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Wrongful Death Lawsuit in a Car Accident

Dealing with a car accident can be difficult enough, whether you are the driver who caused the accident, a driver who was involved or simply a passenger. Through such a tough time, handling the loss of a loved one can simply make things unbearable.

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Wrongful Death Lawsuit in a Car Accident

If you have lost a loved one in a car accident, you may be able to seek a settlement with the driver who was found at fault for a wrongful death claim. Continue reading Wrongful Death Lawsuit in a Car Accident

3 Excuses Your Auto Insurance Company Will Give to Deny Your Claim

Auto Insurance CompanyAfter an auto accident, it is only natural to turn to your insurance carrier. After all, you have paid your premium on time for years, been a great driver, and now it’s their turn to pay you back. But, after going through the extensive claims process and paying out of pocket while you wait for reimbursement, you find that your claim was denied.

Insurance companies do not always approve claims. Often this is because they are looking for ways to get out of paying for someone else’s damages. In fact, the same three reasons they often use for denying most of the U.S. drivers come down to the following:


Liability is something that helps determine who should pay for another person’s losses and injuries in an accident. Your auto insurance carrier is legally required to pay if you are responsible for the accident. But, to avoid paying out on your behalf, your insurance carrier may try to deny that the accident was your fault.

Even if it was obvious you were at fault, your insurance agency may still try to put some of the blame on the injured. While this seems like it is in your favor, what your insurance company is doing is getting out of their responsibility to pay – leaving you to pay for the other party’s injuries and repairs from your own pocket.

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Denying Extent of Injuries

If your insurance carrier or the other party’s insurance carrier cannot put fault on someone else, they may try to deny the extent of your injuries or the injuries of the other party. This means they could try to refute that you were injured as bad as you claim, or have their own experts undercut your documented injuries. By performing their own in-house medical review, they will attempt to get out of paying any medical costs.

Denying the Accident Led to Your Injuries

If the injuries are present, but insurance carriers cannot deny their extent, they may turn to cause. This means they may try to claim that the accident did not cause your injuries. Soft-tissue damage, for example, is one injury that insurers will often try to deny, especially because your physician cannot prove it is accident related. Read more about whiplash following an accident.

What to do When Insurance Keeps Denying Your Claim

If your insurance company refuses to pay, regardless if you were at fault or not, you need to get the assistance of a skilled car accident lawyer (learn more about why you may need an attorney). The team at Fetterman & Associates, PA can help you with your accident case.

We will represent you against insurance companies, help you get your claims paid, and ensure your insurance carrier doesn’t try to abandon their responsibility. Call us today for a free consultation at 561-845-2510.

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10 Need-to-Know Facts About Teen Drivers

10 Need-to-Know Facts About Teen DriversSadly, auto accidents are one of the leading causes of deaths for teens in the United States. But, most of these accidents are preventable. Just by knowing the facts, parents and teens alike can prevent these deadly accidents from continuing.

The Statistics Regarding Teen Drivers

According to the CDC, an estimated 2,650 teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 were killed in 2011. There was an astounding 292,000 treated in local hospitals for injuries regarding accidents. It is estimated that seven teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 die each day in the U.S. from automobile accidents.

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Facts Parents Need to Know About Teen Drivers

1. Teens between the ages of 16 and 19 are at higher risk than any other age group. They are three times more likely to get in an accident than drivers over the age of 20.

2. Males were the highest at risk for accident between the ages of 16 and 19.

3. Studies report that 56 percent of teenagers admit to driving while talking on their cellphones.

4. Teenagers are pressured socially to not speak up when they recognize a friend is driving unsafely. In fact, only 44 percent of teenage drivers said they would speak up.

5. Teens are twice as likely to put on a seat belt if a parent is in the car.

6. About 40 percent of teenage automobile accidents and deaths occurred between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

7. Teens learn their driving habits from their parents; therefore, parents can help their teens avoid deadly accidents by just providing them with good driving habits (and leading by example).

8. Teen drivers are more at risk for an accident each mile they drive over the speed limit.

9. In 2012, 23 percent of drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 were involved in fatal accidents due to drinking alcohol.

10. Teens are more likely to underestimate dangerous driving situations.

Can You Protect Your Teen?

Even if you are not always in the car with your teen, there are things you can do to help prepare your teenage driver for the road. Some things parents can and should do to lower their child’s risk include:

Enforcing seatbelts. Make sure your teen knows the importance of a seatbelt and always wear one yourself to lead by example.

