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Car accidents can impact your life in many ways. In many cases, hiring an attorney is necessary to help you recover total compensation.

Whether you’re unsure of your legal choices or you’re ready to file a claim against the driver who caused your damages and suffering, a top Florida auto accident attorney at Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath is ready to help you with your case.

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Florida is a “No-Fault” State. Here’s What That Means

Florida uses a no-fault car insurance model, meaning you’ll first recover damages through your own personal injury protection (PIP) coverage on your car insurance policy. The minimum PIP required in the state of Florida will help you cover medical expenses, lost wages, and other financial damages.

If you’re in a situation where your PIP doesn’t fully cover your losses and the other driver is fully at-fault, the other driver’s insurance coverage will pay for all of your injury-related expenses. You may try to pursue reimbursement for your damages outside of court, but legal action may be required to get all of the compensation you deserve. Insurance providers offer less-than-ideal settlement amounts, but you do not have to accept them.

You can bring a legal claim to the local court even if you are partially at fault for the accident. However, any compensation you receive from the lawsuit will be reduced by your percentage of fault.

For example, if you were in an accident that resulted in $10,000 worth of damages, but you’re found to be 20% at fault for the accident, you’ll recover $80,000, not the full $10,000.

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Types of Boca Raton Car Accident Claims

Car accidents can result in a range of injuries and damages. No matter what the case is for you, a renowned Boca Raton car accident lawyer from Lytal, Reiter, Smith, lvey & Fronrath is here to help you iron out the details of your case and plan the best path forward. You may have many different damages to claim, and we can help you recover them in full.

Injury Accidents

When injury occurs in a car accident and settlements outside of court are not enough, a victim can file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party. A victim may experience a life-changing, long-term medical condition, and their quality of life may be greatly affected.

In a personal injury lawsuit after a car accident, you may claim a wide range of injury-related damages, such as:

  • Medical bills and expenses
  • Lost wages and future wages
  • Noneconomic damages, such as mental anguish or pain and suffering

According to Florida’s statute of limitations, all personal injury claims need to be brought to the local court within four years of the accident date to receive compensation through the lawsuit.

Personal Property Claims

When a vehicle is totaled and costs aren’t fully covered by insurance outside of court, a personal property claim is necessary. Personal property claims are filed to recover the cost of all expenses related to the vehicle damage, including a full replacement of the vehicle. These claims can also cover damage to personal possessions.

Personal property claims have a four-year time limit according to the statute of limitations, which begins on the date of the accident.

Catastrophic Accidents

In the most severe car accidents, death occurs. When a loved one has died in a Boca Raton car accident, family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault party. In a wrongful death lawsuit, you will calculate the full value of the deceased person’s life, plus any related damages.

Wrongful death claims need to be brought forth within two years of the family member’s death to collect compensation.


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7 Steps to Follow at the Scene of a Car Accident

1. Check for Injury

In the immediate aftermath of a car accident, your first priority should be yourself and your passengers. Before anything else, see if you have any severe injuries, bleeding, sharp pain, or numbness. If so, do not move from your vehicle unless there are additional dangers, such as leaking fuel. Ask your passengers if they suffered any injuries.

If anyone was injured, call 911 and wait for further instructions from emergency services personnel. If you are not severely injured and feel safe doing so, check on the other driver and their passengers. If they also escaped severe injury, move to the next step. If they need immediate medical treatment, call 911. Authorities will provide further guidance on how to handle any injuries, such as how to craft a tourniquet or perform CPR.

If no one suffered injuries that require immediate treatment, proceed to the next step.

2. Get to Safety

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If possible, move yourself and your vehicle to the side of the road or a nearby parking lot. While getting out of a roadway is important, don’t go so far that you leave the scene of the accident.

If you can’t move your vehicle, do what you can to alert other drivers to your presence, such as turning on your hazard or headlights.

Depending on the other driver’s emotional state, you may need to stay in your vehicle. If the accident was caused by road rage or the other driver appears angry or violent, lock your car doors and call 911. Complete step four from inside your vehicle and wait for authorities to arrive.

3. Call Authorities

Call 911 and notify authorities of your location and any injuries, even those you consider to be minor. Responding officers will create an official document about the crash; the document should include the other driver’s information, as well as the officers’ fault determination.

However, it may take authorities some time to arrive if there are no severe injuries. While waiting for police to reach the scene, proceed to the next step.

5. Exchange Insurance Details with the Other Driver

If possible, get the other driver’s name, driver’s license number, and insurance information. This will allow you to file a claim with their company should the other driver be found at fault.

When speaking to the other driver, do not apologize for the accident or the aftermath and do not admit any guilt. Though apologizing may seem like the appropriate and kind thing to do whenever there’s an accident or mistake, in this case, your apology may be used as or considered an admission of guilt. Such an admission could affect your compensation.

