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Bicycle accidents are frightening because a rider has no protection against the cold steel of an automobile, bus, or truck. Because of this lack of safety, a bicycle’s inability to accelerate out of trouble, and bicyclists suffering from low visibility on the road, bicycle accidents tend to be frequent and severe. , unfortunately, is a particular trouble spot – over 7,000 bicyclists a year are injured on roads. Some of the most common causes of bicycle accidents in Palm Beach Gardens include driver blind spots, failure to yield, texting while driving, and intoxicated driving.
Boating is an everyday activity in Palm Beach County for apparent reasons, making it inevitable that boating accidents are also common occurrences. Some of the causes of boating accidents are the same as the causes of road accidents – speeding, DUI, poor mechanical maintenance, and poor operator skills. Other reasons are unique to boating, such as high wakes and dock injuries. On the other hand, cruise ships present risks more common to a hotel stay – food poisoning, pool accidents, and slip and fall accidents.
Car accidents are classic personal injury cases, probably the most common. Has acted to reduce the amount of litigation surrounding car accidents by instituting a no-fault auto insurance system that prevents most auto accident injury cases from going to court. Nevertheless, if your injuries are “serious,” as defined by personal injury law, you can still file a lawsuit and possibly win a large judgment.
Motorcycling is an activity that many find irresistible despite its dangers. Its critics point out that the combination of high speeds, little rider protection, low road visibility, and oblivious drivers results in a hazardous scenario. Unfortunately, motorcycle accident injuries tend to be severe – head injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, and broken bones are far more common than in other types of motorists. When another driver causes such an injury, it is essential to resist the temptation to accept a quick but paltry settlement check.
Walking across the road feels so much safer than it is – several pedestrians are injured daily in Palm Beach County. Florida’s pedestrian accident total of over 9,000 per year endows it with one of the nation’s highest pedestrian accident rates. The most common causes of pedestrian accidents are failure to yield, distracted driving, DUI, and backing up without looking. Because pedestrian accidents are so often catastrophic, significant damages awards are common for victims who choose the right personal injury lawyers.
When you enter another person’s property, the property owner or tenant takes a certain amount of legal responsibility for your safety since many dangerous conditions on the property must either be remedied or warned of. Visitors protected under Florida’s premises liability law include customers, mail carriers, social guests, and, in a few cases, even trespassers. Actionable injuries include slip and fall accidents, criminal assaults by third parties, and dog bites.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents injure over a million Americans per year. Some accidents can be resolved with a single emergency room visit, while others may require long-term care. Contrary to popular stereotypes, slip and fall accidents aren’t all caused by banana peels. Collapsing steps, missing handrails, stop-and-go escalators, wet floors, protruding objects, and icy asphalt can justify a lawsuit under certain circumstances. Since these cases are often deceptively complex, the services of an experienced personal injury lawyer can be critically important.
The 18-wheeler truck is the closest thing to a tank you’re likely to encounter on the highway, and even smaller trucks that frequent minor roads often drastically outweigh the average sedan. The danger of a truck accident is anything but remote – over 2,400 commercial vehicles crashed in Palm Beach County in 2015, many of which were trucks. Truck accidents can be caused by distracted driving, falling asleep at the wheel, tailgating, hydroplaning, and jackknifing.
As its name indicates, a wrongful death lawsuit is designed for use when the victim dies. In Florida, the personal representative of the victim’s estate must file the lawsuit, with proceeds divided between survivors and the victim’s estate. Damages can include funeral expenses, unpaid medical bills, loss of financial support, loss of future earnings, loss of companionship and guidance, grief (if the victim was a minor), and other losses.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How does the statute of limitations work?
Florida applies two statutes of limitations to car accident lawsuits – for a personal injury lawsuit, the deadline is four years after the accident, and for a wrongful death lawsuit, the deadline is four years after the victim’s death. To beat the deadline, you must file a lawsuit. It doesn’t matter how long the case takes to resolve – simply filing the proper papers and paying the filing fee is enough to beat the deadline. Narrow exceptions exist to the four-year deadline.
Don’t let an unscrupulous insurance company lull you into missing the deadline by constantly delaying your efforts to settle.
What should I do if the person who injured me has insufficient financial resources to pay my auto accident claim?
The first resort in this situation is uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage. This insurance will cover you if your personal injury protection (PIP) insurance and the motorist’s insurance resources are not enough to cover your losses.
If you find yourself in an accident without this insurance, you still might be able to pursue the “deep pockets” strategy – finding a second defendant with enough money to pay your claim. If a negligent on-duty employee injured you, for example, you might be able to sue the employer. Other defendants, such as traffic light manufacturers, are possible under certain circumstances.
Should I sign a release?
No, you shouldn’t unless your lawyer advises you to do so after reading what you are signing. Signing a release will absolve the other party of further legal responsibility for your claim. Of course, an insurance company would love to have your signature on a release form in exchange for a tiny settlement, but that wouldn’t be fair to you.
Once a satisfactory settlement agreement has been reached, a release of liability clause will be inserted into a written settlement agreement that you will sign. The release clause will prevent you from ever suing that party over the same claim.
What is a letter of protection?
Your lawyer can issue a letter of protection to assure your doctor that you are demanding compensation for your injuries and that it will be enough to pay your medical bills if your demand is met. If you can’t pay your medical bills out of your pocket, doctors will sometimes ask for this to reassure them that you will eventually be able to pay.
Letters of protection are prevalent in car accident cases because many health insurance policies do not cover car accidents. An auto insurance company might not pay your doctor, either – it may wait for you to pay first and then reimburse you.
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