West Palm Beach Car Accidents
As one of the largest (and oldest) cities in South Florida, West Palm Beach is located in close proximity to several large bodies of water, including various areas of wetlands, Lake Mangonia, Clear Lake, the West Palm Beach Canal, and the Atlantic Ocean. While certainly scenic, this configuration results in a heavy concentration of traffic on roads like I-95, U.S. 1, State Road 80, and Florida’s Turnpike. Many motor vehicle accidents occur each year on these and other West Palm Beach highways, streets, and roads. With the busy Port of Palm Beach located in the vicinity, semi-truck and commercial vehicle accidents are also common. If you or a family member has been hurt in a crash, the West Palm Beach car accident attorneys at Donaldson & Weston offer a free case evaluation to explore your options.
Our attorneys represent victims and families whose lives have been devastated by the negligent conduct of an individual or entity. In most cases, we work on a contingency fee basis because we understand that an automobile accident often leaves a victim out of work and with mounting medical expenses. Under a contingency fee arrangement, attorney fees are paid out of the settlement or judgment that concludes the case, rather than upfront.Assert Your Legal Rights after a Car Accident
In order for an injured person to receive compensation for damages suffered in a car crash, such as pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical expenses, he or she must be able to make out a case of negligence against the responsible party. This is a four-step process. First, there must be a showing that the defendant owed a legal duty to the plaintiff. In car accident cases, this is commonly accomplished by referring to the duty of reasonable care that everyone behind the wheel owes to everyone around them. Next, the plaintiff must show that the defendant breached this duty. The plaintiff also must prove that he or she suffered damages as a result of the accident and that the defendant’s breach of duty was the proximate cause of his or her damages.
In response, the defendant may argue that the plaintiff was partially or completely at fault for the accident. Florida’s pure comparative fault doctrine allows a jury to apportion responsibility among the plaintiff, the defendant, and sometimes third parties and to reduce the plaintiff’s damages award in proportion to his or her level of fault. Unlike some states’ harsh contributory negligence laws, however, comparative fault does not mean that the plaintiff cannot recover compensation if he or she was partially responsible for an accident. A prompt, thorough investigation into the cause of an accident can help blunt the impact of a comparative fault allegation later.
For this and many other reasons, it is important that an injured person or the family of a victim of a fatal accident seek legal representation without delay. Although insurance company representatives often suggest that a settlement offer is just around the corner, the reality is that insurance companies pay substantial settlements only when they are convinced that the plaintiff is prepared to try his or her case to a jury if necessary.Contact a Car Accident Attorney in the West Palm Beach Area
When it comes to automobile accident litigation, there are many factors that may affect the ultimate payout. In addition to procedural matters, such as the timely filing of a claim in the proper court and an aggressive approach to discovery, quality representation can make all the difference in the outcome of a certain case. The dedicated West Palm Beach car accident lawyers at Donaldson & Weston are here to help you as you pursue the maximum compensation to which you may be entitled. To schedule a free case consultation, call us at (772) 266-5555 or contact us online. We serve individuals and families who need a motor vehicle collision lawyer throughout Palm Beach County and the surrounding areas.