West Palm Beach Head-On Collisions
Head-on collisions are likely to result in catastrophic injuries with permanent consequences, such as brain trauma or spinal cord damage. Why do these accidents happen? A common reason is traveling the wrong way down a road, due to poor signage, negligence, or drunkenness. In some cases, a head-on collision occurs because a car tries to pass another car on a two-lane road by driving into oncoming traffic, misjudging the speed of an approaching vehicle, or getting trapped in the wrong lane. If you have any chance of avoiding a head-on collision, you should take that chance. People in the West Palm Beach area who have been involved in a devastating car accident can contact the attorneys at Anidjar & Levine to assert their right to compensation against the driver who harmed them.Proving the Liability of a Negligent Driver in Florida
If a head-on collision was caused by a drunk driver, you may be able to assert negligence per se, which applies when the defendant violates a criminal statute that is designed to guard against the particular type of harm that resulted from the violation, and you are a member of the group of people that the statute was designed to protect.
Negligence per se may be useful because it creates a presumption of negligence. This means you would not have to prove the duty and breach elements of a standard negligence claim. However, you still would have to show causation and damages, which can consist of both economic and noneconomic costs and losses.
Liability may be more challenging, however, if the defendant was in the wrong lane because of inadequate signage or construction or a condition caused by another entity, such as the government or a private property owner. In such cases, it may be necessary to prove government liability or bring a premises liability claim.
If you suffer catastrophic injuries, you may need medical care for the remainder of your life. For that reason, it is important to sue all the parties responsible for a head-on collision. A single driver may not have sufficient liability insurance coverage to cover your damages.
Some head-on collisions result in a wrongful death, which can create serious financial burdens for the decedent's family members. While suing the responsible party may not be foremost on a family member's mind after the death of a loved one, it is important to consult an attorney as soon as possible. A wrongful death occurs when someone's negligent, reckless, or intentional misconduct results in a fatality. Under the Florida Wrongful Death Act, these survivors can bring suit for lost support or services after the death of a loved one: spouses, children, parents, and other family members dependent on the decedent for financial or emotional support. The survivors can recover compensation for loss of companionship and for mental pain. Whichever surviving family member paid the medical or funeral expenses may able to recover them from the party responsible for the head-on crash.West Palm Beach Attorneys Dedicated to Helping Injured Individuals
West Palm Beach is the county seat of Palm Beach County in South Florida. It is home to Northwood University, Keiser University, and Palm Beach Atlantic University, among other post-secondary educational institutions. As of 2010, its population was about 100,000 people. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle collision in West Palm Beach, the knowledgeable injury lawyers at Anidjar & Levine may be able to help you assert your right to compensation. Call us at (800) 747-FREE (3733) or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation. We represent clients in many cities across Palm Beach County, including Delray Beach, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, and Wellington, as well as in Fort Lauderdale and throughout South Florida.