Talk with your teen about drinking and driving. Let them know their options for getting home safely without getting behind the wheel such as taking a cab, having a friend drive, or calling parents for a ride home.

Take additional driver safety courses. These not only help better prepare your teenage driver, but they may even lower your auto insurance premiums.

Was Your Teenager Injured in an Automobile Accident?

While teens are more likely to get into an accident, that accident does not always mean the teen was at fault. If your teen was seriously injured or killed in an automobile accident, you deserve compensation for your pain and suffering. The team of West Palm Beach accident attorneys at Fetterman and Associates, PA can help. To learn all of your options, call 561-693-3872 for a free consultation and evaluation of your case.

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Do You Need a Car Accident Attorney?

experienced West Palm Beach car accident LawyerEven a minor fender bender could need the assistance of an accident attorney. Any time a lawsuit is imminent, you need to contact a legal professional right away. Your attorney can help you reach a proper settlement for damages, pay for your medical expenses, and even get compensation for time away from work or lost wages while you recover.

Here are 5 Reasons You Need to Reconsider:

If you do not think you need a car accident attorney, here are five reasons you need to reconsider:

calculate damages after Car Accident1.   Calculating Damages Isn’t a One-Size-Fits-All Process. You are likely to have injuries, which may include extensive medical bills. While you may know how much you have to pay right now, what about long-term recovery and expenses? The amount you need for injury damages is a lot higher than you might realize. an experienced West Palm Beach car accident attorney can help calculate those damages based on the circumstances of your case.

two cars involved in a car accident2.   Liability May be Split Between Multiple Parties. A car accident most often involves more than two cars. For example, there could be one car that caused another to hit your vehicle. It is important to have an attorney that ensures you are only responsible for your share of the damages (if you were responsible for any), and that liability is split based on the actual event—rather than split evenly between all parties involved.

Uninsured Motorists Involved in a Car Accident3.   Uninsured Motorists Were Involved. It’s difficult to collect from uninsured motorists. While you may have uninsured motorist protection, that may not be enough to cover all of the damages caused by the uninsured driver. A lawyer can help you file a civil suit against the negligent party so that you have medical expenses, time loss, and other damages paid for regardless of how much insurance pays you.

collecting evidence requires a court order4.   Collecting Evidence is Highly Detailed Work. Sometimes collecting evidence requires a court order. Your attorney can help file that order during the discovery phase of your case. For example, the other vehicle may have a monitoring system on the car, which can record a few seconds prior to the crash, helping you prove the other party’s negligence.

Settlements with insurance companies5.   Settlements Can Go South. Settlements with insurance companies never work in your favor. They may offer what seems like a good deal, only for you to realize later on that it wasn’t fair. You need a settlement agreement with an attorney looking out for your best interests. A lawyer can negotiate on your behalf, include litigation costs in your settlement, and ensure you receive the best settlement for your pain and suffering.

Contact an experienced car accident lawyer at the Law Team of Fetterman & Associates, PA. We are more than happy to discuss your case during a no-obligation consultation. Call us at 561-316-2746 or fill out an online contact form to get started.


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Distracted Driving: Growing Epidemic on Roadways

Intoxicated Driving: A Trouble to Society

Decades ago, police officers who stopped a drunk driver frequently would go by the driver’s house to ensure that they remained at home. There only was a small social judgment that was affixed to intoxicated driving.

Due to the work that MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers) and similar foundations have had on society, all of that has changed. Nowadays, intoxicated drivers are seen as a trouble to society which should be prosecuted, not safeguarded, through the police.

Disturbed motorists, the ones who talk on their cellphone, scan their e-mails, send texts, set their GPS devices when driving, additionally are a substantial threat along the same lines as drunk drivers.

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Texting While Driving Cases Big Trouble

Think of a set of parents who adequately informed their children on the dangers of DWIs, and never considered driving after drinking alcoholic beverages. Those same parents probably do not consider reading emails or texting while driving to be dangerous. Each time a motorist operates an automobile when browsing online, chatting on the phone, or texting, places pedestrians on the sidewalks and other drivers at risk.

At present, new cars come available with all kinds of features which might distract a driver. It’s normal for a mother to drive an automobile full of kids to football practice with a phone glued to her ear, paying attention to her GPS unit, all while various sounds are playing from an iPod, video gaming unit, or DVD player in the back seat. The disturbances she’s dealing with may make her every bit as dangerous to drive as if she’d devoted one hour at a bar.

