West Palm Beach Car Accidents: When Do You Need Legal Help?

April is both Distracted Driving Awareness Month and Alcohol Awareness Month.

At Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. we understand distracted driving, speeding and drunk driving are the top causes of traffic collisions in the United States. And, while we sometimes call them “accidents,” few are not caused by one or more negligent acts of those involved.

Can a car accident lawyer in West Palm Beach help?

We provide free consultations to injury victims in West Palm Beach and the surrounding areas, because we believe everyone deserves access to quality legal representation in the wake of a serious or fatal traffic collision. Still, others ask whether they should seek help after a more “minor” incident or in cases where there are no serious injuries.

The answer, of course, is that it depends upon the facts and circumstances of your particular case. However, here is a certainty: It’s still free to speak to an experienced injury attorney and determine the best course of action.

The statute of imitations for personal injury and wrongful death in Florida is two years. This means your claim will likely be forever barred if not filed within 24 months of the date of accident or injury. However, as a practical matter your case begins to degrade more quickly. In cases where obviously dangerous behaviors may be to blame – distracted driving, speeding, drunk driving – pursuing a claim in the immediate aftermath of an incident offers the best chance for gathering the evidence needed to prove your claim in court. The more time passes, the less available evidence will be salvaged. Witnesses forget, change phone numbers and move. Seasonal variations, including vegetation growth, may materially alter the scene.

Most commonly, the reason for not pursuing a claim is a lack of apparent serious injury. However, there are many cases in which neck and back injuries are not readily apparent. Whether soft-tissue injuries such as whiplash, or something as serious or life threatening as a traumatic brain injury, gauging the long-term consequences of an accident by symptoms in the immediate aftermath is a fool-hardy endeavor, particularly if you are relying upon self diagnosis.

Ultimately, your ability to secure compensation for lost wages, medical expenses and other losses will be directly impacted by your ability to connect your injuries and associated medical complications with the collision.

If you or a loved one is involved in a serious traffic accident, seek immediate medical attention as appropriate, and then begin to gather documentation. Pictures of the scene, before the cars are moved if possible, can be invaluable months later. Get the names and contact information of witnesses. Note whether traffic cameras or private security cameras might have captured the collision. And seek the advice of experienced legal counsel before talking to an insurance company.

Accident lawyers in West Palm Beach can help injury victims. Call Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. today at 800-608-2965 to schedule a free consultation.

West Palm Beach Insurance Claims Best Handled with Experienced Legal Help

Each year, people in the United States pay more than $1 trillion in insurance premiums for car insurance, health insurance, homeowners’ insurance and other policies to protect from risk. Insurers collecting these premiums make average profits in excess of $30 billion annually.  They make so much money in part by making it difficult for insured policyholders to actually get the benefits they have been paying for in the event of a claim, sometimes for years on end. 

When you are in a car accident, you should not expect your insurer to treat you fairly. There are many different tactics that insurance companies use and many reasons why legitimate claims are denied. Accident lawyers in West Palm Beach can assist in dealing with your insurer.

Tactics Insurers are Using to Avoid Paying Your Claim 

Allstate Insurance, named as number one on the list of the 10 worst insurance companies in the United States, developed a three-part approach to handling insurance claims. The three steps were: Delay, Deny, Defend. The company would deny legitimate claims, impose unreasonable delays on claims processing to demoralize policyholders and discourage lawyers from getting involved, and would aggressively defend itself in court when challenged.

A recent report from the American Association for Justice takes a close look at some of the tactics that insurance companies use to avoid paying out car insurance claims. These include:

  • Finding esoteric reasons to deny covered claims. In one example, a 60-year-old woman with a $2 million insurance policy tried to get coverage for a collapsed lung and broken bones caused by a motor vehicle collision. A pickup truck had crossed a double yellow line and hit her vehicle. The claim was denied because the incident was not an “accident,” according to the woman’s insurer. Instead, it was caused by “road rage.”
  • Rewarding claims handlers for claim denials. In some cases, representatives were given gifts like appliances and gift certificates for denying legitimate claims. Insurers also hosted pizza parties to celebrate high denial rates and low payouts.
  • Delaying claims until they cannot be paid. One particularly reprehensible example of this behavior involves avoiding paying long-term care insurance claims by delaying until the covered policyholder dies. However, delays are also detrimental to policyholders in auto insurance claims. If an insurer delays until the statute of limitations has expired, victims of collisions cannot sue at all. The delays could also result in policyholders becoming desperate as they incur medical bills and go weeks or months with no income because their injuries prevent work. A desperate policyholder might accept a lower payment just to get something.

