Boca Raton Car Accident Lawyers
Florida is one of the most populous states in the U.S. and consistently ranks among the states with the highest number of car accidents. One CNBC study found that five of the fifteen most dangerous cities for driving where in Florida. The enormous number of motor vehicles that travel Florida’s highways, freeways, and city streets translates into heavy traffic congestion and significant traffic hazards. The National Safety Council reports that 2015 saw the deadliest driving year since 2008 and that Florida had the third largest rise in traffic deaths in the nation. Boca Raton car accidents are caused by negligent drivers, improperly maintained vehicles, defective vehicles, poor roadway design, and a variety of other factors.
Why Boca Raton Auto Collision Injury Victims Trust the Shiner Law Group
Our experienced Boca Raton car accident lawyers have been helping injury victims involved in all types of car accidents, including those involving collisions with passenger vehicles, motorcycles, tractor-trailers, SUVs, bicycles, and pedestrians for fifteen awards filled years. Some of the awards and accolades bestowed on our law firm for our representation of personal injury and wrongful death victims include:
- Perfect 10.0 AVVO Rating (AVVO rates every attorney in the country)
- Top Attorney Car Accident “Superb” Rating by AVVO
- Best Rating of 10 for Client Satisfaction (2015) by the American Institute of Personal Injury Lawyers
- AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell based on Peer Review
These are just a few of the awards and honors bestowed on the Shiner Law Group based on such factors as our clients’ experience with our firm, peer evaluations, and the substantial verdicts and settlements we have obtained for our personal injury and wrongful death clients. We have recovered tens of millions of dollars for our clients while providing the foundation for a new beginning after a serious Florida traffic accident. We understand that our clients are cherished family members to those who love them, so we treat them with the respect, dedication, and compassion that their loved one should expect and that our clients deserve.
Dealing with Insurance Companies and Coverage Issues
If you are involved in an auto accident in Boca Raton or the surrounding areas of Florida, you should be aware that Florida is a no-fault state. When you are involved in an auto collision, you must seek compensation from your auto insurance coverage for injuries and other losses even if the other driver is at-fault. Florida car accident injury victims can proceed outside of the no-fault system and pursue personal injury lawsuits against an at-fault driver. However, this approach is only available under Florida law for car accidents that cause significant permanent scarring or disfigurement and/or permanent injury.
When you are injured in a vehicular accident in Boca Raton or the surrounding areas of Florida, you should seek immediate legal advice from an experienced Boca Raton car accident lawyer. There are many issues that can complicate recovering compensation for your injuries, including the high number of drivers without bodily insurance coverage (liability insurance covering injuries or death to others). If a texting, drowsy, speeding, or drunk driver slams into your vehicle and causes a spinal cord injury, you could be faced with a hundred thousand dollars or more in medical bills. If you do not have health insurance and the other driver does not have bodily injury coverage, you could be faced with the daunting prospect of paying this cost out of pocket. Our Boca Raton auto accident attorneys can assist you in navigating insurance coverage issues that include:
Identifying Third Party Defendants: Even if the at-fault driver lacks bodily injury coverage, our law firm investigates to identify third-parties responsible for injury to our clients. A vehicle manufacturer might be liable for a faulty ignition system that causes the motor to turn off while traveling at freeway speeds or airbags that explode and propel shrapnel at vehicle occupants. The owner of a vehicle can be liable for entrusting his vehicle to a motorist who the owner knows or should know should not be trusted to obey traffic rules and avoid accidents. The City of Boca Raton, other cities, or the State of Florida might even be responsible for a failure to design, construct or maintain safe roadways.
Avoiding Efforts to Stall Your Financial Recovery: Insurance companies understand that time is on their side. Insurers recognize that victims of serious auto accidents experience a disruption in their income stream, crippling medical bills, diminished earning capacity, and many other financial hardships. While your case is pending, the insurance company profits by keeping the amount of any judgment or settlement invested. By contrast, injury victims feel a growing amount of financial pressure to settle for less than the value of their claim. Our law firm recognizes this tactic and uses experts, meticulous investigation, accident reconstruction, and the discovery process to push the litigation forward toward a settlement or verdict.
Navigating Insurance Company Traps and Pitfalls: Insurance companies salivate at the idea of taking on accident victims without the benefit of highly respected and experienced Boca Raton auto accident attorneys. Insurance companies might lure a car accident victim into giving a recorded statement where the victim admits being distracted by a crying child or not wearing a seat belt to prevent a traumatic brain injury. The insurance company has a team of attorneys, insurance adjusters, crash reconstruction experts, vocational counselors, and litigation resources designed to deny or lowball claims. Our law firm has built its reputation by taking on large insurance companies and balancing the scales of justice for our clients.
Creating and Gathering Medical Records: Even if liability is relatively clear, such as a rear-ender where the injury victim was stopped at a red light, the insurance company often focuses on minimizing a car accident victim’s injuries. The insurance company will look for facts like delays in obtaining treatment; evidence obtained through surveillance; inadequate diagnostic or treatment records; and similar evidence to contend a victim is malingering or exaggerating any sustained injuries. Our law firm works with our clients to ensure that the medical records and billings provide a complete picture of our client’s injuries and medical bills while gathering this information for presentation to the insurer.
