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Boca Raton has approximately 100,000 residents and is located between Delray Beach and Deerfield Beach. The Interstate-95 exits in Boca Raton are Glades Road, Yamato Road and Palmetto Park Road. Florida Atlantic University is located in Boca Raton and provides education to thousands of college students. Boca Raton has great nightlife with venues in Mizner Park and Town Center. With a large population and an influx of tourists, car accidents are common in Boca Raton. If you've been injured in a car accident, we can help you to get your life back in order. We understand how traumatizing a car accident can be for those who are injured.
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Have you been injured in a car accident in Boca Raton?
If so, you're not alone. As one of South Florida's more congested traffic areas, Boca Raton and Palm Beach County see an average of more than 10,000 vehicle injury accidents every year, with causes ranging from distracted driving to speeding to DUI. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, the impact on your life and family could be extensive, including high medical expenses, lost wages, and extended recovery times. It is important to know your rights and what steps to take to ensure your losses are covered.
If someone else's negligence caused your Boca Raton car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. The experienced Boca Raton car accident lawyers at Bottari & Doyle, P.A. can help you recover the full amount you are entitled to.
Vehicle Accident Statistics in Boca Raton and Palm Beach County
Boca Raton not only sees high volumes of tourists during peak season, but as a major business center, the city also sees huge daytime increases in traffic due to commuters. As a result, this area is ripe for vehicle collisions, many of which may cause significant injuries. According to the FLHSMV, Boca Raton and Palm Beach County saw nearly 27,000 vehicle accidents in 2019 alone—more than 11,000 of which resulted in injuries. Included among these accidents were:
- 163 collisions resulting in death
- 633 pedestrian casualties (including 43 dead)
- 428 crashes involving bicycles
- 410 crashes involving motorcycles
- 7527 hit-and-run crashes
WHO PAYS MY MEDICAL BILLS AFTER A BOCA RATON CAR ACCIDENT?
In Florida every owner of a motor vehicle is required to purchase insurance for Personal Injury Protection (PIP). This means that you are automatically covered for up to $10,000 in medical bills. However, when medical bills exceed this amount, it is important to try to obtain an additional source of insurance coverage through the at-fault party. Were you transported by ambulance to Boca Raton Regional Hospital or West Boca Medical Center? Ambulance bills and hospital bills are expensive and often exceed ten thousand dollars. This is one of the reasons why you need to hire an experienced car accident lawyer; to get your medical bills paid.
WHEN SHOULD I HIRE AN ATTORNEY AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT?
Immediately. The longer you wait to hire an attorney the more your case will suffer. This is because an auto accident lawyer has the ability to interview witnesses, take statements, secure dash cam footage and surveillance footage. These pieces of evidence can be erased or forgotten. For example, witnesses forget what happened in the car accident and traffic footage does not last forever.
ROADS IN BOCA RATON
As local residents, our car accident attorneys are familiar with all of the roads in Boca Raton, including:
- Federal Highway
- Camino Real
- Lyons Road
- Palmetto Park Road
- Yamato Road
- Butts Rd.
- Glades Road
- St. Andrews Blvd.
- Military Trail
- Powerline Road
- Dixie Highway
It is important for your car accident lawyer or their team to have the ability to travel to the location of the accident. This is because they may need to take photographs of the scene. As local lawyers, we are in close proximity to any of the roads in Boca Raton.
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SHOULD I GET A LAWYER FOR A CAR ACCIDENT THAT WASN'T MY FAULT?
Yes, accident lawyers help to get you money if you have been injured in a car accident. The law entitles you to receive money to pay for medical bills, pain and suffering and lost wages. Without an attorney, the insurance company will not pay you for the fair value of your case. The best accident attorneys will hold the insurance company's feet to the fire by aggressively pursuing maximum compensation from the insurance company for the driver who hit you.
WHAT ARE THE COMMON CAUSES OF CAR ACCIDENTS IN BOCA RATON?
Boca Raton has one of the most frequently visited beaches in South Florida—and that means high traffic from tourists and vacationers. When you add daily commuters to the mix, you have a near-perfect recipe for collisions—and in fact, they do happen by the thousands each year. Some of the most common causes of injury accidents in this area include:
Driving Too Fast. Local drivers commuting to work frequently get frustrated by the congestion and speed along high-traffic corridors to make up time--often with serious or deadly results.
Distracted driving. It's against the law in Florida to use mobile devices while driving—but that doesn't stop teens from texting behind the wheel or tourists fumbling for GPS directions.
Driving Under the Influence. Unfortunately, driving under the influence is common in Boca Raton, especially around nightlife and vacation hotspots like the downtown area, Mizner Park and along Federal Highway. A victim of a DUI crash is entitled to punitive damages to punish the driver who hit them.
