Car & Auto Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that there were over 5,000,000 police-reported motor vehicle accidents in 2012. Often, these accidents result in serious injuries to the people involved, in some cases leaving victims with long-term medical problems or even mental or physical disabilities. Fortunately, in many cases victims may be able to recover for their injuries through a personal injury claim. There are various parties that could be held liable in a car accident, many of whom may aggressively attempt to avoid paying out on a valid claim. Additionally, many insurance companies may try and offer unrepresented parties unreasonably low settlement offers in exchange for agreeing not to sue. For these and many other reasons, it is important for people who are injured in car accidents to discuss their options with an experienced car accident attorney.
Negligence Can Lead to Car Accidents
As is the case in any other type of legal claim arising from a preventable accident, plaintiffs must be able to show that that their accident was caused by someone else’s negligence in order to be able to recover. There are many forms of negligence that can lead to car accidents. Some of the most common include the following:
- Failure to yield
- Improper vehicle maintenance
- Defectively designed vehicles or parts
- Defectively manufactured vehicles or parts
- Failure to account for adverse weather
- Failure to signal
- Driving under the influence
- Driver fatigue
- Distracted driving
Determining the cause of an accident is an essential step in assigning legal liability after a car crash. For example, a speeding driver can likely be held liable for any injuries that result after an accident caused by his or her speed. On the other hand, in an accident caused by faulty brakes, the vehicle manufacturer or the manufacturer of the brakes may be deemed responsible. In some cases, the cause of an accident may not be readily apparent, even to law enforcement authorities or insurance companies. An experienced Florida car accident lawyer will be able to investigate your accident and determine against whom, if anyone, you may have a legal claim.
Common Injuries Sustained in Car Accidents
While vehicle safety has improved tremendously in recent years, car accidents are still capable of causing serious accidents. Generally, the severity of the injuries that victims sustain is in direct proportion with the severity of the accident itself. In some cases, however, severe and chronic injuries can arise after seemingly minor accidents as well. Some of the more common kinds of injuries that car accident victims can sustain include:
- Broken bones
- Emotional trauma
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
These and other injuries that victims may sustain in car accidents may result in significant medical expenses and missed work, losses that may be included in a lawsuit. In addition, people involved in car accidents can experience substantial pain and suffering, which also may be compensable in through a lawsuit.
Contact a Car Accident Lawyer Today
People who have been injured in car accidents may be able to recover significant financial compensation. Hiring an attorney is the first step in making sure that you receive the award or settlement to which you are entitled.