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Increasing statistics report that distracted drivers should have the same social stigma drunk drivers receive. Studies suggest that motorists under the age of twenty-four include the worst transgressors; but that distracted driving is an increasing problem throughout every age group. As the rate of car accidents and fatalities continues to increase, some feel that the same penalties that drunk drivers face should be applied to distracted drivers.

Luckily, there are attorneys who deal with personal injury law striving to make this occur. It’ll just be a matter of time as the penalties of distracted driving will be just as severe as those of driving while intoxicated.

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The Law Team of Fetterman & Associates in Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Jupiter and Port St. Lucie, Florida provides thorough and comprehensive legal representation to those who have been involved in serious car accidents and other vehicle issues related to the law.

Contact us toll-free at 561-845-2510 or fill out our simple inquiry form. Our car accident attorneys are ready to represent you and fight for you to receive justice.

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What NOT to Do after an Auto Accident

What NOT to do after an Auto AccidentAuto accidents are common and unfortunate events that happen almost every day. Whether the accident is your fault or the fault of the other driver, they can still be tragic and mentally and emotionally damaging. What most people don’t know is that there are a number of things you shouldn’t do after an accident occurs.

If you’re involved in an automobile accident, there are several things you should avoid to protect yourself.

3 Things You Should NOT Do After an Auto Accident

Leave the Scene. As tempting as it may seem to remove yourself from the situation, leaving the scene of an accident is not only unsafe but it can be a criminal act. Not only do you not want to be charged with a crime, but you and the other driver deserve to have justice served or receive insurance compensation to cover the damage to your vehicles. Be sure not to remove or take anything from the accident as well. Everything should be left as is until police officials arrive.

Speak Too Soon. It is human nature to apologize after someone is hurt or to find out what happened right away and solve the problem, but speaking too soon can do more harm than good.

While it’s okay to ask the other driver if he or she is okay, or if they need any help, do not apologize. This can lead you to admit fault or even apologize for something that may not have been your fault. Because tension and emotions can be high at the scene of an accident, sometimes avoiding conversation with the other driver altogether can prevent any arguments or quarrels.

It is important not to admit fault when you’re speaking with a police officer or insurance company, but lying is also an inappropriate response. Be honest but allow the insurance company or authority personnel to determine fault. Remember, anything you say can be used against you.

Talk to Insurance Agencies.Your first thought immediately following an accident may be to immediately call your insurance agency, but wait patiently until you have spoken with a trusted attorney or lawyer. Insurance agencies will only be looking out for their best interests rather than yours; they will do and use whatever is necessary against you to provide you with the smallest amount of compensation as possible. In fact, many insurance companies want you to admit fault so that they don’t have to cover the damage in the event of an accident. Some companies will even take advantage of you in such a sensitive state.

Speaking with the insurance company or attorney of the other driver should be avoided as well. They have their client’s best interests in mind, not yours. Therefore, they will seek money from you rather than having to pay for their client’s vehicle and damages.

Talk to Knowledgeable Car Accident Attorney Today

Accidents can be tragic enough without all of the pressure from other attorneys and insurance companies. If you have been involved in an auto accident, contact The Law Team of Fetterman & Associates immediately at 561-983-4771 for a free case evaluation. We have experienced and knowledgeable car accident attorneys who are available and ready to represent you in a car accident case. The law team at Fetterman & Associates really does have your best interests in mind, and will work to ensure you receive the justice and settlement you deserve.

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New Booster Seat Law Keeps Florida Children Safe

It is tragic, but true: Car accidents cause more fatalities and injuries to children than any other cause. However, in the state of Florida, a new law will go into effect at the beginning of 2015 that will hopefully help significantly reduce the number of fatalities and injuries caused to children.

New Booster Seat Law Keeps Florida Children SafeUnfortunately, Florida remains one of the only states in the nation that allows the use of seat belts for children between the ages of four and five. Most are aware that children at this age are generally too small for seat belts to function effectively and safely. The result is often sustaining internal injuries, spinal injuries, and death, particularly for children under the height of four feet nine inches.

The Benefits of Child Restraint Devices

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), child restraint devices significantly reduce the injuries and fatalities to children involved in vehicular accidents. Child restraint devices protect children should an impact occur. These devices hold the child in place preventing any movement that can be harmful to the child or even ejection.

