Palm Beach County Car Accident Lawyers
Even a minor motor-vehicle collision can have a major impact on your financial security. In addition to vehicle repairs and hospital bills, you may also be sidelined from work while you recover, putting your savings and financial future in jeopardy.
Fortunately, you do not have to shoulder the burden of an unexpected collision on your own. If you were hurt in a crash that was not your fault, the car accident lawyers at Donaldson & Weston can help.
Although Florida follows a “no fault” system when awarding compensation following a collision, your personal injury protection may not be enough to cover all the damages you incur. In such a scenario, one of our Palm Beach County personal injury attorneys may be able to help you pursue the difference from the liable party.
We will handle all the logistics of your claim so you can focus on your health. This includes gathering evidence of liability, tracking damages, and negotiating with the opposing party on your behalf. Call 772-266-5555 to schedule a free case evaluation.How to Prove Liability After a Car Accident in Palm Beach County
Because Florida is a no-fault insurance state, you won’t need to prove liability to file a claim against your own Personal Injury Protection policy. However, if your injury meets the “serious injury” threshold and you want to bring a claim against the party who caused the accident, you’ll need strong evidence to prove liability.
Unfortunately, some of the most valuable evidence to support your claim might be time-sensitive, so it’s important that you speak to a Palm Beach County car accident attorney as soon as possible. At Donaldson & Weston, we can launch an immediate investigation to obtain all available evidence of fault and damages.
Here are just a few examples of evidence we may use to prove liability:
- The Official Accident Report: This report should contain pertinent facts about the cause of your crash including statements from the drivers involved and details about any traffic infractions that contributed to the wreck.
- Photos of the Scene: Pictures of vehicle damage, the positions of vehicles, skid marks, and the weather conditions can provide insight into how the crash occurred. If there’s a liability dispute, photographs may help an accident reconstruction expert determine what happened in the moments leading up to the wreck. If you took photos or videos using your phone, be sure to store them on several hard drives so you won’t lose them if your phone breaks.
- Surveillance and Dashcam Footage: A nearby business establishment may have recorded your collision on its CCTV camera system. Our Palm Beach County car accident lawyers can visit those locations to find out if their surveillance cameras captured the incident. Dashcam footage may also contribute to the strength of your claim.
- Expert Witness Testimony: If there’s a dispute regarding the cause of your wreck, we may bring in an accident reconstruction expert to determine what happened and to provide testimony.
- Eyewitness Testimony: It’s not uncommon for at-fault drivers to lie about their role in causing a collision. But if anyone witnessed the crash, your car accident lawyer may use their testimony to corroborate your version of events.
- Other Evidence: There are many other types of evidence your lawyer can use depending on the specific cause of the wreck. If a commercial truck was involved, for example, we might try to obtain black box data, toll booth receipts, and bills of lading to find proof of negligence. If your crash was caused by a defective auto part, valuable evidence might include blueprints, schematics, recall data, and testimony from an auto parts specialist.
Strong evidence is the key to winning a fair settlement in a car accident claim. It can also be the difference between settling out of court and having to go to trial. With many decades of experience representing accident victims, our attorneys will know the types of evidence needed to support your case. If necessary, we can bring in expert witnesses and apply legal pressure to collect evidence that’s being withheld.How Long Will My Case Take to Resolve?
Every car accident claim is different, and there is no established timeline for resolving cases. Simple claims might result in a payout within a matter of weeks while more complicated cases could take months to reach the negotiation stage and then additional time to arrive at a fair settlement.
Factors that will affect the total duration of your particular proceedings include:
- The extent of your injuries and how long it takes to reach maximum medical improvement;
- The strength of all available evidence;
- The number of liable parties;
- The opposing party’s willingness to work with you; and
- Whether the insurance adjuster is motivated to avoid going to trial.
When you hire an attorney from the very start, you can avoid making critical mistakes along the way that might jeopardize your case and prevent you from recovering the full compensation you deserve. Common errors that injured parties make during the claims process include:
- Admitting or accepting fault;
- Providing a recorded statement to the opposing party;
- Accepting a settlement that will not cover 100 percent of the damages;
- Failing to consider non-economic damages when calculating a fair settlement amount;
- Posting about the case online or discussing it with anyone other than legal counsel; and
- Missing critical deadlines.
If you sustained serious injuries because someone else was driving in a reckless or negligent manner, contact Donaldson & Weston. We take great pride in helping the injured recover the funds they need to move on with life.
Our strategic team has recovered several multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts for our clients. Call 772-266-5555 or fill out our Contact Form to schedule a free case evaluation with a Palm Beach County car accident attorney.