Here to Help When You Are Injured In an Auto Accident
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles recently reported that more than 230,000 people were involved in motor vehicle accidents in the span of only one year. Of those victims, more than 2,000 were killed and another 197,214 were injured. Many of the accidents were caused by the negligence of another driver—someone who refused to follow the rules of the road. These drivers often engaged in distracted driving or changing lanes without using proper traffic signals. Some of them even drove while drunk or under the influence of drugs.
Unfortunately, these remain common occurrences in the state of Florida. If you or someone you care about has been harmed by a negligent driver, you can take action. Turn to The Law Offices of Keith C. Warnock, P.A., in Florida. For over 30 years, Daytona Beach car accident Attorney Keith Warnock has represented personal injury victims in courts throughout the area, helping them obtain full and fair compensation for their injuries.
Florida Car Accident Liability Law
In the event of a car accident, Florida follows a “at-fault” rule to determine liability. This means that the driver who caused the accident is responsible paying damages through an insurance carrier. In these cases, where more than one driver is at fault for causing an accident Florida follows a "pure comparative negligence" rule.
This rule states that an injured party can still file a car accident claim, however, the percentage of fault they are found to be responsible for will also be deducted from their overall compensation awarded to them. For example, if you are found to be 20% at fault for the accident, the total compensation awarded to you will be reduced by 20%. Have questions? Contact our firm for a free consultation and discuss your case today.
Common Types of Florida Auto Accidents
The most frequent causes of auto accidents include:
- Drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs
- Texting while driving or general inattention
- Improper lane changing
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Following another vehicle too closely
- Road rage
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver's license
- Debris or other hazards on the road
Automobile Defects Can Increase Your Injuries
In some cases, car manufacturers or repair shops are responsible for causing or exacerbating injuries in auto accidents. For instance, the tire may be defective and cause a blowout, an airbag or seat belt may be faulty and fail to protect the vehicle's occupants, or the brakes may be defective and fail to stop the vehicle in time. We can assist you in such car accident claims.
Can I File A Car Accident Claim After Insurance Pays?
Most insurance companies will include in a settlement offer that no additional compensation beyond the settlement amount will be available to a claimant. This is true even if injuries become more serious after you sustain them which is a common occurrence with injuries sustained in car accidents. If you have been offered a settlement, or if you have already signed one, call Law Offices of Keith C. Warnock, P.A. today to talk about your case
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