Palm Beach Car Accident Lawyers

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WEST PALM BEACH CAR ACCIDENT LAWYERS

A car accident can change your life forever.  The injuries that you sustain in a car accident can affect you for the rest of your life. The medical bills can quickly mount and continue for many years.  A permanent injury can result in a life of pain and suffering, inconvenience, and loss of enjoyment of life.  Having to deal with the complexities of an insurance claim can be very intimidating and extremely frustrating.

At William E. Johnson, P.A., we have been representing innocent victims of car accidents for more than 35 years. We are here to fight for justice and get you the compensation you deserve. The insurance companies are experts in trying to pay you the least amount of money as possible. Let our expertise get you the amount of money that you are legally entitled to.

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What is my Florida car accident case worth?

In a personal injury case, the law allows for the following elements of damages:

  • Past medical bills
  • Future medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of ability to earn money in the future

If you have sustained a permanent injury, you are also entitled to:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Inconvenience
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Mental anguish

The amount of your damages are largely based on the injuries you have sustained and how these injuries have affected your life. These damages are generally proven by the information in your medical records and the opinions of your doctors. These damages are also proven by your friends, family and co-workers.

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Who is responsible for my injuries from a car accident?

Any driver who negligently causes a car accident is responsible for the injuries that they cause. Negligent which is the failure to use reasonable care. In other words, doing something that a reasonably careful person would do under like circumstances, or failing to do something that a reasonably careful person would do under like circumstances.

There are two primary ways to prove fault in a car accident:

  1. Police report – After an accident, the police will perform an independent investigation. The investigator will determine fault based upon the physical evidence and interviewing all participants of the accident including all drivers, passengers, and any eyewitnesses.
  2. Traffic laws – If a driver violates a traffic law, that violation is evidence of negligence.

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How does insurance come into play?

In evaluating a personal injury claim, one must first determine the amount of insurance coverage the at-fault driver has because the at-fault driver’s insurance coverage is primary. If the at-fault driver has little or no insurance coverage, we need to determine if you have elected to purchase “uninsured/ underinsured motorist” coverage commonly referred to as UM coverage. If so, your UM coverage would step into the shoes of the at-fault driver.

Additionally, every motorist is required to have Personal Injury coverage commonly referred to as PIP which pays 80% of your medical bills and 60% of lost wages, irrespective of fault, up to a minimum amount of $10,000.

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What should I do after a car accident in Palm Beach County?

  1. Move to safety – If your vehicle is drivable, move your car off of the road to a safe space and turn on your hazard lights.
  2. Call 911 – Call the police so that they can investigate the car accident and document the names and addresses of all drivers, passengers and eyewitnesses. Be cooperative with the police officer and assist him/her in determining who was at fault.If you are injured or are experiencing any pain, advise the police officer and request an ambulance. If necessary, go to the emergency room or an urgent care facility. If you do not seek medical attention within 14 days of your accident, your PIP coverage will be limited to $2,500.
  3. Take photographs – If possible, take photographs of the accident scene. Also take photographs of the property damage sustained by your car and lastly, take photographs of any visible injuries

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William E. Johnson is a preeminent Palm Beach trial lawyer with an established practice in West Palm Beach to serve clients in the areas of personal injury and wrongful death. With offices based in the heart of West Palm Beach, Mr. Johnson serves those whose lives have been affected by personal injury or wrongful death throughout the state of Florida.

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