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A: Highway hypnosis-also known as white line fever or driving without paying attention-is a condition where a driver will have gotten into his car and driven from A to B without any recollection of making the journey. As its name suggests, it is a common occurrence on Florida expressways and other areas where people can drive for long periods of time without stopping, turning, or having any breaks from driving continuously.
The reason drivers are able to “drown out” car journeys has to do with the brain’s ability to multitask. When the driver is preoccupied by his thoughts, his brain directs his body to complete the tasks of driving without the driver really paying any attention.Most of the journey is completed through muscle memory-the feeling of putting the car in gear and moving your right foot back and forth-and subconscious triggers rather than a fully conscious state. This inattention to the road can have serious consequences in West Palm Beach car accidents.Distracted drivers often suffer slower braking, diminished stopping distances and less ability to make quick decisions on the road. If you or someone you love was injured in a Florida auto accident, contact the trusted West Palm Beach car accident attorneys at Fetterman & Associates, PA today at 561-983-4771.
A: All parents know that children are constantly in danger. Not only do they need to be protected from strangers and sharp objects, but the simple act of walking down a sidewalk can prove fatal for a child. Over 600 children are killed every year in pedestrian accidents in the U.S. The best method for fighting this trend is by teaching children the biggest risks when walking near roads in West Palm Beach (and how to avoid them):
- Use the crosswalk. There are usually crosswalks in designated school areas, but tend to get further and further apart in rural areas. Mid-block crossings are a common site of pedestrian accidents, since children will often dash across a road rather than walk to a safe crossing.
- Look both ways at driveways. Children may look both ways when crossing a road, but almost never do the same with driveways. Unfortunately, many drivers won’t bother to look either, resulting in back-over accidents or broken bones.
- Make a plan. You can greatly reduce your child’s risk by planning a consistent route to and from school that has adequate sidewalks, a good distance from the road, and neighbors along the path where children can go to get help if one of their friends is in an accident.
If your child has been injured in a West Palm Beach Pedestrian Accident, we can help get you compensation for their suffering. Call Fetterman & Associates, PA today at 561-983-4771.
A: You may think that since you weren’t hit by a car, you’re the only one who could possibly be responsible for your bicycle accident in West Palm Beach. But the truth is, many non-vehicular bike accidents in Florida are caused by negligence, and cyclists often don’t realize that their accident was someone else’s fault. Here are just a few parties that could be responsible for your Florida bicycle accident: Here are just a few parties that could be responsible for your Florida bicycle accident:
- Roadway officials. If your accident was caused by a pothole, gravel, oil spill or other unsafe roadway condition, city maintenance officials could be liable for your injury.
- Private property owners. If the accident took place on private property, the owner could be responsible if he neglected to maintain proper upkeep and maintenance on the premises.
- Public walking/riding areas. Public walkways are required to be safe for pedestrians and cyclists, including clearing fallen branches, mending broken sidewalks and trimming foliage for clear sight around corners.
- Construction companies who do not take proper care of fallen debris, dangerous fluids, heavy equipment or exposed wires in construction areas can easily cause injury to a passing cyclist.
- Bicycle manufacturers, retailers, or repair shops. If your accident was caused by the bike itself-due to malfunctioning parts, accessories or improper repair, the proprietor may be liable for damages.
If you have suffered an injury due to a West Palm Beach bike accident, contact Fetterman & Associates, PA today for a free consultation at 561-983-4771.
A: When a pedestrian is struck by a car in West Palm Beach, the injuries are often life-altering. We know that the pedestrian is at a much higher risk of injury than the driver, since he lacks protection from the impact.Unfortunately, the risks run even higher depending on the type of car that hits you.Since most pedestrians are hit head-on, the front of the vehicle plays a large part in the pedestrian’s injuries. For example:
- Pedestrians are usually not hit once, but make contact with the car at several points. Most victims will first be struck by the front bumper.
- If the car has a higher hood, the victim often falls forward, hitting his head before falling to the ground.
- If the car is lower, the victim will often have his leg swept out by the impact, falling sideways onto the car and potentially hitting his head on the windshield.
- A truck or SUV, which rides higher on the road, has a greater potential for damaging a victim’s hip joint. Speeding SUVs also have a greater potential to cause serious injury due to their increased weight.
- A bumper strike affects adults and children differently: adults will often be struck in the knee, but children will commonly be hit in the torso.
Some manufacturers are taking pedestrians into consideration when designing new cars, opting for rounded hoods and “bounce back” bumpers to reduce injury upon impact. We can only hope that the number of pedestrian fatalities continues its downward trend, but in the meantime, we can help those suffering from these injuries gets the compensation they deserve.
Call Fetterman & Associates, PA today at (866)-865-1244 for a free consultation in your West Palm Beach pedestrian accident case.
A: According to Florida traffic laws, vehicles that are approaching a red light “shall stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then before entering the intersection.”It may seem unlikely that injuries can happen when all vehicles are supposed to be at a complete stop. Unfortunately, red lights are a common site of Florida auto accidents-many of which could be prevented if drivers practiced a little extra road safety.A few factors that can cause intersection accidents in West Palm Beach include:
- Speeding. Some motorists believe that a yellow light is a signal to speed up, in order to make it through the intersection without waiting. What they do not realize is that entering an intersection at a high speed is not only more likely to cause an accident, but will increase the injuries that result due to higher impact.
- Traffic convergence. Stop lights are simply a way to allow drivers to take turns getting from point A to point B safely. However, the sudden influx of cross traffic on a straight road can cause drivers to become impatient, causing late-braking and tailgating collisions.
- Mixed commuters. Red light accidents can be particularly deadly for residents using alternative transportation. Bikers and pedestrians are commonly hit by drivers running red lights or speeding around a corner too quickly to check for people in the crosswalk.
