Palm Beach County, Florida
If you are the victim of someone who is driving while intoxicated, talking on a cell phone, or racing down the highway at an excessive rate of speed, your life can be derailed in the blink of an eye. While it is tempting to take a “car accidents only happen to others” attitude, car crashes claimed the lives of over 32,000 people and caused injury to 2.3 million more people during a recent one year period. Statistically, the average person in the U.S. will not only be involved in a motor vehicle accident, but most people will endure more than one crash during their lifetime according to insurance industry data.
Local drivers are not immune from these disquieting car accident statistics. During the same 12 month period, 136 people died in car accidents in Palm Beach County. Even more troubling, our streets and highways appear to be getting more dangerous because the number of traffic fatalities rose by 17 percent in Palm Beach County from the previous year despite a significant decline in the average number of miles driven.
In Boca Raton alone, there are approximately 2,600 auto accidents annually that cause almost 200 injuries. City records reveal that there are specific roadways obstructed by traffic congestion that are particularly dangerous, such as Yamato Road and Glades Road. I-95 also is a common location of serious Palm Beach County car accident injuries and fatalities. These accidents can be caused by drivers from all walks of life such as FAU students rushing to class or driving home from sporting events while intoxicated; out-of-town tourists trying to read directions; and unsafe drivers who are texting, impaired, and/or speeding.Protecting Your Rights If You Are Involved in a Palm Beach County Car Accident
When you are involved in an auto accident in Boca Raton, your actions in the aftermath of a collision can have an enormous impact on your claim for damages. Our Palm Beach County car accident attorneys have provided a number of suggestions for maximizing your monetary recovery:
- Seek Medical Attention Immediately: when you are involved in an auto accident, you will likely be shaken up as adrenalin races through your system. Many people believe there is no reason to see a doctor or accept an ambulance ride to the hospital because they assume that they have no significant injuries. However, many serious debilitating injuries initially only manifest minor symptoms. If you suffer ANY form of injury, you should seek immediately legal advice to improve your prognosis and allow the doctor to properly diagnose and treat any conditions. All symptoms should be disclosed no matter how minor they might seem at the time of the exam. If the doctor orders an x-ray, MRI, CT scan, blood work or other diagnostic procedures, it is imperative that you follow through on all such tests. Diagnostic scans and reports can constitute compelling evidence regarding the nature and severity of your injuries while a delay in seeking medical attention will be construed by the at-fault driver’s insurance company as evidence that you were not severely injured.
- Avoid Talking with the Other Driver’s Insurance Company: the other driver’s insurance company might contact you after the accident to obtain information or schedule a recorded statement. Even if the insurance adjuster seems affable and expresses an interest in getting your claim adjusted and paid, the adjuster is beholden to the insurer who signs his or her paycheck. The adjuster is seeking information to shift blame to you for the accident or to mitigate the amount you receive in damages. If the liability of the other driver is fairly clear, the insurer might even offer a settlement check. Since the goal of the insurance company is to minimize what it pays out on claims, you can be sure your claim is worth significantly more than you are being offered. Generally, you should not discuss the case with the other driver’s insurer, sign any documents, or cash any check from the insurer without legal advice.
- Collect & Preserve Relevant Evidence: when you are at the accident scene, you or someone with you should gather evidence. Florida law requires that you exchange your driver’s license, insurance, and contact information with the other motorist. If you have a cell phone that takes pictures, you should also take photos of any injuries, vehicle damage, relative position of the vehicles, relevant environmental or roadway factors, and the surrounding vicinity. If witnesses saw the collision, you should obtain their names and contact information.
- Retain an Experienced Palm Beach County Lawyer: insurance companies have an array of experts, insurance defense attorneys, and substantial litigation resources. An insurance company recognizes that the average person has a limited understanding of the procedural, evidentiary and substantive standards and rules that govern personal injury legal claims. An injury victim can increase the amount he or she is likely to recover by retaining an experienced Boca Raton Car Accident Attorney as soon as possible following an accident.
If you or a loved one is injured by a negligent or reckless driver in Boca Raton, our Palm Beach County Auto Accident Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano will tenaciously pursue the full compensation you deserve. For over 130 collective years, our firm has assisted accident victims in personal injury and wrongful death actions across South Florida. We seek to obtain compensation for your tangible and intangible damages, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Our skill and dedication has earned us an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and recognition as one of South Florida’s top firms by the Miami Herald. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.