Serving Car Accident Victims in Boca Raton, FL
Despite advancements in vehicle safety, it’s an unfortunate fact that car accidents end tens of thousands of lives each year and injure millions. According to the CDC, more than 32,000 people are killed and 2 million injured in car crashes nationwide. In Boca Raton, proximity to major highways and a dense population can exacerbate the risk of being involved in a crash.
Traffic accidents can have devastating effects on victims and their families. It’s not unusual for an injury from a crash to take several weeks or months to heal. In truly tragic cases, the effects of the injury never go away. If you’ve sustained a painful injury that might keep you away from your job, your family, and the life you enjoyed, be sure to discuss your car accident claim with an experienced civil trial attorney like Robert B. Baker.
At Baker Legal Team, you can trust us to provide quality representation in a car accident case. Our top goal is to help you recover the compensation you deserve to tackle accident-related expenses and hold accountable the party or parties responsible for your accident. We aim to help you recover physically, mentally, and financially so you can return to the life you once lived.
Vehicles of all kinds can be involved in car crashes, and anyone who uses the roads for transportation may be at risk of sustaining a car accident injury. In Boca Raton, most residents rely on personal vehicles to get to and from work, run errands, and more. As a moderate-sized city on Florida’s east coast, there may be hundreds of trucks making deliveries to a wide range of businesses. Known for its quiet nature and desirable location, many people choose to raise families in Boca Raton, meaning there may be several young adults, children, and others cycling and walking to get around.
Whether you drive, bike, or walk for transportation, you have the right to an attorney if you’ve become injured in a crash. Some of the most common types of accidents that take place in South Florida involve:
- Commercial vehicles
Additionally, our firm can represent you if you’ve been injured in other vehicle accidents that occur less frequently:
- ATV accidents
- Scooter accidents
- Golf cart accidents
- Collisions with motor homes
- RV accidents
- Rideshare accidents (Including Lyft and Uber)
- Accidents involving government vehicles
- Public transportation accidents
- Train accidents
If you were involved in a commercial truck, van, or other accident involving a driver on duty, there might be several parties at fault for your injuries. You can trust our qualified team of car accident lawyers in Boca Raton to identify and hold each party accountable for the harm they’ve caused you.
Millions of registered vehicles in Florida, a complex highway system, and the rise of distracting technology have all contributed to frequent car crashes. Many car accidents are attributed to driver error, and as personal injury accidents, the liable party is accused of negligence. We see accidents occur again and again due to many of the following hazards, many of which are preventable:
- Driving under the influence
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Bad visibility
- Unsafe road conditions
- Vehicle maintenance issues
Unfortunately, carelessness and apathy behind the wheel lead to millions of injuries each year. If you’re one of the many who have sustained an injury, know that you’re not alone. At Baker Legal Team, we take pride in providing personalized attention to each and every case. We have recovered millions of dollars for clients who have sustained a wide range of injuries.
Many car accidents don’t lead to any serious damage or bodily injury; however, for those who do suffer injuries due to another’s carelessness behind the wheel, a car accident is often a traumatic event. Even if you feel fine after your crash, you should get checked by a physician to ensure you don’t have injuries that can worsen without treatment.
Injuries accident victims often sustain after a collision include:
- Broken bones
- Head trauma/concussions
- Bruises, scrapes, and cuts
- Muscle sprains
- Knee trauma
- Internal bleeding
Soft tissue injuries, like whiplash, are fairly common in car crashes. Whiplash is especially common after a rear-end collision. These injuries affect the muscles, ligaments, and tendons. When a person suffers whiplash, for example, the muscles of the head and neck stretch in reaction to the sudden jolt of the impact. The sudden back-and-forth movement of the neck can cause discomfort for several days or weeks.
One way to help your attorney help you receive the highest compensation you deserve for your injuries is to go to the doctor immediately after your accident. The sooner you begin to document your injuries, the stronger your claim will be. Also, the more accurate your compensation will be, taking into account current and future medical expenses. Keep in mind that waiting too long to get a physical will make it more difficult to acquire fair compensation.
After an accident, you’re always encouraged to schedule a physical with your doctor or a doctor who specializes in helping car accident victims. Shock is a common condition in which you may not notice you’ve been hurt, and may not feel pain. Injuries that go untreated may worsen, and failing to seek treatment can hurt your chance of a successful recovery should you decide to pursue an injury claim.