If someone you love was injured in a Florida car accident, don’t wait. Get help today by calling Fetterman & Associates, PA at 561-983-4771.
A: Car accidents due to flooding in West Palm Beach can be hard to unravel. On one hand, you have the damage done by the water-on another, the damage done by passing drivers attempting to ford the roadway. So, are you liable for all of these damages or none of them? Parties who could be responsible for your vehicle’s damage after a Florida auto accident include:
- Your car insurance. Even if you weren’t struck by another motorist, you may sustain flood damage to your car from fallen tree limbs or debris carried by fast-moving waters. Check your insurance policy to see if flood damage is covered.
- The “at-fault” driver. Many cars become stranded in rising water and are unable to move out of the way of traffic. Some have even had to abandon their vehicles to escape drowning, only to be told by their insurance carrier that they were at fault in the accident because they left their cars in the roadway.
- The car company. If your accident was caused because of a defect in the car’s steering or electrical system, you may be able to seek compensation from the manufacturer for putting you at risk.
Since people will not often think of flooding while buying insurance, they may be automatically “opted out” of this type of coverage. This can cause headaches later when you try to collect on a claim that should rightfully be covered.
If you are having problems with your insurance company after a Florida car accident, contact Fetterman & Associates, PA today at 561-983-4771.
A: Although it seems like a fairly simple action, left turns are some of the most dangerous maneuvers a truck can make. Hundreds of Florida truck accidents occur every year as a result of a truck driver failing to complete a successful left-hand turn at an intersection. There are several reasons West Palm Beach intersection accidents are particularly deadly. First, when a truck turns left, it needs much more space and turning radius than when turning right. Also, the trucker’s field of vision is diminished in a left turn, and semis have a long blind spot on their left side that cars can often get caught in. Lastly, turning to the left requires turning across the oncoming traffic lane and a crosswalk-both potential dangers in the path of a two-ton semi. Truckers turning left must always signal their turns and take extra care to avoid pedestrians and cyclists in the crosswalks. If a truck driver caused an accident with an improper turn-such as speeding to turn before the light turned red or not checking to ensure traffic was clear-you may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries. Contact a trusted West Palm Beach truck accident attorney at Fetterman & Associates, PA for more information at 561-983-4771.
A: Emotions can run high after a Florida car crash. The best way to ensure that everyone walks away from the accident is to stay calm and keep your head clear.Unfortunately, people driving while angry or under stress can overreact to the situation, going so far as to confront or even attack the other driver.If an aggressive driver in West Palm Beach tries to confront you after an accident:DO NOT:
Roll the windows down or exit your car.
Yell back, or make offensive gestures that will escalate the situation.
Lock your doors.
Call 911 and show him the phone, indicating that help is on the way.
Leave the scene if you feel that your safety is threatened, such as if the other driver has a gun or picks up a blunt object that could break your windows.
For more advice on Florida car accidents, including a free consultation on your case, call the trusted West Palm Beach auto accident lawyers at Fetterman & Associates, PA at 561-983-4771.
A: It can be hard to tell a parent that it’s time to hang up their keys. Seniors are afraid to lose their autonomy, and losing the ability to drive may signal a loss of freedom. However, it’s easier to have a conversation about driving than it is to risk your loved one’s life in a Florida car accident.Some signs that your elderly relative should no longer be driving in Pam Beach, include:
Difficulty reading. If your father frequently mistakes the salt for the sugar or the toothpaste for the hand cream, he may have difficulty reading labels. If he has trouble with words in front of him, those on billboards or road signs will prove even more difficult.
Blaming inanimate objects. Many seniors are afraid that they will lose their rights as they get older. They may find that blaming mistakes on inanimate objects, such as sidewalks, signposts, or even the car itself, can excuse the mistake without calling attention to who was really at fault.
Senility. All too often, caring relatives will miss the signs of mental degeneration. If your father calls you by the wrong name, cannot recall easy information, or becomes easily frustrated, he could be a danger behind the wheel.
We all want the best for the people who raised us. In some cases, that might mean keeping your parent from hurting himself-or someone else-by driving while impaired.
For more advice on Florida car wrecks, contact a trusted West Palm Beach personal injury attorney at Fetterman & Associates, PA. Call (866)-865-1244
A: A vehicle’s speed is a common contributing factor in a West Palm Beach car accident, but it’s also the easiest factor to control. Studies have shown that decreasing speed, even one mile an hour, will decrease the accident rate as much as 4% before any other factors are even considered, such as weather, road conditions and time of day.How can a speeding driver affect your auto accident case?
Higher injuries. Since speeding cars take much more force to stop, the accidents they cause often inflict much more damage to Florida car accident victims.
Shows recklessness. A driver that ignores speeding regulations may ignore other rules, such as talking on a cell phone, running red lights, or forgoing car insurance.
Aggressive or impaired driving. By speeding, a driver is demonstrating poor judgment. This could be an effect of driving while tired, stressed, or even under the influence.
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Since the injury rate is higher in high-speed crashes, a collision with a speeding driver could result in higher compensation in your case. To find out, call Fetterman & Associates, PA today at 561-983-4771.
A: A broken collarbone, or clavicle, is a common Florida motorcycle injury. The collarbone may fracture when a rider holds out his arms to prevent a fall or as his shoulder makes contact with the pavement. Some of the symptoms of a broken clavicle include:
Limited ability to move arm or shoulder
A lump or bruise over the collarbone
Visible protrusion under the skin
A “snap” sound as the bone breaks
A broken collarbone can be extremely painful, and requires medical attention immediately following the crash. Common treatments include x-rays and restrained movement, usually involving a sling for the affected arm to allow the bones to knit.
If you have sustained an injury that resulted in costly medical treatment, contact Fetterman & Associates, PA today for advice from an experienced West Palm Beach accident attorney. Call 561-983-4771.