These tactics show that you need someone on your side looking out for you. Contacting a lawyer as soon as possible after a collision is a smart choice to have the best chance of getting your insurer to accept responsibility.

Accident lawyers in West Palm Beach can help injury victims. Call Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. today at 800-608-2965 to schedule a free consultation.

Sleeping Pills a Driving Risk for Elderly Motorists

In the past decade, the number of seniors with a driver’s license has increased 23 percent. Each day, there are 500 accidents involving senior drivers, many of which result from the impaired cognitive function and vision that go along with old age. Seniors over the age of 80 are at the greatest danger of a motor vehicle collision, although seniors begin to decline at different rates. 

Although age-related impairments make many seniors dangerous drivers, seniors are much less likely than younger people to consume alcohol before they drive. In fact, data shows only five percent of senior drivers have a blood-alcohol content above the legal limit at the time of a collision.

Unfortunately, while seniors might not be drunk, they may be on medication that affects their ability to drive safely. In fact, recent evidence indicates a growing trend of sleeping pill use among older Americans. Sleeping pills can increase the risk of collisions for drivers of all ages, but people over the age of 80 are especially at risk of side effects from these medications. This is especially a problem in the state of Florida, where 18.2 percent of the population is 65 and older as compared with a national average of 13.7 percent.

Victims of collisions with senior drivers on sleeping pills need to understand their rights and should contact an experienced West Palm Beach accident attorney.

Sleeping Pills and Senior Drivers 

Seniors, for the most part, should not be taking sleeping pills. For people over the age of 80, sleeping pills reportedly  increase the risk of fatigue during the daytime and the risk of cognitive impairment.

Unfortunately, sleeping pills are frequently prescribed to elderly individuals who suffer from either physical or mental problems that affect sleep, such as arthritis. As many as five percent of people over the age of 80 take some type of prescription sleep aid. For many seniors, these medications may react with other drugs they are taking for other conditions. For example, 10 percent of participants in a recent study were taking three or more medications that had a sedating effect, including opioid pain killers which may be prescribed to people suffering from osteoarthritis.

Seniors who are taking multiple drugs should think carefully before driving to ensure that it is safe for them to do so. Families with older relatives should also stay involved, finding out what types of pills are being prescribed and taking steps to ensure that a senior is still able to drive. Roadwise RX is a program that allows you to enter your medications and to learn how the medications affect driving abilities.

Although sleeping pills are legal, individuals of all ages who do take sleeping pills could potentially be charged with the crime of impaired driving if the medications affect their ability to operate their vehicles safely. Just recently, for example, Kerry Kennedy faced criminal charges for causing a collision when sleeping pills affected her ability to drive. She reported that she had taken the medication by mistake, and was acquitted of the criminal charges.

A West Palm Beach accident attorney can help accident victims. Call Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. today at 800-608-2965 to schedule a free consultation

Palm Beach DUI Risks Remain Top Concern in 2014

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is continuing efforts in 2014 to encourage lawmakers to adopt regulations that could reduce drunk driving incidents. Florida has adopted the majority of the recommended laws but MADD’s 2014 Report to the Nation indicates that the state could do more. 

Drunk driving fatalities represented 29 percent of total traffic deaths in Florida in 2012, with 697 people losing their lives in collisions involving alcohol. This was a .4 percent increase from the prior year. Family members of victims who are killed have legal rights, as do victims hurt in a collision with an intoxicated motorist. A drunk driving attorney in West Palm Beach can help victims of drunk driving collisions. Contact Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A.,  today to schedule your free consultation.