Unfortunately, some vehicle accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries. These injuries are more likely after accidents in which one vehicle is significantly larger than the other – such as motorcycle and truck crashes – and in high-speed collisions.
In a catastrophic injury, the damage the victim sustains is significantly more severe than damage from more typical injuries, like whiplash or broken bones. Catastrophic injuries have serious and long-term effects that drastically change a victim’s life. Victims and their families must adapt to a new lifestyle to accommodate the limited functions of the victim and often experience a reduced quality of life. While other types of trauma allow for a complete recovery, those who suffer catastrophic injuries often endure permanent disability. Catastrophic injury victims are also at an increased risk of death.
Some of the most common examples of catastrophic injuries are:
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Loss of limbs
- Eye injuries
- Loss of hearing
- Internal injuries
- Severe burns
The payout for catastrophic injury damages is often much higher than for other types of injuries. Estimation of your claim’s value may also be more complex due to the fact that the majority of your damages will cover future medical bills and diminished earning capacity. It may also be possible to receive compensation for pain and suffering and reduced quality of life.
You cannot trust that the insurance company responsible for your compensation will be sympathetic to your situation and pay you a fair amount to support yourself after the person they insured caused you undue hardship. You need aggressive representation from an attorney who has successfully resolved cases for catastrophic injury victims. At Baker Legal Team, attorney Robert Baker is one of a few Board Certified personal injury attorneys in Boca Raton. He can take on your claim so you can focus on healing and adjusting to a life with trauma.
Many people who suffer from an accident injury don’t bother contacting an attorney. Yet, you could be missing out on vital funds if you choose to pursue your claim without any professional input.
If you’ve received a settlement offer from an insurance company, don’t respond without first discussing your case for free with our lawyers. Your attorney will take on the responsibility of negotiating with insurance companies for a fair settlement so you can focus on getting better.
After many years of experience and as a former prosecutor, attorney Robert Baker brings valuable knowledge to your case that he can use to your advantage. Allow Robert Baker to investigate the facts of your accident and injuries, estimate all your current and future medical bills, calculate the value of any wages you may lose due to your injury, and more to determine a reasonable case value. At the very least, you shouldn’t negotiate with insurance companies until you know what your case is worth.
With an attorney representing you, you won’t have to sacrifice your time to fight for deserved compensation. Our job at Baker Legal Team is to provide you with peace of mind in knowing that your case is in the right hands.
When you team up with a competent, Florida Bar Board Certified civil trial lawyer like Robert Baker, the goal is to win compensation that will make up for the hardships you’ve endured because of the crash. Typical losses for which you may be compensated include:
- Past, present, and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earnings
- Reduced work capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
- And any other accident-related expense
In cases of gross negligence, it may be possible to win punitive damages in addition to the above compensatory damages. Gross negligence is conduct that is considered reckless and constitutes a conscious disregard or indifference to the safety, life, or rights of others. This type of negligence goes a step further in creating a life-threatening situation.
A person who commits gross negligence likely knows that their actions could hurt others, but do so regardless of the potential consequences. The following are a few examples of gross negligence that may occur in a car accident case:
- Speeding in an area with heavy pedestrian traffic, such as at an outdoor mall
- Illegal street racing
- Driving under the influence
Punitive damages exist to punish the defendant in a personal injury case and to deter the defendant and/or others from repeating the behavior that formed the basis for the lawsuit. The court decides whether to award punitive damages and, if so, how much the plaintiff should receive. In Florida, punitive damages are capped at three times the amount of the compensatory damages or $500,000, whichever is greater.
The longer you wait to get an attorney involved in your car accident case, the more difficult it might be to receive the compensation you need. That’s because you must act quickly for an attorney to start reviewing evidence, contacting insurance companies, and documenting your case. If you wait too long to take action, the insurance company on the hook for your settlement might not believe you truly need it. The more time your lawyer has to make a strong case, the more money it may be possible to recover.
Attorney Robert B. Baker is a trusted and Florida Bar Board Certified trial attorney with more than 30 years of experience helping injured car accident victims get the compensation they deserve.
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