Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers in South Florida
The roadways in South Florida can be congested and fast-paced, making conditions ripe for all types of motor vehicle accidents. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, it can be difficult to know where to turn or how to obtain compensation for any injuries you have sustained, or for damage to your vehicle, especially when it seems like the insurance company’s adjusters do not even know that you exist or speak your language. After you have been injured in an auto accident, you need a South Florida personal injury attorney who you can trust to advocate on your behalf and to ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are entitled.
Personal Injury Lawyers Dedicated to Protecting Clients’ Rights in South Florida Motor Vehicle Accident Cases
At Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., we don’t just promise results and then disappear. We follow through by exploring every potential avenue to win the compensation that is justly yours. We understand how frustrating and difficult it can be to feel invisible in the eyes of the legal system. That is why we put our 35 combined years of legal experience to work for each and every one of our clients. We promise personal attention from the actual attorneys who are handling your auto accident case, so we provide all of our clients with our personal cell phone numbers in case of emergency—and we actually respond to our clients’ calls. Our office is fully bilingual, and unlike other law firms, this means that every individual in our office speaks fluent Spanish. In fact, one of the partners in our law firm is Hispanic.
We have been nationally recognized by the Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Rating Service as an AV-rated law firm, which is the highest possible rating a law firm can achieve. We have also been recognized by Super Lawyers, Top Latino Lawyers, and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Beyond all of these accolades, we believe the best recognition we can receive is from satisfied clients who have finally received the full and fair compensation they deserve.
Get Compensation for Your Injuries
Regardless of the information provided by the insurance company, if a third party’s negligent or reckless actions contributed to the motor vehicle accident that caused your injuries or property damage, you may be entitled to recover compensation from that negligent or reckless party. In some cases, we obtain compensation for our clients by resorting to a full-blown personal injury trial, but in many cases, the process is much more streamlined. We put our skills to work to negotiate behind the scenes with the insurance companies and the attorneys representing the other parties, and we can often help our clients reach a fair settlement without the trauma and cost of a lengthy trial.
Attorney Charles Cartwright previously worked for insurance companies for 15 years, so he understands the tactics that they may use to avoid paying full compensation to auto accident victims. Depending upon the facts and circumstances of the case, we have successfully fought to obtain compensation for:
- Medical bills.
- Lost wages and future earning capacity.
- Rehabilitation or physical therapy expenses.
- Expenses related to in-home care or modifications made necessary by injuries.
- Damages to the vehicle itself.
- Pain and suffering.
Trustworthy Attorneys Gonzalez & Cartwright Fight to Obtain Compensation for Motor Vehicle Accident Victims
At Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., our Lake Worth motor vehicle accident lawyers handle all types of motor vehicle accident claims, including:
- Car accidents
- Fatal car accidents
- Boating accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Taxi accidents
- Uber and Lyft accidents
- Bus accidents
- Distracted driver accidents, including accidents caused by texting
- Drunk driving accidents
- Fatigued driving accidents
- Rear-end accidents
- Whiplash injuries, and other head & neck injuries
- Uninsured & underinsured motorist accidents
- Vehicle rollover accidents
- Car accidents in construction zones
- Tire blowout accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Commercial vehicle accidents
- Tractor-trailer accidents
Our experienced South Florida car accident lawyers can also help you find answers to important questions about your accident, including:
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident and believe that a third party’s actions caused the accident, contact our offices today for help.
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At Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., we are not just another law firm. We are a part of the local community itself, and we strive to make a difference both in defending citizens’ rights in the legal sense and in protecting the integrity of the community as a whole. Attorney Adriana Gonzalez herself is active in the Hispanic Education Coalition and the Democratic Hispanic Caucus, and she also participates in grassroots efforts to keep the streets of east Lake Worth clean. Our dedication to the community extends far beyond protecting your rights in the courtroom, and that commitment shines through in the legal services that we provide our clients.
If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a motor vehicle accident, contact our offices at 561-264-8344 or toll-free at 888-888-3903 to schedule a free consultation today to discuss your legal rights following the accident. We have our main office located at 813 Lucerne Ave, Lake Worth, FL 33460, as well as an office in Pompano Beach, Florida. During this initial consultation, we will provide our honest and straightforward opinions as to how to best proceed with your case. We are able to offer flexible appointments on evenings and weekends for your convenience. You can also fill out this online form, and we will contact you directly.
