Car accidents can and do happen, even for the most experienced and cautious drivers. When collisions do occur, they can come with profound, life-changing, and even fatal injuries. A Florida auto accident lawyer at our firm will investigate your case, build the most substantial possible claim for money damages, and guide you through the legal process with experience and personal attention.
At Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather, Littky-Rubin & Whitman, we help people injured in auto accidents get the full compensation available. We are seasoned lawyers with a strong track record of success in the courtroom and through negotiated settlements.
Common Car Accident Injuries in Florida
Car accidents can happen in several ways, from a low-speed rear-end collision in a parking lot to a multi-vehicle pileup on a busy highway.
Certain injuries are common across a wide range of crashes. An experienced Florida auto accident lawyer at our firm will tell you that some of the injuries we see most frequently in these cases include:
- Scrapes and bruises
- Broken bones
- Head and neck injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Burns, scarring, and disfigurement
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Anyone who has suffered these and other injuries in a car accident in Florida has the right to seek compensation from those responsible. The money damages typically available include compensation for medical bills and property damage, as well as missed wages during recovery and any impact of the injuries on a person’s long-term earning capacity.
Common Causes of Florida Car Accidents
Driver negligence is often to blame when car accidents happen. Some of the most common causes of collisions in Florida include:
- Drunk Driving: this occurs when an impaired driver operates a vehicle after consuming alcohol. In 2016, 10,497 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for 28% of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.
- Distracted Driving: This occurs when a negligent driver diverts their attention to distractions such as adjusting the stereo or navigation, eating or drinking, talking, applying makeup, or using social media.
- Texting-While-Driving: Drivers who text and while driving are extremely dangerous. By doing this, the negligent driver intentionally shifts their focus from driving to operating their cell phone.
- Drowsy Driving: this occurs when a driver fails to get enough sleep and decides to operate a vehicle regardless. By driving while tired or drowsy, you lessen your ability to remain alert and your reaction time.
- Speeding, Reckless Driving or Aggressive Driving. Accidents caused by speeding often occur when a negligent driver exceeds a designated speed limit by 5-15 mph. Whereas reckless driving could be a combination of speeding, tailgating, failing to obey signs and signal lights, and aggressive driving.
- Drugged Driving: Drivers under the influence of any drugs or narcotics that impairs one’s motor skills, reaction time, or judgment have a higher risk of causing accidents. Drugged driving is a threat to the safety of motorists and is considered to be negligence.
- Failing to obey signs and signals: this type of crash occurs when a reckless driver fails to obey stop or yield signs and traffic lights at intersections.
Drivers in Florida have a legal responsibility to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner. That means obeying traffic laws and staying off the road when distracted, fatigued or intoxicated. A driver that does not live up to this responsibility is likely to be found negligent and liable for any accidents that happen as a result.
Other factors may also lead to an accident or make injuries worse when a crash happens in some situations. For example, defective and malfunctioning vehicles or equipment, hazards posed by road conditions, severe weather, and pedestrian negligence are some of those factors.
Types of Auto Accidents in Florida
- Head-on Collisions: A head-on collision also known as a frontal collision occurs when two vehicles traveling the opposite direction collide into each other. These accidents usually occur when one driver crosses the center of the road and drives into oncoming traffic or wrong-way driving.
- Rear-end Collisions: rear-end accidents are very common in Florida and occur when a driver to the rear of the vehicle fails to react or stop in time and crashes into the vehicle in front of them. This type of crash often occurs at traffic lights and or stop signs.
- Side-Impact Accidents: Most side impact collisions occur at intersections where a driver fails to yield to traffic. The resulting impact can also force the car into the path of other traffic causing a chain reaction.
- Vehicle Roll-over Accidents: These accidents occur when a vehicle is traveling at a high speed and the driver tries to make a sudden turn or when a driver swerves suddenly to avoid colliding with another vehicle, an object or a person.
- Highway Construction Accidents: These accidents often occur when construction crews and equipment are present on the roadway causing drivers to reduce speed, stop suddenly, or merge without enough notice.
