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New Smyrna Beach Car Accident Lawyers

A car accident can change your life in an instant, leading to physical injury, medical bills, property damage, lost income, and worse. 

Our car accident attorneys can help fight for crash victims in New Smyrna Beach and surrounding communities.

If you need to speak with an attorney about filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim, the lawyers at Chanfrau & Chanfrau can help.

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Chanfrau & Chanfrau has served the people of Central Florida for more than four decades. You don't owe our personal injury attorneys any payments or legal fees unless we can win your case. We're ready to help.

Types of Legal Damages

Damages is the legal term for compensation provided to a victim who suffered loss or injury as a result of a wrongful act. There are two types of damages we can potentially collect for you.

Compensatory Damages

Compensatory damages are the much more common type. These are awarded to make up for what you lost as a result of the crash. For example, compensatory damages would be awarded to pay for your medical bills and lost wages from being unable to work.

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages are significantly rarer, however, there are cases where they can be awarded. Punitive damages are sought in cases where the negligent party committed especially reckless, egregious behavior such as drunk driving. Punitive damages can result in significantly higher compensation than compensatory damages.

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Pre-Trial Settlements


The vast majority of car accident lawsuits are settled out of court. This prevents the need for a lengthy and contentious civil trial. Our car accident attorneys can help negotiate a fair settlement offer with insurance companies. This will help you cover the cost of current and future medical treatment as well as any changes to your livelihood and quality of life.

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How Long Do I Have to File a Car Accident Lawsuit?

According to current laws in the state of Florida, you must file an auto accident claim within two years from the date of the collision. This two-year statute of limitations applies to both personal injury and wrongful death claims.

Though it does allow time for crash survivors to notice adverse side effects of any lingering injuries, the two-year statute of limitation is not as long as it may seem, and can pass by quickly.

The Best Course of Action:
Speak with a Lawyer ASAP

Don't delay. It's best to speak with a wrongful death or personal injury lawyer as soon after your collision as possible. This helps get the legal process in motion and allows our attorneys to start building your case.

The team at Chanfrau & Chanfrau can also start recommending medical professionals to consult for second opinions and follow-up care based on your current needs.

Involved in a Car Crash in New Smyrna Beach? Contact Chanfrau & Chanfrau About Your Accident

Our team works tirelessly to secure justice and fair compensation for those who have suffered a personal injury in a car accident in New Smyrna Beach, FL. Our injury lawyers have established a firm that is big enough to serve you professionally, but small enough to give you the individual attention that you and your personal injury case deserve.

Our compassionate family law firm of injury attorneys provides free consultations for personal injury cases. One of our lawyers will review your case, determine if you have an injury claim, and guide you through the process step-by-step.

We also represent personal injury victims on a contingency basis. This means you do not have to pay us at all unless - and until - we win your case. To schedule a free consultation at our Daytona Beach, DeLand, or Palm Coast law offices, contact us online or call:

(386) 258-7313

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The family law firm of Chanfrau & Chanfrau has advocated for Central Florida car accident victims for over 40 years.

Honest and Caring Attorneys Who You Can Trust Reviews from New Smyrna Beach and Adjacent Communities


Terry Welker

Daytona Beach, FL


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My experience with Chanfrau & Chanfrau was a long and hard journey. From the beginning, which started over two years ago, to the final settlement. I could tell from the first appointment that I could trust Bill Chanfrau Jr., Amanda Brown and the Chanfrau team. Being a Vietnam Vet, that does not come easy. As time went on I could see that this law firm represented honesty, integrity and professionalism. The team was diligent and courteous and treated me like family. At the end Bill Chanfrau Jr. kept all his promises to me and they exceeded my expectations. I would highly recommend Chanfrau & Chanfrau Law Firm to anyone.

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Rose Williams

Palm Coast, FL


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I chose Chanfrau and Chanfrau because of the reviews I read about the company. . After my initial visit I immediately knew I chose the right attorney's to represent me. I am so glad that I chose Chanfrau and Chanfrau as they were honest, caring and informed me about procedure and how the law works. What I liked most was that they kept me informed every step of the way. I knew exactly what was going on and was involved in my case. I made informed decisions with the help of Greg Olsen and Lori MacNamara. I was never left in the dark. I would recommend Chanfrau and Chanfrau for your personal injury needs

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Some Roadways Could Contribute to Car Crashes We Can Hold Local Authorities Accountable

A single road, Orange Street in downtown New Smyrna Beach, saw 10 crashes during the first six months of 2022. Orange Street had been such a known risk that the city put up signs warning drivers of a "dangerous intersection." However, this signage did not seem to stop the consistent crashes.

The city has now turned Orange Street into a one-way between Washington Street and Mary Avenue in an attempt to stop the persistent crashes.

While the matter on Orange Street has been addressed, crashes still occur along major thoroughfares around New Smyrna Beach, like I-95, State Road 44, and Pioneer Trail. Sometimes these collisions are the result of poor road conditions rather than driver error alone.

City and state agencies have a duty to maintain safe roads. Our attorneys can look into the details of your crash and determine if the government is liable for damages in your case. 

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Many Tragic Accidents Involve Drugs & Alcohol

A tragic number of Volusia County's car accidents were alcohol, drug, or alcohol and drug confirmed crashes.

In 2021, 45 fatal car accidents involved drug or alcohol use. That amounts to a deadly crash involving a controlled substance almost once a week.

If your loved one suffered severe physical harm or tragically passed away as the result of a reckless and impaired driver, you may be entitled to a higher level of compensation in a wrongful death or injury case.