A: Several studies have shown that texting or using electronic devices, also known as distracted driving, could actually be more dangerous than drunk driving. Distracted drivers showed slower response times and more erratic patterns than drunk drivers, yet cell phone use and texting while driving currently remains legal in the state of Florida.So what can YOU do to avoid a West Palm Beach distracted driving accident?
Turn off your cell phone so that you are not tempted to use it during drive time.
Get directions for your route ahead of time. If they are printed, read them several times before setting off.
Plug in and adjust your hands-free device before the car is in motion.
Secure children and pets in proper restraints, making sure all mirrors are visible.
Report distracted driving behaviors the same as you would any other reckless driving offense.
While several pieces of legislation have been drafted to combat distracted driving, none have made it on the books as of 2010. It is up to all drivers to reduce the amount of distractions in their own vehicles—and therefore reduce the amount of distracted drivers on the road. If a driver on a cell phone caused injury to someone you love, get advice from an experienced Port St Lucie car crash attorney. Call Fetterman & Associates, PA today at 561-983-4771.
A: Car accidents in West Palm Beach can frequently result in pelvic fractures. These injuries frequently involve extensive care, recuperation and treatment—which can result in costly medical bills piling up while you are out of work.If you or a loved one are experiencing any of the common symptoms and signs of pelvic fracture due to a West Palm Beach car accident, it is important to contact an experienced West Palm Beach car accident attorney. You May Be Due Compensation for Your Injuries
Florida car accidents can be complex; liability may be assigned to multiple parties, including the other driver, insurance companies, and even manufacturing companies.If your pelvic fracture due to a West Palm Beach car accident was the result of another driver’s negligence, you could be due compensation. Speak with an experienced car accident attorney to ascertain your rights today. We’re Here to Help
Dealing with pelvic fractures due to a Florida car accident can have a devastating effect on resources. If you have fallen victim to a pelvic fracture due to a Florida car crash, contact Fetterman & Associates, PA at 561-983-4771.
A: Severe injuries – such as head injuries – are quite common in West Palm Beach motorcycle accidents. If you have sustained a head injury from a serious motorcycle accident in West Palm Beach, you must contact a West Palm Beach personal injury attorney immediately. The treatment for head injuries or traumatic brain injuries due to motorcycle accidents are costly, including CT and MRI scans and anti-convulsion medication. The bills from such procedures, medications, and treatments may add up quickly. In addition, you may be facing lost wages due to time out of work or incapacitation in relation to your regular duties or activities. You May Due Compensation
Factors in West Palm Beach motorcycle accidents are complex; multiple parties may be found liable, including (but not limited to) the other driver, insurance companies, property owners, and manufacturing companies. In addition, insurance companies are usually out to get you to settle for the least amount possible, which may not cover all of your expenses. It is vital to contact an experienced West Palm Beach Accident attorney to ensure that you are pursing the right channels for compensation and relief for your medical bills. Don’t Face Medical Bills and Insurance Companies Alone
If you have sustained a head injury due to a serious motorcycle accident, you need the right legal expertise in your corner. If you have experienced a loss due to a serious motorcycle accident, contact Fetterman & Associates, PA at 561-983-4771.
A: Head-on Collisions are some of the most deadly kinds of car accidents in Port St. Lucie, usually resulting in serious injuries from both initial and subsequent impacts. Common injuries from head-on collisions in Port St. Lucie include cuts from broken glass, neck and head injuries, as well as broken bones.There can be numerous factors and causes behind your head-on collision; thus, establishing your Florida car accident injury case is not usually a simplistic task. It is important to speak to an experienced Port St. Lucie car accident lawyer to ensure that your rights are represented and medical bills and expenses are covered.If you or a loved one has fallen victim to injuries or death due to a serious Florida head-on collision, contact Fetterman & Associates, PA at 561-983-4771. Their dedicated professionals are standing by to ensure you get the answers and compensation you and your loved ones deserve.
A: Governor Charlie Christ promised to sign a Florida ban on text messaging, but no distracted driving legislation succeeded during 2010. In 2009, Florida legislature also rejected bills that would limit drivers’ use of cell phones and text messaging devices. More than a dozen vehicle safety bills regarding talking and texting have been under consideration in the past several years. Texting while driving has been conclusively linked to car accidents and fatalities in West Palm Beach. If you have been involved with a car accident due to a driver distracted by texting, contact an experienced West Palm Beach car accident attorney immediately. Although all attempts to pass such a bill have recently failed, state representatives say that the statistics linking text messaging to car accidents and fatalities in Florida are too overwhelming to ignore and that they will be back with another piece of legislation that will address text messaging while driving.If you or someone you know has experienced loss from a texting-related car accident in Florida, contact a West Palm Beach car accident attorney at Fetterman & Associates, PA. Our dedicated and experienced professionals will help you sort through the fear and confusion that often accompanies a devastating car accident and ensure that you get the compensation and protection you deserve.
A: Pure comparative negligence is a partial legal defense which reduces the amount of damages that you can recover in a Florida car crash. Essentially, it means that the compensation for your injuries will be diluted by the percentage in which you are found to be at fault for your Florida car accident.For example, if you are in an accident with another vehicle and are determined to be 10% at fault, your compensation will be diluted by 10%; therefore, if your case is worth $100,000, you will only receive $90,000. This rule applies at all percentages.Because determination of fault is something that is subjective, you could end up being blamed for more of a percentage than you actually contributed. This is why it is especially important to work with a Florida accident attorney who is experienced in handling these types of cases.If you have been injured in a Florida auto accident, contact Fetterman & Associates, PA at 561-983-4771.
