Jupiter Car Accident Lawyers
Shiner Law Group has extensive experience handling car accident cases in and around Jupiter. At a population of more than 60,000 and growing, Jupiter has quickly become a highly desirable destination for living and vacationing. But with more residents and tourists comes more traffic, which unfortunately means more car accidents.
Yearly Florida reports show almost 400,000 car accidents statewide, making it extremely important to understand what to do if you are involved in a collision. The skilled attorneys at Shiner Law Group can help. Our award-winning firm has fiercely advocated for accident victims and their families for 15 years, securing millions in compensation.
Causes of Car Accidents in Jupiter
Car crashes are often avoidable, with driving conditions and driver decisions contributing to loss of control. Some of the most common causes of vehicle accidents we see in our practice include:
- Speeding or reckless driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Texting or making phone calls while driving
- Eating, reading, or other distracted driving
- Driving while overly tired (falling asleep at the wheel)
- Vehicle malfunctions (such as inability to brake)
- Failure to observe traffic laws
- Inexperienced driving (young or newly licensed drivers)
Types of Car Accidents
We have certainly found in our practice at Shiner Law Group that not all car accidents are the same. Just as they occur for different reasons, the crashes themselves can manifest in numerous ways. Typically, Jupiter automobile accidents involve:
- Head-on collisions
- Rear-end collisions
- T-Bone crashes
- Side-swipe crashes
- Run-off-the-road crashes
- Left-turn collisions
- Multi-car pileups
A List of Common Injuries Sustained in a Car Accident
All vehicle collisions are frightening, but the most traumatic we see are those with associated injuries. More than half of Florida’s annual car crashes result in injuries to drivers or passengers. Car accident injuries frequently include:
- Head and/or neck injuries
- Joint dislocation
- Internal bleeding or organ damage
- Brain injuries
- Fractures and broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
At Shiner Law Group, we understand the turmoil presented by collision injuries, as well as the legal complexities of these cases. Florida is a “no fault” insurance state, which means you must first seek recovery for damages and injuries related to a car accident from your own auto insurance company, regardless of who caused the accident. It is only under specific circumstances of serious injury — permanent injury, severe scarring, disfigurement — that you can go beyond your own insurance to file a claim against the other motorist’s insurance company or to file a personal injury lawsuit against the individual motorist.
If your claim meets the serious injury requirement set by state law, you generally have four years from the date of the car accident to file a lawsuit. Any settlement or trial award will take into account the relative fault of each driver, and because Florida follows what is called a “pure comparative fault” rule, your award could be reduced if you were at all to blame in the crash. For instance, if a jury finds you were 30 percent responsible for the crash’s occurrence, your total award would be reduced by 30 percent to account for your own fault.
Car accident cases in Jupiter can carry a number of challenges, which is why it is imperative that you find qualified representation to assist you in navigating the system. The attorneys at Shiner Law Group know the law and can help you understand your options. We are dedicated to easing the burden of this stressful experience for our clients, starting with a free and completely confidential consultation. If you have or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in or around Jupiter, call our offices today at (561) 777-7700.