Delray Beach Car Accidents Lawyer
What should you know about car accidents in Delray Beach and throughout the state of Florida? Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) provides the following facts and figures about car crashes in the state:
- 403,626 traffic crashes occurred in Florida in 2018;
- Average of 1,106 collisions every day in the state;
- In 2018, FLHSMV reported a total of 3,135 fatalities and 236,157 nonfatal injuries;
- Of the nonfatal injuries recorded, 19,196 were classified as incapacitating;
- Alcohol was a confirmed factor in more than 12 percent of reported fatal collisions; and
- Almost 10 percent of drivers involved in collisions were teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19.
Different Types of Delray Beach Auto Accident Cases
Delray Beach auto accidents can have many different causes, although most of them result from human error. The following are examples of some common types of car crash claims we handle in Florida:
- Distracted driving cases;
- Drunk or intoxicated driving accidents;
- Aggressive driving and road rage collisions;
- Drowsy or fatigued driving crashes;
- Intersection accidents;
- Parking lot collisions;
- Head-on crashes;
- Rear-end collisions;
- Highway pileup accidents; and
- Rollover accidents.
Accidents can vary widely in terms of severity, and we can help you to seek compensation for a variety of injuries in motor vehicle collisions.
Insurance Claims Versus Lawsuits in a Delray Beach Car Crash
Florida is a “no fault” state for auto insurance law purposes. What does this mean for an injured driver? Most car accident claims will start with an insurance claim through the injured party’s personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. If insurance coverage is insufficient to cover your losses, it may be possible to file a car accident lawsuit.
In order to file a car accident lawsuit, you will need to be able to show that you have a “serious injury” in order to meet the serious injury threshold in Florida.
Statute of Limitations in a Delray Beach Motor Vehicle Accident Lawsuit
Every car accident lawsuit will have a statute of limitations, which is the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit. Under Florida law, most car accident lawsuits will have a four-year statute of limitations. This means that your lawsuit will most likely need to be filed within four years from the date of the car accident.
While four years might seem like a lengthy period, time can go by quickly. You do not want to miss the window to file your lawsuit.
Motor vehicle collisions often occur because of a motorist’s negligence. If another driver’s careless or reckless behavior behind the wheel caused an accident in which you suffered serious injuries, you deserve to seek financial compensation for your losses. One of the aggressive Delray Beach car accident lawyers at our firm can talk to you today about options for seeking compensation. Contact Smith, Ball & Báez Injury Lawyers to learn more about the services we provide to injured plaintiffs and their families throughout Florida.
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