Car Accident Lawyers West Palm Beach, FL
West Palm Beach Car Accident Lawyers Gonzalez & Cartwright Advocate for Clients’ Rights After Car Crashes
Car accidents are an extremely common cause of injuries in West Palm Beach and elsewhere in Florida, especially during the winter months when tourists who are unfamiliar with the area pack the roadways. In some cases, car accidents cannot be prevented even when drivers are cautious, and the West Palm Beach no-fault law makes it likely that injured parties will be required to resort to obtaining compensation from their own insurance companies following an accident.
In many cases, however, insurance coverage may be insufficient — especially when a negligent driver has caused an accident resulting in severe injuries. If you have sustained injuries in a car accident in West Palm Beach, FL, whether the accident involved a truck, tractor-trailer, motorcycle, or even a pedestrian, our West Palm Beach car accident lawyers are here to help you navigate the legal system to secure full and fair compensation for your injuries. The car accident lawyers at Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. are available to meet with you in our offices, in the hospital, or at your West Palm Beach home. Contact our offices today to schedule an appointment so that we can put our skills to work for you.
West Palm Beach Car Accident Cases
The West Palm Beach car accident lawyers at Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. can represent you in any type of car accident case, including the following:
- Fatal car crashes
- Taxi accidents
- Uber & Lyft accidents
- Distracted driving accidents & texting while driving accidents
- DUI accidents
- Fatigued driving accidents
- Rear-end accidents
- Whiplash injuries
- Uninsured & underinsured motorist accidents
- Vehicle rollovers
- Car accidents in construction zones
- Tire blowout accidents
Our Attorneys Skillfully Navigate the Complicated Insurance System in West Palm Beach Car Accident Cases
Florida is a no-fault state, which means that after you have been injured in a car accident in West Palm Beach, FL, you should first contact your own insurance company in order to obtain compensation for injuries or damage caused by the accident. Florida Statute 627.736 requires all drivers to purchase $10,000 in personal injury protection (PIP) coverage and $10,000 of property damage coverage. Despite the seemingly clear contours of the statute itself, many insurance companies will attempt to minimize your claim for damages or offer inappropriately low settlement offers following a car accident. Additionally, strict requirements apply in obtaining maximum insurance benefits.
Example: You were involved in a car accident and seek out medical attention. The physician initially determines that your injuries are relatively minor, such that they do not rise to the level of an “emergency medical condition” (EMC) under the Florida PIP law. Later, it becomes apparent that your injuries were more severe and long-lasting, potentially qualifying as an EMC. The insurance company can argue that your right to compensation is limited to $2,500 under the law, which requires an EMC diagnosis for full access to your $10,000 PIP coverage.
The definition of EMC under Florida law is relatively vague, allowing room for our attorneys to argue that you are entitled to the full $10,000 in PIP benefits. Even if your injury would qualify as an EMC, a West Palm Beach physician may not understand the importance of noting that in your medical records, leaving room for the insurance companies to argue against full coverage. We have over 15 years of experience working with the insurance companies—experience that helps us understand the strategies that the insurance company is likely to employ to reduce its liability exposure. As a result, we are better able to counter these arguments and successfully secure maximum compensation for our clients’ car accident injuries.
Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. Will Fight to Secure Compensation After Your West Palm Beach Car Accident
At Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., our attorneys have been successfully protecting the rights of our clients in West Palm Beach for over a decade, and we have a combined 35 years of experience navigating issues surrounding insurance claims. We are committed to our clients and our community, and we pride ourselves in offering personalized attention to each and every one of our clients in car accident cases. Our attorneys are especially committed to ensuring that you understand what will happen during the course of your West Palm Beach auto accident case, and we will keep you apprised of your case progress every step of the way.
Our dedication to our clients and the community as a whole shines through in our reputation throughout the local community in West Palm Beach, FL. We are proud to offer a safe and secure office environment where our clients can feel comfortable seeking out legal guidance, regardless of their immigration status or ability to speak English. Our attorneys are present in the courtroom and negotiations, and we are also actively involved in supporting the health and well-being of our community as a whole, whether through participation in clean-up efforts or by volunteering for the Hispanic Education Coalition and other grassroots community organizations throughout West Palm Beach, Florida. Importantly, our dedication to both clients and the community has helped us gain the trust of our clients, allowing for more effective and open communication. This has led to greater success in maximizing compensation awards for our clients.
Contact Our West Palm Beach Lawyers to Schedule a Free Consultation About Your Car Accident Claim
Even if your West Palm Beach car accident case initially appears to be straightforward, unforeseen complications often arise in establishing liability and securing compensation, and our attorneys are here to help. Florida no-fault insurance laws can also add complications that require expert legal advice. Contact our offices at 561-533-0345, or toll-free at 888-888-3903, to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced West Palm Beach car accident attorney today. Our offices are fully bilingual, so you can rest assured that you will be able to effectively communicate the events of the accident to your attorney. Our main office is conveniently located at 813 Lucerne Avenue, Lake Worth, FL 33460.
About West Palm Beach, FL
West Palm Beach is a waterfront community located in Palm Beach County, Florida. In recent years, our year-round warm weather has caused the population to increase dramatically—by 7.9 percent between 2010 and 2016—leading to increased traffic on the roadways. West Palm Beach is the oldest incorporated municipality in the Miami area, and it is located about 68 miles north of Miami. Like most of South Florida, West Palm Beach was initially discovered by the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon, but the English gained control of the area by 1763. West Palm Beach was settled in the late 1870s and 1880s by a group of settlers who referred to the area as “Lake Worth Country.” Since then, the temperate weather and beautiful beaches have attracted thousands of settlers and tourists to the area. The Hispanic community in West Palm Beach has also grown exponentially, and, based on 2010 census figures, comprises 22.6 percent of the population as a whole.
The primary mode of transportation in West Palm Beach is motor vehicles, and busy highways such as U.S. 1 and Interstate 95 bisect the region. The Florida Turnpike also passes through West Palm Beach, contributing to traffic density in the area. Because of the prevalence of high volume roadways in West Palm Beach, car accidents are frequent.
Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. has offices in the downtown Lake Worth area, and we are able to travel throughout the West Palm Beach area to discuss your car accident case. Contact our offices today if you have been injured in a car accident and would like to speak to an attorney.