Protecting Victims from Insurance Representatives: Many people without legal representation damage their case by treating the other driver’s “friendly” insurance adjuster like an ally. Insurance adjusters handle thousands of car accident claims each year. Their principle objective is to reduce the liability exposure so the adjuster’s employer can save money. One common way that this is accomplished is by developing evidence that will allow some of the blame to be shifted to the victim for crash-related injuries. An accident victim can have any recovery reduced based on the percentage of fault assigned to the plaintiff, which is referred to as pure comparative negligence. (See Florida Statutes (2016) § 768.81(2)).
Car Accidents That Cause Injury and Wrongful Death Are Often Avoidable
Many people are involved in auto accidents that are completely avoidable if drivers simply focus on their driving and exercise reasonable care in the operation of their vehicle. When motorists leave home and travel throughout Palm Beach County and the surrounding areas of Florida, they might not realize the extent to which preventable forms of negligent driving cause serious injury or wrongful death. A wide variety of preventable driving practices cause many Boca Raton car accidents, such as:
- Drunk driving
- Not allowing enough following distance (tailgating)
- Driving while under the influence of prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, or illegal narcotics
- Using a cell phone to talk or text while driving
- Exceeding the speed limit or failing to adjust one’s speed for traffic or weather conditions
- Red light and stop sign running
- Driving distractions (e.g. grooming, eating, drinking, reaching for an object, adjusting radio, etc.)
- Drag racing or other forms of reckless driving
- Aggressive driving practices
- Failure to yield or observe right of way laws
Non-Driving Related Causes of Crashes Justifying Injury Accident Claims
While distracted and negligent drivers cause the bulk of Florida car accidents, there are other factors that also cause many car crashes in the state. Another common contributing factor in many accidents is unsafe Florida roads. Despite Florida’s large population, many governmental entities have lagged behind other states in implementing road safety improvements. Dangerous road lawsuits can be complex because they raise evidentiary issues that require investigation and analysis. These issues include: (1) the nature of the road defect; (2) the length of time the defect was present; (3) any notice given to the public entity of the existence of the unsafe condition; and (4) steps taken by the public entity to mitigate crash risks and make the road safe.
If a collision is the result of a defective vehicle or faulty components, the manufacturer or dealership can be strictly liable for injuries caused by the defects. Vehicle safety features have advanced in recent years with crash avoidance systems and airbags in more vehicle locations. However, massive recalls and defects affecting millions of vehicle-related to faulty ignition switches, malfunctioning airbags, sudden acceleration, and other serious defects also have dominated the news. Auto manufacturers have virtually unlimited financial resources to defend against personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits, so injury victims benefit significantly from representation by an experienced Boca Raton car accident attorney.
Common Types of Auto Crashes
Because our Boca Raton law firm has represented victims involved in thousands of auto collisions, we have the legal acumen, diligence, and experience to effectively represent individuals injured in the full spectrum of traffic accidents, such as:
- T-Bone Crashes
- Head-On Collisions
- Sudden Acceleration Crashes
- Run Off the Road Accidents
- Drunk Driving Collisions
- Self-Driving Cars
- Multi-Car Pileups
- Left-Turn Crashes
- Chain Reaction Accidents
- Distracted Driving Crashes
- Uber (Lyft) Accidents
- Alcohol-Impaired Collisions
- Wrong-Way Crashes
- Defective Vehicle Accidents
- Speeding Collisions
Litigation of a motor vehicle accident cannot be effectively pursued based on a standardized one-size fits all approach. Our tenacious Boca Raton auto accident lawyers have experience handling a broad range of types of car accidents, as well as access to a network of accident reconstructionists, engineering experts, and others with specialized knowledge to build the most compelling auto accident legal claim.
Aggressively Pursuing the Fullest Compensation for Serious Auto Collision Injuries
If a vehicle occupant is involved in a Palm Beach car accident, he or she might suffer permanent debilitating injuries or wrongful death. Some of the most common injuries that afflict those involved in car accidents in Florida include:
- Head and neck injuries
- Severe whiplash injuries
- Brain damage (traumatic brain injuries)
- Spinal cord injuries causing paraplegia and quadriplegia
- Serious burn injuries
- Compound fractures and broken bones
- Injuries involving internal organs
- Dislocations and joint injuries
- Wrongful death
When you suffer this sort of serious injury in a Florida car accident, it can mean extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation, long periods of disability from employment, and even permanent inability to engage in gainful employment or to provide for the needs of you and your family. Our committed legal team understands that when you suffer serious injuries in a collision, you may face monumental challenges as you try to recover and get back to your pre-injury life. Our experienced lawyers are committed to aggressively pursuing the maximum compensation for your accident claim so that you can focus on healing and getting your life back on course. We may be able to help you obtain a broad range of damages, including compensation for some or all of the following
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Medical expenses
- Property damage (i.e. vehicle replacement or repair)
- Loss of consortium (i.e. services/companionship of a spouse)
- Funeral/burial expenses (wrongful death)
- Punitive damages to punish particularly reckless behavior
Dos and Don’ts When Dealing with an At-Fault Driver’s Insurance Company
While we previously outlined ways that an experienced Boca Raton car accident attorney could assist you in navigating past insurance company traps and pitfalls, we also have provided a list of dos and don’ts in the aftermath of your crash when dealing with insurance companies.
