Palm Beach County continues to grow, bringing in more residents, businesses, and visitors every year. According to the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the population of Palm Beach County is estimated to add 250,000 new residents over the next decade.
Along with increased growth brings more traffic and the potential for more traffic accidents. Negligent drivers, improper signage, and road debris can all be causes of automobile accidents which lead to serious injuries and vehicle damage. Experienced West Palm Beach personal injury attorney, Matthew Waring, at Waring Law can help injured drivers and passengers recover compensation for their losses.
West Palm's Most Dangerous Intersections
While car, truck, and motorcycle accidents can happen anywhere, there are certain intersections that have higher rates of serious accidents. According to the Palm Beach County Engineering and Public Works Department, some of Palm Beach County's most dangerous intersections are in Boca Raton. In a 2018 study, the #2 and #10 most dangerous intersections were:
- Glades Road and State Road 7 (118 Crashes)
- Glades Road and Airport Road (86 Crashes)
Other dangerous intersections for auto accidents in Palm Beach County include:
- Jog Road and Yamato Road
- Lyons Road and Glades Road
- Military Trail and Palmetto Park Road
Common Causes of Motor Vehicle Accidents in West Palm Beach
There are a number of common causes of auto accidents in West Palm Beach. With the traffic and long waits at intersections, many drivers speed into the intersection to try and make a light as it changes from yellow to red. Other drivers may be pulling out of a parking lot too slowly and into the road where cars do not have enough time to safely slow down. Other causes of car accidents may include:
- Reckless driving
- Texting and driving
- Aggressive driving
- Drunk driving
- Failing to stop at a signal
- Failure to yield right of way
- Failure to signal a lane change
- Driving too fast for rainy or stormy conditions
- Vehicle defects
- Unsafe road conditions
- Road debris
- Poor road signage
- Pedestrians running out in the road
- Cyclists not following traffic laws
NOTE: Snow is obviously not one of the common causes for better or worse.
Speaking of no-snow, West Palm Beach gets a lot of tourist visitors in rental cars every year. These visitors may not be familiar with the local roads, driving conditions, speed limits, or traffic signals. Shoppers leaving the Town Center or Rosemary Square may be pulling out onto the road while trying to map their way back to their hotels, creating a traffic hazard by taking their eyes off the road.
Families visiting Jonathan Dickinson State Park or South Beach Park and may be driving home from the beach, trying to calm down tired and hungry children which distracts them from the traffic ahead and increasing the risk of a rear-end accident. There are also tons of cyclists in the areas around of Western Palm Beach County and they are frequently the victims of car accidents in West Palm Beach..
What To Do After a Car Accident in West Palm Beach?
After a car accident, drivers should call the police and try and get their vehicle off the road. After talking to the police, drivers and passengers should consider getting medical attention. Many auto accident injuries appear minor at first but get worse over time. Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance will most likely cover the cost of an ambulance so it may be better to make sure you are okay after an accident instead of taking a chance that it could be something more serious or permanent.
If you or a family member suffered an injury after an accident, speak to a West Palm Beach car accident lawyer. Instead of dealing with the insurance company yourself, your lawyer will be able to talk to the insurance company to make sure you get the full compensation to cover your injuries.
Your insurance company may try and get away with paying as little as possible, including trying to get you to accept a smaller settlement offer in exchange for giving up your rights to take your case to court. Before signing any settlement, make sure you understand your rights and what you might be giving up by accepting the insurance company's first offer.
Who is at Fault in a Car Accident in West Palm Beach, Florida?
Florida is considered a “no-fault” state for some car accidents. Drivers are required to carry PIP insurance and after an accident, drivers file a claim under their own PIP plan for compensation. However, in some cases, the injury victim can file a claim against the other driver for damages.
The driver who was at fault in a car accident may be liable for damages in more serious injury accidents. Under Florida Statute 627.737, “a plaintiff may recover damages in tort for pain, suffering, mental anguish, and inconvenience because of bodily injury, sickness, or disease arising out of,” a car accident where the injury involves:
- Significant and permanent loss of an important bodily function.
- Permanent injury within a reasonable degree of medical probability, other than scarring or disfigurement.
- Significant and permanent scarring or disfigurement.
When the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office write out an accident scene investigation report, they may indicate who they believe to be at fault for the accident. However, the police report conclusion does not always hold up in court. The other driver may have lied about the cause of the accident or the officer got the facts wrong. You may still be able to win your case by showing evidence at trial that you were not entirely at fault, even if the police report says you caused the accident. Talk to your car accident lawyer about challenging the police report in your case.
Damages in Car Accidents
Damages available in a car accident claim may depend on the seriousness of the injuries and type of damage. Under Florida law, damages in a car accident may include:
- Medical and hospital bills
- Lost wages
- Loss of future income
- Vehicle replacement or repair
- Pain and suffering
Fatal Auto Accidents in West Palm Beach
After a fatal car accident, friends and family members may want to hold the person who caused the accident responsible for their actions. Negligent drivers who cause the death of a driver, passenger, or pedestrian after an accident should be held accountable to make sure they do not another deadly crash in the future.
A wrongful death claim allows the heirs of a person who passed away to seek financial compensation against those who caused the person's death. After a deadly car accident in Florida, the family can sue to recover money from the driver who caused the accident and the insurance company. If you have a loved one who passed away in a car accident and want answers, Matthew Waring at Waring Law will be happy to speak with you by text or phone at Tel:(561)-382-6860 today.
West Palm Beach Car Accident Attorney
When looking for the right auto accident lawyer to handle your case, it can be helpful to have a local attorney who is familiar with the local roads, driving conditions, and dangerous intersections in Palm Beach County. Waring Law is located on Camino Gardens Boulevard in Boca Raton, just west of South Dixie Highway but Matthew will come to you if you are injured.
If you've been in a car accident in West Palm Beach, it is important that you contact an experienced attorney right away. At Waring Law, the attorney – not paralegals – will personally oversee and develop your case. We offer free consultations and there are never any fees or costs unless and until Waring Law recovers money for your injuries. Join the fight against delay and contact Waring Law today.