A: So long as this Florida auto accident was not your fault, the driver of the other vehicle should be held liable for damages. This is where a police report is crucial to your case. A police report will not only list the cause and fault of the accident, but it will also include the name and information of the driver responsible. If you do not have an accurate police report, your claim could be in jeopardy.Insurance adjusters are notorious for trying to place the blame elsewhere and not pay you what you rightfully deserve. This is a complicated case with many different factors involved. It would be in your best interest to consult with an attorney to ensure you receive the compensation to which you are entitled.To schedule a FREE consultation with a West Palm Beach car crash lawyer, contact Fetterman & Associates, PA at 561-983-4771.
A: Jaywalking is a commonly used term that refers to crossing a street in a manner that violates traffic laws, such as crossing a street mid-block, or acting in a reckless manner, such as crossing in front of vehicles and disregarding traffic signals. While walking recklessly is illegal, crossing between signals is allowable in certain circumstances.The Florida Department of Transportation states that pedestrians may cross mid-block under the following circumstances:
Pedestrians may cross mid-block if the nearest intersection does not have a traffic signal.
Pedestrians may not cross between adjacent signalized intersections.
Pedestrians must yield to all vehicles on the roadway.
Pedestrians must cross at right angles to the roadway, or by the shortest route possible to reach the opposite side.
If you have been seriously injured in a Florida pedestrian car crash, you need to seek legal counsel. Contact a West Palm Beach car crash lawyer at Fetterman & Associates, PA at 561-983-4771.
A: If you were riding in a car that has been involved in a Florida auto accident, you are eligible to receive compensation for your injuries. In most cases, the process is essentially the same as if you were operating the vehicle. Since Florida is a no-fault state, your insurer (in this case, the driver’s insurer) will be responsible to provide compensation for your injuries regardless of who is determined to be at fault in the accident. However, please be aware that the insurance company is not going to willingly hand you over all the money you may need to take care of your medical needs, especially if the injuries you sustained are severe or life-long. In this case, the insurance company may offer you a payout that they claim will cover your injuries. Although this may seem tempting, DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING until you consult with a West Palm Beach accident attorney about your injuries.
A: If the road you are traveling on has sidewalks, either on both sides or only on one side, you must walk along the sidewalk. It is acceptable to walk on either side of the road as well as with or against traffic as a sidewalk separates you from the vehicles on the roadway.It is only permissible to walk along a roadway when sidewalks are not provided. In that instance, you should walk along the shoulder on the LEFT side of the road, AGAINST the flow of traffic. Stay as far to the side of the road as possible in order to allow adequate room for oncoming vehicles to pass.Please keep in mind that this direction is the opposite of cyclists, who are required to ride along the RIGHT side of the road, WITH the flow of traffic.If you have been injured in a Florida pedestrian accident, contact a West Palm Beach accident attorney at Fetterman & Associates, PA.
A: In Florida, it is illegal to ride your bicycle against traffic. Not only does this extremely dangerous act increase your likelihood of being involved in a Florida car crash, but you will also be ticketed for a moving volition if you are caught riding the wrong way.A bicycle is legally defined as a vehicle and has the same rights as any other vehicle on the roadway. Along with these rights comes the responsibility to obey all traffic laws including stopping for stop signs and stoplights, riding with the flow of traffic, using proper lighting when riding at night, and yielding to the right of way of other vehicles when entering and exiting a roadway.If you have been seriously injured in a Florida bike crash because of another driver’s negligence, you may have rights to compensation. Contact a West Palm Beach car wreck lawyer at Fetterman & Associates, PA for answers to all of your Florida bicycle accident questions.
A: If you have been injured in a Florida hit-and-run crash, you need to call the police. They will want to know everything you can remember about the vehicle that hit you or your car, such as the license plate number, make, model, year, color, and a description of the driver.This type of Florida car accident makes it very difficult to recover damages from the other driver, as they are often not found and charged for the damages. If the police are unable to identify the driver, or if the other driver does not have insurance, you should be covered by your uninsured motorist (UM) coverage.If you have been seriously injured in a Florida hit-and-run accident, you need to contact a West Palm Beach accident attorney at Fetterman & Associates, PA today. We can help you recover damages from the other driver, or if the other driver has not been identified, we will ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve from your Florida UM coverage.
A: It is not uncommon for the victim of a West Palm Beach car accident to suffer a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The symptoms of TBIs can range from mild to severe. Some symptoms are immediately evident, while others may not surface until days or even weeks after the injury.
A person with a mild TBI may experience the following symptoms:• Dizziness
• Blurred vision
• Ringing in the ears
• Bad taste in the mouth
• Fatigue or lethargy
• Change in sleep patterns
• Behavioral or mood changes
• Trouble with memory, concentration, attention, or thinking
A person with a moderate to severe TBI may show these same symptoms, but may also have additional symptoms, such as:• Headache that gets worse or does not go away
• Increased confusion
• Weakness or numbness in the extremities
• Loss of coordination
• Dilation of one or both pupils
• Inability to awaken from sleep
• Repeated vomiting or nausea
• Slurred speech
• Convulsions or seizures
Babies or small children who have suffered a TBI may show some of these symptoms, but may also show signs specific to younger children, such as:• Refusal to nurse or eat
• Persistent crying
• Inability to be consoled
Anyone who is experiencing these symptoms and suspects that they may have suffered a TBI should seek prompt medical attention.
If you or someone you love has been severely injured in a West Palm Beach car crash and has suffered a TBI as a result, contact Fetterman & Associates, PA for a free consultation.
A: If you are involved in a West Palm Beach car crash, you must remember that insurance companies are not in the business of helping innocent people; they are in the business of making money. This money often comes at the expense of those who need it most.
The liable party’s insurance company will usually contact you soon after the car accident to make you a settlement offer. It is usually not a good idea to accept this offer, which will probably be at the bottom of their approved settlement range. Insurance companies try to settle their claims for as little as possible, even if it means not giving victims enough money to cover their car repair costs or their injuries.
