Experienced Fort Myers Auto Accident Attorneys
Automobile accidents happen in the blink of an eye. They are incredibly startling, emotionally traumatic, and often quite painful. Some are serious enough to cause severe injuries, long-term suffering, or even wrongful death. Almost every auto accident involves some degree of economic hardship or personal distress.
At Viles & Beckman, LLC we understand how frustrating and difficult any car crash experience can be. As Fort Myers auto accident attorneys, we have helped countless traffic accident victims throughout Southwest Florida during our more than 40 cumulative years in the practice of law.
Most of Florida’s auto accidents are caused by driver negligence. In other words, most crashes happen because a driver behaves carelessly, fails to take responsible action, or violates the rules of the road.
We’ll take a closer took at common types of driver negligence below, but it is important at the outset for victims of negligence to know that they are not responsible for the costs of someone else’s carelessness.
Even when the at-fault driver doesn’t mean to cause anyone harm, victims may be able to recover financial compensation for their injuries and any relevant suffering.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a Florida car crash, the experienced Fort Myers auto accident attorneys at Viles & Beckman, LLC can help. We have more than 40 years of combined legal experience and a dogged determination to give our Fort Myers and Cape Coral car accident lawyers an edge, both in the courtroom and at the negotiating table.
Types of Auto Accidents
While this page is primarily focused on car crashes, it is important to note that the term “auto accidents” may also refer to other kinds of traffic accidents and vehicle collisions. These include:
- Commercial trucking accidents
- Boating accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- School bus accidents
- Large van accidents
- Any other kind of vehicle collision
Within the specific context of car crashes, typical accidents include:
- Head-on collisions
- Sideswipe collisions (“T-bones”)
- Rear-end collisions
- Vehicle rollovers
- Hit and runs
- Intersection accidents
- Highway / Interstate accidents
- Parking lot accidents
- Residential area accidents
- Employment-related crashes
- Multiple vehicle collisions (“pileups”)
- Any other scenario involving a car, pickup truck, passenger van, SUV, or other personal-sized vehicle
Common Types of Driver Negligence
Driver negligence is the leading cause of car crashes in Southwest Florida, but negligence can take many forms. If any of the following played a role in your car crash, you may be entitled to a significant financial recovery under the law:
- Texting and driving
- Distracted driving
- Reckless driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI / DWI)
- Road rage
- Aggressive driving
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Failure to obey traffic laws or signs
- Drowsy driving
- Failure to use mirrors or turn signals
- Failure to check blind spots
- Driving unreasonably in specific weather or roadway conditions
These aren’t the only kinds of driver negligence, of course. Any instance of carelessness can cause auto accidents. If you aren’t sure whether negligence played a role in your crash, our experienced Fort Myers auto accident attorneys can help.
Dealing with Insurance Companies
Following an auto accident injury, you may be entitled to compensation from one or more insurance companies. Often, this will be the at-fault driver’s insurer, but other insurance policies might play a role too — an employer’s, a corporate third party’s, a local government’s, or even your own, for example.
Regardless of which insurers are involved, it is important to remember that insurance companies do not represent your best interests. Their only goal is to pay you as little as they can get away with.
Never accept a settlement offer from an insurer’s representative without talking to an experienced lawyer first. In fact, you should avoid talking to insurance representatives altogether if possible. If you do talk with them, be very cautious with your words. They are known to use innocent statements against you in the event of a lawsuit.
When you work with Viles & Beckman, LLC you can tell the insurance adjustors to call us instead. We’ll handle it.
Free Case Evaluation with Experienced Fort Myers Auto Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car crash anywhere in the state of Florida, the deeply experienced and fiercely passionate legal team at Viles and Beckman, LLC can help. Our mission is to make a meaningful difference in your case.
Our services are available to the residents of Fort Myers, Naples, Cape Coral, and any other area in Florida.
To schedule a free case evaluation with an attorney in our office, please contact us online or call 800.648.4537 right away.