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Fort Lauderdale Car Accident Causes

Tenacious Injury Lawyers Work to Identify Car Accident Causes and Preserve Crash Victims’ Rights

Discovering what caused a car accident that resulted in damage or injuries is the first step in identifying who is financially responsible for all expenses and losses stemming from the crash.  In some cases, establishing the cause of a car accident is as simple as examining the scene and interviewing the parties involved. In many other cases, however, any number of factors can add complication to determining a car crash’s cause and a much more detailed investigation may be required to definitively assign responsibility.

At Lawlor, White & Murphey, our talented team of Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers understand that the process of recovering from a car accident can be frustrating and overwhelming, especially when the car accident cause itself was entirely someone else’s fault.  We take a proactive approach in determining the cause of a car accident—meaning that we work to gather all of the relevant evidence and use our decades’ worth of experience handling these types of cases to build a strong argument as to what caused the accident in your case.  If you have sustained injuries or damage in a South Florida car accident, contact us today so that we can go to work to determine the cause of your car accident while the evidence is at its strongest.

Frequent Causes of Florida Car Crashes

Car accidents can be caused by any number of factors, and often stem from situations where several elements combine to cause the car crash.  Some of the more common car accident causes in South Florida include:

  • Distracted driving. Driver distraction is one of the most common car accident causes in South Florida, which is why it is now a primary offense to text while driving in the state (meaning that drivers can now be pulled over and ticketed simply for texting while driving).  Distractions such as GPS, the radio and even other passengers in the car can all lead the driver to take his or her eyes off the road and cause an accident.
  • Aggressive driving.  Excessive speeding, tailgating and weaving between lanes are dangerous driving behaviors that can all easily cause a car accident.  When a driver’s aggressive driving causes a car accident, that driver can be held responsible for the crash.
  • Traffic violations.  While it may seem obvious that running a red light or stop sign can cause a car accident, these violations are still a common cause of crashes in Florida.  Failing to yield, speeding and other violations also commonly result in accidents.
  • Defective car components.  In some cases, the cause of a car accident has nothing to do with the driver’s actions, but instead stems from a defective component in the vehicle.  In these cases, the company that designed or manufactured the defective part may be financially responsible.
  • Driving while intoxicated (DWI). Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is extremely dangerous primarily because of the risk that the intoxicated driver will cause a car accident.  When an intoxicated driver causes an accident, that driver can be held financially responsible for the resulting injuries and damage in addition to the otherwise applicable penalties for DWI.

Reputable Personal Injury Lawyers Fully Investigate to Uncover Car Accident Causes in South Florida Crash Cases

Serious car crashes typically happen in the blink of an eye so that the car accident cause usually does not become apparent until much later when law enforcement has taken the time to review the scene.  In order to recover compensation for damages against an at-fault driver under Florida’s no-fault law, we work to identify and analyze the evidence in your case to prove that someone else’s actions caused the accident in your case.

Regardless of what specifically caused the injuries sustained in your car crash, when someone else’s negligence or carelessness was the root cause of the car accident, you are legally entitled to recover compensation associated with those injuries.  This may include compensation for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • In-home modifications
  • Future surgeries or treatment
  • Future rehabilitative care and physical therapy
  • Psychological counseling
  • Pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages

Schedule a Free Initial Case Evaluation to Discuss the Cause of Your Car Accident

The state of Florida is growing at an extremely rapid rate, leading to roadways that are often overcrowded with drivers who may not be familiar with the roads themselves or Florida traffic laws.  Regardless of the car accident cause, if you have sustained injuries, you need an experienced lawyer by your side to construct the strongest possible case for recovering compensation to help you move forward. 

At Lawlor, White & Murphey, our experienced car accident lawyers are dedicated to determining the car accident cause in your case so that we can recover the maximum possible compensation.  To discuss what happened in your car accident case, call or contact our office today to schedule a free initial case evaluation.

Frequently Asked Questions About Car Accident Causes

FAQ: What types of evidence can be used to establish the car accident cause in my case?  

Eyewitness testimony, road conditions at the accident scene and the state of the vehicles themselves can all provide useful information as to the car accident cause in your case.  Despite this, these elements are often far from conclusive. In some cases, we may be able to locate video surveillance footage that can show how the accident actually happened. In others, we can work with accident reconstruction specialists who can testify as to the cause of the accident based on a comprehensive analysis of the scene, vehicles and other factors in your case.

FAQ: My car accident happened quickly and I’m not sure what caused it.  What should I do to help determine the car accident cause?  

In many cases, you may not know the cause of the accident because it was another driver’s actions that actually caused the accident.  Importantly, call the police after the accident so that they can create a formal report of the accident. Take photos and videos of the scene, including the damaged vehicles, and obtain the contact information of anyone who witnessed the accident (including the other drivers).

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John K. Lawlor

John K. Lawlor, a South Florida personal injury attorney who focuses his practice on complex personal injury, wrongful death, and professional malpractice, founded the law firm of Lawlor, White & Murphey in 1996. Since 1995, Mr. Lawlor’s trial advocacy and litigation skills, as well as his wide-ranging legal expertise, have provided plaintiffs and their families with a distinct advantage when seeking financial compensation and justice for injuries caused by the negligence of others.

Ben Murphey

A partner at Lawlor, White & Murphey and a distinguished personal injury lawyer, Ben Murphey tries complex disputes that include civil appeals, maritime and admiralty claims, wrongful death, and labor disputes. Mr. Murphey has been recognized for his excellence in the area of personal injury litigation by being rewarded with a 10/10 Avvo Rating and named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” for 2010-2013 and Super Lawyers 2014-2019.

Anthony B. White

Since 1994, seasoned litigation and trial lawyer Anthony B. White has helped thousands of accident victims seek damages due to injuries sustained as a result of another party’s negligence. Included in America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals and selected to the 2012, 2014-2019 editions of Florida Super Lawyers, Mr. White specializes in car accidents, insurance disputes, wrongful death, product liability, and medical malpractice cases.


Vivian B.

John Lawlor and this practice provide their clients with the upmost professionalism and expertise. I highly recommend them!


John proved himself to be an attorney I could completely trust. His knowledge, experience and professionalism, mixed with his kindness and genuine concern for me and my family, were greatly appreciated.

Iskra D.

I cannot say enough about Anthony – he treated me like a friend instead of just another client. He was always available to answer any concerns, and provide guidance about my case.


I summarize my experience with Anthony with the words honesty, professionalism, efficiency and care. Thank you so much.

Jaime H.

This is a fantastic team of lawyers! Everyone who worked there treated me like I was their most important case, even though it wasn't a major car accident case. I would highly recommend them.


Ben worked on my case tirelessly and always kept me informed. Throughout a very lengthy and complex case he was very compassionate, empathetic and distributed a wealth of knowledge.


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