Each year, 661,946 drivers are involved in accidents on roads and highways throughout the Sunshine State according to a three-year average reported by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Forward-collision warning systems, automatic emergency braking, and lane-departure warning systems on new cars make driving safer. But when you are injured in a car accident, you need a top-notch personal injury attorney from the Law Offices of David M. Benenfeld, P.A. David M. Benenfeld uses his years of personal injury trial experience in courts in West Palm Beach and throughout the state to get you the compensation you deserve. His aggressive representation and thorough preparation brings favorable settlements and just verdicts on behalf of the car accident victims who depend upon him.
Causes of West Palm Beach car accidents
When vehicles collide with each other, it is usually the result of at least one or more of the drivers being negligent, reckless, or careless in maintaining control or some other aspect of the operation of a car. The following are some of the common causes of car accidents:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Texting, eating, reading or other distracting behavior while driving
- Disobeying traffic laws and the rules of the road, including speeding, reckless driving, and not stopping at red lights or stop signs
- Tailgating and following too closely
- Driving while drowsy or sleepy
When you meet with our car accident attorney, he spends a considerable amount of time with you in going over the details of the accident as you recall them. He reviews accident reports and thoroughly investigates to determine who and what caused the collision that caused you to be injured. Such preparation is essential to gathering the evidence we need to support your claim for maximum compensation.
Things to do when in a car accident
If you or anyone else is injured in a West Palm Beach car accident, do not attempt to leave the scene or move any of the vehicles. Depending upon the extent of your injuries, get out of your vehicle, move to a safe location on the side of the road, and call 911 for assistance. If your injuries do not permit you to call for help, ask someone else to make the call for you.
While waiting for police and emergency medical personnel to arrive, do not discuss the accident with anyone at the scene. It can be difficult to know exactly what happened leading up to and during the collision, so it is better to not make any statements at the scene while you are still feeling the effects of the collision.
You should seek medical attention immediately if you believe you have been injured. Depending upon the severity of your injuries, paramedics might transport you to a hospital for treatment. Even if you do not believe you are injured, you should arrange to be examined by a physician as soon after the accident as possible.
Some of the injuries people suffer in a car accident might not cause symptoms right away. For example, a concussion or other injury to the brain could take hours or days for symptoms to develop. Common car accident injuries include the following:
- Head injuries, including traumatic brain injury
- Neck injuries, including whiplash
- Broken bones
- Injuries to the back and spinal cord, including herniated disks
Once your medical condition has been evaluated and treatment started by your doctors, do not make the mistake of waiting before calling us for a free consultation. The sooner we get to work gathering the evidence, including getting statements from witnesses, the easier it will be to prove your claim for damages against the party responsible for causing the car accident. Another thing to keep in mind is that Florida has a statute of limitations that sets a limit on how long you have before your claim expires.
Get the advice you need from a West Palm Beach personal injury attorney
The injuries from a car accident can have long-term consequences, including disability and disfigurement. West Palm Beach car accident attorney, David M. Benenfeld, works closely with your health care providers to ensure the compensation you ultimately receive is sufficient to pay all damages, including those anticipated in the future. We work hard to resolve your case through settlement negotiations, but we always prepare in order to be ready to prove your case at a trial in the event the insurance company fails to offer what you deserve. Put us to work for you now by calling the Law Offices of David M. Benenfeld, P.A., at (866) 943-5766, or complete the online contact form to schedule a free consultation.