4. Gather Scene Evidence

Now that you’ve alerted police to the crash, it’s time to gather evidence for any possible insurance claims or car accident lawsuits.

Take photos of your car’s condition, as well as the other driver’s car. Write down the make, model, and color of the other driver’s car. If any property was damaged, such as a pole or building, take photos of it and note its location.

Make a note of the time of day, weather conditions, and the intersection or area in which the crash occurred. Write down what you were doing when the crash happened and how it happened from your perspective. It’s best to get these details down while the information still is fresh in your mind, but it’s understandable if you are in shock and can’t recall much detail.

If there were any witnesses, try to get their names and contact information for future reference. Their testimonies may be needed during a car accident lawsuit to help prove fault.

Once you’ve gathered scene evidence, move to the next step.

6. Contact Your Insurance Provider

Insurance providers often ask that you notify them as soon as you get into an accident. Some providers have a hard time limit in which you must file a claim, so it’s important to contact them as soon as you are able.

Additionally, your insurance provider will be able to tell you what scene evidence they will need. If you contact them while still at the scene of the crash, you’ll have an easier time gathering any relevant evidence or data.

7. Contact a Boca Raton Car Accident Lawyer

Once you’ve gone through the above steps, it’s time to reach out to an experienced Boca Raton car accident lawyer.

A car accident lawyer will fight for you and the compensation you deserve. It may not be immediately clear why you need an experienced car accident attorney on your side but it’s important to remember that every other party involved in the accident will be trying to prove that you do not need compensation.

Let the car accident lawyers at Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath help you today.

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5 Common Car Accident Injuries in Boca Raton

1. Whiplash

When the head is thrown forward and back like a whip, this can cause an injury called whiplash. This over stretches the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in your neck and shoulders, leaving you sore and tender for up to several weeks. Headaches, pain, limited mobility, and feeling dizzy are some of the side effects of whiplash.

2. Traumatic Brain Injuries

Some concussions are quick to heal, but more severe traumatic brain injuries can leave victims only partially functioning, with loss to major parts of communication, or even coma. Migraines, headaches, confusion, loss of speech, vertigo, and unexplained anger may all be side effects of a traumatic brain injury.

3. Broken Bones

One of the most easily identifiable injuries in an accident are broken bones. But that is only for obvious injuries. Right after an accident, the shot of adrenaline you get can sometimes cover up pain and damage in your own body, with you finally feeling that pain a day or two after. Always listen to your body when something hurts and get X-rays to make sure nothing is worse than it seems.

4. Contusions & Soft Tissue Damage

Bruising and radiating pain can cause much discomfort. Anytime a part of your body is struck, slammed against, or crushed against something else, it can cause contusions or soft tissue damage. Some damage is easy to heal, but sometimes a torn ligament or tendon can take ages to heal and may never heal back the way it was. Make sure you tell your doctor about any pain and follow their orders.

5. Neck and Back Injuries

In a serious car accident, the neck and back may be injured in a variety of ways. The reason neck and back injuries are so serious is because they affect every other part of your body. When your back is hurt, you may not be able to walk, sit up, or even roll over without assistance. Take any neck and back pain seriously and listen to your doctor.

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5 Common Types of Car Accidents

These accidents can be serious or trivial depending on how fast the impacting car was driving. They can cause a lot of damage to the back of the car, damage the gas tank, and leave everyone in the car with sore necks and backs. According to Florida’s comparative negligence law, if the driver who was impacted is responsible in any way, their reward may be reduced.

These may also be called side-impact collisions. When the front of a car impacts the side of a different vehicle, this is called a t-bone accident. Either driver may be at fault in these situations and they commonly happen at different types of intersections when people are unsure of right-of-way.

While head-on collisions only account for 2% of all car accidents, they account for 10% of car fatalities. Head-on collisions happen when a car crosses over a barrier or dividing line on the road and hits another oncoming vehicle. They can cause severe injuries for both parties and can happen due to distracted driving, drunk driving, or driving while drowsy.

When two cars are driving in the same direction and one swerves into the other’s lane and hits them, this is a sideswipe accident. These accidents may not cause much initial damage, but the reaction of the drivers can lead to disastrous results. Vehicle rollover from over-correcting or slamming into another vehicle are common reactions.

The busy, crowded Florida roads are a perfect place for vehicle pile-ups. Not giving sufficient stopping distance coupled with slick or wet roads can cause a chain reaction of many cars slamming into one another. In these situations, it’s important to contact a Boca Raton car accident lawyer as there will be several car insurance companies and overlapping faults in these types of cases.

What types of damages can I recover from my car accident?

