Were you recently injured in a car accident in West Palm Beach, FL? If someone else is even partly to blame, you may have the right to hold them financially responsible for your medical bills, lost income, suffering, and other crash-related damages. The experienced West Palm Beach car accident lawyers at Hollander Law Firm, P.A., will work to secure maximum compensation for you.
Since 1996, we’ve helped to recover tens of millions of dollars on behalf of car accident victims across Palm Beach County.
We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and go to the mat for you, too. You just have to give us a call, request a free consultation, and ask for our help.
Contact our West Palm Beach law office today to speak with our skilled legal team. The sooner you call to get started, the sooner we can get to work on getting you the money you deserve.
How Hollander Law Firm, P.A., Can Help If You’ve Been Involved in a Crash in West Palm Beach, Florida
Getting into a car accident can change the course of your life forever. Even if you’re simply facing a few temporary hurdles, the costs can be overwhelming. When someone else is responsible for your crash and injuries, they must be held to account. That’s where our West Palm Beach personal injury lawyers can help.
Our legal team has more than 28 years of experience navigating the most complex car accident injury cases. We’ve gone head-to-head with the most powerful insurance companies and adversaries in the state of Florida – and emerged with sizable settlements and verdicts for crash victims just like you. We know how important money can be after you get hurt, which is why we’re ready to do everything in our power to get it for you.
When you call us for help after a motor vehicle accident in West Palm Beach, Florida, we will:
- Be a source of positivity, compassion, and strength during this challenging time
- Listen to what you have to say and use the details you provide as the basis for our investigation
- Examine the circumstances of your accident from all angles
- Gather evidence to help us determine what caused your accident and, in turn, who is likely to blame
- Prepare a strong case and pursue monetary damages from all liable parties
- Consult with experts as we work to determine what your car accident case is worth
- Handle the administrative aspects of your case including paperwork and court filings
- Negotiate with insurance companies and other interested parties in an effort to resolve your case in a way that’s most favorable to you
Rest assured, our personal injury law firm will be fully prepared to reject lowball offers and bring your case to a jury, if necessary. Our demonstrated track record shows that we know how to win – inside and outside of the courtroom.
Ready to learn more about how our team can help you after an auto accident in West Palm Beach? Give us a call. We’ll arrange a free consultation at a time that’s convenient for you.
How Common Are Car Accidents in West Palm Beach, FL?
Car accidents happen quite frequently in and around West Palm Beach. In 2019, there were a total of 26,742 motor vehicle accidents in Palm Beach County. That’s roughly 3 car accidents every single hour of every single day.
West Palm Beach is home to more than 111,000 people. Palm Beach County welcomes more than 7.5 million visitors every year. There’s no denying that this part of southern Florida is busy. And, unfortunately, crowded, congested roads are a perfect recipe for accidents.
Back in 2012, there were only 16,726 collisions in that same area. In less than a decade, the number of collisions in the greater West Palm Beach area increased by nearly 60%.
42% of Palm Beach County Car Accidents Result in Injury, Death
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, more than 42% of car accidents that happened in Palm Beach County in 2019 caused an injury or death.
That year, there were 161 fatal accidents that resulted in 172 deaths. 11,077 of the accidents led to injuries. In those crashes, 16,744 people reported getting hurt.
Car Accident Statistics For Palm Beach County – December 2020
According to state crash data, there were a total of 21,427 car accidents across Palm Beach County in 2020.
Of these crashes:
- 164 were fatal and caused 172 deaths, and
- 8,368 caused injuries and harmed 12,459 people.
Interestingly, while the overall number of wrecks declined from the year prior, the number of fatalities across West Palm Beach and Palm Beach County roads remained the same.
Representing Clients in All Car Accident Cases in West Palm Beach
A car accident might seem straightforward. You might think you know who’s to blame and on the hook for your injuries. However, that’s not always the case. Car accidents are all unique. The only way to ensure that you walk away with a full financial recovery is by making sure that your case is handled by an attorney who has extensive experience handling a variety of car accident cases in South Florida.
At Hollander Law Firm, P.A., we have more than 28 years of experience representing car accident victims. This includes victims of:
- Single vehicle accidents
- Multi-vehicle accidents
- Head-on collisions
- Rear-end crashes
- T-Bone accidents
- Hit and run accidents
- Intersection accidents
- Red and yellow light crashes
- Highway accidents
- Truck accidents
Let us take our experience and in-depth knowledge of car accident litigation and put it to work for you. Call to set up a time to discuss your case now.