If you are having trouble agreeing to a settlement with an insurance company, they may stop negotiating and may sit and wait. This is a powerful tactic because they know you need the money more than they do. Your car needs to be repaired, and you have medical bills piling up. Pressured by the financial consequences of your accident, you may be more likely to accept a low settlement after a few months.
If you are getting the runaround from an insurance company, you need to contact a West Palm Beach car accident attorney at Fetterman & Associates, PA today. We will fight the insurance companies to ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are entitled.
A: If you’re involved in a West Palm Beach auto accident, you should:
Report the accident to the proper authorities.
Stay at the scene. Do not leave the scene of the accident until you are dismissed by authorities.
Take complete notes about the events that led up to the accident while it is still fresh in your mind.
Take photos and videos of the scene, including the damage to your car, all involved vehicles, and the surrounding accident scene.
Get contact information, including names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses, from all witnesses.
Collect contact information from all drivers and passengers involved, including insurance information, license plate numbers and driver’s license information.
Keep good records of all medical costs, car repair or rental costs, and lost income you have sustained as a result of your accident.
Seek prompt medical attention, even if you do not feel injured. A doctor may find injuries that you didn’t realize you had sustained.
Finally, be sure to seek the advice of an experienced West Palm Beach car crash attorney. The attorneys at Fetterman & Associates, PA will speak with you about your injuries and let you know whether they believe it would be in your best interest to have an attorney on your side. Our West Palm Beach auto accident lawyers will fight to ensure that you receive the compensation you need to get your life back on track. Contact our office today at (866)-865-1244
A: If you have been involved in a West Palm Beach auto accident, it is your obligation to notify your insurance company.Most insurance companies require that their policyholders report all auto accidents. The insurance company will want to gather some basic information about the accident for their records. Your insurance policy obligates you to cooperate with your insurance company; avoid making statements about who is to blame for the accident, however, especially if you believe you may be at fault. Only relay facts about the details of the accident.Your insurance company may also ask you for a recorded statement. Although you are required to cooperate with your insurance company, you are not required to give a recorded statement. It is usually not in your best interest to give a recorded statement, as anything you say can be used against you.If your West Palm Beach car crash was caused by the negligence of another, you should seek the advice of a qualified West Palm Beach auto accident lawyer. The attorneys at Fetterman & Associates, PA can help you navigate your way through the dos and don’ts of a West Palm Beach car crash. Contact our office today at 561-983-4771 to ensure that your rights are protected following a West Palm Beach auto accident.
A: The term “wrongful death” usually refers to an accidental death which is caused by another person’s negligence or carelessness. Even though the death is usually unintentional, the defendant is responsible for providing monetary compensation to the victim’s survivors.A West Palm Beach wrongful death can occur due to a variety of different reasons and circumstances. Some common reasons for a wrongful death include:
Falling from a height
The victim’s survivors may be compensated for:
Medical expenses as a result of the injury
Loss of income
Loss of benefits, such as insurance and retirement
Loss of companionship
Loss of parental guidance
Pain and suffering
The survivors may also be compensated for services that the deceased provided, such as housekeeping or transportation.
When an adult dies, it is much easier for the court to quantify the value of the loss, as they can consider the wages earned and expected as well as the deceased’s contribution to his or her family. When a minor child passes away, it is not as simple, as children do not normally contribute to household income They do contribute, however, in other, more meaningful ways. This is the type of case in which the loss of companionship and affection is weighed heavily.
Wrongful death cases are very complex, and involve a variety of different factors. If your husband, wife, child, sibling, or parent has suffered a wrongful death, contact a West Palm Beach wrongful death attorney at Fetterman and Associates, PA As always, the initial consultation is free.
A: Our state has a no-fault statute that requires all Florida residents to use their own PIP insurance coverage, which pays for 80% of your medical bills and 60% of your lost wages. There is usually a limit of $10,000. If you suffered a permanent injury, you may be able to recover pain and suffering damages from the driver who caused the accident. In that situation, you should definitely consider contacting a West Palm Beach car crash lawyer for assistance with your claim.
A: If you live in Florida, you should have PIP insurance coverage included in your policy, which covers a portion of your medical bills and lost wages. The maximum limit for PIP coverage is usually $10,000. In order to recover other damages, such as pain and suffering, you would need to show that you sustained a permanent injury. You could then pursue a lawsuit against the other driver for your car accident on the Turnpike. The problem you could end up facing, though, is that if this driver didn’t have auto insurance, there is a strong possibility that he also doesn’t have assets to pay a judgment.You should check your policy to see if you have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. This coverage is designed to protect you when the other driver either doesn’t have enough auto insurance or doesn’t have it at all.For more information, contact an experienced West Palm Beach auto accident attorney at our law firm.
A: Most Florida days are absolutely beautiful. Sunny and warm without a cloud in the sky-surely this could never be seen as “inclement weather.”While this type of weather is ideal for the beach, it can be dangerous-even fatal-on Florida roads. Here are just a few factors that can turn a gorgeous day into one you will never forget:
Sun. You may not think that something so bright could actually decrease truck visibility in West Palm Beach, but many early-morning commuters have found that to be exactly the case. The sun shining in a driver’s eyes or muddling the color of a stoplight can affect stopping, and in some cases render the driver blind.
Long nights. The threat doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Summer weather continues into the night, encouraging late-night parties that add to the number of drunk drivers in West Palm Beach. Many of these will enter a highway in the very early morning-peak hours for a truck accident.
Higher traffic. These beautiful days often carry greater risk of an accident purely because everyone is out enjoying it. A higher population density means more accidents, especially when driving near cities where different types of fair-weather vehicles will be used.
Don’t let a Florida truck accident spoil the rest of your days. Get help today by calling the experienced personal injury attorneys at Fetterman & Associates, PA at 561-983-4771.