Drivers should always exercise caution while driving in and around Boca Raton, but as with any other community, certain roadways and intersections are more likely to see injury accidents than others. One of Boca Raton's main roads, Palmetto Park Road is a prime area for vehicle accidents—most notably, the intersections of Military Trail and Palmetto Park Road, Lyons and Palmetto Park Road and St. Andrews Blvd. and Palmetto Park Road of which see nearly 100 crashes per year.
HOW MUCH MONEY CAN I EXPECT TO RECEIVE FROM A SETTLEMENT?
The amount of money that you can expect to receive for your injury case depends on:
- the amount of your medical bills,
- liability disputes
- the severity of your injuries and
- the amount of any available insurance policies. For example, insurance companies issue insurance policies with varying amounts ($10,000, $50,000, $100,000, $500,000, 1 million). A case with a person who needs surgery with a $100,000 insurance policy will likely result in the insurance company paying the full limits. The attorney's fees on car accident cases range from twenty five percent to forty percent of the settlement depending on if the case is in litigation.
Although car accident settlements have ranges, we know that medical bills for car accident cases in Florida are very expensive. If you were in an accident, you may have needed the following:
- Ambulance ride to Boca Raton Regional or West Boca Hospital will cost about $1,000
- Emergency Rooms visits can range from $1,000 to over $10,000
- Hospital visits in Florida cost thousands of dollars per night.
- Chiropractic and Physical Therapy treatments cost hundreds of dollars per visit.
- Surgeries may cost over $5,000.00.
Your PIP insurance only covers $10,000 of your medical bills. Even if you have health insurance, your doctor may not accept your health insurance or you may have expensive copays. Our Boca Raton car accident lawyers can help you to recover all of the money that you are owed by the insurance company to pay for your past and future medical expenses.
WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR IN A BOCA RATON CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEY?
There are many accident lawyers in the area. You should ask the attorney what percentage of their practice is devoted to car accident cases and personal injury law. It is best to hire a lawyer who devotes substantial time to injury law and auto accident cases, because they will be in a better position to know how to maximize the amount of money you will receive from the at fault driver's insurance company.
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WILL MY AUTO INSURANCE RATES INCREASE IF I MAKE A CLAIM?
If you were not substantially at fault for the accident, then your insurance rates should not go up. This isn't a guarantee, but Florida law provides guidelines that insurance companies must follow when raising premiums. If you do not have any prior accidents, and you were not at fault, then it would be illegal for the insurance company to raise your premiums. Additionally, not using your insurance is like paying for service that you never use. Florida law requires vehicle owners to buy insurance. You should use it when you need it.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR FIXING MY CAR?
You may use the at-fault driver's property damage insurance to pay to fix your car. Alternatively, you may use your own collision coverage insurance if you have it. If you choose to use your insurance, your insurance company will then get their money back from the at-fault driver's insurance. They will also attempt to get your deductible returned to you.
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WILL AN INSURANCE COMPANY PROVIDE ME WITH A RENTAL CAR?
Yes, if you were not at fault in the accident then we will arrange for the at-fault driver's insurance carrier to pay for your rental vehicle while your car is getting fixed. The rental cars are generally arranged through Enterprise and you will be able to rent the car free of charge for at least 30 days.
WHAT IF MY CAR IS DECLARED A TOTAL LOSS?
A total loss means that the insurance carrier has determined that it costs more money to fix the vehicle than the car is worth. In this scenario, the insurance carrier will issue you a check for the value of the vehicle.
WHAT TYPE OF MEDICAL TREATMENT DO PEOPLE RECEIVE AFTER BEING INJURED?
- Hospital Treatment
- Chiropractic Treatment to treat back and neck pain
- Cervical MRI or Lumbar MRI to diagnose herniated discs or bulging discs.
- Physical Therapy
- Pain Management in the form of epidural or facet injections
- Neck Surgery, Shoulder Surgery, Back Surgery, Knee Surgery
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF A LAW FIRM TRIED TO SOLICIT ME AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT?
You should call the police, because they have committed a felony. Keep their phone number. Unethical law firms or "ambulance chasers" call people who have been injured in car accidents to try to get them as clients. it is illegal for an attorney to call a prospective client. The client has to call the law firm. This illegal practice gives car accident lawyers a bad name. The people who do this are not looking out for you. They are simply trying to make money for themselves through illegal means.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO FILE A CAR ACCIDENT LAWSUIT IN FLORIDA?
A Florida car accident that does not involve a death has a four-year statute of limitations. This means that an injured person who wants to bring a negligence claim against the at-fault owner and driver has four years from the day of the accident to file a lawsuit. Failure to file a lawsuit within this period of time will prevent you from receiving compensation in your accident. You absolutely do not want to wait until this time period as almost run to bring a claim. This is because evidence may need to be preserved in your case and can easily get lost upon the passage of time.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE PERSON WHO HIT ME DOES NOT HAVE LIABILITY INSURANCE?
