West Palm Beach Injuries From Car Accidents

The majority of Florida personal injury cases stem from injuries incurred in a car accident. These injuries require long-term treatment, and the growing costs associated with that treatment often make legal action necessary to ensure a victim’s proper recovery. The West Palm Beach car accident lawyers at Donaldson & Weston are committed to providing dedicated legal representation to people involved in these serious crashes. We understand the importance of making sure that victims’ bills are paid and that the proper parties are held responsible, and our injury attorneys fight tirelessly to resolve claims efficiently with our clients’ best interests in mind. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries from a car accident, we are available to help you determine your legal options. Contact our office today to find out more about how we can assist you.

Injuries From Car Accidents Can Alter a Victim’s Life

Nationally, millions of victims are injured on the roadways each year. In West Palm Beach, numerous serious car accidents happen throughout the area, especially on major roads, such as Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, Interstate 95, and State Road 809. Injuries in these collisions can range from minor to life-altering, and they may require extensive recovery times, as well as substantial financial expenditures, for victims to heal properly. Car accident injuries may include:

  • Whiplash and other soft tissue damage

  • Cuts or bruises

  • Back pain

  • Spinal injuries, including paraplegia or quadriplegia

  • Fractures or breaks in bones, especially wrists, arms, legs, and ankles

  • Traumatic brain injuries

In Florida, motorists are only required to carry insurance policies with certain minimums. These include $10,000 in personal injury protection (PIP) and $10,000 in property damage liability. Although this may seem like a lot, unfortunately these limits often fall well below covering merely the medical expenses for a victim who requires long-term care. As a result, car accident victims who suffer significant injuries may need to turn to the courts to make sure that those responsible are held accountable.

Many West Palm Beach car accidents result from a driver’s carelessness. Whether that driver is a visitor from out of town distracted by their navigational system or a resident rushing to work, when a driver’s actions rise to an unreasonable level, they should be held accountable for the harm caused. Negligence exists when a driver breaches their duty to act as a reasonable and prudent person would act in the same or similar circumstances. This duty is owed to other motorists, as well as pedestrians and bicyclists. A victim must also establish that their injuries were caused by the driver’s breach and that damages were incurred.

If negligence is shown, a victim may be awarded damages for expenses related to past and anticipated medical treatment, missed work, loss of earning capacity, and pain and suffering. Timing is important in personal injury cases, since Florida imposes a four-year statute of limitations before a victim’s claim is barred. Usually, an extensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding an accident, as well as gathering evidence and assessing the impact that a victim’s injuries will have throughout their lifetime, is necessary to succeed. Consulting an experienced attorney who can aid you in this process is important to preserve your legal rights.