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If you have questions about filing a legal claim or you’re ready to take legal action after a low settlement offer, our firm is ready. Lytal, Reiter, Smith, lvey & Fronrath have successfully handled countless car accident cases and can help you get the compensation you deserve.

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How We Can Help

You may need to pursue legal action after being injured in a car accident. A top Florida car accident lawyer at Lytal, Reiter, Smith, lvey & Fronrath can help you navigate the legal claims process, whether the accident resulted in injuries, physical property damages, or even death.

Maximum Compensation for Your Car Accident Injuries

When you need full compensation for your losses, we can help. If you’ve been hurt, if you’ve missed work, or if you’re worried about the future because you’ve lost someone you loved dearly, the lawyers at Lytal, Reiter, Smith, lvey & Fronrath are here to provide you with security and make sure those who hurt you are held accountable.

Insurance companies are only concerned with their bottom line. They don’t take into account the mental and lingering issues surrounding an accident because there isn’t a receipt associated with it. How would an insurance company determine loss of a spouse or child, or the earning potential that’s been ruined due to an amputation? The person who caused your accident would be responsible for all of those damages, and we will take them to court to prove it.

The Difference Between a Settlement and a Verdict

If all insurance companies would fairly compensate the victims of car accidents, no car accident case would need to be prepared for trial. But the attorneys at our law office know that trial-tested lawyers who get results make the biggest difference in the lives of their clients.

The difference between a settlement and a verdict is simple. A settlement is settled outside of court between the client and the insurance company. A verdict is the result of a tried case and a jury or judge makes a judgement based on evidence presented on behalf of the plaintiff. Preparing a case for trial is something we do from the beginning when we take clients on because we know that most insurance companies have their own best interests at heart, instead of those who’ve been hurt.

Gather Expert Witnesses and Evidence

Evidence is critical to your car accident case. A West Palm Beach car accident lawyer at Lytal, Reiter, Smith, lvey & Fronrath will help you gather evidence to prove that the other person’s negligence or wrongful act caused your injury, property damages, and/or wrongful death, and you should be compensated for your damages.

From medical bills to witness testimonies, pictures/videos of the damage, paystubs, and beyond, we will help you build a strong case to get the most compensation possible.

One of our top West Palm Beach car accident lawyers will meet with you to discuss your case and discover relevant facts, information, and evidence. Together, we will plan your path forward. With our strong history of success and leadership in car accident lawsuits, you can have confidence that you will get the best result possible for your case.

What To Do At The Scene of a Car Accident

When you’ve just been in a car accident, it can be hard to think clearly. Whether you were at fault or not, the immediate steps you take are pivotal in ensuring that you are not only physically okay, but that your rights are protected. Breathe deep and follow the next steps carefully.

7 Things to Do At The Scene of a Car Accident

  1. Call 911 – Without calling the police and receiving an accident report, it’s like the accident never actually happened. Having that police report will also help you collect any damages accrued and help prepare a lawsuit in case it goes to trial.
  2. Exchange Policy Information – Once the police have been called, be sure to exchange information with the other driver. Your insurance companies will need to talk to one another, so don’t forget this step especially if you weren’t the one at fault.
  3. Collect Evidence – Take pictures of your injuries, damage to your car, road conditions, the weather and anything else that might help your case (traffic lights, road signs, etc). Write down personal notes on your phone so you don’t forget details and get the names and numbers of any witnesses that saw the accident happen. The more evidence you have, the better.
  4. Seek Medical Attention – Even if you feel okay, a car accident can make you enter a state of shock that could make you feel as if your injuries aren’t all that serious. Go to a hospital and get checked out by a doctor. Follow any directions and document any prescriptions, treatments, X-rays, MRIs,  or other procedures so that you can get compensated for them.  Do not agree to release your medical records to the other person’s insurance company without first speaking to an experienced car accident lawyer in Palm Beach County.
  5. Call Your Insurance Provider – Your insurance company needs the info collected in Step 2 to ensure you’re covered. Once you provide basic information, they may recommend a rental company while your car is in the shop or is being replaced. Keep those receipts as well to hand to your lawyer.
  6. Request a Copy of the Police Report – That police report will be pivotal in your case, so make sure you order a few copies to give to insurance, your lawyer, and anyone else who would need one.
  7. Meet With a WPB Car Accident Lawyer – As soon as you are home from the hospital, you should call for a no-obligation, free consultation with an experienced car accident lawyer in West Palm Beach. They will inform you of the next steps, whether you have a case, how to make sure your rights will be protected, and how your injuries and damages will be fairly compensated.