Frequently Asked Questions About South Florida Motor Vehicle Accidents
Experienced Accident Lawyers Advocate for Victims of Motor Vehicle Accidents in Palm Beach County, FL
Our experienced accident lawyers are here to help answer all of your initial questions, as well as questions that arise along the way. Your initial case evaluation at Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. is always free—so you have nothing to lose by asking. Here are some answers to some of the most common questions that our clients ask after being involved in a motor vehicle accident:
FAQ: How much compensation am I entitled to receive after a motor vehicle accident?
The level of compensation available depends upon a number of factors, including your insurance coverage, the severity of your injuries, and the factors that contributed to the accident itself. If another party’s negligence caused the auto accident, we may be able to pursue a claim against that person’s insurance company. At Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., we evaluate each and every case to determine every type of compensation that may be available to the particular client.
FAQ: Where does Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. handle car accident cases?
Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. handles car accident cases throughout Florida including but not limited to:
- Pompano Beach Car Accidents
- Lake Worth Car Accidents
- Boca Raton Car Accidents
- Delray Beach Car Accidents
- Wellington Car Accidents
- Fort Lauderdale Car Accidents
- Boynton Beach Car Accidents
- West Palm Beach Car Accidents
- Jupiter Car Accidents
- Hollywood Car Accidents
- Pembroke Pines Car Accidents
- Sunrise Car Accidents
- Miramar Car Accidents
- Coral Springs Car Accidents
- Plantation Car Accidents
FAQ: The insurance company offered a settlement in my auto accident claim. Should I take it?
Insurance companies are motivated to offer the smallest possible settlements in order to make your case disappear. If you feel that the settlement offer does not fairly compensate you for your injuries and property damage, consult an experienced motor vehicle accident attorney at Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. to determine whether you are entitled to receive more. The initial consultation is free, so you have nothing to lose.
FAQ: What is considered a motor vehicle accident?
Any accident involving a motor vehicle. This includes crashes involving a motor vehicle and a bicycle or pedestrian. Truck accidents, car accidents, motorcycle accidents and even Uber or Lyft accidents are treated as motor vehicle accidents in Florida.
FAQ: What causes motor vehicle accidents?
Motor vehicle accidents can be caused by ordinary factors that can influence any of us on the roads or by extreme, reckless behavior that should never be accepted. Some causes of motor vehicle accidents include:
- Distracted driving,
- Driver fatigue,
- Texting while driving,
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs,
- Malfunction caused by a defective component of the vehicle,
- Poor weather,
- Aggressive driving, excessive speeding, or other traffic violations,
- Poor road conditions.
FAQ: What are the different types of motor vehicle collisions?
Your motor vehicle accident can happen in any number of ways. Rear-end collisions, head-on crashes, sideswipe accidents, T-bone collisions and multi-vehicle motor vehicle accidents are among the most common types of motor vehicle collisions.
FAQ: I’ve been in a motor vehicle accident. Should I go to the doctor?
Yes. It’s important to go to the doctor after a motor vehicle accident even if you don’t think that you have been seriously hurt. In some cases, your injuries might not show up immediately. Full examination by a qualified doctor can help identify these injuries to make sure they don’t get worse. To recover under your personal injury protection (PIP) policy, you must see a doctor within 14 days of the accident under Florida law. Additionally, the insurance company might be able to claim that something else caused your injuries if you don’t see a doctor right away after the motor vehicle accident.
FAQ: Do I have to go to court if I want to recover monetary damages?
In most cases, no. Our lawyers can usually negotiate a fair settlement award without the need to go to court. Court will only be advisable in rare cases where the insurance company refuses to act reasonably. In all cases, we take your personal preferences into account in deciding whether to argue your claim in court.
FAQ: If the accident was my fault, can I still recover compensation?
Yes. You can recover coverage under your PIP insurance coverage regardless of who was at fault for the motor vehicle accident. Further, under Florida’s pure comparative negligence rule, you can recover a portion of your compensation via a personal injury claim even if you partially caused the accident. In these cases, each party to the crash will be assigned a percentage of fault. Your compensation award will be reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to you.