Damages are the costs and consequences of a car accident. This means everything you’ve lost in the car accident, and we don’t just mean injuries and property.

There are three types of damages that can be awarded in Florida. Economic damages refer to anything that has a paper trail. Bills, costs, fees, rentals, replacements, repair costs, and more.

Non-economic damages are the ones that are intangible, but very real. And punitive damages are awarded when the driver who caused the accident did so recklessly.

Economic Damages

Anything that has cost you money after a car accident can be included as economic damages. If you’ve received a bill or fee, make sure you keep those and any receipts from costs associated with the accident. This can include:

  • Medical expenses
    • Emergency room costs
    • Urgent care bills
    • Follow up treatments
    • Physical therapy
    • Occupational therapy
    • Cognitive therapy 
    • Household services
    • Medicine and pharmaceuticals 
    • Counseling sessions or therapy 
    • X-rays
    • Travel costs
  • Property damages 
    • Anything lost in the car accident like phone, laptop, etc. 
    • Car repair costs
    • Car replacement costs
  • Wage Reimbursement
    • Lost wages – for work missed due to being injured
    • Loss of earn capacity – for an inability to return to your job due to injuries sustained in the accident
    • Loss of future earning capacity – for projected job loss due to mental abilities being permanently affected or permanent job loss due to injuries

Non-Economic Damages

Not all injuries and wounds leave scars. Non-economic damages compensate you for the intangible damages that arose from a car accident. It is important that you secure a qualified and experienced Boca Raton car accident lawyer who knows how to claim these types of damages and sufficiently prove them to a jury.

Types of non-economic damages may include:

  • Disfigurement, scarring, or amputation. While the medical costs of the injuries are already covered in economic damages, the radical change to quality of life, earning capacity, and embarrassment that comes from a huge physical change should be taken into account. 
  • Mental anguish, depression, or grief. Depending on the severity of the car accident, injuries caused and potential loved ones lost, the mental health and well being of the victims should be considered especially if the mental health interferes in their day-to-day life. 
  • Pain and suffering. Pain is something we all have had to deal with, but persistent pain from an injury caused by your accident should be considered in your non-economic damages. Suffering is any challenges in your life that have been increased due to injuries or incidents surrounding the accident. 
  • Loss of quality of life, enjoyment of life, or consortium. Loss of quality of life can be caused by the inability to do things you once did easily. A newly wheelchair-bound person cannot enjoy the quality of life they had before. Loss of enjoyment of life refers to an inability to enjoy things that once brought joy, like a baseball coach who suffers from a serious back injury and can no longer play. And loss of consortium refers to a spouse who has lost part of the marital relationship either by wrongful death, affected mental capacity, or something else. 

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages are awarded when the defendant behaved with gross and malicious negligence. These accidents are not merely accidents in the eyes of the court, but incidents that could have been avoided. Punitive damages have nothing to do with compensatory damages (or the combination of economic and non-economic damages), but function as a punishment to the reckless driver who caused the accident.

Punitive damages are not routinely awarded in Florida. However, if they are, the statutes place a cap on the award amount of three times the combination of economic damages and non-economic damages, or $500,000, whichever comes first.

How much can I expect to recover for my car accident?

This is a common question we get from potential clients. How much your award from a car accident is depends on how much that car accident has affected you, your loved ones, and your quality of life.

Let us consider:

  • The insurance cap on the defendants’ policy. Every policy has a cap that their insurance will cover willingly. When that cap is hit or medical costs go over that you should contact a Boca Raton car accident lawyer to make sure they cover all of your damages. 
  • The severity of the accident and injuries. Obviously, when a car accident is especially severe, the injury cost will go up as well. If you had a parking lot accident, there probably won’t be more than a repair cost. 
  • Any change in quality of life. We must consider if the victim is able to enjoy life the way they once did. Did an amputation leave a morning jogger depressed? Did a crushed hand leave a career writer unable to write as efficiently as she once did? Can a dad no longer coach his son’s soccer team due to nerve damage? We take all these facets of life into consideration. 
  • If injuries are permanent or lingering. If any of your injuries have little to no chance of fully recovering, the defendant has a responsibility to cover long-term care for those injuries. 

We consider all of the above when building your case.

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How We Can Help

After an accident, you need legal representation for several reasons. A top car accident lawyer at Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath can help the process run smoothly while you are healing. You shouldn’t have to worry about legal claims processes when you are hurt and in pain – let us handle it.

Maximum Compensation for Your Car Accident Injuries

Whether it’s a wrongful death lawsuit to get justice for your loved one’s death or a personal injury claim to recover long-lasting damages from your car accident, our team has the experience to help you move forward through this tough time and get the best results possible for your case.