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

When you’ve just been in a car accident, it can be hard to think clearly. Whether you were at fault or not, the immediate steps you take are pivotal in ensuring that you are not only physically okay, but that your rights are protected. Breathe deep and follow the next steps carefully.

Economic Damages

Anything that has a receipt or a paper trail is an economic damage. These are the easiest to get an insurance company to cover because they can plainly see that it was a cost incurred due to the negligence of their driver. Make sure you keep any bills or receipts from your injuries or repair/replacement costs for items lost in the accident. This includes any medical or psychological services, as well as property damages and lost wages.

  • Medical and Psychological Costs 
    • Ambulance fees
    • Emergency Room fees
    • Urgent care bills
    • Medicine and pharmaceuticals
    • Follow-up treatments 
    • Medical services for injuries
    • Psychiatrist or counselling services 
    • Diagnostic tests
    • Travel costs 
    • X-rays 
    • Household services
    • Lingering damages
  • Property Damages
    • Car repair or replacement
    • Any items lost or damaged in the accident (phone, tablet, etc) 
  • Wage Compensation
    • Lost wages – Wages lost from being injured in the car accident. 
    • Loss of earning capacity – Inability to do the work once done because of permanent disability due to the accident. 
    • Loss of future earning capacity – Projected loss of earning potential career path over life. 

Non-Economic Damages

These types of damages are claimed when the injury or car accident itself causes harm mentally or emotionally to the victim. These vary widely from client to client, but are no less important than economic damages.

Some types of non-economic damages can include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Disfigurement or scarring
  • Emotional anguish
  • Reputation loss or damage
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium or affection
  • Humiliation or shock

A few examples of how non-economic damages could affect life:

  • Inability to coach on your son’s softball team anymore due to your injuries.
  • Not being able to dress yourself, brush your teeth, or use the bathroom independently.
  • Being confined to a wheelchair permanently after leading an active lifestyle.
  • Fear at triggering events that relate to the accident, leaving you in states of distress.
  • Neurological damage that causes issues with motor function or speech.

Punitive Damages

While economic and non-economic damages cover what the driver is responsible for in the accident, punitive damages are fines used to punish the driver for gross and malicious negligence. Punitive damages in Florida are awarded in civil cases when the court decides there is a need to punish the defendant in hopes they will cease such actions in the future.

Punitive damages are rarely awarded in Florida, but when they are needed, Florida Statutes place a cap on the award amount of three times the compensatory amount of damages (meaning the damages being awarded for economic and non-economic damages) or the sum of $500,000.

Injury Accidents

Car accidents can result in severe and debilitating injuries. Victims can experience long-term consequences, and when a car accident causes you or your loved one(s) severe injuries, you can pursue legal action to claim damages.

Damages that are commonly pursued in car accident cases include but are not limited to:

How quickly do I need to file a car accident claim in West Palm Beach?

When pursuing car accident claims, such as personal injury damages, personal property damages, and wrongful death, Florida’s statute of limitations governs how long you have to make your case.

For personal injury or property damage claims, the victim has up to four years from the date of the accident to bring a claim to the local court and receive compensation. For wrongful death claims, the victim’s family members have up to two years from the family member’s death to bring forth a legal claim.