A: Since much of the relevant evidence in a West Palm Beach truck accident is collected hours after the crash, you may be tempted to investigate the scene while you wait for the emergency crews to arrive. While it’s a good idea to take pictures and write down contact information, many people are too injured after a semi crash to take on this responsibility. We have seen countless West Palm Beach accident victims who were unable to collect vital information after the crash for a number of reasons:
The victim was unconscious, too injured to move, or pinned inside the vehicle
Medical crews told them to remain still
Victims were panicked or in a state of shock
They were administering medical help to children or other passengers
As experienced Florida semi crash attorneys, we know that truck accident victims are not only in extreme pain, but they are also at an extremely unfair disadvantage. In the moments after the accident, the trucking company’s insurance adjusters and investigators will likely be on their way, and you have no one on your side doing the same for you-until now.
Fetterman & Associates, PA can collect evidence on your behalf, including accident reconstruction and expert testimony to discover who was at fault for your injury.
A: Dealing with the aftermath of a West Palm Beach semi accident can be a long and painful process. You’ve decided to get a lawyer and seek justice for your injuries, but the options are overwhelming. Who can you trust to represent you, and how do you know they will be able to get you the amount you need to recover?Before retaining a truck accident attorney in West Palm Beach, always ask the following questions:
Is the attorney familiar with wrongful death cases due to truck accidents?
How many truck-specific injury cases has the attorney handled?
Will the attorney have the crash scene investigated and photographed?
Does the attorney often seek expert witnesses to testify in truck accident cases?
Is the attorney familiar with state rules and regulations regarding truck drivers and trucking companies?
An experienced Florida semi crash attorney should be able to provide case results, references and personal testimonials of satisfied clients. Call Fetterman & Associates, PA today at 561-983-4771.
A: If you have survived a West Palm Beach truck accident, you might be tempted to think the worst is over. Unfortunately, there are people out there who can still do you harm in your accident long after your injuries begin to heal. For example:
Your car insurance company. Whether they’re offering you a settlement, or want your signature “for their records,” insurance adjusters will try to get you to sign something as soon as possible. This way, they can offer you a drastically reduced settlement before you have had a chance to tally up the costs of the crash.
The trucking company’s adjusters. By contacting you days after the accident for confirmation of events, the trucking company is protecting its interests. Depending on what you say, they can use the information to refuse to cover your damages.
The trucking company. Truckers are often coached on what to say after an accident. They may offer for both of you to sign an “accident report” from their company that involves a clause of no-fault. Unfortunately, failure to read the fine print has left many victims unable to pursue a claim later-and who thinks of reading the fine print after a major car accident?
Of course, now you know that you should not have signed any documents after your accident. But can these companies really hold you to a document signed after severe trauma?
Maybe not. An experienced Florida semi accident attorney may still be able to get you compensation in your case, even after you signed a document with your insurance company. Contact Fetterman & Associates, PA today for more information at 561-983-4771.
A: Trucking companies are required by law to hire drivers that have passed a commercial license exam. These drivers must also complete training on hours of service, proper cargo loading, and truck safety before taking the road.Unfortunately, the licensing process can be expensive-and some companies may save costs by letting untrained drivers behind the wheel of their big rigs.Many unlicensed truck drivers in Florida do not have the proper skills or training to drive an 18-wheeler. The most common accidents are caused because the trucker:
Did not notice the flow of traffic has stopped and did not leave enough braking distance
Made a technical mistake due to lack of experience
Overloaded his cargo or did not load it correctly, resulting in product or waste spills
If a trucking company hired an unlicensed driver, they should be prepared for the consequences when he causes an accident. The experienced West Palm Beach truck accident attorneys at Fetterman & Associates, PA may be able to get you compensation for your trucking injury or wrongful death case.
A: Trucker fatigue is a term used to describe truck driver impairment due to lack of sleep. Truck drivers are required to get a shipment in on time, and if they fall behind due to weather or traffic, they may be tempted to skip required rest breaks. As a result of fatigue, drivers’ response times are slowed and reflexes are dulled—leading to increased risk of West Palm Beach truck accidents.Recent studies have shown that fatigue can impair a driver’s abilities as much as drunk driving. In some cases, drunk drivers actually proved more alert than sleepy drivers—and the fatigued driver is hauling tons of potentially destructive cargo behind him. If someone you love has been injured in a Florida truck accident due to trucker fatigue, call Fetterman & Associates, PA today.
A: The factors in truck accidents are frequently complex. Liability could be assessed to multiple entities. In addition, truck regulations governing weight may vary slightly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.While numerous factors lead to the high likelihood of serious Florida truck accidents, weight is certainly a consideration. New weight legislation is currently being considered by congress that may increase the chances of West Palm Beach, Florida, truck accidents. There are many safety concerns about the extra weight making it much harder for drivers to stop in time to avoid accidents and truck accident related fatalities.If you or anyone you know has experienced a serious injury due to a truck accident in West Palm Beach, it is important to contact an experienced West Palm Beach truck accident attorney.Truck companies frequently employ certain common defenses to try to avoid any liability. As businesses, they need to ensure that they continue to operate with as little loss as possible; this means that they want to avoid having to pay for YOUR damages and medical expenses.It is vital work with a local legal expert who is familiar with Florida trucking weight regulations when you are dealing with a serious West Palm Beach truck accident. Get the Florida Truck Accident Experts in Your Corner
Don’t fight large Florida truck companies about weight regulations on your own. If you or a loved one has experienced death, loss, or injury due to a West Palm Beach truck accident, contact a Florida tractor trailer crash lawyer at Fetterman & Associates, PA by calling 561-983-4771.
A: It is very important to recognize and identify the signs of aggressive truck driving, which could be vital information during a West Palm Beach truck accident injury case. Several parties –including the truck company– may be found liable if a court decides that the accident was due to the negligence of the organization.An experienced West Palm Beach truck accident attorney may be able to establish the following:
• The defendant owed the plaintiff duty to exercise reasonable care.
