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Getting The Facts About Auto Accident Fault

As the third most populated state in the country and one of the most visited, Florida’s roads are busy. And because of that large number of people on the roads, accidents will happen daily. Most are minor, but some can lead to serious injuries and more. When you’re injured in an accident, it can be hard to pick up the pieces and move on – your physical health needs to recover, and the financial challenges brought on by an accident can be immense as well.

However, when the accident was caused by someone else, it’s even more frustrating to face that recovery. Getting a good auto accident attorney is the first step you should take towards overcoming your injuries and moving on, but just knowing the basic facts about auto accident fault in Florida is well worth doing as well.

Here are some of the key things to keep in mind.

  • Auto accident fault is shown by looking at two basic things – reckless and negligent behavior. In order for one party to be found responsible, they have to be shown to have acted in a negligent or reckless manner. This could include something like texting while driving, or something like speeding or running a red traffic light.
  • • Some surprising things could be found to prove fault as well. For example, failure to maintain a car properly – if tires are proven to be so bad that they’re unlawful to be used and the accident was caused by a tire related issue, the owner of the vehicle could be held to blame. Even engineers have been found to be at fault – a poorly designed road without warning signs that is obviously unsafe could be to blame, and in those cases the designer might be held responsible.
  • • Proving fault isn’t always as easy as just looking at a police report and seeing that one party was drunk. Auto accident lawyers often have to use things like police reports, mobile phone records, security camera footage, and even the work of an accident reconstruction specialist in order to determine exactly what happened in an accident.
  • • It’s also important to note that in accidents that involved defective parts in the vehicle, it may be shown that the automaker was at fault – especially in situations involving recalls. The key, however, is whether or not you were aware of the problem before the accident. If so, you may be held responsible instead of the automaker due to your own willful negligence.

Simply put, fault in an auto accident is the key element driving whether or not you can get compensation for your injuries. Determining who is to blame for the accident is the first step any attorney will take, and in doing so they can help tell you what your options are and whether or not you have a chance of getting the compensation you deserve.

Our team has decades of experience in personal injury law and a proven record of helping our clients get what they’re owed. We have offices throughout the state including in Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice, and beyond and our team is ready to help you. Contact us for your free initial consultation.

During his time as a public attorney for the State of Florida, Bernard Walsh developed a passion for defending the legal rights of Florida's citizens. Having seen many people being taken advantage of after being injured and the financial harm that can cause for families he committed himself fully to helping injured clients get justice, by fighting to make greedy insurance companies pay what they owe.

Getting The Facts About Auto Accident Fault

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