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

Settlements or verdicts vary depending on the severity of injuries, impact on life, and who is responsible. Consider the following eight questions when calculating your potential settlement:

  1. What is the insurance cap on the defendant’s policy? Insurance companies aren’t going to want to pay more than they agreed to in the defendant’s car insurance policy. If your injuries are severe enough to go over the limit, a car accident lawyer should be contacted to file a lawsuit.
  2. How severe was the car accident? If there’s minor damage and whiplash from a mild rear-end accident, there just aren’t enough damages to claim in a serious case. But if your case is severe enough to require surgery or alter your life for the foreseeable future, then the severity of you case will earn you more compensation to cover your injuries and future stability.
  3. How soon did you seek medical treatment? You should never wait to seek medical attention for your injuries as the insurance company may claim you were injured somewhere else than the accident. After a car accident, your first stop should be a hospital to make sure you aren’t suffering from a traumatic brain injury or broken bones. The adrenaline rush from an accident can temporarily minimize pain from injuries, but you will feel them eventually.
  4. Has the accident changed your quality of life? If you can no longer do the things you once loved or have trouble doing the things that once brought you joy, that isn’t your fault and the negligent driver should be held responsible.
  5. Are there any lingering injuries? If some injuries will take longer to heal, it may be better to wait until treatment is over in case the injuries get worse during treatment. If you don’t want to wait, make sure your award covers possibly complications in the future.
  6. Are any injuries permanent? If your injury required something permanent, like an amputation, severe scarring, broken back leaving the victim in a wheelchair permanently, your award will be increased. Once again, those responsible will be held financially accountable for their negligence.
  7. Have you missed work? Lost wages, lost earning capacity and loss of future earning capacity are all things to take into consideration. If you were a dancer who lost a foot due to your car accident, your earning capacity for now and the future is permanently changed. A writer with a debilitating traumatic brain injury that causes confusion and speech issues has had their future thrown into uncertainty because of the negligent actions of another.
  8. Were there any pre-existing conditions? If any pre-existing conditions existed before the accident, then the accident must be proven to have made those conditions worse for them to be included in the lawsuit.

All of these questions are considered when building your West Palm Beach car accident case, and we know exactly how to best represent you against those who have wronged you. We’ve gained verdicts for a few thousand dollars to well in the millions of dollars for our clients. We will always fight for the rights of our clients against the negligent drivers who hurt them.

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Common Types of Car Accidents

  • Rear End Accidents – rear end in west palm beachWhen a car hits another one from behind, it’s called a rear end collision. In most situations, the car who hit from behind is at fault, but not in all situations. Florida’s comparative negligence law means that if the driver ahead is at fault for any part of the accident, their potential compensation for the accident will be reduced.
  • t-bone accident in west palm beachT-Bone Accidents – Also called “side-impact collisions” occur in several types of traffic situations. If someone blows through a yellow or red light, ignores rules at a stop sign, or simply wasn’t paying proper attention, a t-bone accident can cause considerable damage to both cars and the passengers inside them.
  •  Intersection Accidents – These types of head on collision in west palm beachaccidents happen when one or more drivers are confused on the rules of an intersection (who can go and who has to stop). Large intersections are notorious for bad car accidents, and the most dangerous intersection in West Palm Beach is Okeechobee Boulevard and Military Trail, with an accident happening at least once every three days on average in 2019.
  • head on collision in west palm beachHead-On Collisions – When one driver swerves into an oncoming lane, it can cause a head-on collision which is one of the deadliest types of car accidents. These accidents can be caused by distracted driving, drowsy driving, and even drunk driving.
  • vehicle rollover in west palm beachVehicle Rollover – When a driver flips their car and it rolls over, it can be for a number of reasons. Over correction, slick roads, and misjudging turns are all common reasons for a vehicle rollover. Call our car accident lawyers to ensure that the road had proper signage and was in good repair when your accident occurred.
  • sideswipe accident in west palm beachSideswipe Collision – A sideswipe collision occurs when one car swerves into the next lane while both vehicles  are traveling in the same direction. This damage can be as simple as scratches and bumps, but this type of collision can also result in a car being run off the road, striking an object, or even causing a vehicle rollover.
  • multiple car accident in west palm beachMultiple Vehicle Collisions – Multiple car accidents are common on busy, crowded streets, interstates, highways, and other multi lane roads. These accidents can happen due to weather conditions, distracted drivers, or misjudging stopping distance. For every person in a multiple vehicle collision, it’s important to find an excellent car accident lawyer in West Palm Beach to represent you. Multiple car accidents can become a confusing web of who was responsible for what, so make sure you have great representation on your side.
  • Hit-And-Run Accidents – hit and run accident in west palm beachHit and run accidents can be hard to navigate when whoever is responsible cannot be found. Usually, police are able to locate the responsible party, but if they can’t , call a WPB car accident lawyer to try to help you find those responsible.
  • single car accident in west palm beachSingle Car Accidents – These accidents happen when no other car or vehicle is involved. Hitting an animal, running into a light pole or tree, or running off the road are all examples of single car accidents.

