Boca Raton Car Accident Attorneys

The average person will get into a car accident approximately every 18 years. While many of these accidents are minor fender benders, it’s impossible to predict when a major car accident will occur. Even if you’re a careful driver that follows all the rules of the road, it’s impossible to avoid dangerous accidents altogether. 

Car accidents result in minor to severe injuries, both resulting in high medical debt that will continue to accumulate, as many car accident injuries require long-time care. While debt is often the main concern, car accidents also cause high stress, which is why it’s important to hire an experienced car accident attorney from the beginning. 

If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident in Boca Raton, our talented team of attorneys is here to help. To schedule a free case evaluation, contact us online or call us at 561-293-2600.

When Should I File A Lawsuit for my Boca Raton Car Accident?

In Florida, you have two years from the date of your car accident to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party and their insurance company. However, we recommend filing a lawsuit as soon as possible so that the information is still fresh in your mind. Our team of attorneys will help you file a claim with your insurance company and speak to the at-fault party’s insurance company on your behalf. When it’s time to file your lawsuit, we’ll help with that too. 

Causes Of Boca Raton Car Accidents

In the state of Florida, there were 401,532 car accidents in 2021, resulting in 252,974 injuries and 3,736 fatalities. Many of these accidents were caused by negligence. Negligence refers to a breach in the duty of care drivers owe to each other as soon as they get behind the wheel. By breaching this duty, car accidents can occur and, as a result, injuries or death. There are many actions that are considered negligent behavior, including: 

  • Speeding
  • Running red lights or stop signs
  • Aggressive driving or road rage
  • Distracted driving
  • Driving under the influence
  • Fatigue or drowsy driving
  • Failure to properly maintain vehicle

Common Types Of Car Accidents

The type of car accident can determine what types of injuries may occur and how severe they may be. While many types of accidents can cause similar injuries (such as traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injuries), some injury types are more common amongst certain accident types (such as crushing injuries and t-bone accidents). 

  • Rear-end accidents are fairly common and tend to cause back, neck, and head injuries. Whiplash is especially common. Rear-end accidents typically occur at stop lights or stop signs when the following driver isn’t paying attention. They may also occur at higher speeds when the following driver is following too closely and doesn’t have the time to adapt to a change in traffic conditions. 
  • Head-on collisions occur because of a wrong-way driver and can cause severe injuries of all kinds at high speeds. Wrong-way drivers are often impaired or inexperienced. 
  • Side-impact crashes or t-bone collisions occur when one vehicle impacts the side of another vehicle, forming a “T” shape. Either driver can be at-fault for these types of accidents. They usually occur at intersections when one driver isn’t paying attention or is speeding to make it through a light. These accidents can cause severe injuries, such as crushing injuries, especially if the impacted driver’s vehicle is pinned to another vehicle or building. 
  • Rollovers occur when a driver takes a turn too fast, causing their vehicle to flip. Rollover accidents are especially dangerous, as they can pin or strike other vehicles in the process of flipping, causing severe damage because of the force of the vehicle. 
  • Sideswipe collisions occur when one vehicle swipes the side of another, usually because the at-fault driver is improperly changing lanes or driving aggressively.

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Injuries From a Boca Raton, Florida Car Accident

Car accidents can result in a variety of different injuries ranging from minor to severe. However, even “minor” injuries can be a headache, causing chronic pain and requiring long-term care. More severe injuries may require long-term hospitalization, multiple surgeries, the use of a wheelchair or other mobility aid, and even the alteration of one’s home to account for changes to mobility. 

Common car accident injuries include whiplash, soft tissue damage, cuts, bruises, and broken bones. In more severe accidents, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, burns, amputation, or internal damage may occur. The more severe an injury is, the higher the medical debt is likely to be. For severe injuries or injuries that result in high debt, it’s especially important to hire an experienced attorney. 

What Should I Do After A Car Accident?

If you’ve been involved in a car accident, the first thing you should do is contact the police. If someone is severely injured or unresponsive, you should call 911. Once ambulances arrive, they’ll take away anyone who requires immediate care, and medics will evaluate those who may not need immediate care. If you’re able, here are a few things you should do while waiting for the police and ambulances to arrive after a car accident

  1. Take pictures and video at the scene, including pictures of your vehicle, other involved vehicles, and the surrounding area. You should also take note of any security cameras or businesses that may have security cameras in the area for later use. 
  2. Speak to any witnesses and collect their contact information. Encourage them to stick around and speak to the police when they arrive. A police report with a witness statement on your side is powerful evidence. 
  3. Give the police your statement when they arrive. Once they okay you to leave the scene, you should seek immediate medical attention even if the EMTs didn’t deem it necessary. Some injuries may not be visible right away, only beginning to cause pain as adrenaline fades. 
  4. Don’t talk to the insurance companies! First, contact Osborne & Francis to discuss your case. Hiring an attorney before speaking with the insurance companies will help protect you from accidentally damaging your case. 

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Contact A Boca Raton Car Accident Attorney At Osborne & Francis

If you’ve been involved in a car accident in Boca Raton, contacting Osborne & Francis should be your next step. We’ll take the stress off your shoulders, dealing with insurance companies on your behalf and negotiating to get you the most compensation for your damages. To schedule a free case evaluation, please contact us online or at 561-293-2600.

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