Accidents involving cars and other vehicles are among the biggest causes of injuries in this country. Automobile accidents cause hundreds of thousands of injuries and tens of thousands of deaths every year. The law entitles people who have suffered injuries or who have lost loved ones due to another driver’s negligence or illegal activity to receive compensation for their losses. A skilled and experienced Broward County car accident lawyer can help assess your damages, determine who should be liable, and fight to protect your rights.
Accidents involving vehicle collisions and crashes cause enormous damages, both to people and property, every year in the United States. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, there were 30,797 motor vehicle accidents that resulted in fatalities nationwide in 2009. Accidents involving two or more automobiles are common, but they may also involve other vehicles such as motorcycles, large commercial trucks, boats, and recreational vehicles.
An automobile accident typically involves collisions between cars. Similar legal rights are also available to victims of hit and run accidents and people whose property suffers damage from a driver.
Liability of Driver
Legal claims for damages due to an automobile accident usually rely on the theory of negligence. To prove negligence, an injured person and his or her lawyer must show four things: (1) that the other driver owed a duty of care to the injured person, (2) that the driver breached that duty, (3) that this breach caused the accident, and (4) that the injured person suffered real damage or harm. In the case of an automobile accident, all drivers owe a duty to other drivers and people using the roadways to drive in a safe and careful manner. Any action or lack of action, such as taking one’s eyes off the road, that causes an accident, is a breach of the duty of safe driving. A driver who commits an illegal act, such as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, has necessarily breached that duty.
An injured person must prove that the accident directly caused their injuries. This may include medical costs related to broken bones and other injuries directly sustained in the accident itself. It can also include lost wages because of work missed for medical treatment, losses for mental or psychological effects of the accident, and damages for the injured person’s “pain and suffering” and loss of the enjoyment of life. This last category is known as “non-economic damages” and is meant to compensate a person, beyond their out-of-pocket expenses and lost wages, for any reduction in their quality of life because of the accident.
Our lawyers will closely examine your case, particularly focusing on your injuries and your future needs. The goal of any case involving a claim for damages after an accident is to make you whole, or to put you as close to the position you would have been in had the accident never happened. We will develop a customized approach to your case that prioritizes your specific needs and goals.
The Deerfield Beach car accident attorneys at Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. represent people in Palm Beach and Broward County who have been injured in automobile and other vehicle accidents. Contact the firm through this website or at 954-428-9333 for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case.