Common Car Accident Injuries in West Palm Beach

    1. Whiplash – When your head is whipped forward in a car accident, it strains the muscles and other soft tissues in your neck. This injury, called whiplash, can leave you with headaches, limited range of motion, and tenderness throughout your shoulders and neck.
    2. Contusions – A contusion is trauma (smacking, hitting, or slamming a part of the body)  that causes blood vessels to burst under the skin. This leaves bruising, tenderness, and damage behind. This bruising is normally black and blue, but can range from greens, yellows, and reds depending on the injuries.
    3. Cuts & Lacerations – Punctured or cut skin introduces a high risk of  infection. The pain and scarring associated with lacerations can be hard to handle, but the potential for infection spreading through the body is more dangerous. Make sure you treat any cuts or open wounds following your car accident.
    4. Fractures – Most of the time, broken bones and fractures are obvious injuries from a car accident. But sometimes the stress and adrenaline from the accident can minimize the pain on the scene. That’s why it’s important to report any pain to your doctor so you can have x-rays and screenings done to make sure you’re okay.
    5. Traumatic Brain Injuries – A traumatic brain injury, or a TBI, is a wide umbrella term of many types of brain injuries that can cause several different issues. A TBI can end up causing memory problems, amnesia, seizures, loss of speech and concentration, and more. TBIs can easily be looked over as it sometimes takes time for the damage to become readily apparent.
    6. Concussions – A concussion is a common type of TBI that occurs in car accidents. Concussions can be mild to severe, but most of them cause headaches, nausea, vomiting, and lack of coordination or vertigo. Serious concussions can cause loss of consciousness, so if someone has suffered a blow to the head, don’t let them fall asleep.
    7. Seat Belt Injuries – The seat belt is an amazing invention designed to keep you pressed against your seat in even the highest velocity car accidents. All of that force across your chest does cause some damage though. Chest injuries can vary from cracked ribs, bruised tissue, lacerations, and damage to the heart and lungs. If you have chest pain after an accident, seek medical attention immediately.
    8. Internal Damage – When an injury occurs internally with no external damage, this can be called internal bleeding. Bleeding on the inside can cause organ damage, blood loss, and even be fatal if left untreated.
    9. Soft Tissue Damage – Sometimes the most overlooked damage, soft tissue damage is characterised by stressing tendons, muscles and ligaments past what they can handle and leaving tender and injured soft tissue behind. This can manifest as sprains and strains, but more seriously, they can lead to tendonitis, bursitis, and permanent limitations on range of motion.
    10. Neck & Back InjuriesNeck and back injuries can be life changing. Severe damage to the neck and back can cause temporary or permanent paralysis, nerve damage, and limit your ability to move around. Loss of enjoyment of activities can happen if you can no longer enjoy sports or an active lifestyle due to your injury. Be careful and follow recommendations from the doctor if you have been diagnosed with a neck or back injury .

What is Comparative Negligence In Florida?

If you were in an accident in Florida, you have a legal right to pursue financial compensation for your damages. If you were partially responsible for that car accident, you may still pursue legal action, but your percentage of the award may be diminished by the amount of fault attributed to you.
Florida’s pure comparative negligence law states that fault may be attributed to both drivers involved, but they may collect damages proportionate to their fault. So if Jim was found to be 60% responsible for an accident, he can sue to recover up to 40% of the damages. Louise, who Jim hit, would be able to countersue Jim for 60% of her own damages, though.

What is Florida’s No-Fault Law?

The no-fault law in Florida means that in the event of a car accident, both parties must file claims with their own insurance policies. This means that every driver in Florida must have Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance on their car insurance policies.

PIP insurance does have limits and if your car accident causes more than the covered amount, you may contact a West Palm Beach car accident lawyer at Lytal, Reiter, Smith, lvey & Fronrath to file a lawsuit against those responsible for your injuries.

