Car Accident FAQs

How do I obtain a police report in West Palm Beach after a car accident?

If you’ve been involved in a car accident in West Palm Beach, obtaining an accident report is one of the most important things you need to do to prove fault and receive compensation for your injuries. As a victim, you can access the report of the officer on the scene almost immediately. This report will include the officer’s observations, conditions at the time of the accident, witness statements, and other key facts.

To get your report, you’ll need to request a copy from the West Palm Beach Police Department by providing either your car’s VIN or your name. To get a copy of your accident report, contact the West Palm Beach Police Department at (561) 822-1880 or by e-mail to [email protected]

Will I need to go to court for my car accident case?

Think of a civil lawsuit as the last stop on the line when you’ve been injured in a car accident. Along the way, your West Palm Beach accident attorney will likely take other earlier steps – such as sending a demand letter to the person or company responsible for your injuries, and presenting a h2 case in mediation – that may prevent you from ever having to bring your case before a judge or jury. Each car accident lawsuit is unique, and based on the facts and the likelihood of recovery, your car accident attorney will advise you on the best strategy for obtaining a fair recovery.

What if the car accident was partially my fault?

If the other driver was entirely at fault for your car accident, the result is usually predictable: the other driver or their insurance carrier will offer pay to compensate you for medical bills, lost wages, and other losses you suffered. But what happens if the car accident was partially your fault?

The State of Florida follows a “pure comparative fault” rule when both parties are found to share blame for an accident. If the case reaches the trial stage, the jury will be asked to assign the percentage of fault that belongs to each party, as well as your damages. Under the pure comparative fault rule, your damages award is reduced by a percentage equal to your share of the fault.

Your car accident lawyer in West Palm Beach can help to prove that your portion of the fault was either nonexistent or very low.

Who pays my medical bills while my case is pending?

While your case is pending, the most important thing to do is treat for your injuries from day one of being involved in a car accident. Just as you would if you were not a plaintiff in a lawsuit, you must make your physical, mental and emotional well-being the number one priority.

While you are treating and before you recover for your injuries, you must pay your medical bills. After your West Palm Beach car accident attorney wins or settles your case, past and future bills may be covered as part of the award.

The good news is that a skilled car accident lawyer can work with you to organize your medical bills, as well as lost wages, pain, suffering, and other damages, to use as evidence of the damages you suffered in a negligence lawsuit.

How long will it take to settle my case?

There is no absolute answer to this question. However, based on the success record of our West Palm Beach car accident attorneys, we can promise to fight for your right to recover in a car accident case and use every resources at our disposal to ensure that a h2 demand letter is sent to the individual, company, or other party responsible for your car accident.

A demand letter outlines the relevant law, makes the facts blazingly clear, and puts the defendants on notice that they will have a hard-fought trial ahead if they do not settle your claims. If successful, you could see compensation as soon as a few months after your accident.  If a trial is needed, we are ready to be your advocates in bringing car accident litigation before judge or jury.

How much does it cost to hire a car accident attorney in West Palm Beach?

Steinger, Greene & Feiner are personal injury attorneys serving those suffering from car accident injuries and other injuries throughout Florida. There is no fee to discuss your case and absolutely no cost to you unless we win and get you the money you are entitled to.

Is there a deadline for filing a car accident lawsuit in Florida?

Florida has a statute of limitations which sets a time limit on your right to bring a lawsuit after a car accident. If you miss the time limit set by this law and you try to file your car accident lawsuit after the deadline has already passed, the Florida court system is almost certain to dismiss your case, unless a rare exception applies which may extend the deadline.

Absent an exception, you have four years, starting from the date of the crash, to get your car accident case filed in the Florida court system.