FAQ: How much is my motor vehicle accident case worth?
The amount of compensation that you will be entitled to receive will depend upon how serious your injuries were. There is no exact number that a lawyer can give you without first carefully reviewing the facts of your case. The worth of your motor vehicle accident will be determined based on:
- The severity of your injuries and whether they are permanent,
- Costs associated with your injury, including the cost of future physical therapy or modifications to the home that may become necessary,
- The amount of lost wages involved and whether you are able to return to work,
- The value of property damage you incurred, and
- Any other factors specifically relevant to your case, including how the accident happened and your age and medical condition prior to the accident.
FAQ: How soon do I need to bring my legal claim against the other driver?
Under the Florida statute of limitations, you have four years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim against an at-fault driver in a motor vehicle accident.
FAQ: What if the insurance company offers me a check right away?
In some cases, yes. Usually, when the insurance company offers a settlement check right away in motor vehicle cases, that check doesn’t fairly account for the compensation that you should receive. The insurance company wants to make your case go away and they know you need money now. Working with our experienced motor vehicle accident lawyers can help you get a much more fair compensation award.
FAQ: What is the other driver, who caused the accident, has no insurance?
Your own personal injury protection (PIP) coverage will provide compensation up to your policy limits under Florida’s no-fault law. You may also be able to recover compensation from an underinsured or uninsured motorist policy if you have purchased this type of coverage. Our lawyers can also help evaluate whether your injuries are serious enough to qualify to bring a personal injury lawsuit under Florida’s serious injury threshold.
FAQ: Are there parties other than the at-fault driver against whom I can take legal action?
It depends upon the circumstances surrounding the accident. For example, sometimes the at-fault driver didn’t own the vehicle and you may be able to make a claim against the owner’s insurance company. Some motor vehicle accidents have more than one contributing cause. For example, the at-fault driver may have been speeding, but a defective component in the vehicle might have also contributed to the accident. We can evaluate your case to determine all relevant causes and potentially responsible parties.
FAQ: How do I know the damages caused by my motor vehicle accident injuries?
Damages to cover the cost of your immediate medical expenses and lost wages may be fairly clear. However, the extent of the damages from motor vehicle accident injuries is likely to be much more extensive. We can work with medical experts to reach an estimate of the future cost of your treatment, as well as how the injury is likely to impact your life. For example, if medical experts believe you may be unable to work in the future, damages for your future lost earning capacity will be factored into the total cost of your motor vehicle accident injuries.
FAQ: What should I expect to happen during my lawsuit?
While no two cases are exactly the same, once we begin working on your motor vehicle accident case, you can expect that we will:
- Investigate to gather evidence about the cause of the crash and to support your claim for compensation,
- Identify all available forms of compensation, including your own insurance policy that will be the first source for compensation under Florida’s no-fault insurance law,
- File a complaint against the defendant for additional compensation, who will likely then contact their own insurance company.
After the lawsuit is filed, we enter into a phase known as “discovery” where we exchange evidence with the at-fault driver’s insurance company and attorneys and continue to work to resolve the case without a formal trial. This may mean conducting interviews with all parties to the crash that will be introduced into evidence. You may be required to submit to additional medical examinations.
If we are unable to resolve your case during pre-trial discovery, it will proceed to trial. At trial, we present our arguments and evidence in your favor for resolution by a judge or jury.
FAQ: What kind of experience does Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. have in the area of motor vehicle accident claims?
Our founding attorneys have been fighting together to protect the rights of accident victims in South Florida for the past decade. Adriana Gonzalez has successfully recovered over $30 million in compensation for South Florida motor vehicle accident victims. Charles Cartwright brings 20 years’ worth of experience advocating for client rights to the table. Importantly, Attorney Cartwright previously worked for the very insurance companies that we face off against when negotiating for your settlement award. Because of this, he knows how those companies work and uses this experience to maximize available compensation in your case.
Contact Our South Florida Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers Today
If you or a loved one have been injured in a South Florida motor vehicle accident, you don’t have to handle your claim alone. For a free initial consultation, call or contact our office today. We speak both English and Spanish fluently.