PIP is an assurance that you’re covered whether the other driver is insured or not, but it doesn’t cover everything in the case of severe, debilitating injuries or wrongful death situations.

Regardless of PIP, drivers who have been in car accidents should collect information as normal to ensure that, in case the injuries worsen, you can start a lawsuit as soon as possible.

Car Accidents In West Palm Beach, FL

Florida is one of the few states in the U.S. that is a no-fault car insurance state. That means that your car insurance’s personal injury protection (PIP) often covers your medical expenses and other financial damages from the car accident. After a car accident occurs, this is the first route you will go to recover damages.

In cases when the other driver is fully at fault for your accident, their insurance provider will be fully responsible for paying  your injury-related expenses, which may be done outside of court or through a lawsuit. If you pursue legal action and you are partially at fault for the accident, your total compensation will be reduced by the percentage that you are found at fault.

Unlike some other states, you do not have to be less than 50% responsible for the accident to recover compensation through legal action. If you are not sure if you need to file a legal claim, contact a top West Palm Beach car accident lawyer at Lytal, Reiter, Smith, lvey & Fronrath today.

Car Accident Statistics in West Palm Beach

The Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reported in 2019 that there were 401,867 car accidents in Florida as a whole with more than 1,000 crashes per day on average. There were 3,185 deaths due to car crashes and 236,753 injuries due to car crashes in Florida. Of those injuries 32,315 of them cause incapacitating injuries, meaning they required hospitalization.

In Palm Beach County, 26,817 car accidents with 174 fatalities and 16,787 injuries were reported in 2019. Palm Beach County had 15,550 crashes that caused only damaged property and 343 crashes due to alcohol and/or drug use. Of those DUI crashes, 21 resulted in deaths and 247 injuries.

Florida isn’t known for its good drivers, but the highways and roads lead to some of the most dangerous intersections in West Palm Beach County. There were 884 fatal car accidents in intersections in 2019 with 6,748 resulting in an incapacitating injury and 28,693 leading to non-incapacitating injuries.

Most Dangerous Intersections in Palm Beach County

Palm Beach County Engineering and Public Works Department said the most dangerous intersection in all of Palm Beach County is Okeechobee Boulevard and Military Trail, which has the highest number of accidents for the 5th year in a row. In 2018, it totaled 123 accidents in one year. That’s an accident once every three days. And in 2017, there were 183 crashes over the year which would total an accident every two days!

The second most dangerous intersection within the county would be Glades Road and State Road 7, totaling 118 accidents over 2018. Third is tied for 3 different intersections: Atlantic Avenue at South Military Trail, South Military Trail at Forest Hill Boulevard and Southern Boulevard at State Road 7 which all had 97 crashes at each intersection in 2018.

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WEST PALM BEACH CAR ACCIDENT QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Why should I hire a car accident lawyer?

A car accident lawyer at Lytal, Reiter, Smith, lvey & Fronrath can help you protect your legal rights, explain your options, and make sure the person who hurt you is held accountable for their actions. The right car accident lawyer knows exactly what they need to do to get you the money you need to cover both your economic and non-economic damages and will attempt to hold grossly negligent or malicious drivers accountable through punitive damages.

What should I tell insurance after a car accident?

Once the police have been contacted and you’ve received medical attention, you should call your insurance provider and report your claim. You also should have collected the other person’s insurance, so you should give that to your insurance company as well.

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

Give the police a clear picture of the accident as it happened without exaggerating or embellishing anything. Once you’ve given your statement, you should step back and let the police officer do their  job while you take pictures of evidence (damage, injuries, road conditions, etc). If he asks follow up questions, answer them with short answers and if he starts asking the same questions over and over, you can ask to speak to a lawyer.

Because of Florida’s comparative negligence law, if the officer deems you responsible for even a fraction of the accident, it can reduce the amount of compensation you can recieve in a settlement or verdict.

How quickly do I need to file a car accident claim in West Palm Beach?

For personal injury or property damage claims in Florida, the victim has up to four years from the date of the accident to bring a claim to the local court and receive compensation. For wrongful death claims, the victim’s family members have up to two years from the family member’s death to bring forth a legal claim.

Read our full FAQ: How long do I have to file a car accident lawsuit?