What are the Common Causes of Car Accidents in West Palm Beach?
Leading causes of traffic accidents in West Palm Beach, Florida include speeding, distracted and drunk driving, as well as dangerous turns and the poor maintenance of roads and vehicles.
Speed plays a major role in many of the car accidents that happen within West Palm Beach’s city limits. When drivers exceed the speed limit, they have less time to come to a complete stop if necessary and are much more likely to lose control of their vehicles.
Distracted driving is a serious problem across the country. West Palm Beach is no exception – despite the fact that distracted driving is illegal. Drivers are increasingly distracted by cell phones and electronics in the car, which diverts their attention from where it really needs to be – on the road monitoring traffic conditions around them.
West Palm Beach is one of the most popular spots to vacation in the United States. The city is jam-packed with bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and music venues. Alcohol flows freely. Unfortunately, many people think that they’re okay to drive when, in reality, they’re not.
Intersections are inherently dangerous because there are a lot of moving parts. Vehicles, bicyclists, pedestrians – all traveling in different directions – come together. It takes extra care and caution to navigate these crossroads safely. However, some drivers put the pedal to the metal and throw caution to the wind by making dangerous turns without making sure the coast is clear.
Poor Vehicle Maintenance
When you operate a car, you have a responsibility to make sure that it’s in good working order. This means inspecting it from time to time and staying on top of regular maintenance. When a car isn’t maintained properly, potentially hazardous issues – like faulty brakes or a loose steering column – aren’t discovered.
The city of West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, and the state of Florida are responsible for designing and maintaining the roads on which we drive. When issues arise – such as potholes, a malfunctioning traffic signal, or realization that a curve in the road is much too sharp – the government has to react. Unfortunately, road design and maintenance aren’t always at the top of the responsible agency’s to-do list.
Fighting to Maximize Recovery For All Car Accident Injuries
Whether you’ve suffered relatively moderate injuries or sustained trauma that will change the course of your life forever, our West Palm Beach car accident attorneys are here to help. We appreciate that even the smallest injuries can cause significant disruptions in your life. So, if someone else is to blame, we will work to hold them financially accountable.
We represent clients who, after being involved in car accident in West Palm Beach, suffer:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Neck injuries, including whiplash
- Chest injuries
- Head injuries, including concussions
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Soft tissue damage
- Traumatic brain injury
If a family member has recently died in a fatal crash in West Palm Beach or surrounding areas, our compassionate team can take the reigns on a wrongful death lawsuit. We will pursue financial justice from those responsible for your loved one’s tragic and untimely death.
Liability and Florida Car Accident
So, who cuts a check for the costs of your accident? Insurance will typically be the first place you’ll look. Florida is a no-fault state. This means that you’re required to carry no-fault PIP (Personal Injury Protection) coverage as part of your liability policy. When you suffer an injury in an accident, you must file a claim with your own insurance provider to recover these benefits – regardless of whether or not you caused the accident.
Many times, the costs of a car accident exceed what your insurance provider will pay. When that happens, you can turn your attention to other parties involved in the crash. Under the state’s comparative fault rules, you can file a claim against and pursue compensation from anyone who caused you to get hurt. This might include:
- Drivers and/or passengers in other vehicles
- Truck drivers
- Trucking companies
- Bus drivers
- Transit companies – both private and government-run
- Government agencies
- Employers of at-fault parties
- Vehicle manufacturers
The only way to know who is to blame is by making sure that your accident is subject to a thorough investigation. Our West Palm Beach personal injury attorneys will begin to coordinate an in-depth examination into the circumstances of your crash immediately. This way, we’re confident that valuable evidence doesn’t disappear and that we’re able to fully understand what led to the crash. This information will help us identify who is to blame and on the hook for the balance of your costs.
I’m Being Blamed For My West Palm Beach Crash – Should I Worry?
No, but you should waste no time in asking an experienced attorney for help. Florida has what’s known as a pure comparative fault system. Anyone who contributes to accident shares financial responsibility for the consequences. If you are allocated blame, you will find that your ability to recover compensation is affected. At the same time, you will be partly responsible for the costs incurred by other crash victims.
Let’s say you’re allocated 15% of the blame for a crash in Palm Beach County. As a result of the accident, you incur damages that total $100,000. You would be able to recover a maximum of $85,000. That’s because your damages are reduced in direct proportion to your degree of blame. You’ll also be on the hook for 15% of the damages sustained by other parties.
