Have you been in an accident caused by a distracted driver in Boca Raton? If so, the Hollander Law Firm and Gregg Hollander may be able to help. If you were injured because of another person’s negligence, you may have a claim for financial compensation.
Since 1996, Gregg Hollander and the Boca Raton distracted driving accident lawyers at the Hollander Law Firm have pursued compensation for injury victims across South Florida, including Boca Raton and West Palm Beach.
How Hollander Can Help After a Distracted Driving Accident
Many who suffer accident injuries from car crashes become overwhelmed. The physical and financial setbacks can be hard to overcome. But, it does not have to be that way.
Gregg Hollander and the Boca Raton car accident lawyers at the Hollander Law Firm have secured millions of dollars in compensation for injury victims just like you over our years of dedicated representation.
The insurance companies can make it hard to get the compensation you are entitled to for payment of medical bills. This can be true even if a distracted driver was using a cell phone, fiddling with their music, or otherwise distracted when they caused your accident. We can help get the money you need to pay medical expenses, lost wages, and more.
When you choose the esteemed Boca Raton personal injury lawyers at the Hollander Law Firm to represent you in your distracted driving accident case, here’s what you can expect:
- Personalized representation. Every case and every client are different. We strive to provide personalized representation to each client and case we handle.
- Full-service management of your case. We will handle all essential parts of your claim, from dealing with insurance companies to schedule with the court. All you have to do is focus on your recovery and contact us with any questions.
- Thorough investigation. It’s not surprising that distracted drivers may attempt to hide the true facts of the cause of the accident. We interview witnesses, talk to law enforcement, and demand documents needed to determine the cause of your accident.
- Expert support. When needed, we work with South Florida’s leading experts to support our clients’ cases.
Distracted driving is an increasingly common occurrence. We will help you hold the person who caused your injuries accountable. If you have been injured in a car accident in Boca Raton, FL, get in touch with us today to speak with a Boca Raton auto accident lawyer for a free consultation.
How Common Are Distracted Driving Accidents in Boca Raton, FL?
Research from the National Safety Council demonstrates that incidents of distracted driving are severely undercounted.
A nationwide survey in 2016 reflected that drivers were willingly engaged in the following distracting behaviors while driving:
- 70% of drivers were willing to make or answer phone calls with handheld devices, hands-free headsets, speaker phones, and in-vehicle systems
- 55% of drivers review or send text messages or emails
- 44% surf the internet and glance at, read, or post to social media
More alarmingly, 14% of drivers admitted to watching tv or movies or participating in video chats while driving.
In reality, any accident can be the result of distracted driving. While young drivers report the highest level of phone involvement in crashes or near-crash incidents, drivers of all ages can be tempted to pick up the phone while driving the car.
What is My Distracted Driving Accident Case Worth?
The value of a potential settlement or judgment awarding compensation depends on the facts of the case at hand.
Some important factors include:
- Severity of the injuries sustained
- Certainty of liability
- Percentage of fault each party bears
While it may be possible to recover amounts in excess of insurance policy limits, many compensation awards are limited to the limits of insurance coverage.
How Does the Severity of Injuries Influence the Value of My Case?
The severity of injuries can influence the value of a case in a couple of ways. The severity of injuries can increase the cost of medical expenses. In addition, more severe injuries may lead to higher values when pain and suffering damages are calculated.
How Does Certainty of Liability Impact the Value of My Distracted Driving Case?
Certainty of liability refers to whether responsibility for the accident and injuries is clear-cut or in doubt.
When it is obvious that a driver is at fault, their insurance company knows that its liability for payment of compensation to injured parties is certain.
In these cases, the insurance company is more likely to offer settlements for fair value.
On the other hand, when it is unclear whether a driver’s behavior caused the crash, insurance companies are less likely to make attractive settlement offers. This is why the Hollander Law Firm is dedicated to thorough and comprehensive investigations of potential texting and driving accidents.
Can I Recover Compensation if I am Being Blamed for a Distracted Driving Accident in Florida?
Yes. The state of Florida follows the law of comparative negligence. Under comparative negligence rules, an injured party can recover compensation if they share fault in the distracted driving accident.
But that does not mean you should admit any fault! If you make statements against your own interest, they may be used against you if your case goes to trial. It can be difficult to determine fault just by car damage or the position of the cars after a collision. More importantly, admitting fault can limit your compensation.
The Hollander Law Firm works with our clients to minimize any accusations of blame. Here’s why: if you are partly at fault for an accident, your compensation can be reduced by your share of the blame. To get maximum compensation, we defend our clients against unfair accusations of blame.
How Are Damages Determined After a Distracted Driving Accident?
The law uses legal damages to compensate an injured party for the financial, physical, and emotional losses they suffered due to an accident. Legal damages are calculated once an injury victim meets their burden of proof to establish negligence.
Usually, compensatory damages are applicable. Compensatory damages can be either economic or non-economic.
What Are Economic Damages?
Economic damages make up for the injured party’s financial losses. They can include expenses paid out of pocket or income that would otherwise have been earned.
Some examples of economic damages include:
- Ambulance transportation costs
- Emergency room expenses
- Surgery and rehabilitation bills
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
The value of these losses can, for the most part, be determined by documents like medical bills, paystubs, and tax returns.
When loss of earning capacity in the future is an issue, the Hollander Law Firm engages financial experts to project the amount of income that a victim would have been earned. We have over 26 years of experience maximizing our clients’ compensation for economic losses.
What Are Non-Economic Damages?
Non-economic damages relate to losses that cannot truly be measured in financial terms. The law recognizes that these “priceless” losses can be remedied, somewhat, by financial compensation.
Non-economic damages include:
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
- Permanent or partial disability
- Scarring or disfigurement
These losses relate to personal anguish, decreased quality of life, and lasting physical effects.
While non-economic damages can be more difficult to value than economic damages, they are no less important. The Hollander Law Firm takes these losses seriously, and we work with respected experts to establish an accurate value for our clients’ non-economic losses.
What Are Punitive Damages?
Occasionally, punitive damages are available. Punitive damages are intended to punish the at-fault party for egregious behavior, such as drunk driving.
Some Florida courts have allowed punitive damages in texting and driving cases. A knowledgeable personal injury lawyer at the Hollander Law Firm can let you know whether punitive damages might be available in your case.
We Will Fight to Recover Compensation for All of Your Distracted Driving Accident Injuries
The experienced personal injury attorneys at the Hollander Law Firm have seen a wide variety of injuries as a result of car crashes, including:
No matter what injuries you suffer, we can help you get the compensation you need to cover your initial medical expenses, ongoing treatment costs, and rehabilitation bills.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Distracted Driving Accident in Florida?
Under Florida’s statute of limitations, you have up to four (4) years from the date of injury to file a lawsuit after your distracted driving accident. In the event of a fatality, a wrongful death lawsuit must be filed within two (2) years of the victim’s death.
It may seem like two or four years is a long time. However, before a lawsuit is filed, thorough investigation is required. Often, one or more insurance claims will need to be made before a lawsuit is filed.
The competent and professional personal injury attorneys at the Hollander Law Firm will make sure your case is handled in a timely manner.
Contact Our Boca Raton Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers Now
Following a car accident, we recommend establishing an attorney-client relationship quickly. This way, your attorney will have the time needed to investigate and prepare your case to maximize your compensation.
Reach out to our Boca Raton distracted driving accident lawyers at the Hollander Law Firm today for a free consultation.