The Difference Between a Settlement and a Verdict

When a person settles with an insurance company out of court, this is called a settlement. It is the quickest way to get money and most car accident cases do end in settlements. However, if your accident was serious, the best route is to prepare for a trial.

We wish all insurance companies would be honest and forthcoming when compensating injury victims. But most insurance companies are more concerned with keeping money in their own pockets. When your claim turns into a lawsuit to be settled in court in front of a judge and jury, the reward earned from the judgment is called a verdict.

Gather Expert Witnesses and Evidence

A top Florida car accident lawyer at Lytal, Reiter, Smith, lvey & Fronrath is here to help you from the moment that you get into an accident. We can help with on-scene investigations, gathering evidence, research, analysis, and helping you choose the best path forward. We will confidently guide you and answer any questions you may have.

We will collect first-hand testimonies of people who witnessed the crash, police reports, gather pictures of medical injuries and property damage, as well as gathering pay stubs to prove missed wages and work.

We will work together to build your case so it is the most comprehensive explanation of your injuries, pain, and suffering. We will do the heavy lifting for your lawsuit so you can focus on healing.

Boca Raton Car Accident Questions and Answers

Why should I hire a car accident lawyer?

To put it simply, personal injury lawsuits are complicated and require a deft and experienced hand to come to a satisfactory conclusion.

An experienced Boca Raton car accident lawyer will know what legal options are available to you, what evidence to gather and how to gather it, how to source and gather expert testimony, and what legal actions must be taken at a certain time.

In addition, a car accident lawyer will be able to guide you through negotiating a settlement offer. This is extremely important since most personal injury lawsuits end up settling out of court before heading to trial.

When you’ve been in a car accident, your auto insurance provider, the other driver, and the other driver’s insurance provider all will try to downplay your injuries to decrease any potential costs to them. Hiring a car accident attorney means having someone on your side who wants the best for you.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you must work with an experienced Boca Raton car accident lawyer who will argue for the compensation you deserve.

And when it comes to that compensation, a car accident attorney will know exactly what types of compensation to which you may be entitled, such as loss of income or emotional pain and suffering.

Don’t miss out on potential compensation that could help you heal from a traumatic car accident; contact a Boca Raton car accident attorney today.

What should I tell insurance after a car accident?

When it comes to communicating with the other driver’s insurance agency, the best advice is to avoid doing so until you consult with a Boca Raton car accident lawyer. The opposing insurance agency will likely try to debunk any fault or injury claims before offering you a subpar settlement or declining to settle altogether.

Florida abides by a no-fault law that allows you to receive some financial assistance from your insurance company. This compensation will come out of your personal injury protection, also known as PIP. Florida requires drivers to have a minimum PIP of $10,000, which can be used to cover up to 80% of required medical expenses up to the minimum coverage amount.

Medical expenses that exceed those covered by PIP may be recovered through a car accident lawsuit. An experienced Boca Raton car accident lawyer will walk you through your legal options to find what’s best for you. Florida limits how long you have to use PIP benefits and file a car accident lawsuit, so contact the Boca Raton car accident lawyers at Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath today for a free case evaluation.

Some insurance providers require you to report an accident in a certain amount of time, so refer to your policy for further instructions. If you report the accident to your insurance provider while still at the scene of the crash, they likely will be able to counsel you on what evidence they’ll need to process a claim.

What should I tell the police at the scene of a car accident?

In the aftermath of a car accident, you may look to the authorities as people to confide in about the trauma you just went through. However, it’s best to stick to the facts as you know them. Do not admit fault and do not apologize for the accident. 

Police officers who respond to the scene of a crash will create an official report of what happened. That report often declares who was at fault in the accident and can be used as evidence in an insurance claim or car accident lawsuit. 

A police report isn’t the final determinant of fault, so don’t give up hope for compensation if officers claim you caused the crash. An experienced Boca Raton car accident lawyer will know how to combat an unfair fault declaration. 

How quickly do I need to file a car accident claim in Boca Raton?

In Boca Raton, you have four years to file a car accident claim if the accident was caused by someone’s negligence. However, it’s best to file your claim as quickly as possible. 

You may be focused on healing from the accident or juggling doctor’s appointments, so the idea of legal action may not be your top priority. But the longer you wait to file a car accident claim, the more likely necessary evidence will vanish, become diluted, or lose reliability. 

Witnesses may forget important details that could change fault determination or increase your potential compensation amount. Video evidence from surrounding businesses or other entities may be recorded over or deleted entirely. Crash evidence left at the scene may be cleaned up and thrown out.

With that in mind, it’s best to move quickly while details still are fresh and evidence is more easily sourced and collected. The Boca Raton car accident attorneys at Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath will fight for the justice and compensation you deserve. Contact our firm today for a free consultation.