Florida Can Take Steps to Combat Drunk Driving

Florida takes a tough stance on drunk driving and many regulations aim to discourage drivers from getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. For example, Florida allows for sobriety checkpoints and has a no refusal policy so drivers suspected of being impaired cannot decline to have their blood-alcohol content (BAC) tested without automatically losing their driver’s license. Child endangerment laws impose stricter penalties on drivers who are impaired with young people in the car and administrative license suspension (ALS) also occurs after a drunk driving arrest or refusal to submit to a BAC test.    Each of these laws has earned Florida a star for following MADD recommendations, giving the state four stars out of five.

Unfortunately, despite its tough laws, there are still hundreds of drunk drivers on the streets in Florida annually. MADD reports that:

  • 12,016 people were hurt in alcohol-related crashes in Florida in 2012.
  • A total of 17,199 Florida crashes involving alcohol occurred in 2012.
  • There were 53,664 arrests and 28,689 convictions of intoxicated motorists in Florida over the course of 2012.
  • A total of 18,268 drivers refused to take a blood alcohol content test over the course of the same year.
  • There were 113,076 three-time offenders and 11,681 five-time offenders in the state of Florida.

It is not uncommon for impaired motorists to drive drunk repeatedly, even after they have been caught and arrested. Florida could thus significantly improve its safety efforts by making one simple change: requiring ignition interlock devices (IIDs) for every offender convicted of driving drunk.

Lawmakers passed a law in 2008 that required the use of ignition interlock devices for first time offenders if they had a BAC above .15, but motorists convicted who were just over the .08 legal limit do not have to have one of these devices installed when they resume driving.   Drunk driving could be significantly reduced if all offenders had to use an IID, since there were more than 20,000 repeat DUI offenders arrested in Florida in 2010 who were driving on a suspended license.

Drunk driving not only has a devastating cost for victims, but it also has a huge financial cost as well.  The comprehensive economic cost of a drunk driving death is $5.2 million.  Florida lawmakers could save money and lives by following MADD’s recommendations and imposing an IID requirement for all convicted drunk driving offenders.

A drunk driving accident attorney in West Palm Beach can help accident victims. Call Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., today at 800-608-2965 or visit www.gonzalezcartwright.com  to schedule a free consultation.

West Palm Beach Traffic Collisions: High Risk to Teens from Prom to Graduation

Traffic deaths are higher for teens during prom weekends than at any other time of the year. Prom weekends generally run from March 1 to May 21 and parents should be aware of the risks that their teens face during this time period. 

When a prom accident happens, the teen driver and his passengers are all at risk of injury or death. Other motorists could also be injured in the collision. Victims, including passengers, should consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer in West Palm Beach for help understanding legal options. Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. can help.

Prom Season is a Dangerous Time for Teens

The Florida Department of Health discussed the risks teens face on prom night in A Prom to Remember. The DOH Office reports that there were no accident-related deaths on prom night between 2006 and 2011, in part because of 22 certified trauma centers around the state. These trauma centers have been able to more quickly and effectively treat teens involved in drunk driving crashes and other collisions, so fewer deaths occur during prom weekends.

While no fatalities occurred, it doesn’t mean the risks are any less real.  Teens have suffered injuries and have caused injuries to other motorists as a result of dangerous driving choices made after prom parties and celebrations.

The risks on prom weekends include not just the potential for teens to drive drunk, but also the dangers associated with having too many teens in the car. When a young teen driver has lots of passengers, the risk of accidents significantly increase. This is especially true if passengers consumed alcohol, even if the driver is sober. Young drivers can become distracted or engage in risky behavior to impress their friends, increasing the chance of a collision.

Schools are doing their part to underscore the dangers of bad driving choices on prom night. Channel 12 News indicates that Palm Beach high schools had special crash-reenactment events during prom season last year to give kids a firsthand look at collisions caused by both distracted and drunk driving. Similar programs are expected to take place as schools move into the 2014 prom season.

Parents, too, can play a role in reducing the accident risk. Safety Insurance recommends that parents:

  • Ensure their children have a fully-charged cell phone with them.
  • Make clear that kids can, and should, call for a ride at any time of the night, no questions asked, rather than getting into the car with a drunk driver.
  • Confirm the location of after-prom parties, and find out who will be there and whether there will be parental supervision.  A party that is not supervised is likely to involve alcohol and drug use.
  • Getting the complete itinerary before kids leave for the night.
  • Discussing the dangers that kids face on prom night.

With these tips, hopefully 2014 can be another prom season where there are no deaths in Florida.

