Car Accident Caused by Negligence
Many car accidents in Miami are caused by negligence. That means that the at-fault driver failed to act in a specific way or acted in a reckless manner, leading to injury. If a car accident is caused by negligence, Florida law allows victims who have sustained injuries to pursue legal action against the at-fault driver and their insurance company in order to recover damages for lost income, medical costs, and other damages.
If you have been injured in a car accident in Miami, it can be difficult to determine whether negligence has caused the accident. For this reason, you may wish to contact a local personal injury attorney with experience in car accident cases. The Flaxman Law Group is a full-service law firm with a dedicated legal staff that has more than 25 years of experience with car accident cases and personal injury cases. The Flaxman Law Group is happy to accept new clients and offers a free consultation that can help you understand more about what the law firm can do for you.
Determining negligence after an accident
After a car accident, a victim and their attorney will need to determine whether negligence has in fact caused the accident and the subsequent injuries. In order to do this, a personal injury attorney will generally work with private investigators and other professionals in order to determine exactly what has caused an accident. In addition, the attorney will be looking to prove:
1) That the at-fault driver did not take reasonable care when driving. Drivers have a "duty of reasonable care," meaning that they are expected to behave in a way that is reasonably careful around other drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and others sharing the road. A personal injury attorney may seek to prove that an at-fault driver was negligent and violated this duty of care. For example, an attorney may be able to show that a driver was speaking on their cell phone, driving drunk, speeding, or taking part in other reckless activity at the time of the crash.
2) That the at-fault driver's actions and negligence led directly to the injuries suffered by the victim. A personal injury attorney must also be able to prove that a driver's reckless or negligent actions directly lead to a victim's injuries and damages. This may require the use of expert witnesses as well as medical documents to show that specific conditions - including long-term and permanent injuries - were a direct result of the at-fault driver's actions.
3) That the victim suffered serious injury as a result of the accident. A personal injury attorney will carefully calculate and document the total expected costs of an injury after a car crash. This may mean tallying up the total amount of work time (and therefore income) lost, the medical bills that the patient may need to pay, car damages, and other costs that the victim has incurred. In addition, a local personal injury attorney may also need to project the expected long-term cost of permanent injury, including a home care, accessibility features for the home, a lifetime of medical treatment and care, and so forth.
What to do if you have been in a car accident in Miami
If you have suffered injury as a result of someone's negligence, there is no reason to suffer the financial consequences of someone's recklessness. For the past 25 years, the legal team at the Flaxman Law Group has dedicated themselves to helping personal injury victims get the assistance and legal representation they need. The legal team at the Flaxman Law Group has already helped thousands of personal injury victims in Miami and across South Florida recover more than $25 million for their injuries. Feel free to contact the Flaxman Law Group if you have questions or need advice after sustaining an injury.