- Single Vehicle Accidents: these types of accidents occur as a result of 1) Vehicle Defects such as faulty brakes or an engine lock up 2) Negligent Auto Repair or Maintenance
Significant Case Results
David C. Prather Secures 1.4M Settlement in Tractor-Trailer Crash
Client Suffers Amputation of Arm in Vehicle Rollover Crash
All-Female Trial Team Obtains $4.98 Million Verdict
Fatal Auto Accident Due to Distracted Semi Tractor Trailer Driver
Auto Accident Results in Brain Injury
Woman Paralyzed in Crash at Toll Plaza
Woman Fractures Neck in Auto Accident
Negligent Road Construction Leads to Death
Auto Accident Causes Fatal Head Injury
Auto Accident Results in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Auto Accident Results in Paraplegia
Auto Accident Causes Premature Delivery of Brain-Damaged Baby
College Student Dies in Auto Accident While Visting Home for the Holidays
Family Man Killed by Professional Athlete in Car Crash
Mother of Five Killed When Tire Failure Causes Accident
Product Liability Turndown Results in $1.2 Million Recovery
Auto Accident Results in Spine Injury
Unavoidable Accident Causes Lifetime of Lost Income
Corporate Bus Causes Head-On Collision
Highly Contested Case Involves Previously Injured Man
Clark Fountain Fights for Settlement to Aid Car Accident Victim
Client Receives Remarkable $650,000 in Auto Negligence Case
19-Year-Old Girl Scouts Counselor Killed in Accident with Inexperienced Truck Driver
Woman Awarded Settlement to Care for Fibromyalgia After Auto Accidents
Injuries to Back and Neck Following a Rear-End Collision
Automobile Accident-Low Speed, Rear-End Collision
Firm Wins After Rejecting $50K Pre-trial Offer
Firm Earns Three Times Insurance Policy Limits for Client
Tragic Death Caused By Defective Seatbelt
Vehicle Rollover Results in Catastrophic Injuries
Client Hit By Felon Operating Stolen Vehicle
27-Year-Old Tragically Killed by Out-of-State Motorist
Defective Fuel System Claims Lives of Two College Students
Auto Accident Results in Below-the-Knee Leg Amputation
California Auto Accident Results in Wrongful Death
T-Bone Auto Accident
Tow Truck Accident Kills Three Small Children
Tire Failure Turns Church Youth Road Trip into Tragedy
Firm Wins Settlement in Missouri Wrongful Death against Commercial Defendants
Two Teenagers Killed in Tragic Rollover Accident
Attorneys Solve Runaway Truck Mystery That Almost Cost Client Her Leg
Rollover Ends Young Basketball Player’s Career
Case Against General Motors
Negligent Inspection Leads to Tire Blowout, Death of a 16-Year-Old Boy
Semi Tractor Trailer Accident Causes Catastrophic Injuries, Quadriplegia
Poor Roof Design Contributed to Women’s Death After Being Struck by Drunk Driver
Seat-Belted Passenger Sustains Fatal Injuries
Deadly Motorcycle Accident
Speak with a Florida Car Accident Attorney Today
Our office is conveniently located in West Palm Beach, and we serve clients throughout South Florida. Call 561-899-2100 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with a Florida auto accident lawyer.
How Can a Florida Auto Accident Lawyer Help Me?
Anyone who has been injured in a car accident in Florida is well-advised to seek the advice of an experienced attorney. Unfortunately, insurance companies often look to push low-ball settlements in the immediate aftermath of a crash. Therefore, it is vital to have a lawyer in your corner.
At Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather & Littky-Rubin, we help people maximize their compensation by building the most robust possible case. We are so confident in our ability that we take many cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that we do not get paid unless we get compensation for you.
What Should I Do After An Accident?
The time following a crash or accident can be extremely important to your case. The sooner you take the right steps, the better. From getting immediate medical care to exchanging insurance information with the other driver to calling the police, you know how vital these steps can be. You should also make sure to report the incident to your insurance company. Write the information down right after an accident to ensure your memory stays sharp.
When injuries and serious damages are involved, one of the most crucial steps you can take is talking to a lawyer. While you may not think your case calls for a seasoned West Palm Beach car accident lawyer, chances are you will face more obstacles than you expect. From insurance companies to elusive drivers, you need an advocate on your side you can trust.
Can I File A Car Accident Claim After Insurance Pays?
Since most insurance settlements state that no additional compensation will be paid out other than the settlement amount, once you agree to a settlement it can be very difficult to recover any further compensation. This applies even if you discover your injuries are more severe than you initially thought. If you have been offered a settlement amount by an insurance company, it is very important to speak to an attorney before you sign anything. If you have already agreed to a settlement, call our firm today to learn what our qualified West Palm Beach car accident attorneys can do for you.