Highway Accidents

Car Crash Lawyers Advising Residents of Stuart and Surrounding Cities

Florida has some of the busiest highways in the nation. Between tourists on their way to a vacation hotspot and locals who are just trying to get across town, the potential for highway accidents is high. Any type of car crash can be dangerous, but highway crashes are particularly troublesome because of the high speeds that are often involved. Serious, life-altering injuries can result, as can a tragic death. At Donaldson & Weston, our car accident lawyers help victims in Stuart and beyond as they seek to get their lives back together following a collision.

Holding a Negligent Driver Accountable for a Highway Accident

The ultimate goal in most car accident cases is to prove that the other driver was negligent. In other words, the victim must show that the defendant did not exercise the amount of care that a reasonable driver would have exercised under the circumstances. This consists of four elements: duty, breach of duty, causation, and damages.

In highway accident cases, the duty that a driver owes to other motorists, passengers, and pedestrians is generally defined as complying with all applicable traffic rules and avoiding posing foreseeable risks of harm to others. For instance, drivers are expected to obey speed limits and signal when changing lanes. Failing to do this or engaging in other careless conduct, such as texting behind the wheel or driving while drunk, constitutes a breach of the duty of care.

Causation is the link between the defendant’s breach of duty and the accident in which the victim was hurt. It sometimes may be an issue in cases in which a plaintiff had a pre-existing condition, but the defendant can potentially still be held liable for any worsening in the plaintiff’s condition due to the crash. Damages may include medical expenses, lost income, lost future earning capacity, pain and suffering, and property damage, among other examples.

Highway accident lawsuits must be filed within the appropriate statute of limitations period, or else they probably will be dismissed on procedural grounds. Thus, it is best to consult an attorney soon after a collision. The general statute of limitations for car accident cases in Florida is four years, but wrongful death cases must be filed within two years. Other time limits may apply in some cases, and an experienced Stuart car accident attorney can help you determine when exactly your case must be filed and whether notice must be given.

Consult a Motor Vehicle Collision Lawyer in the Stuart Area

If you or a family member has been hurt because of someone else’s carelessness on the road, you can contact the motor vehicle collision attorneys at Donaldson & Weston. We represent Stuart residents and other individuals throughout St. Lucie, Palm Beach, and Martin Counties, including in Port St. Lucie, West Palm Beach, and Jupiter. You can call us at (772) 266-5555 or contact us online to set up a free initial consultation. We take most cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not owe us any fees unless we are able to recover compensation for you.

Testimonials
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“The attorneys at Donaldson & Weston helped me get an amazing result on my case. Obviously I’ve been through a lot physically but I feel better now and the money really helped my family. When I was riding my bicycle I was hit by a truck that wasn't paying attention. I am not the suing type, but I would definitely hire this firm again.”
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“After my accident, i felt like I was being pulled in a bunch of different directions. I really didn't know what to do and all I wanted was someone to shoot me straight. The lawyers at the firm were so honest and definitely pointed me in the right direction. The staff was professional. I think it’s great that only attorneys work on my case, it definitely made me feel comfortable”
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“After my accident happened I waited to hear back from the insurance company for about 6 months. I just felt like they kept jerking me around. They even told me not to hire an attorney because it would mean less money in my pocket. I couldn't wait any longer because my bills were out of hand. I hired this firm and they were solid. I got a great result without having to go to court.”
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