Lake Worth Car Accident Lawyers
There are more than 400,000 traffic accidents across Florida every year, and the dangers also hit close to home for residents of Lake Worth. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Palm Beach County is home to almost 27,000 total crashes every year. On average, around 180 individuals are killed and another 16,400 suffer injuries in these incidents. While you may realize that you have legal remedies as a victim, you may not know where to begin with pursuing those responsible for your losses.
You can count on our team at Smith, Ball & Báez to handle the legal process after an auto crash, from dealing with an insurance company to filing a lawsuit in court. We are aggressive in seeking the compensation you deserve, so please contact our office to set up a no-cost case evaluation with a Lake Worth car accident lawyer. You might also benefit from reviewing some general information about the legal process.
Common Causes of Florida Auto Crashes
Driver error and carelessness are the reasons car accidents happen; in the practice of law, the basis for liability is negligence. To recover compensation, you need to show how the at-fault motorist’s failure to exercise reasonable care was the direct cause of the collision.
For example, a driver may be negligent by:
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
- Running a red light;
- Making unsafe lane changes; or,
- Failing to yield right of way.
In addition, distracted driving is one of the most common forms of negligence by motorists. The dangers of cell phone use are well known, but far too many drivers still text, talk on the phone, post to social media, and engage in other risky activities.
Monetary Damages for Victims of Car Collisions
For minor accidents, you may initiate the legal process by filing a claim with your auto insurer. In a no-fault state like Florida, motorists are required to carry Personal Injury Protection (PIP) to cover certain losses. If you were seriously hurt, your first step is to file a claim with the responsible driver’s insurance company. Regardless of whether you are dealing with your own insurer or another company, you can expect challenges through the process. You might receive a denial or a counteroffer insufficient to compensate you for your losses.
At Smith, Ball & Báez, our lawyers are experienced in dealing with auto insurance companies, so we are prepared to tackle the legal obstacles.
We will protect your interests by:
- Investigating and gathering evidence to support your claim;
- Preparing required insurance forms;
- Negotiating an agreement with the insurer to resolve your claim; and,
- Litigating your case to obtain fair compensation.
Contact a Lake Worth Car Accident Lawyer About Your Options
As you can see, even a minor motor vehicle crash can lead to substantial complications that affect your rights. Retaining experienced legal counsel is essential for getting fair compensation for your losses, so please contact Smith, Ball & Báez right away.
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