As scary as it may sound, Florida law does not require drivers to purchase bodily injury liability insurance. It is optional. Bodily injury coverage, or BI insurance, is supposed to pay out for both economic and non-economic damages caused by a careless driver. For example, if someone hits you who has $250,000 of bodily injury insurance, then the insurance company may have you $250,000 if you suffered severe injuries. Unfortunately, Florida has many uninsured drivers. This is why it is important to purchase uninsured motorist coverage. Uninsured motorist coverage is optional coverage that can be purchased by you from your own insurance carrier. This insurance pays for your losses if you are hit by either an uninsured driver or a driver who does not have enough bodily injury insurance to fully compensate you for your claim.
WHAT ARE THE MOST DANGEROUS ROADS IN BOCA RATON AND PALM BEACH COUNTY?
While injury accidents can occur anywhere, certain roads and intersections in Boca Raton and Palm Beach County are particularly known for being prone to accidents. Here are just a few places to exercise caution:
- North Military Trail at Okeechobee Boulevard. Widely known as the area's most dangerous intersection, it sees nearly 150 crashes a year on average.
- Glades Road at State Road 7. Another notorious spot that sees more than 100 collisions annually.
- South Military Trail at Atlantic Avenue. This intersection has seen a major spike in crashes over the last five years.
- Southern Boulevard at State Road 7. This huge shopping area is highly congested, resulting in nearly 100 crashes a year.
What to Do If You Are Injured in a Crash in Boca Raton, FL
If you are injured in a vehicle collision, the steps you take next could significantly impact both your recovery and your settlement. Follow these steps to protect yourself and your interests in the aftermath of an injury crash:
Get medical attention immediately. Call 911 and stay in place until help has arrived and law enforcement officials conduct their investigation. If possible, move your car to a safe location off the road while waiting for emergency medical technicians (EMTs) or paramedics to arrive and assess your injuries.
If you are treated and released at the scene and are not transported to a hospital, get checked by a doctor within 24 hours. Some injuries don't become evident until hours or days after the accident, and internal injuries may not display symptoms until they are quite serious.
Exchange information with the other driver. Exchange both personal contact and insurance information for follow-up later.
Document the accident as much as possible. Take photos of the damage and your injuries. Record eyewitness testimony at the scene if possible. Obtain a copy of the police report, which should be available within a few days of the accident. Keep all medical records and receipts. All this documentation builds a body of evidence to prove your personal injury claims.
Contact an experienced Boca Raton car accident lawyer. The sooner you contact an attorney, the more time they will have to investigate your claims and build a solid case on your behalf. An auto accident attorney can also help protect your rights in settlement negotiations, ensuring you receive full compensation for the harm done.
Experienced Car Accident Lawyers Serving Boca Raton, Florida
When you suffer from accident-related injuries due to someone's negligence, you may be eligible to recover significant damages, including the full cost of your medical expenses (present and future), lost wages (present and future), and compensation for pain and suffering, mental anguish, and more. An experienced car accident lawyer can help you navigate the complexities of dealing with insurance companies, hiring medical experts to assess your injuries, and filing all appropriate claims so that you receive full compensation for your damages.
WHO CAN I CALL IF I AM AT THE SCENE OF THE ACCIDENT AND I NEED MY VEHICLE TOWED?
This is a list of tow truck companies that are located in Boca Raton. We do not have any affiliation with these tow truck companies.
- Boca Raton Towing and Recovery
- Atlantic Towing and Recovery
- City Towing
- Bonnie Towing
- Westway Towing
- 55 Towing
When the tow truck driver arrives, you should tell them which auto body repair shop you want your vehicle to be taken to for repairs. It is your right to take your vehicle to the repair shop that you choose. Don't let the insurance company coerce you into using one of their preferred auto body shops if you would like to use your own shop. Additionally, your insurance policy may cover the tow fee and the tow storage fee.
HOW ELSE CAN A BOCA RATON CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER HELP ME?
- We can help you get your car fixed.
- We can help you with your medical treatment by recommending doctors to you.
- We will try to reduce any of your hospital bills or ambulance bills so that you owe less money to the hospital.
- We will identify the available insurance coverage from the at-fault driver.
- We will recover money for you for any missed time at work.
- We will work tirelessly to obtain money for you from the other driver's insurance company.
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At Bottari & Doyle Attorneys at Law, we are committed to providing our clients with one-on-one service and aggressive representation on their behalf when they need us most. We are highly experienced with the Palm Beach County court systems, and we know how to negotiate skillfully with the insurance companies to get you every dollar you deserve. When compensation is delayed or denied, our attorneys are prepared to take powerful legal action on your behalf to protect your interests. Our lawyers will work tirelessly on your behalf to make sure you are fully compensated for your injuries. Most importantly, we don't get paid until you do. For a free initial consultation, call us today at 561-588-2781.