West Palm Beach Car Accident Lawyer

If a careless driver has injured you or your loved one in West Palm Beach, you might be entitled to compensation for your financial hardships, physical pain, and emotional distress. Insurance companies are not on your side. They’ll work overtime to pay as little compensation as possible. Our caring and experienced West Palm Beach car accident lawyers are on your side, and we have the resources to stand up to large insurance companies and win.

A West Palm Beach car accident can happen in a split second and change your life forever, whether you were enjoying a day at the Square, pulling out of the Publix parking lot, or driving home from work on I-95. If you’ve been injured by a negligent driver in Palm Beach County or the surrounding areas, call our West Palm Beach personal injury law firm today at 561-766-5020 for a free case review.

Why Hire a West Palm Beach Car Accident Attorney at Farah & Farah

Insurance companies have numerous advantages over injured accident victims due to their superior experience, legal knowledge, and financial resources. Even with these advantages, they hire lawyers. Hiring a lawyer yourself is the only way to level the playing field so you can receive the full value of your claim. 

When you choose our West Palm Beach car accident law firm, you get the best of both worlds in a friendly, local law office that is part of a large, multi-state practice. Our West Palm Beach car accident attorneys have access to all of the resources of the Farah & Farah brand so they can fight large insurance companies and win. 

We have been protecting clients and their families since 1979, and our attorneys have recovered over $2 billion in compensation for injured clients. Our experience makes all the difference, teaching us that you win through caring, understanding, and hard work. Contact us today for a free case evaluation, and let us put our experience to work for you.

How Will a West Palm Beach Car Accident Attorney at Farah & Farah Help With My Claim?

We will take on every aspect of your legal claim, and our caring car accident lawyers in West Palm Beach won’t stop there. We will help you find doctors, schedule your appointments, and even call you to see how you’re feeling. Meanwhile, you can count on us to do the following: 

  • Investigate your accident with the help of forensic experts to determine what caused it and who is responsible. 
  • Interview eyewitnesses, recover video surveillance of your accident, and gather other evidence to build the strongest case. 
  • Retrieve your medical records and work with medical experts, life care planners, and financial consultants to determine the lifetime costs of your injuries so we have an accurate picture when calculating your claim value. 
  • Negotiate a settlement with the at-fault driver’s insurance company and all other liable parties, refusing to settle for less than you deserve. 
  • Advise you of your legal options and keep you informed of everything happening in your case. 
  • Fight for you in court if the insurance company won’t offer fair and reasonable compensation. 

If you’re coping with injuries after a West Palm Beach car accident, you’ve already paid too high a price for someone else’s carelessness. You shouldn’t have to pay the financial costs too. Call us now at 561-766-5020 to learn what we can do for you. The initial consultation is free, and if we don’t win, you don’t pay.

Notable Car Accident Settlements & Verdicts

Our successful case results for injured accident victims include numerous car accident settlements and verdicts ranging from hundreds of thousands to millions, including the following: 

  • $2.5 million car accident verdict for a young woman with neck injuries. 
  • $1.8 million for a married father with disabling car accident injuries. 
  • $1.4 million for an army veteran injured in a car accident on I-95. 

Our results are no accident. We work as a team, combining our experience, strengths, and resources to get you the best possible outcome for your claim. Contact us today to set up your free case evaluation.

Types of Car Accident Claims We Handle at Our West Palm Beach Car Accident Law Firm

Whether you were injured in a rollover, rear-end pileup, head-on collision, T-bone crash, sideswipe, or any other type of wreck, our skilled car accident lawyers in West Palm Beach can help. With more than 45 years of car accident claims experience, we can get you the settlement you deserve for every type of claim.

Negligence Claims

In a negligence claim, you must prove that another driver caused your accident and injuries by failing to exercise reasonable care. We will gather the evidence needed to prove all of this for you. The most common mistakes careless drivers make in West Palm Beach that cause injuries and death include the following: 

  • Drunk driving  
  • Distracted driving 
  • Speeding 
  • Aggressive driving 

According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, drunk drivers in Palm Beach County caused 376 crashes in 2023, which injured 179 people and killed six.

Commercial Claims

Commercial vehicle drivers were involved in 9,224 crashes in Palm Beach County from 2019 to 2021. These accidents injured 2,283 people and killed 53. That is an average of 3,075 crashes yearly or 59 per week.   

Companies that own vehicles or employ drivers can be held legally responsible for the driver’s negligence under the doctrine of vicarious liability. Such companies can also be liable for their own negligence, such as hiring unqualified drivers, requiring drivers to work excessive hours, or failing to maintain their vehicles.

