Drunk Driving Accidents
Liability of Driver
Legal claims for damage related to an automobile accident usually rely on the concept of negligence. To prove negligence, an injured person and his or her lawyer must be able to show four things:
- The other driver owed a duty of care to the injured person.
- The driver breached that duty.
- This breach caused the accident.
- The injured person suffered real damage or harm because of the accident.
In the case of an automobile accident, all drivers owe a duty of care to other drivers and people using the roadways—they’re all responsible for driving safely and carefully. Any action or lack of action (such as taking one’s eyes off the road) that causes an accident is a breach of the duty of safe driving. A driver who commits an illegal act, such as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, has also breached that duty and may also be subject to Punitive Damages.
Liability of Driver
An injured person, in conjunction with their Florida accident attorney, must prove that the accident directly caused their injuries or other damages. This may include medical costs related to broken bones and other injuries directly sustained in the accident itself. It can also include lost wages because of work missed for medical treatment, losses for mental or psychological effects of the accident, and damages for the injured person’s “pain and suffering” and loss of the enjoyment of life. This last category is known as “non-economic damages” and is meant to compensate a person, beyond their out-of-pocket expenses and lost wages, for any reduction in their quality of life because of the accident.
Our lawyers will closely examine your case, focusing in particular on your injuries and your future needs. The goal of any case involving a claim for damages after an accident is to make you whole, or to put you as close to the position you would have been in had the accident never happened. The legal team of Goldman & Daszkal will develop a customized approach to your case that prioritizes your specific needs and goals.
What to Do After a Car Accident in Florida and When to Contact a Florida Accident Attorney
Being involved in a car accident is unnerving. You’re likely going to be shaken and upset from the experience, not to mention suffering from potential injuries.
Additionally, your body will start releasing adrenaline into your bloodstream, causing you to go into overdrive to help you handle the situation. Unfortunately, this can also cloud your thinking. If you can, keep a written list of steps to take after a car accident printed in your car or the notes app of your smartphone. Here’s what you should do after an accident:
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For over 30 years, Goldman & Daszkal has provided Florida personal injury clients with extensive representation across a wide range of case types. Our passionate attorneys understand the complexities behind these cases—and will work with you every step of the way to settle or win your birth injury claim in court. Contact our office today to schedule a free and confidential consultation.