• The defendant’s failure to implement reasonable care caused plaintiff’s injury.
• The defendant failed to exercise reasonable care.Truck and insurance company representatives are out to ensure that they protect their operation. They want to expose themselves to as little loss and liability as possible.When going to bat against major corporations who may not be operating in your best interests, it is vital to work with an experienced West Palm Beach truck accident attorney with the knowledge and expertise to fight for the compensation you deserve. Don’t Face Serious West Palm Beach Truck Accidents Alone
The factors in truck accidents are frequently complex. Don’t deal with West Palm Beach truck accidents due to aggressive driving alone.If you have experienced death, loss, or injury due to a serious Florida truck accident, contact Fetterman & Associates, PA at 561-983-4771.
A: West Palm Beach truck accidents are dangerous; due to the massive size and high speed of these big rigs, a Florida truck accident can often mean fatalities for vulnerable passenger vehicles. The Code of Federal Regulations – Title 49: Transportation states that no person “shall aid, abet, encourage, or require a motor carrier or its employees to violate the rules” of the FMCSR. (49 C.F.R. § 390.13- Article)It is common for carriers to schedule deliveries that cannot possibly be accomplished without breaking the hours of service rules. However truck drivers, truck companies and truck company owners are all responsible to ensure that drivers comply with the Hours of Regulation rules—important regulations designed to avoid the increased likelihood of accidents and fatalities associated with driver fatigue.If you or a family member has been seriously injured in a Florida semi truck crash, contact a West Palm Beach truck accident lawyer at Fetterman & Associates, PA to ensure your rights are properly protected.
A: Being involved in a serious West Palm Beach truck accident can be absolutely devastating to the health and finances of your family. Truck and insurance companies will often try several types of defenses to avoid having to give compensation for injuries or damages.However, truck drivers and companies have a responsibility to exercise caution, and to share Florida highways safely with passenger vehicles. Due to the many factors that must be examined in a serious Florida truck accident, it is imperative to work with an attorney who is experienced in dealing with all aspects of Florida truck accident cases so that your rights are properly represented.If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a Florida semi truck crash, contact a West Palm Beach truck crash lawyer at Fetterman & Associates, PA for a free consultation.
A: When you are involved in a Florida truck accident, the trucker’s insurance company will be eager to offer you a quick settlement. This is because, many times, your injuries have not yet appeared or worsened. If you accept the insurance company’s settlement agreement, you may be signing away your rights to proper coverage for your current and future medical expenses. Before you sign anything, you should seek counsel from a West Palm Beach truck accident attorney. You should also undergo a full doctor’s examination. Your doctor can help you to better understand the extent of your injuries and can give you an idea of what type of medical treatment you may require in the future. Call our office to speak with a West Palm Beach truck accident lawyer today.
A: A West Palm Beach truck crash can leave devastation in its wake. It is easy to blame the driver of the truck as the sole cause of the wreck, but this is not always the case. There are other entities—such as the trucking company, the loading company, and the maintenance company, for example—that may be held liable for the accident. Because of the many factors that must be examined in a Florida tractor trailer accident, it is extremely important to work with an attorney who is very experienced in dealing with all aspects of Florida truck accident cases.If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a Florida semi truck crash, contact a West Palm Beach truck crash lawyer at Fetterman & Associates, PA for a free consultation.
A: When you are involved in a Florida truck accident, the trucker’s insurance company will be eager to offer you a quick settlement. This is because, many times, your injuries have not yet appeared or worsened. If you accept the insurance company’s settlement agreement, you may be signing away your rights to proper coverage for your current and future medical expenses.Before you sign anything, you should seek counsel from a West Palm Beach truck accident attorney. You should also undergo a full doctor’s examination. Your doctor can help you to better understand the extent of your injuries and can give you an idea of what type of medical treatment you may require in the future. Call our office to speak with a West Palm Beach truck accident lawyer today.
A: It depends on the cause of your Florida truck accident. If the trucker or trucking company was negligent in some way or if there was something defective on the truck that led to the crash, then you could have a valid claim.When it comes to truck crashes, the truck driver, trucking company and/or truck manufacturer could be held responsible. Sometimes the shipper or manufacturer is at fault.Our West Palm Beach truck accident lawyers are experienced in handling these types of cases and can help you pursue compensation for your injuries. Contact us at 561-983-4771.
A: While Florida trucking accident cases have more complex factors than other types of injury claims, a knowledgeable accident lawyer can build a strong case on your behalf. Truck accident claims generally take longer to resolve, as enough time needs to be allocated to properly investigate the details of the collision and to gather the necessary evidence. The trucking company, insurance company and any other parties involved will work hard to defend themselves, so that they are not liable for your injuries. At Fetterman & Associates, PA – The Law Team, we have extensive experience representing large truck accidents and we are not afraid to go to battle against the defense team.