Rideshare Company Accidents

If you have been injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, you may be able to seek compensation. You can file a claim against the rideshare company’s commercial insurance policy if you were an Uber or Lyft passenger during the accident or if an on-duty driver hit your car. Our Florida Uber & Lyft accident lawyers in West Palm Beach can determine the rideshare company’s liability and file your Uber or Lyft claim.

Premises Liability Claims

If unsafe conditions on private property caused your accident, you may be able to file a claim against the business owner. For example, business owners may be liable if a parking lot accident occurs because of an unrepaired pothole or poor lighting. Contact our Florida premises liability lawyers in West Palm Beach today if you’ve been injured in a car accident on private property.

Product Liability Claims

Some car accidents result from defective vehicle components. These accidents qualify for product liability claims against the manufacturers. The most common vehicle defects that lead to accidents include the following: 

  • Tires 
  • Brakes 
  • Airbags 
  • Seatbelts 
  • Steering systems 
  • Electrical systems 
  • Accelerator pedals 
  • Lights and mirrors 

You don’t have to prove a manufacturer was negligent in product liability lawsuits because the doctrine of strict liability applies. Thus, if you suffered harm while using the product as expected, you only have to prove that the product was unsafe or the manufacturer didn’t warn the public about the risks.

Vulnerable Roadway User Accidents

Vulnerable roadway users are people who have a higher risk of severe injury or death in an automobile accident. They include motorcycle riders, bicyclists, and pedestrians. In 2023, 1,839 vulnerable roadway users were in car accidents in Palm Beach County, 1,594 were injured, and 73 died. The table below shows that pedestrians experienced the highest death rates in car accidents. 

Road user Crashes Injuries Deaths 
Motorcycle riders 448 373 17 
Bicyclists 685 657 11 
Pedestrians 706 564 45 

The A1A in Gulf Stream and Manalapan north of the Boynton Inlet is especially dangerous for bicycles due to the narrow shoulders and a lack of shoulders entirely in some areas. A movement is underway to widen the road following an accident in which an SUV struck a group of eight bicyclists, causing incapacitating injuries to at least one and traumatic injuries to three more. 

If you or your loved one was hit by a car while riding a motorcycle or bicycle or while walking in West Palm Beach or the surrounding areas, call us now at 561-766-5020 for a free consultation.

Government Claims

Our West Palm Beach motor vehicle accident lawyers can help you file a claim against the City of West Palm Beach or another state or federal government agency if the agency or a government employee caused or contributed to your accident. You may file a government claim if your accident resulted from any of the following: 

  • Poorly lit roads. 
  • Improperly maintained roads. 
  • Unsafe construction practices. 
  • Accidents involving Palm Tran buses.
  • Accidents involving other government vehicles.

Wrongful Death Claims

In 2023, 179 people died in car accidents in Palm Beach County. If your loved one died from a car accident in West Palm Beach or the surrounding areas, we can help you file a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible parties.  

We are a family-centered law firm, and our compassionate West Palm Beach wrongful death lawyers understand how devastating it is to lose a family member. You can count on us to be there when you need us most.

What Types of Compensation Can I Receive for My Injuries?

You may be entitled to substantial compensation depending on the severity of your injuries and their impact on your finances and quality of life. The types of damages available in car accident cases in Florida include economic, non-economic, and punitive damages. 

Economic damages compensate for monetary losses such as current medical expenses, ongoing medical costs, lost wages, and loss of future earning capacity. Non-economic damages cover intangible losses such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life.  

In rare cases, punitive damages may be awarded if you present clear and convincing evidence of intentional misconduct or gross negligence. You may receive punitive damages if the at-fault driver was drunk, aggressive, or unreasonably reckless.

Compensation in Fatal Car Accident Claims

If your loved one has died from a car accident, you may be able to recover the following economic, non-economic, and punitive damages in a wrongful death lawsuit: 

  • Your loved one’s medical expenses. 
  • Funeral expenses. 
  • Your loved one’s pain and suffering. 
  • Your family’s grief and suffering. 
  • Loss of companionship, guidance, support, and similar losses. 
  • Loss of inheritance.
  • Loss of your loved one’s lifelong probably income had they survived.

Car Accidents in West Palm Beach

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles recorded 26,131 crashes in Palm Beach County in 2023, and 6,926 were hit-and-run collisions. Hit-and-runs injured 1,717 people and killed 16. Approximately 60 percent of all crashes in Palm Beach County were outside city limits 

Millions of tourists visit West Palm Beach every year. In 2022, West Palm Beach hosted a record 9.1 million visitors, nearly 80 times more than the local population. While the added congestion alone is enough to increase the accident risk in our area, distractions common to tourists, such as looking at the beach, adjusting a GPS, and calling or texting home, can add significantly to the danger. 

