Common Causes of Car Accidents in South Florida
Attorneys Tirelessly Investigate Causes of Car Accidents in Broward County, Palm Beach County, and throughout South Florida
The initial issue in all personal injury cases that involve car accidents is to determine what actually caused the accident so that the responsible party can be held liable for compensating the victims. Most car accidents in Florida are caused by the negligent actions of one or more drivers, though negligent manufacture of defective products can also contribute to the cause of a car accident. Although Florida is a no-fault state, which means that accident victims will first look to their own insurance companies for compensation, negligent parties can be held liable for compensatory damages in excess of amounts that the insurance companies will pay.
Following a car accident, it is for you to focus on recovering emotionally and physically from your injuries. At Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., we pride ourselves on providing comprehensive and effective legal representation to our clients throughout the local community in South Florida, and we will put the full extent of our resources to work in determining the cause of your car accident. Our focus is on personal injury and wrongful death claims that stem from motor vehicle accidents, so we have developed a wealth of knowledge and experience in determining both common and not-so-common causes of car accidents. If you would like our straightforward legal opinion about your motor vehicle accident case, contact our offices to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced Boynton Beach car accident lawyer.
Common Causes of Car Accidents in South Florida
Car accidents can be caused by any number of factors, though negligent driving is typically the primary cause. Significant factors that cause many car accidents today include a combination of driver distraction and aggressive, rushed driving. Common causes of car accidents on Florida roads and highways include:
- Drunk or impaired driving: While it may seem obvious that drivers should not operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, drunk and impaired drivers continue to cause car accidents today.
- Driver aggression: We are located in the vicinity of Miami, which means that many residents of our community regularly commute to the city for work each day. This can lead to rushed, aggressive driving as people attempt to minimize their commute times or arrive at work on time.
- Speeding: Speeding is a form of negligence because it impairs the amount of time that a driver has to react to conditions on the road, meaning that accidents become more likely.
- Hazardous weather conditions: We are all familiar with rainy afternoons in South Florida, and storms frequently become so strong as to impair even the most cautious driver’s ability to see the road. Regardless, many drivers fail to slow down, use their headlights, or pull over to the side of the road when necessary to wait out a rainstorm.
- Driver distraction: Although it is not per se illegal to text and drive in Florida—you cannot be pulled over merely for texting, and the officer must have identified another traffic violation before a ticket can be issued for texting—texting and driving continue to cause car accidents throughout the area.
- Defective products: In some cases, a car accident may not be the fault of a driver, but it can be caused by defective tires or other parts. In these cases, the manufacturer may be held liable.
- Driver fatigue: Driver fatigue is especially prevalent among commercial drivers who are pressured to meet strict delivery deadlines, but it can also impact individuals with long commutes to and from work each day.
At Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., Our Clients Are Our First Priority
At Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., we have over a decade of experience serving the legal needs of the local community in South Florida, and we understand the unique issues that many of our clients face. We work tirelessly to provide the highest-quality legal representation while also remaining active throughout the community through volunteerism and grassroots community involvement. While many personal injury firms treat their clients like case numbers, our clients are more than just a file number. We provide personal attention and genuine, compassionate support to each and every one of our clients. By choosing our Boynton Beach attorneys as your legal representation after a car accident, you can rest assured that we will be relentless in our fight to protect your rights and secure full and fair compensation for your injuries.
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FAQ: What does Florida’s no-fault rule mean following a car accident?
After a car accident, accident victims are required to first obtain compensation from their own insurance companies, regardless of who or what caused the accident. Despite this, if that coverage is insufficient to compensate for your injuries, you may be entitled to pursue a claim for compensation against the negligent driver’s insurance company, or a personal injury lawsuit against that driver, an employer, or a manufacturer.
FAQ: How long will it take for my car accident case to settle?
Settlement times in car accident cases can vary dramatically. In general, the more serious your injury, the higher your claim for compensation will be, meaning that negotiations will probably take longer. More serious injuries involve a detailed evaluation of medical records, as well as physician opinions as to the types of future medical and rehabilitative care that may be required. Our attorneys always work to streamline the negotiation process to the extent possible, but we do not rush settlement negotiations — because we are interested in securing the greatest possible compensation award in your case. A rushed settlement process can cause potential future expenses to be overlooked, as your physician may not have had the time to fully evaluate the potential outcome of your case.