A personal injury lawyer in West Palm Beach can help accident victims. Call Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. today at 800-608-2965 or visit www.gonzalezcartwright.com  to schedule a free consultation. 

West Palm Beach Drunk Driving Prevention in Focus

Drunk driving remains a top cause of fatal accidents, with as many as 40 percent of deadly traffic collisions still involving intoxicated motorists. In Florida alone, the NHTSA reports that 697 people were killed in 2012 in crashes where alcohol was believed to have played a role. 

These troubling statistics show that much more needs to be done to try to make the roads safe and prevent these senseless tragedies. This helps to explain why as many as three out of every four Americans has strongly endorsed the imposition of tougher penalties against drunk drivers as a means of reducing intoxication behind the wheel.

Strategies to Reduce the Risk of Drunken Drivers

Drunk driving accident attorneys in West Palm Beach know that a great deal of progress was made throughout the 1980s and 1990s in reducing the risk of drunk driving, and many of the programs and policies put in place during this time remain in effect today and continue to deter people from driving while intoxicated. New policies continue to develop and new laws continue to pass to try to further reduce the dangers.

Recently, the National Safety Council (NSC) has summarized some of the steps that are being taken, that have been pursued or that may be options in the future as a means of reducing drunk driving. Some of the different strategies that the NSC highlights include the following:

  • Screening programs and brief interventions. Typically, employers will offer screening to identify high-risk individuals and will offer intervention to try to provide assistance. Employers may offer these services as a part of the health benefits afforded to employees. In some cases, employers opt for screening and intervention because they want to protect their companies from potential liability of a drunk employee. Regardless of an employer’s motivation, screening and brief intervention has been shown in more than 360 studies to be the most cost-effective way of reducing dangerous drinking behavior and assisting people in getting the help that they require.
  • DWI court and additional prosecutions. The NHTSA is placing a priority on improving the prosecution of drunk driving offenses so offenders are not able to escape the consequences of their actions. DWI courts are also being established in an effort to make sure cases are tried expediently and properly.
  • Ignition interlock devices: Around a third of the 1.5 million drivers arrested each year for drunk driving have already been convicted at least one time. The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that ignition interlock devices be required for all drunk driving offenders. This could help reduce the rates of re-offense and keep more drunk drivers off the roads.
  • High-visibility enforcements. When the public is reminded of the criminal consequences of drunk driving and made aware that police will be out in full force enforcing the law, this reduces the risk of drunk driving. Sobriety checkpoints and public service campaigns about drunk driving consequences around high-risk holidays are effective ways of reducing impaired driving.

All of these programs have made the roads much safer, but people continue to die in drunk driving offenses. Motorists need to make a commitment to always drive sober. Those who are hurt by drunk drivers can take legal action.

Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. has offices in West Palm Beach. Call 800-608-2965 today to schedule a free consultation

NHTSA Releases Guidelines to Help Senior Drivers Stay Safer

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released its first-ever Older Driver Highway Safety Programs Guidelines designed to address the problem of the aging driving population. The guidelines contain recommendations for states on how to incorporate best practices derived from senior-driving rules throughout the country. The NHTSA suggests that state driver’s license agencies, along with individual state Departments of Transportation, should work together with medical providers that assist seniors in order to help make sure that seniors (and especially high risk seniors) don’t drive when it is no longer safe for them to do so. 

Car accident attorneys in West Palm Beach know that demographics are changing and that a huge number of drivers on roads throughout the America are going to be aged 65 and older soon. While these seniors usually make safe driving choices, unfortunately they also suffer from physical and mental impairments in many cases. The natural results of aging that impair functionality have made seniors the demographic group that is at the second greatest risk of getting into an accident, following only teen drivers. The NHTSA is trying to reduce this accident risk by creating its new guidelines.

