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car accident attorneys port st. lucieNearly 20 million motor vehicles are registered in Florida and that does not include thousands of vehicles driven by out-of-state visitors and truckers. With so many drivers on the state’s roads, car accidents are inevitable. A minor fender-bender is inconvenient, but a more serious accident can be life-changing.

If you’ve been injured in an accident, you may be struggling to decide what to do next. Insurance companies may be making it difficult for you to receive car accident compensation you need to pay your medical bills and other costs, or you may be baffled by mountains of paperwork – all made harder by your need to rest and recover from a serious injury. The car accident attorneys in West Palm Beach at Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Ryles are anxious to talk to you. Call our car accident lawyers now for a free consultation.

Top Causes of Florida Car Accident Injuries

According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), over 344,000 car accidents occurred in Florida in a single recent year. Nearly 150,000 of these were car accident injuries resulting from road crashes – many of them serious. A total of 2,495 accident victims lost their lives.

What causes Florida car crashes? The FLHSMV estimates that the top causes include:

  • Distracted and careless driving. Drivers fail to pay attention to the road in any number of ways: by texting, eating, listening to loud music, or simply failing to pay proper attention to their surroundings. The results can be deadly. The FLHSMV estimates that 58 percent of all deaths and injuries in crashes are caused by careless or distracted driving.
  • Drunk driving. Every Florida driver knows that drunk driving kills – but not everyone puts this information into practice. Drunk driving causes 15 percent of all car crash deaths and 18 percent of all car crash injuries.
  • Failing to yield the right of way. Whose turn is it at a traffic signal, a stop sign, a yield sign or a crosswalk? Drivers who got the answer wrong caused 11 percent of all crash deaths in Florida in one recent year, according to the FLHSMV.
  • Speeding. Speeding may involve going faster than the posted speed limit or driving too fast for conditions, like heavy rain or fog, even if the speed limit isn’t broken. Speeding causes 12 percent of all crash deaths in Florida, according to the FLHSMV.

 

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Important Information in Florida Car Accidents Claims

Car accident injuries cost Florida families millions of dollars. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that Floridians lost $3.16 billion in one year to fatal car accidents – the third highest total of any state in the nation. This number includes $40 million in medical costs and $3.12 billion in lost work wages, benefits and the value of household labor.

Common Injuries Suffered in Car Accidents

  • Head and brain injuries: If a driver’s or passenger’s head hits any part of the vehicle or is hit by an object during a crash, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can result. Severe TBIs are often fatal, but even a mild concussion can cause lingering and disabling problems with attention, memory, movement and mood.
  • Back and spinal injuries: The spinal cord transmits messages from the brain to every other part of the body. Any injury to the spinal cord can result in loss of motor function, organ impairment and other serious medical conditions. Damage to the muscles or nerves in the back can make moving, lifting items and other tasks impossible – seriously limiting the injured person’s quality of life and work or hobby opportunities.
  • Neck injuries: Whiplash’s consequences can be disabling. Damage to the muscles, nerves and soft tissues of the neck can cause lingering pain, loss of mobility and conditions such as severe headaches or spine problems.
  • Fractures: Broken bones are a common result of a forceful collision. Severe fractures or broken bones that don’t heal properly may cause a lifetime of disability and discomfort.
  • Mental and emotional injuries: Post-traumatic stress from a car accident, anxiety and depression are all common and natural responses to a major life-threatening event. These conditions are real, and they must be taken every bit as seriously as a physical injury. Your attorney can help you take steps to seek treatment and compensation for every injury, whether physical, mental or emotional.

Who’s Liable for an Accident in Florida?

After a car crash, it can be tough to figure out who exactly is responsible – especially if more than one party might be liable. Here are some of the common parties who might be at fault:

  • Another driver: If another driver hit your vehicle or hit you while you were walking or bicycling, that driver might be at fault for the accident. If you were a passenger at the time of the crash, the driver of the vehicle you were riding in may have been at fault and could be held responsible for your injuries. It is important not to accept fault at the scene of a crash, even if you think you were responsible. All of the facts are not clear in the chaos that follows an accident. Talk to your lawyer first.
  • A vehicle manufacturer: If the crash was caused by a defect in the vehicle or any of its parts, the manufacturer or designer may also be responsible. If the automotive defect didn’t actually cause the accident, but made your injuries worse than they otherwise would have been, a manufacturer may still be responsible. Your attorney can help determine whether this was the case.
  • Those responsible for road design, construction and maintenance: Blind curves, severe potholes, inadequate or missing signs, or signals that don’t work can all contribute to an accident. The condition of the roadway matter, and the officials responsible for designing, building and maintaining them might be held liable if they have negligently failed to do their jobs.
  • A driver’s employer:  If a driver causes a crash while on the job, his or her employer may also be held liable. Your attorney can dig into the facts of the situation to find out who may be held responsible for the other driver’s fateful decisions.

Your attorney will check to ensure that everyone who is at fault is held responsible. With so many potential parties in play, chances are good a case may involve multiple insurance companies. The insurers may argue over which company is responsible for covering your losses. Your attorney can manage this situation so that you receive a full and fair settlement while you focus on healing.

Why Hire our Car Accident Lawyers to Handle Your Case

Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Ryles lives by a pledge to serve you by providing the best legal service possible. We will be by your side in seeking justice on matters concerning personal injury law, catastrophic injury, negligent security, premises liabilityworkers’ comp settlements and Social Security claims.

Here’s how we ensure we provide the best legal service possible:

  • You meet with an attorney: Some firms connect you with a paralegal the first time you meet. Not at our firm. Here, we ensure you talk to one of our attorneys during your initial consultation – so you can start receiving the help you need right from the start.
  • We communicate promptly: Have a question? Call us – we’ll return your call the same day during business hours, and within 24 hours if you call during non-business hours. Whether you have a question or want to provide more information, we’re ready to listen.
  • Regular contacts: We have a system in place to make sure that we touch base with you regularly. We regularly talk to our clients by phone, email or even Facebook. Your case never gets lost in the system because we keep you informed about your case every step of the way.
  • A commitment to results: We believe that you deserve the best service and the best results possible. We fight to ensure you receive the full compensation you are entitled to so you can focus on getting well.

Worried About Costs?

There are zero upfront costs! At Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Ryles our car accident lawyers will review your case for free and you don’t pay us until we win your case. We have car accident lawyers in Port St. Lucie and in West Palm Beach.

Let’s talk. Call our personal injury law firm today for a free and confidential consultation. You can fill out our easy online form if reaching out online is more convenient for you.

 

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