Insurance companies will try to push as much blame to you as they can. That can really hamper your ability to recover compensation. With Hollander Law Firm, P.A., in your corner, you won’t have to worry about these underhanded tactics. We’ll stand up and defend you, challenging those claims every step of the way. The smaller your role, the more money you can ultimately get when your case is resolved.
What Damages Are Available to Car Accident Victims in Florida?
Depending on the seriousness of the crash and severity of resulting injuries, a car accident can cost anywhere between a few thousand dollars and upwards of a million dollars over the course of a lifetime. By filing a personal injury claim, you can demand compensation for your economic and non-economic damages. In some cases, punitive awards might also be on the table.
You deserve to be compensated by those responsible for putting you in this extremely difficult and stressful situation.
Economic damages include money for verifiable and quantifiable financial losses related to an accident. Examples include:
- Current medical bills
- Future medical expenses
- Lost income and wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Funeral and burial costs
When you receive an award of economic damages, you should be financially whole. It should be as if the accident never happened – at least as far as your bank account is concerned.
Non-economic damages are intended to compensate for injuries that are much more subjective. There’s no hard-and-fast or black-and-white value. Examples include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Emotional distress
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Loss of companionship or consortium
Valuing these damages can be challenging. You can bet that insurance companies will work to downplay the emotional and psychological effects of your accident and injuries. Our West Palm Beach auto accident lawyers will fight to ensure that your damages are calculated meticulously and accurately reflect your suffering.
Punitive damages are reserved for situations where a defendant’s conduct is intentional or grossly negligent. They are typically not available in the vast majority of personal injury cases. Our attorneys will carefully review the circumstances of your case and determine if punitive damages might be in your future.
What is the Statute of Limitations for South Florida Car Accident Lawsuits?
Florida limits the amount of time you will have to file a lawsuit and demand compensation for your car accident injuries. Most cases are subject to a four-year limitation. So, you’ll have to file your claim within four years of the date of your crash. Miss the window, and you’ll lose the right to recover anything at all.
There are circumstances that might give you more or less time to act. Preserve your rights by calling our West Palm Beach legal team for help as soon as you can after you get hurt.
What Should I Do After a Car Accident in West Palm Beach?
We want you to know that we understand that accidents can be jarring. It’s easy to get frustrated and overwhelmed. However, it’s important to know that the decisions you make in the minutes, hours, and days after a car accident matter. The wrong move can jeopardize your health and put your personal injury claim in danger. Here’s what you need to know.
- Remain at the scene. It can be a crime to leave. Move away to safety, if possible, but don’t leave. Check to see if everyone is okay, exchange information, and wait for the police to arrive.
- Report the accident. Call the police or 911 and provide details to the dispatcher. An officer will be sent to the scene, where they’ll conduct a short investigation and complete an accident report. This report can be critically important if you decide to pursue compensation down the line.
- Get medical care. Go to the doctor, even if you don’t think your injuries are severe. Immediate medical treatment is important, as it can help to ensure that your injuries are properly diagnosed and treated in a timely manner. And, the report that’s generated by your visit will be helpful in establishing a causal link between the crash and your trauma.
- Don’t admit fault. Don’t apologize, even if you think that the accident is your fault. You really can’t know why the accident happened until it’s investigated. If you say something now, you might be admitting to something that’s not your fault and putting the brakes on your injury claim before it has a chance to take off.
- Direct conversations to your attorney. Insurance companies and other parties might try to get you to discuss your accident shortly after it happens. These efforts are designed to find a way to deny your request for compensation or, at the very least, identify a way to undervalue your claim. The best thing to do is decline to discuss the matter and, instead, have communication directed to your car accident lawyer.
Hollander Law Firm, P.A., will always be here when you need us. So, no matter the time of day, give us a call. Our team is standing by 24/7/365.
Schedule a Free Case Evaluation With Our West Palm Beach Car Accident Lawyers
When you need help fighting for compensation after a crash in Palm Beach County, don’t hesitate to call Hollander Law Firm, P.A. Our West Palm Beach car accident lawyers have the experience and winning track record that you deserve to have in your corner. We’ve recovered tens of millions of dollars from greedy insurance companies because we know how to neutralize adjuster tactics and demand what’s fair for our clients.
Give our law office in West Palm Beach, FL a call to arrange a time to discuss your legal options. Your first case evaluation is free. There’s a limited time to file a lawsuit and assert your rights, so contact us to get started now.