Discuss Your Car Accident with Our Lawyers Our Family-Run Law Firm Is Ready to Help

To build a successful case, our New Smyrna Beach, FL, car accident attorneys will review every aspect of your car accident. Since 1973, when W. M. Chanfrau, Sr., began to practice as a personal injury lawyer, our firm has secured over half a billion dollas in settlements and jury awards for our clients. We understand the chaos an injury can cause following an accident with another passenger vehicle or commercial vehicle such as a truck or bus.

When you choose Chanfrau & Chanfrau, we will handle every aspect of your case so you do not have to worry about dealing with insurance companies or any other details. Your number-one priority during this time should be focusing on your physical and emotional recovery. By reaching out to our lawyers you can receive a team of attorneys that will seek maximum compensation on your behalf. 

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Our Law Firm Has Your Back No Matter How Long Your Car Accident Claim Takes

"I can’t say enough good things about Chanfrau & Chanfrau! My legal team (Bill, Greg, and Jessica) were all absolutely amazing. They were so easy to work with and eased my mind! I had a very difficult car accident case that took four years to settle.

"Bill and Greg were there every step of the way giving me updates and keeping me informed on the progress of my case. I know they spent countless hours reviewing the accident, contacting witnesses, and investigating the claim. Being in any kind of legal situation is a scary thing, but I always felt comfortable knowing that Chanfrau and Chanfrau had my back."
Tiffany Canup

In a Crash? Here's What Accident Victims Should Know A Proven Car Accident Lawyer Shares His Insight

If you were in a crash in New Smyrna Beach or any of the surrounding communities, the personal injury lawyers at Chanfrau & Chanfrau can help. Keep in mind that there are a few things that you can do after a crash that can keep you safe and help you start building an auto accident claim.

What to Do Immediately After a Car Crash

Contact 911

After a car accident that results in personal injury, contact the authorities immediately so that the injured parties can receive medical attention. Prompt medical care can make a significant difference in the outcome of a serious injury suffered during a car accident.

Trade Information

Once any injuries have been attended to, get the name and contact information of the other driver and any witnesses to the car accident. Providing your personal injury attorney with this information can be essential to a successful personal injury claim.

Take Photographs

It is no secret that pictures tell a thousand words, and photos of any damage to your car or property can prove invaluable. High-quality pictures documenting road conditions, nearby signs, the weather, and time of day can all make a big difference in your case.

Verify Insurance

Every Florida driver must carry insurance covering at least $10,000 in physical injuries and property damage, respectively. Our Smyrna Beach, FL, car accident lawyers can pursue compensation if you have been injured by an uninsured driver or if your losses exceed coverage.

Police Details

To allow your personal injury lawyer to properly research the details of the car accident, write down the name and badge number of the investigating police officer. This will allow your personal injury lawyer to determine if you have a valid case against the other driver.

Admit No Fault

You may feel the need to apologize to the other driver even if the car accident wasn't your fault, but in the eyes of the law, an apology may be seen as an admission of liability. In order to ensure the best outcome, it is best to limit verbal exchanges with the other parties.

Looking Out for the People of Volusia County You Can Count on Our Central Florida Personal Injury Attorneys

"Following an auto accident in which I was the victim of a red-light runner I initially contacted a lawyer in the city where I work. However, following the recommendation of my daughter-in-law, I decided to have Chanfrau & Chanfrau represent me...

"I met with Bill, Laura, and the team the next day following the accident and felt well taken care of from day one... Their stellar team aggressively pursued and were successful in winning against a major insurance company on my behalf. I could not be more pleased."
Joe Harrell

Fatal Accident Claims

If you've lost a loved one in a car accident, you can seek damages from negligent parties that caused a crash or contributed to it. This includes negligent motorists as well as third parties such as the makers of faulty airbags, defective tires, or unsafe vehicles.

In these kinds of car accident lawsuits, the surviving loved ones of an accident victim can seek damages from at-fault parties. Any compensation received can be used to cover economic losses such as funeral costs and lost wages. Compensation can also address non-economic damages related to the fatality, such as loss of companionship and pain and suffering.

Our car accident lawyers can focus on the litigation process while you and your loved ones process your grief and plan for the future.

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Our Personal Injury Lawyers Go Above and Beyond More Reasons Why the People of Central Florida Trust Us


C Bauer

Daytona Beach, FL


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Signing with Chanfrau & Chanfrau was the best decision I made. In getting into a car accident your not in the best headspace, fortunately I found this firm. Their entire team is very professional and go above and beyond in doing what's best for you. Huge shout out to Kim, she has taken the time to listen to all the medical concerns and I can tell that she truly cares.. If you want a great experience and an amazing outcome this firm is where you need to go!!

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Edwin Best

Daytona Beach, FL


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Extraordinary is the best descriptor of the services I received from Chanfrau & Chanfrau! Bill Jr. and his entire team of professionals and staff not only handled my cases (2 MVA) but made it their task to be sure I was well and cared for by knowledgeable professionals outside the firm. Bill, Laura, Ashley and all involved earn my gratitude and praise! I strongly encourage anyone in need of legal services to contact them.

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Chanfrau & Chanfrau

Chanfrau & Chanfrau has been serving Floridians in Daytona Beach and the surrounding areas since 1976. With three attorneys and two locations, we have the resources to help you after an accident or injury. We are proud of our many achievements, including inclusion in:

  • America's Top 100 Attorneys
  • The National Trial Attorneys Top 100 List
  • Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite

For more information about our legal services, contact our firm online or call (386) 258-7313 today.

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