What are the Statistics?

There is a 70 percent reduction in crash fatalities of infants and children up to one years old. The percentages decline to 54 percent for toddlers, and 45 percent for children between the ages of four and eight. In fact, at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Tampa, 50 percent of children ages five and under who are admitted to the pediatric trauma center were improperly restrained during a car accident.

Details of the Law

Currently the requirements for child restraint devices in Florida for children ages four through five is not yet broad enough. The law allows children within this age range to be secured by seat belts. By January 2015, children will be required to be secured in child restraint devices in any vehicle, approved and mandated by the federal government. The time frame between now and the beginning of 2015 allows parents and guardians sufficient time to acquire the appropriate child restraint devices. Parents should review the National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration recommendations and guidelines for traveling with small children in order to ensure utmost safety.

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Contact the West Palm Beach Car Accident Lawyers at Fetterman & Associates

Has your child been the victim of a car accident in Florida due to the child restraint laws in Florida? There is no reason not to fight for your rights, particularly when the laws in Florida are so antiquated. The professional West Palm Beach car accident lawyers at Fetterman & Associates are available and ready to support your family and to fight for the rights and proper settlement your family deserves. Contact Fetterman & Associates now for a free consultation at 561-983-4584 to learn more and see how we can help you.

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Why We Risk Everything to Drive Faster

We’re all guilty of speeding at one time or another. Being late for an appointment can simply cause us to drive faster, as can being in the middle of an emergency, amongst so many other causes. Often we don’t even feel the increase in speed, so we don’t notice the threat we pose until we’re pulled over or cause an accident. Understanding the three primary reasons why we speed however can help us learn the triggers and prevent this habit from occurring. Apathy, mixed messages and lack of automated technology are these three reasons. Keep reading below to find out more about these reasons and how you can prevent speeding, then contact a West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer today.

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Lack of Automation

Red light cameras and speed enforcement cameras help reduce speeding around the globe. In the United States, however, there is great public resistance to what many consider an unfair advantage of the police, not to mention one which can malfunction and bill non-speeders unnecessarily. In Houston, TX for example the residents of the city voted to shut down all red light and speeding cameras within the metropolitan area.

Mixed Messages

Drivers and police are in a constant battle. The public can detect radar equipment by police and the police can use radar equipment to catch speeders. The result is a mixed message for drivers that fosters speeding as much as it may prevent it, depending on the will of the driver.

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Many members of the public don’t care about speeding — they are apathetic. It occurs so frequently, and we are all guilty of it, that it’s difficult to demonize anyone for doing it. Who can not understand being in a hurry? In fact, many states are trying to increase speed limits to suit the natural driving patterns of those on the road.

Consequences of Speeding

While the reasons for speeding may seem unclear, the consequences are completely clear. Injuries and deaths result every day because people are in a hurry, they do not consider others and accidents occur. Every driver is responsible for the well-being of others on the road, but this consideration is hardly at the forefront of most drivers’ minds when they are late for a job that maintains their quality of life, or other important engagement.

The compensation you may be entitled to as a result of accidents caused by speeding includes the following:

● Damages for wrongful death

● Wages lost as a result of sick days, missed work or vacation days

● Medical costs both future and present

● Pain and suffering

● Loss of companionship compensation

● Emotional distress and anxiety

● Income reduction or complete loss due to death or injuries

Contact a West Palm Beach Personal Injury Lawyer Today

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, or a family member has been killed as a result of an accident, please contact the Law Team at Fetterman & Associates today. Our seasoned attorneys are standing by to get you or someone you know the deserved restitution for pain, suffering, damages, lost wages and other types of losses incurred as a result of someone else negligently speeding.

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How to Handle an Uninsured Motorist Accident

There’s nothing worse than an auto accident except one that involves a motorist who is uninsured. When you have been injured and have incurred significant damage to your property, you need to receive the justice you deserve to properly recover. When another driver is uninsured, you rightly feel exposed to astronomical costs that can easily accompany a serious automobile accident.

However, there are steps you can take, listed below, to protect yourself: call the authorities and medical personnel, check your insurance for uninsured motorist coverage, confirm the driver at fault is indeed uninsured and then retain the services of West Palm Beach car accident lawyer.

