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Proving Fault In An Auto Accident


Every year, more than 227,000 auto accidents occur in Florida, involving more than 300,000 people. That’s a staggering 625 crashes per day. While some are very minor – barely scratching the paint on the cars involved – others are much more serious and can cause serious damage to the vehicles involved as well as serious harm to the drivers and passengers involved.

If you’ve been involved in an accident in the state, you’ll need to be able to determine who is at fault. Thanks to Florida PIP laws, getting the kind of financial help you need and deserve can be difficult. These PIP laws can often seem convoluted, and there are strict requirements for when you can seek help, where you can seek it from, and more.

While PIP coverage will handle some of the costs you’ll face when recovering from an injury in an auto accident, it may not be enough. And when you consider that an insurance company will do all that it can to keep itself from having to pay out any more than it has to, it becomes clear that you need someone that will work for you to prove fault. A good car crash lawyer can help, but you’ll still need to prove fault.

There are a few different things that can help prove fault in a vehicle crash. For starters, it’s worth noting that if you’re rear-ended by another motorist, they are automatically at fault. Additionally, if you are driving straight and are hit by someone making a left turn, they too are automatically at fault. In other situations it’s much more difficult to determine just who is at fault.

For starters, the police report will help a lot. These police reports will usually note what kind of traffic violations occurred and who is responsible for committing them. It will include information on who was issued a ticket, and in many instances will even have a rough sketch of the accident and how it may have occurred.

If you’re not seriously injured following the accident, don’t hesitate to utilize your smart phone to help prove fault later. By taking photos of the scene from different angles you’ll be able to document just what happened for insurance adjusters and attorneys to see.

Still, proving fault is a complex process and the legal system is filled with loopholes and confusion. As a result, it can quickly become very stressful and difficult to show that you aren’t at fault. And when you consider that you should be spending your time trying to recover physically instead of trying to fight an insurance company in court, getting professional help becomes a much better idea.

With that in mind, it isn’t hard to understand why a good car crash lawyer is such a vital ally in the days, weeks, and months following your accident. They will take over the responsibility of proving fault for you, obtaining reports and reviewing them, researching laws and reviewing photos to see who is at fault. If it’s the other party, your car crash lawyer will stand up to the insurance companies and their team of lawyers and work to get you the restitution that you need and deserve.

We have offices throughout the state of Florida including in Bradenton, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Venice Beach, and more. Our team isn’t afraid to stand up to insurance companies, and every year our clients settle for millions of dollars. And with more than 100 years’ experience in personal injury law – much of it focused on auto accidents – you can rest easy knowing that professionals are handling your case. If you’ve been injured in a car crash, be sure to contact us soon for the help you need and deserve.

Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

Proving Fault In An Auto Accident

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