Boca Raton Auto Accident Lawyers
Unfortunately, car accidents are common in Boca Raton, Palm Beach County, and elsewhere in Florida. Often, those car accidents lead to people being injured or killed as a result. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles issues annual reports with traffic crash facts for Florida and each of Florida’s counties. According to the FLHSMV, there are approximately 400,000 car crashes throughout the State of Florida every year, involving upwards of 600,000 vehicles annually. As a result of these crashes, hundreds of thousands of people suffer some degree of injury and, sadly, thousands die or suffer catastrophic injuries in these car accidents.
Hersh Kirtman Injury Law helps auto accident victims and their families in Boca Raton, Palm Beach County, and elsewhere in South Florida and around the state, recover compensation for the harm they suffered from auto accidents caused by the negligence and carelessness of other drivers. Some of these cases involve the most catastrophic injuries or wrongful death.
When someone is injured in an auto accident, or loses a loved one in a fatal crash, they are generally overwhelmed, facing enormous obstacles and dealing with significant physical, emotional and financial needs. Hersh Kirtman Injury Law has the experience, determination, and compassion to work with car crash victims to help them achieve success, obtain the medical care they need, and recover the compensation they deserve given the various ways their lives have changed as a result of the crash. Call our Boca Raton auto accident attorneys today for a free consultation to discuss your needs.
Why You Need an Attorney, and How Our Auto Accident Lawyers Can Help
Car crash victims need an attorney because they have medical and financial needs that typically will not be met without legal representation. That is because insurance companies place profits ahead of ensuring fair compensation for those who have been harmed. Insurance companies will do all they can to avoid liability for their insureds and limit payments to crash victims. People who have been hurt or lost loved ones in car crashes therefore need an attorney. But not just any attorney; they need the right attorney, who has the right knowledge and grit to help achieve success.
Car crashes happen because of many reasons, resulting in a wide range of injuries. These differentiations make each car crash case distinct and that too necessitates having an attorney involved to help victims through the process and to prove the claim so that compensation is recovered.
Many Different Types of Car Crashes
Auto accidents happen in Boca Raton often. Miami-Dade and Broward Counties lead the state in car crashes annually. Palm Beach County ranks fifth for having the most car accidents in the state. Palm Beach County averages approximately 25,000 auto accidents every year. As a result of those crashes, Palm Beach County averages approximately 15,000 car crash injuries and nearly 200 car crash fatalities annually.
Car crashes happen for lots of different reasons and each reason presents different potential obstacles for the victims when bringing a claim or lawsuit. Car crashes result from, among several other things, speeding, failing to follow road markings and traffic signals, distracted driving, failing to yield the right of way, and driving under the influence. The increasing usage of smartphones and mobile apps has brought with it a drastic rise in crashes resulting from distracted driving. When someone who is hurt or loses a loved one in a car crash brings a claim or lawsuits, regardless of the reason for the crash, they must prove that the other driver was negligent and responsible. In some instances, the type of crash makes proving negligence simple; whereas in other instances, the type of crash causes proving negligence to be far more complicated.
The attorneys at Hersh Kirtman Injury Law have the experience handling nearly every variation of car crash case and are uniquely equipped to prove the cases on behalf of their clients.
What Happens if you are injured in a car crash?
If you are injured in a car crash, you will need medical care, among other potentially expensive needs. As a result, costs after an auto accident in Boca Raton and elsewere in South Florida can be significant. Florida’s personal injury protection (PIP) benefits only offer a limited amount of help. Injured drivers can apply for no-fault PIP benefits and receive up to $10,000 in medical and disability benefits, provided they sought initial care and services within 14 days of the accident. These benefits won’t pay for all damages, however; they only cover 80% of medically necessary and reasonable expenses, plus 60% of lost income or earning capacity. Additionally, unless the doctor determined there was an emergency medical condition, the total benefit amount is limited to $2,500 instead of $10,000.
In addition to having some medical expenses covered by PIP under these circumstances, car crash victims are allowed to file a negligence claim or lawsuit againt the at-fault driver to recover damages caused by the accident if they incurred medical expenses or suffered harm.
Serious harm includes the following:
- Significant and permanent loss of an important bodily function
- Permanent injury within a reasonable degree of medical probability, other than scarring or disfigurement
- Significant and permanent scarring or disfigurement
In situations involving serious and permanent harm, you can bring a claim against the at-fault driver for negligence and seek to recover not only all of your medical expenses and lost wages, but also compensation for your pain, suffering, mental anguish, and inconvenience endured because of the crash. The burden falls on you to prove that the other driver was negligent and that their negligence caused your injuries. This requires showing (1) a duty of reasonable care owed by the at-fault driver, (2) who breached that duty, (3) resulting in injuries, (4) which were caused by the driver’s negligence. Doing this requires knowledge of the law and legal procedure, as well as experience working with the insurance companies that cover negligent drivers and defend or settle their claims.
Because car crashes result in different types of injuries with varying degrees of severity, having the right attorney, with the right experience, is crucial in order to completely and adequately prove the fullest extent of damages and injuries.
Hersh Kirtman Injury Law can help guide you, protect you, and fight for you to recover fair compensation for the damages caused to you by the auto accident. Our attorneys have a long list of successes in settlements as well as jury verdicts in auto accident cases, including multi-million dollar results in crashes involving catastrophic injury or wrongful death. Every case is unique, but you can rest assured that we will apply all our skills and years of experience inside and outside the courtroom to help you and get you the best result we can.
Contact Hersh Kirtman Injury Law Today
Hersh Kirtman Injury Law can help with all your needs when you’ve been hurt in a car crash in Palm Beach County or if you lost a family member to a fatal auto accident. We bring all our attention, care and skill to every case to ensure our clients are taken care of and to help get them significant results on their auto accident claims. Contact our Boca Raton auto accident lawyers today by calling 561-208-3700 for a free consultation.