According to the Palm Beach Post, the most common causes of car accidents in Palm Beach County include lane departures, speeding, and aggressive driving. Distracted driving, drunk driving, and driving while fatigued are common causes of lane departures.

Where Accidents Happen in and Around West Palm Beach

West Palm Beach is located along Interstate 95, the Florida Turnpike, and Highway 1—all known for large numbers of deadly crashes.  

The section of I-95 near Boynton Beach is known as one of the most dangerous stretches of highway in the state, and I-95, in general, is one of the most dangerous highways in the United States, with 14.88 deaths per 100 miles every year. Multi-vehicle and high-speed crashes are common on I-95. 

The Florida Turnpike is infamous for deadly crashes, mostly due to speeding and reckless driving. Despite being a toll road, it is a popular route from Miami to Orlando with heavy traffic. Speeding and aggressive driving are also problems on Highway 1

Even if you avoid highways, you can’t escape accident-prone areas in our area. Nearly half of all crashes in the county occur on Military Trail, home to 15 dangerous intersections from Jupiter to Boca Raton. A Florida Atlantic University professor has attributed the high accident rate to a mixture of old commercial buildings and driveways with residents backing directly onto this heavily traveled road. 

The highest number of accidents on Military Trail in 2022 occurred at Forest Hill Boulevard in Palm Springs, PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens, and Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach. Other dangerous intersections in West Palm Beach and the surrounding areas include the following: 

  • Atlantic Avenue at Congress Avenue and I-95 in Delray Beach. 
  • Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard and Robbins Drive in West Palm Beach. 
  • State Road 7 and Forest Hill Boulevard in Wellington. 
  • Congress Avenue and 45th Street in West Palm Beach. 
  • Palm Beach Lakes and Village Boulevards in West Palm Beach. 

Many of these areas have six to eight traffic lanes with speed limits ranging from 40 to 45 miles per hour with consistently high traffic volumes. Heavy traffic alone would not be problematic if every driver exercised reasonable care. However, speeding, aggressive driving, and distracted driving do not mix well with heavy traffic. 

Florida’s Wireless Communications While Driving Law doesn’t ban cell phone use completely. It only bans texting or punching in a number while driving. Thus, these restrictions don’t go far enough to deter distracted driving.

Commonly Asked Questions about Car Accidents in West Palm Beach

When Should I Hire a Car Accident Lawyer?

Consult an attorney after a crash, even a minor car accident. A knowledgeable and experienced car accident lawyer in West Palm Beach can advise you of your legal rights and help you recover the full value of your accident claim. We have found that even low-impact crashes can cause serious injuries. We recently won a $196,000 verdict for a client injured in a 5 mph accident.

How Long Should I Wait To Contact an Attorney After a Car Accident?

You should contact an attorney as soon as possible after your accident. Your West Palm Beach car accident lawyer will need to gather evidence as soon as possible before it disappears. The Florida personal injury statute of limitations allows you to file a lawsuit for up to two years after your accident, but your attorney will need time to investigate, and shorter deadlines apply in some cases.

How Does Insurance Work After a Car Accident in West Palm Beach?

Florida is a no-fault state, meaning that you must file your initial claim against your personal injury protection coverage, or PIP. If you are injured, you must seek medical attention within 14 days of the accident. You can file a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance if you are severely injured. If the at-fault driver is uninsured, you can file a claim against your uninsured motorist policy.

What Should I Do After a Car Accident in West Palm Beach?

Every action and statement you make after a car accident can impact your claim. The most important actions after a car accident are to obtain a medical evaluation, complete recommended treatment, and contact an experienced West Palm Beach car accident attorney as soon as possible. Never apologize for the accident, admit fault, or discuss the accident with friends and family or on social media.

How Long Does a Car Accident Settlement Take?

A car accident claim can take a few weeks to a few years to resolve. Generally, insurance companies will fight harder when higher compensation is at stake. This can affect how long it takes to negotiate a settlement. We understand how urgently you need your compensation, and your legal team will work around the clock to recover your damages as soon as possible.

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Call our experienced car accident lawyers today at 561-766-5020 for a free consultation, or contact us online if you or your loved one has been injured in a car accident in West Palm Beach or anywhere in Palm Beach County, including Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, Boynton Beach, and Royal Palm Beach.

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