Boca Raton AccidentsBoca Raton has seen an average of 26,000 accidents over the past several years. Of those:
- About 185 were fatalities.
- Nearly 265 crashes involved alcohol.
- About 14 fatal crashes involved alcohol.
- Nearly 450 crashes involved motorcycles.
- Nearly 550 crashes involved pedestrians.
- Nearly 3,000 crashes involved commercial motor vehicles.
Car and Truck Accident InjuriesAccident injuries can vary wildly depending on:
- Road conditions, including ice, water, debris, or sand, whether the road is pavement, concrete, gravel, or another substance.
- The size of the vehicles involved
- The number of vehicles involved.
- Whether an accident victim is a pedestrian, bicyclist, motorcyclist, or in a vehicle
- Whether a large truck or larger commercial vehicle is involved, such as a bus, big rig, ambulance, one-ton truck, or another heavy vehicle
- Weather conditions, including sunny days.
- The speed of the vehicles involved
- The position of the vehicles at the time of the wreck: for example, head-on crashes, rear-end accidents, or sideswipe wrecks.
- Soft tissue injuries such as strains, sprains, pulled and torn muscles, and strained ligaments.
- Cuts, scrapes, bruises, scratches.
- Face and eye injuries.
- Traumatic brain injuries.
- Head, neck, and shoulder injuries.
- Back and spinal cord injuries.
- Amputation of a digit or limb.
- Chemical, thermal, and friction burns.
- Internal injuries.
- Simple and compound fractures.
- Crush bones and other crush injuries.
Boca Raton Auto Accident StatisticsSource: https://www.flhsmv.gov/
Recovering CompensationAfter an accident, you could recover compensation by settling with the at-fault driver's insurance company or litigating. Insurance companies are in business to make money—they don't care about you—you are just someone who will lower their profit margins. A Boca Raton car accident lawyer can help you recover the compensation you deserve, not the lowball amount the insurance company wants to pay you, hoping you will disappear. Depending on the extent of your injuries, you could recover two compensatory damages: Economic and non-economic damages.
Economic DamagesSometimes referred to as special damages, economic damages have a monetary value. Most accident victims recover some form of economic damages, including:
Medical ExpensesDepending on the severity of the accident and injuries, medical expenses might include:
- Hospital expenses.
- Doctor's appointments.
- Surgeries and follow-up appointments.
- Psychological therapy.
- Cognitive therapy.
- Occupational therapy.
- Physical therapy.
- Prescriptions and prescribed over-the-counter medications.
- Vehicle upgrades, such as hand controls and wheelchair lifts.
- Updates to the home, including but not limited to handrails, ramps, grab bars, and widened doorways.
- Home health aides.
- Nursing home and convalescent home stays.
WagesAn accident could prevent you from working for a few weeks, months, or years. Accident victims could recover compensation for lost wages and loss of future earning capacity. If the accident caused the death of a loved one, a spouse or a parent could also collect compensation for loss of future earning capacity.
Personal PropertyAn accident victim can also recover compensation for damaged personal property, including the vehicle wrecked and items of value inside the vehicle or on their person, such as cell phones and computers.
Death-Related ExpensesIf you lost a loved one because of an accident in Boca Raton, you could recover death-related expenses, including burial and funeral expenses, cremation expenses, and certain probate court or attorney expenses.
Non-Economic DamagesSometimes referred to as general damages, non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering, including emotional distress.
- Loss of quality of life.
- Loss of companionship.
- Loss of consortium.
- Loss of use of a body part.
- Loss of use of a bodily function.
- Amputation of a digit or limb.
- Excessive scarring and disfigurement.
Punitive DamagesSome states allow accident victims to recover punitive damages. It is difficult to obtain this type of compensation as the court only orders a defendant to pay punitive damages for gross negligence or intentional behavior. Florida allows punitive damages, although the process takes longer because the trial requires two parts. A court does not order punitive damages as compensation but to punish the defendant's behavior. Despite the added process involving punitive damages, it is sometimes worth the time. If you suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a vehicle accident, contact a Boca Raton vehicle accident lawyer as soon as possible for a free case evaluation.