A: Definitely. Due to the high rate of misdiagnosis in hospitals, medical staff will often keep you “in the dark” if they realized they have made a mistake. They may try to convince you that such errors are common, and while this may be true, it does not excuse the suffering you endured from their mistake.An experienced West Palm Beach personal injury attorney can get access to records, timelines, and diagnostic tests to prove that your care was not handled properly. The hospital may try to cover up its mistake, or avoid your attempts to get information-but they cannot ignore a call from an attorney.Getting advice from an attorney makes sense-especially when the right West Palm Beach medical malpractice attorney won’t charge you for your consultation, and won’t charge any legal fees until you win a settlement in your case. When you’re in pain and legal help is free, why shouldn’t you ask for it?If a physician put you at risk due to their negligence, Fetterman & Associates, PA could win you compensation for your suffering. Call our offices today at (866)-865-1244
A: West Palm Beach bicycle accidents are a common occurrence; they can cause serious injuries as a result—including head injuries. According to the center for disease control and prevention, upwards of 500,000 people in the United States are treated in the emergency room due to bicycle-related injuries. Perhaps even more shockingly: more than 700 people die due to this fun, exercise-oriented hobby each year.If you or a loved one has experienced injuries related to a serious bicycle accident, it is important to contact an experienced West Palm Beach accident attorney. Bicycle Helmets and Serious Brain Injuries
Injuries due to bicycle accidents can be caused by a variety of factors; however, most cases involve drivers who did not see or were not aware of the cyclist. Due to the sheer size of a car and the vulnerable nature of those on bicycles, it is more than advisable to take advantage of every safety feature available.According to recent statistics released by Safe Kids USA, Bicycle helmets have been shown to reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 75 percent while offering substantial protection to the face and forehead. In addition, brain injury may be reduced by as much as 88 percent with proper bicycle helmet use.Currently, 21 states as well as the District of Columbia have enacted some form of bicycle helmet legislation. You May be Due Compensation
If your bicycle accident was due to the negligence or careless driving of another individual, you could be entitled to compensation.If you or your family has experienced a serious bicycle accident, contact Fetterman & Associates, PA at 561-983-4771.
A: There are numerous factors involved in serious bicycle accidents; however, due to size differential and visibility difficulties, serious bicycle accidents are often due to motorists unaware of cyclists or driver negligence. Cyclists are also likely to sustain more serious injuries, such as head traumas, due to bicycle accidents.Even though cyclists are likely to sustain traumatic injuries from bicycle accidents, settlement rates for cyclists are typically much lower from insurance companies. Recent studies show that compensation for the same type of injuries suffered in car accidents were 30% to 40% higher than settlements for cyclists suffering the same serious injuries.If your bicycle accident was due to the negligence or careless driving of another individual, you are entitled to compensation for your pain, suffering, medical and other costs. If you or a loved one has experienced injuries related to a serious bicycle accident, it is important to contact an experienced West Palm Beach accident attorney. They will help identify the best course of action to protect your rights.Don’t deal with a serious West Palm Beach bicycle accident alone. Fighting insurance companies for personal injury claims related to bicycle accidents can be very difficult—resulting in lost time, frustration, and possibly a loss in compensation. If you or your family has experienced a serious bicycle accident, contact Fetterman & Associates, PA at 561-983-4771.
A: Business owners may not always be liable for crimes occurring on their property. However, if there are patterns of crimes or danger on or near their property, they are obligated to enact safety measures.In the state of Florida, business owners have a legal obligation to instate reasonable security measures to prevent danger to anyone on their property; failure to do so is known as security negligence.If you or a loved one has been the victim of a violent crime or experienced losses, death or injury due to security negligence in Florida, it is important to contact an experienced West Palm Beach injury attorney.If you have been the victim of a violent crime due to security negligence, be sure to get the information you need and make sure your rights are protected.
A: Establishing your Port St. Lucie railroad injury case is no simple task—namely due to the number of variables and factors that must be considered.However, the number one cause of most train accidents is human error; if the accident was due to negligence on the part of the operator, you could be due compensation. If you or anyone you know has been injured due to a serious accident related to train crossings, it is imperative to contact an experienced Port St. Lucie personal injury attorney. Dealing with a serious Florida train crossing accident can be a drain on your time and finances. If you or your family have fallen victim to a serious Florida train crossing accident, contact a Port St. Lucie personal injury attorney from Fetterman & Associates, PA at 561-983-4771.
A: Adding a new member to your family should be a joyous time–full of nothing but celebration and happiness. However due to the high speeds and confusion of birthing facilities, there are many circumstances where errors in judgment on the part of medical staff could affect the health and well being of your little one for life. Cesarean-sections (C-section) are among the most commonly performed surgeries in the U.S., and must be performed extremely rapidly after the need has been clearly established. When an obstetrician fails to perform a timely C-section, the damage can be extensive—and in some cases, permanent.Because standards for medical malpractice vary by jurisdiction, it is important to contact a local authority on the subject if you if you or a loved one has experienced medical malpractice in West Palm Beach.
A: If you slip and fall in a store, you may have a case. It all depends upon the details of the situation. In order to receive compensation for your injuries in a West Palm Beach slip and fall accident, you must prove that the store was negligent.An example of negligence would be if there was a spill in the store that the staff knew about, but there was no effort to clean it up and no signage indicating the presence of liquid on the floor.If another customer dropped a gallon of milk and you immediately slipped and fell in it, you would not have a very good case. This is because there is not much the store could have done to prevent you from falling since they were unaware of the situation.Another example of negligence could occur after the spillage. If an employee mopped up the spilled milk, but failed to place a “wet floor” sign, this would constitute negligence on the store’s part. Overall, the answer to this question depends heavily upon how long the floor was wet, whether the staff was aware of the situation and how the situation was handled.If you were injured in a Florida slip and fall accident, contact a West Palm Beach injury attorney at Fetterman & Associates, PA. We will meet with you for a free consultation to determine if you have a personal injury case.
A: A “defective product” is a product that causes some injury or harm as a result of a defect in the way the product was manufactured, labeled or used. A person who is harmed by a defective product may seek compensation from the manufacturer. They may also seek compensation from those who were involved in the chain of commerce as well.The injuries sustained from a defective product may be very clear, such as a wreck caused by faulty brakes, or less clear, such as harmful side effects that onset many years after taking an improperly tested prescription drug. If you believe you have been injured by a defective product, call to speak with one of our West Palm Beach personal injury lawyers today.
A: Most, if not all, lawyers who represent personal injury victims, do so on what is known as a contingent fee basis. A contingent fee means that there is no attorney fee unless and until the lawyer obtains money for you. When that occurs, the fee is a percentage of the amount the lawyer obtained for you. In most cases, the lawyer also pays the expenses of pursuing the case which are then deducted from the recovery obtained for you.