Experienced West Palm Beach Car Accident Lawyers
According to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website, over 18 million vehicles are registered in Florida, not including those that are driven here by visitors. As you can imagine, this large amount of traffic leads to a substantial amount of vehicle accidents.
In 2013 alone, there were 316,943 traffic crashes in the state of Florida. Thousands of drivers, passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists were injured or killed in those accidents, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars in injuries and property damage.
Unfortunately, some traffic accidents are unavoidable. Nevertheless, many are caused by the negligence of drivers on the road. We believe that they should be held accountable for the damages they have caused you.
Suffering from injuries or the loss of a loved one is incredibly difficult, and nobody should have to worry about the cost of medical care or lost income on top of it. Working with a skilled car accident lawyer at Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers can make a world of difference in helping you recoup funds that are owed to you so that you can move forward.
What to Do When You Are in a Car Accident in Florida
At the scene of the accident, first make sure that all involved are okay and call the police. If possible, all vehicles should be moved out of the way of traffic. In addition to exchanging contact and insurance information with the other parties, take photos of the damages to people and property. If you were involved in a traffic accident, you should always visit a doctor as soon as possible, even if you don’t think you suffered any injuries. Common injuries from car crashes, like back and head injuries, often don’t show symptoms right away.
In addition, you should always contact a car accident attorney to discuss your case and to determine whether or not you are entitled to compensation. Even if your insurance company offers you a settlement, it is always best to discuss the options that are available to you with a car accident lawyer before accepting.
What Can Our Palm Beach County Auto Injury Attorneys Do for You?
When you or a loved one are injured due to the negligence of another person – for example, in a car wreck that is the other party’s fault – the negligent person may be responsible for the damages that you suffered. Depending on your injuries, you may be eligible for compensation for several things, including:
- The cost of medical bills and hospital stay,
- Pain and suffering,
- Lost wages, and
- The cost of rehabilitation or ongoing care.
The job of a personal injury lawyer is to evaluate your case and to help you get the maximum amount of compensation possible. A skilled West Palm Beach car accident attorney will understand how to best negotiate with insurance companies, fight for your interests in court, and work out fair settlements.
The Most Common Types of Vehicle Collisions
On South Florida’s roadways, accidents can happen anywhere, anytime. All it takes is one negligent driver to turn your everyday commute or a trip to the beach into a traumatic, life-changing event.
Almost as varied as the times and locations of accidents are the types of vehicle collisions. Our West Palm Beach car accident attorneys handle all types of car accident cases, including:
- Head-On Collisions – Head-on collisions occur when two vehicles driving in opposite directions crash into one another. Head-on collisions most frequently occur when one driver (who is often asleep, drunk, or distracted) either drifts across a double yellow line or enters an intersection without the right of way. Head-on collisions are among the most dangerous types of car accidents, and often result in severe or fatal injuries.
- Highway Accidents – On the highway, accidents can result from any of a number of different causes. At highway speeds, cars travel the length of a football field in a matter of seconds. This gives negligent drivers less time to correct their mistakes before causing a collision. With even low-speed accidents having the potential to cause serious injuries, accidents occurring at highway speeds often have tragic consequences.
- Intersection Accidents – If you sit and watch an intersection for a while, you will see just how few drivers actually respect the rules of the road. Running red lights and stop signs, speeding up to “beat” a yellow light, turning left without the right of way – these are just a few examples of bad decisions that frequently lead to dangerous accidents.
- Merging Accidents – Merging situations bring out the worst of many drivers’ capabilities. Whether they merge without looking, speed up when they should slow down, slow down when they should speed up, or give no indication that they are about to change lanes, merging drivers are regularly to blame in on-ramp, off-ramp, and other merging accidents.
- Multi–Vehicle Collisions – Multi-vehicle collisions present severe risks for drivers and passengers, and they often present some of the most challenging claims for financial compensation. Determining who is to blame in a multi-vehicle pileup requires a prompt, exhaustive investigation and a meticulous assessment from a highly experienced auto accident attorney.
- Rear-End Collisions – Rear-end collisions regularly leave unsuspecting victims with severe head, neck, and back injuries. These accidents are frequently the result of distracted driving, with distracted drivers not seeing that traffic has stopped or slowed ahead of them until it is too late. Rear-end collisions are common on highways, at stop lights, during bad weather, and under a number of other common scenarios.
- Rollover Accidents – While improvements in vehicle safety have reduced the risk of rollovers, rollover accidents still can (and do) occur. SUVs are generally considered to be most susceptible to rolling over in an accident, but high speeds and the extreme forces experienced during a collision can cause cars and trucks to roll over as well.
- Side-Impact (T-Bone) Accidents – In a side-impact accident (commonly known as a “T-bone” accident), one vehicle crashes head-on into the side of another. As a result, these accidents are most common at intersections, occurring when a driver runs a red light or stop sign and hits another vehicle passing through with the right of way. T-bone accidents commonly involve violent impacts that result in bone fractures, cuts from broken glass, concussions, and other serious traumatic injuries.
- Sideswipe Accidents – Sideswipes most frequently occur when two vehicles make impact while traveling in the same direction, though a near-miss in a head-on collision can result in a sideswipe as well. Sideswipes are particularly dangerous when they cause innocent drivers to lose control and spin out, roll over, or collide with another vehicle.
- Underride and Override Accidents – In an underride accident, a car that is unable to stop before colliding with another vehicle ends up partially pinned underneath the other vehicle. In an override, a car traveling at speed ends up on top of another vehicle as a result of the accident. These types of accidents are most likely to occur at high speeds, and frequently involve commercial trucks and other larger vehicles.
Regardless of what happened, once you seek medical treatment, your next step should be to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced attorney. At Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers, we regularly represent victims in car accident cases throughout South Florida, and we can help you Demand More® for your injuries and other losses. Since we handle all car accident cases on a contingency-fee basis, you can rest assured that we are 100 percent on your side when it comes to securing maximum compensation as quickly as possible.
Contact our West Palm Beach Car Accident Attorneys Today
At Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers, our attorneys have over 20 years of experience in Florida personal injury law, and they are here to help defend your rights. We offer a free initial consultation for all new clients, which gives you the opportunity to present your case and ask questions while we get to know you and understand your situation.