but by the car itself. Mechanical malfunctions can manifest in tire blowouts, brake failures, seat belt and air bag defects, electrical malfunctions that cause fires and inadequate structural integrity or crashworthiness defects among others. Defects can cause crashes such as in the case of tire tread separations that cause or contribute to SUV rollovers or in the case of steering malfunctions or brake failures. In other accidents, the defective component part of a car leads to more serious injuries that should have occurred. Examples of injury exacerbating defects include problems like seatbelt, airbag and crashworthiness (structural failures) defects.
These product defects can be the sole cause of a crash or act in concert with a driver’s negligence. In either case, an experienced car accident attorney from the Boyers Law Group can help you hold all responsible parties accountable for their negligence.
Recovery and Insurance Following a Florida Car Accident
If you’ve been injured in a car accident in Florida, you can recover monetary damages from the responsible party or parties. Damages include past and future medical expenses, lost wages in the past and diminished earning capacity in the future, pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of the capacity to fully enjoy one’s life, scarring, disability, disfigurement, embarrassment, and inconvenience, as well as property damage to your vehicle and possessions.
Although there are many elements of damage available to a victim of automobile negligence, the at-fault driver’s ability to pay can be an issue.
In Florida, drivers are required to carry only “Personal Injury Protection” or “No-Fault” insurance of $10,000. Many clients are surprised to learn that a Florida motorist is not required to have bodily injury or property damage insurance coverage.
One way to protect yourself and loved ones from becoming the victim of a driver with no insurance is to obtain uninsured or underinsured motorist (“UM”) insurance. But even if you do not have this type of coverage, the Boyers Law Group car accident attorneys will investigate your claim and exhaust all available avenues for recovering damages.
Florida Statute of Limitations for Automobile Accident Lawsuits
In Florida, victims of automobile accidents generally have 4 years from the date of the crash to file a lawsuit. If the accident resulted in a death, the lawsuit must usually be filed within 2 years. Even with these given lengths of time, it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible after the crash so that the accident scene and vehicles can be photographed and examined by investigators and experts. Essential evidence can be lost if a crash investigation is not commenced as soon as possible after an accident.
Boyers Law Group Attorneys Have Many Years of Experience in Representing Victims of Automobile Accidents
If you or a family member has been injured in an automobile accident, get the legal help you need. Call Boyers Law Group or submit the “Tell Us What Happened” form on our website to receive a free consultation.
Our compassionate, experienced team has many years of experience in representing victims of automobile accidents. We will help you understand the legal process, make sure we understand every detail of your accident and injuries, and do everything possible to hold the responsible parties accountable.
Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. (2019). Florida crash dashboard.
The 2019 Florida Statutes.