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Q: A car rear-ended me on the Turnpike and it turns out the driver doesn’t have auto insurance. I’m not sure what to do, because I am now dealing with painful injuries and can’t work. Should I sue the driver despite the fact that he doesn’t have insurance?

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.

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Q: What is mean by the term “wrongful death”?

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.

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Q: Should I notify my insurance company if I’m in an accident?

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.

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Q: What do I do if I’m involved in a West Palm Beach auto accident?

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 and Associates 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.

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Q: Why is the insurance company taking so long to settle my car accident claim?

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 Read More

Q: What are the signs of a traumatic brain injury?

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
    • Headache
    • Confusion
    • 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

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Q: I was in a Florida hit-and-run accident. What do I do now?

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.

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Q: Can I ride my bike against traffic in Florida?

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.

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Q: Does it Matter Which Side of the Road I Walk on in Florida?

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. Read More

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