How to Handle an Uninsured Motorist Accident

1. Call the Authorities

First you need to call the police and receive proper medical attention. The police will come to the scene and provide the investigation of your accident that you need to make a substantial case. Complications of your accident can result as well if you do not seek immediate medical attention; concussions, for example, can lay dormant and then cause death without noticeable signs. Be aware that beyond your initial injury you may unfortunately be responsible for your continuing care.

2. Check Your Insurance

If you can do this now, do so because it is vitally important. Check your insurance to make sure that you are covered in the case of an accident involving an uninsured motorist. It is a law that your insurer must offer coverage for both under insured and uninsured motorist coverage. Yes, the cost of this insurance is higher but it is worth it to keep yourself protected in the case of an accident involving a motorist with no insurance. Many motorists fly under the radar until the day they cause an accident — don’t let their lack of due diligence harm yourself because you were not properly protected.

3. Confirm the Driver at Fault is Uninsured

Don’t just assume that the other driver is uninsured because his or her insurance card has expired. They may simply have not updated the insurance cards in their vehicle, their insurance otherwise completely valid. Call the insurance company of the at-fault driver and confirm their insurance has in fact expired. Remember that the burden of proof lies with the insurance company of the potentially uninsured driver. They must prove that the driver they insured has insurance; if they cannot accomplish this task, then it is time to make an uninsured motorist insurance claim.

4. Hire West Palm Beach Car Accident Lawyers

The final step you need to take after the previous three is hiring West Palm Beach personal injury lawyers to represent you. The help of an experienced attorney ensures that you have the best chance at the restitution you deserve. Your pain, suffering and inconvenience at the hands of a driver who was not insured is an injustice and must be rectified. Our West Palm Beach accident attorneys will thoroughly look into your case and let you know how he or she can assist. Please call Fetterman & Associates now at 561-845-2510.

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Boca Raton Woman Hit a Cyclist While on a “Cocktail” of Drugs : Bicycle Accident Attorneys

An early morning disaster could have been avoided, it seems. A fatal truck on bike accident was caused by complete disregard for responsibility and the safety of others.

A 65-year-old man was taking his daily ride to McDonald’s when he was struck by a Ford F-150 and killed by a young driver impaired by prescription medications. The event was violent to watch, according to witnesses, who reported that the cyclist was tossed over the hood of the truck on impact.

The accident left the bike itself destroyed with a twisted frame and parts strewn about everywhere. The forces involved were enough to damage the front of the truck, break a headlamp, and dent the hood and front grill.

Criminal Charges Filed for Accident

Cyclist Hit By A Woman in Boca RatonAccording to the Sun Sentinel, the woman, 24-year-old Boca Raton resident Bianca Fichtel, has been arrested and is facing serious charges including manslaughter while driving under the influence.

Witnesses say the truck swerved into the bike lane killing George Morreale. Bystanders came to his aid until paramedics arrived on the scene, but efforts were in vain. According to those who knew Morreale, he made that routine ride on his blue Schwinn bike to have breakfast almost every morning.

Another woman said she was almost struck when the Ford quickly swerved back out of the bike lane and sped away from the accident scene. She then followed the truck as it eventually circled back.

Fichtel originally claimed that Morreale had steered his bike in front of the truck. However, several witnesses to the incident refuted these claims as lies. A passenger in the truck was not able to corroborate Fichtel’s version of events as he says he was texting at the time and just assumed the vehicle hit a curb.

The “Cocktail” of Drugs

Investigators quickly noticed numerous pill bottles littering the cab of the Ford. Being caught red handed, Fichtel rattled off a laundry list of prescription medications she had taken before the crash. Her confession came only minutes after being confronted by police. Soon after, Fichtel demanded the assistance of a lawyer before answering any more questions.

Reports filed by investigators described her as both unsteady on her feet, and according to police, impaired. A toxicology report concluded that at least nine different medications were present in Fichtel’s system at the time. Some of the pills were very strong according to experts including Clonazepam and Oxycodone.

When asked why they returned to the scene, Fichtel’s passenger answered that she was “pretty sure she didn’t hit a curb.” At present, Fichtel has been arrested and arranged and is being held on $25,000 bail.

Personal Injury and Bicycle Accident  Attorneys In Florida

Our firm offers unparalleled expertise to Florida residents when it comes to dealing with car crashes and personal injury and their aftermath, please contact Fetterman and Associates and our team of experienced personal injury attorneys immediately at 561-880-4610 for a free legal consultation.

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