NHTSA Addresses Senior Driving Issues

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration focused on several key factors when creating its five-year plan and when writing guidelines related to the safety of seniors. The NHTSA believes that part of the plan should include:

  • Improving vehicle safety. The NHTSA is currently researching important technologies related to crash avoidance. While these technologies can be potentially life-saving for any drivers, some may be of “special assistance” to senior drivers because they help address vulnerabilities that older motorists are more likely to have. For example, the new technologies include collision-avoidance features and vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems.
  • Vehicle ratings for seniors. The NHTSA is considering adding a special “Silver” rating system to its New Car Assessment Program. Seniors could look at the Silver rating system to get an idea of which cars offer the most features catered to older drivers.
  • Improvement of data collection methods. The NHTSA collects data on car accidents that occur throughout the United States in order to identify trends and risk factors. The data helps to shape policy. The NHTSA is looking to improve its data collection systems and to collect more information on physical, perceptual and cognitive changes that are associated with senior drivers and that can result in an increased crash risk. This can help make state and federal lawmakers better informed about how to help avoid accident risks that result from an older driving population.
  • Publishing the new guidelines that address functional changes in seniors.

The NHTSA’s new senior guidelines were created after considering best practices from around the entire United States. By choosing the best programs and regulations that exist throughout the country, the NHTSA has provided an invaluable guide to helping states take steps to ensure that senior drivers are safe on the roads.

If you’ve been injured in an accident, contact the car accident lawyers in West Palm Beach at Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., at (800) 608-2965 for a free case consultation.

Even Floridians are at Risk of Winter Accidents

When most people think about car accident dangers in the winter, they think of snow and ice on the roads. Floridians don’t need to worry about that, but there is still an increased risk of auto accidents during the winter months. Auto accident lawyers in West Palm Beach know daylight savings time and early dark put pedestrians and motorists at increased risk just in time for the busy winter tourism season. 

Winter Accident Risks in West Palm Beach

Some bad weather has already hit West Palm Beach this year, with News Channel 6 reporting on crashes caused by wind and rain on a soggy night early this November. The rainstorm left many residents sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic and reportedly caused dozens of accidents along the Florida Turnpike and Interstate 95. One such accident, a semi-truck that jack-knifed around 6:40 p.m. resulted in the southbound lanes of the turnpike being closed for several hours.

And, thanks to daylight savings, it is now getting darker much earlier, leaving more workers commuting home in the evenings after night has fallen. This has been proven to have a significant impact on the number of car accidents that occur each winter.

Daylight Savings Time is Dangerous

In Britain, there were three years during which daylight savings time was not observed and the clocks were not set back. As a result, researchers had the opportunity to assess the impact of this time change on auto accidents.

As predicted, when it was darker in the morning, there were more accidents in the morning but fewer accidents in the evening since it stayed lighter later. The reverse was also true – when the clocks were set back and the mornings were brighter, there were fewer crashes in the a.m.   However, the correlation wasn’t exact. The increase in crashes at nighttime was not offset by the decrease in accidents in the morning when the clocks were set back.

This means that, unfortunately, daylight savings time makes the roads less safe. As the Coventry Telegraph reports, 527 people die each year as a result of car accidents that occur due to daylight savings. These motorists are killed because night drivers are more likely to get into accidents as a result of reduced visibility.

The NHTSA, for example, indicates that drivers can see just 160 feet ahead in the night, yet need 1.5 seconds to stop. This leaves very little margin of error for motorists coming home in the dark.  Drivers who are tired from a long work day or speeding because they are eager to get home are significantly more likely to crash since they may not see obstacles in their path in time to brake.

Motorists need to be aware of this increased accident risk during the winter months and should take steps to ensure that they drive slowly, pay careful attention and practice safe driving when coming home at night.

If you’ve been injured in an accident, contact our car accident lawyers in West Palm Beach at Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., at (800) 608-2965 for a free case consultation.

Avoiding Rollover Accidents in West Palm Beach

A rollover vehicle accident in Suburban West Palm sent four drivers to the hospital, two with critical injuries, after their car rolled on Southern Boulevard. WPTV News Channel 5 reports that all four motorists were ejected from the vehicle when the car rolled over, and that the two victims who sustained critical injury were both children. 

Rollover accident lawyers in West Palm Beach know that 200,000 rollover accidents occur annually in the U.S., causing 10,000 deaths. While light trucks are involved in 127 percent more rollover accidents per registered vehicle, there is a potential risk of a rollover any time a vehicle loses control. Motorists are likely to be seriously hurt or killed in a rollover crash and it is important for drivers to understand how to avoid these dangerous types of collisions.

