Side-Impact Accidents

Car Crash Lawyers Advising Stuart Residents and Other Victims

Side-impact accidents – sometimes called “T-Bone” crashes – happen when the front of one vehicle plows into the side of another. Depending on the circumstances, they may result in very serious injuries and even a tragic death. If you have been involved in this type of collision, you should talk to a lawyer about your rights and options. The Stuart car accident attorneys at Donaldson & Weston have handled many personal injury cases over the years. We are here to guide you and your family through this difficult time.

Asserting Your Right to Damages after a Side-Impact Collision

Side-impact crashes happen for many reasons: speeding, texting while driving, drunk or drugged driving, disregarding traffic control devices, and more. Regardless of the cause, they can be very dangerous because of the mechanics involved when one car hits another from the side, causing great physical stress to the bodies of the driver and any passengers.

A car accident can happen in a split second, but the harm that results can last a lifetime. It is important to enlist a car accident attorney serving Stuart who will work diligently to help you try to maximize the settlement or judgment so that you will be protected from the financial devastation that a motor vehicle collision can cause. For example, a damages award may provide reimbursement for missed wages while you were away from work, as well as ambulance and hospital bills, the costs of medical procedures, and any reasonably anticipated costs of future treatment.

Other forms of damages may compensate you for less easily quantified, more subjective forms of harm. Non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering or the loss of spousal consortium, may be challenging to value in some cases, but a knowledgeable attorney can present your situation in a persuasive manner during settlement negotiations and at trial.

Most car accident cases are litigated under a negligence theory of law. The burden is on the plaintiff to prove each of the elements of duty, breach, causation, and damages by a preponderance of the evidence. In some cases, a defendant will attempt to reduce the damages owed to the plaintiff by suggesting that he or she contributed to causing the crash. However, the pure comparative fault doctrine followed by Florida courts reduces a plaintiff’s damages award by his or her percentage of fault, but it does not totally bar recovery unless the plaintiff is found to be completely responsible.

Discuss Your Car Accident Case with an Attorney in the Stuart Area

If you have been involved in a side-impact accident, a wise course of action is to speak to a motor vehicle collision attorney about your legal rights as soon as possible so that the accident can be investigated, and any necessary paperwork can be filed. Statutes of limitation, statutes of repose, and notice requirements may all limit the time in which an accident victim or the victim’s family can take legal action. The Stuart car accident lawyers at Donaldson & Weston are here to vigorously advocate for you throughout the process. Call us at (772) 266-5555 or (561) 299-3999, or contact us online, to schedule a free consultation. We do not seek any fees unless we are able to recover compensation for you. Donaldson & Weston assists accident victims throughout St. Lucie, Palm Beach, and Martin Counties, including in Port St. Lucie, Jupiter, and West Palm Beach.

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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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