Side Impact Accidents
There are many ways that car crashes may occur. Even when you are doing your best to pay attention and ensure that you comply with traffic rules, you may still find yourself falling victim to another driver’s negligence. A common type of auto accident is a side impact collision. These occur in a variety of situations but are often associated with crashes involving one driver’s failure to yield. Whether at a controlled intersection or a four-way stop, side impact collisions can lead to devastating injuries. They also may occur at high speeds on a freeway when one car loses control and ricochets off the median, another vehicle, or a roadway obstruction. At the Law Offices of Adam Baron, our Coral Springs car accident attorneys have helped many victims pursue the compensation that they deserve.Proving the Liability of a Negligent Driver for a Side Impact Crash
The first step in pursuing compensation after a car accident is showing that the defendant was driving negligently at the time of the crash. Negligence is a legal term that embodies the standard of care that each person is required to exercise while behind the wheel. Traffic rules play a key role in determining the standard of care. Each of us is required to stop at red lights and stop signs, obey the speed limit, and use a turn signal when we change lanes. The standard of care is also informed by any conditions that may exist at the time of the crash, including severe weather, road obstructions, heavy traffic, or work zones. In some cases, it may be necessary to enlist an accident reconstructionist as an expert witness to explain how the accident happened and why the driver’s actions failed to comply with the duty of care.
A plaintiff in a car accident case must also show that he or she was hurt as a direct result of the collision. It is not uncommon for multiple drivers to act negligently in the events leading up to a car crash, resulting in a complex apportionment of liability. Under Florida law, a jury can apportion liability between multiple defendants or even apportion partial liability to the plaintiff if his or her own negligence contributed to the accident and the resulting injuries. However, the pure comparative fault rule means that some damages still may be available as long as the plaintiff was not entirely responsible.
Finally, the plaintiff must prove that he or she incurred reasonably quantifiable damages, such as medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage, and any costs of future treatment.Consult a Coral Springs Attorney after a Car Accident
If you or someone you love has been harmed as the result of a side impact collision, you may be entitled to compensation. Our Coral Springs motor vehicle collision lawyers are dedicated to ensuring that injured individuals receive the personal attention and compassion that they deserve. We proudly represent accident victims in Fort Myers, Naples, Tamarac, North Miami Beach, and other cities throughout Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. To schedule a free consultation, contact us online or call us in Broward County at (954) 247-4878, in Miami-Dade County at (305) 770-2131, or in Naples/Fort Myers at (239) 352-5511.