How to Avoid a Rollover Accident 

Rollover accidents can occur in single vehicle crashes as well as multiple vehicle accidents. Drivers can reduce the chances of becoming involved in a rollover accident by:

  • Choosing a car with a stable base and low center of gravity. SUVs and minivans are the passenger cars most likely to roll while sedans and other vehicles lower to the ground are more stable.
  • Slowing down when turning a vehicle. Taking curves too fast is one of the leading causes of rollover accidents. When a vehicle goes around a turn too quickly, this can cause the car to swerve sideways. If the vehicle runs up against a guardrail, curb or other obstacle as it is swerving, this can initiate a rollover.
  • Keeping tires properly balanced. Vehicles with low air pressure or unbalanced tires are less stable and more prone to rolling over. Motorists should regularly check tire air pressure and should have their vehicles professionally balanced whenever the tires are rotated.
  • Driving defensively. Motorists should avoid tailgating to ensure they have time to react to the behavior of other drivers and so they can react if nearby motorists make erratic moves that could result in an accident.
  • Respecting the conditions of the road. Slick roads caused by ice, snow or rain can cause a vehicle to go out of control and roll over.

Finally, buckling up is one of the single most important things that a driver can do to prevent serious injuries from rollover accidents.  More than 65 percent of the occupants who were killed in rollover accidents in 2010 did not have seat belts on and many of these deaths resulted from head injuries or other damage sustained when the motorists were thrown forcefully out of the vehicle as it rolled. The motorists in the recent suburban West Palm Beach accident, for example, were likely hurt as badly as they were because they were ejected from the vehicle. Many critical injuries like those suffered in this recent rollover accident could potentially be avoided if all drivers buckled up.

If you’ve been injured in an accident, contact a car accident lawyer in West Palm Beach at Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., at (800) 608-2965 for a free case consultation.

Teen Taken to Hospital After Pedestrian Accident

According to the Palm Beach Post, a young teenage girl was taken to the hospital in early September after she was involved in a pedestrian accident.  The incident occurred on Southwest 66th Avenue in Sandalfoot cove in the West Boca Raton area. 

The young girl’s condition remains unknown, but pedestrian crashes often result in serious injuries or even death. The hospital bill and other costs of treatment may be high if the girl was seriously injured, and it will be important for her and her family to understand their legal rights. A car accident lawyer in West Palm Beach is best able to ensure this family’s rights are protected.

Pedestrian Accidents Cause Serious Harm to Crash Victims

The recent pedestrian accident occurred early in the morning and rescue crews were called to the area by neighbors at approximately 6:30 a.m.  While pedestrian accidents can occur at any time, early morning is not the riskiest time for a walker. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has indicated that the majority of pedestrian accidents occur at night.

As the CDC reports:

  • Age plays a major role in determining the risk of a pedestrian crash.  Those over 65 and between the ages of five and nine are at the great risk. In fact, 11 percent of all pedestrians injured in 2010 were over the age of 65 at the time and almost one in five children ages five to nine who was killed in auto accidents was walking at the time of death.  Although her age has not yet been released, the Florida teen was older than the demographic of children at greatest risk. Of course, pedestrian accidents can happen to anyone of any age; young people and seniors are simply the most likely to be hit by a car.
  • Alcohol impairment on the part of either the driver or the pedestrian is also a major risk factor for pedestrian crashes.  The CDC reports that 33 percent of pedestrians involved in fatal crashes had a blood alcohol content (BAC) above the legal limit. In 47 percent of crashes in which a pedestrian died, alcohol was involved in some way. It is not yet clear in this recent case whether the driver was intoxicated.

The cause of the accident in Sandalfoot Cove is still under investigation.  Unfortunately, this accident is one of thousands that occur every single year. In 2010 alone, 4,280 pedestrians lost their lives in fatal pedestrian accidents and another 70,000 pedestrians suffered injury.  These figures mean that an average of one pedestrian is killed every two hours and one pedestrian is injured every eight minutes.  Pedestrians are also one-and-a-half times as likely to be killed in a car crash per trip when compared with occupants of passenger cars.

If you’ve been injured in an accident, contact a car accident lawyer in West Palm Beach at Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., at (800) 608-2965 for a free case consultation.