Do Not Admit Fault: The best advice usually is to let your personal injury attorney handle the communications with the other driver’s insurance company. Innocent comments of regret that the accident occurred can be interpreted as an admission of fault. The insurance adjuster is going to interpret what you say in a manner most favorable to the insurer and most damaging to your claim.
Do Not Sign Anything without Legal Advice: The insurance company might ask you to sign a general release of liability. This document might waive all of your legal claims even those you do not know exist because of undiscovered injuries. The insurance adjuster might also request you sign a consent to release of information. Again, you should obtain legal advice before executing this document. The insurance company might use the document to conduct a “fishing expedition” through your medical and employment records. Although the insurance company might be able to obtain some of that information through the discovery process, our law firm analyzes document requests to object to those that the insurance company is not entitled to receive. The bottom line is that you should not sign anything from an insurance company unless you attorney has reviewed the document.
Do Exercise Caution Using Social Media Sites: While Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and other social media sites have become a popular tool for keeping in touch with friends and family, insurance companies now search social media pages for damaging pictures or statements. Even if you think pictures or statements that might be compromising are in password protected areas, this does not provide protection from exposure to damaging content. Increasingly, judges are ordering plaintiffs to provide their login information for social media pages and sanctioning personal injury victims that attempt to hide or delete the information. Car accident victims should discuss whether any social media activity is appropriate while their legal claim is pending with an experienced Boca Raton traffic accident attorney.
Do Refuse to Give a Recorded Statement: The at-fault driver’s insurance adjuster might request that you provide a recorded statement with the implication that this will promote settlement of the claim. The statement is designed to obtain admissions or inconsistencies that undermine a personal injury or wrongful death claim. As with signing a document from the insurer, you should never provide such a statement without discussing the matter with your attorney.
Do Assume You Are Subject to Surveillance: Many car accident personal injury claims get derailed when video footage is disclosed that reveals a plaintiff lifting relatively heavy objects, moving pain-free, or engaging in contact sports. Insurance companies often hire private investigators to look into injury victim claims. Because you could be the target of surveillance, you should be very aware of your activities. Sometimes an innocent activity can be twisted to look damaging. You might carry a large box full of packing peanuts in the house, for example, only for the insurance company to suggest you were moving large heavy looking boxes.
Do Not Treat the At-Fault Driver’s Insurance Adjuster as a Friend: Insurance adjusters deal with a high volume of people, so they tend to be amicable. Despite this friendly exterior, the job of an adjuster is to find ways to lowball or deny your claim to compensation. The best practice is to refer the insurance adjuster to your attorney, so all communications occur between the law firm representing your interest and the insurance company.
Speak to an Experienced Boca Raton Auto Accident Lawyer
Our experienced Boca Raton car accident lawyers zealously fight for car crash victims. We have successfully represented thousands of Florida car accident victims in obtaining the compensation and justice they deserve. We believe careless or inattentive drivers who injure others should be held accountable and that victims must be compensated.
While our law firm frequently handles sophisticated personal injury and wrongful death claims, David I. Shiver is committed to the principle that practicing law is a service-oriented profession. He represents victims and their families with compassion, diligence, and a commitment to the highest standards of legal ethics. Although the Shiner Law Group provides the type of sophisticated legal services often associated with large law firms, we are committed to delivering the personalized attention of a small firm. We understand that our clients often are coping with intense pain, severe emotional distress, and other hardships, so we handle insurance company negotiations and legal hurdles in pursuit of the fullest recovery to which our client is entitled under applicable law. David Shiver also understands the importance of communication with his clients, so his office has a practice of returning calls or emails in a reasonably prompt fashion. He also keeps his clients apprised of the progress of their case and significant developments from the moment his office is retained until the case has been resolved and his clients paid.
Our experienced Florida car accident lawyers provide a thorough investigation of the facts, expert knowledge of the law, innovative litigation strategies, effective negotiation, and persuasive advocacy. We are committed to helping victims recover the compensation they need to move past their car accident, so call us 24/7 at 561-777-7700 or online for a free case review to see how we can help. The Shiner Law Group represents car accident victims in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Palm Beach County, and throughout the surrounding counties.
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SHINER LAW GROUP HANDLES ALL TYPES OF
PERSONAL INJURY AND ACCIDENTAL CASES
SHINER LAW GROUP HANDLES ALL TYPES OF
PERSONAL INJURY AND ACCIDENTAL CASES
SHINER LAW GROUP HANDLES ALL TYPES OF
PERSONAL INJURY AND ACCIDENTAL CASES