Whether you’ve been in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident in Florida, you are probably expecting to receive compensation for your losses. If so, one thing is paramount: proving negligence on behalf of the other party or parties involved. But what exactly is “negligence,” and how do you go about proving it? Read on to learn more.
When it comes to an auto accident in Florida, the first step toward financial recovery is identifying which party was at fault for the accident. However, it’s not always as simple as pointing the finger at the other driver, or using one witness’s testimony to prove that you were innocent. In fact, it may very well be the case that you weren’t innocent—at least not entirely. And that’s okay, there is still legal recourse for you.
Under Florida law, negligence is defined in Jury Instruction 401.4 as the following:
“Negligence is the failure to use reasonable care, which is the care that a reasonably careful person would use under like circumstances. Negligence is doing something that a reasonably careful person would not do under like circumstances or failing to do something that a reasonably careful person would do under like circumstances.”
The standard for negligence differs state by state, which is just one reason it can be so beneficial to work with an auto accident attorney who is familiar with the laws in the state where your accident occurred. Floridians who have been in an auto accident will discover that Florida is a “pure comparative negligence” state, but few will immediately understand what exactly that means, and how it will impact their case.
Pure comparative negligence is a principle that, simply put, means your damages will be reduced by the percentage of fault or ‘negligence’ attributed to you. For example, if you are determined to be 10 percent at fault for the accident, then your damages will be reduced by 10 percent. Even if you are determined to be 80 percent at fault for the accident, you will still be entitled to receive 20 percent of your damages (i.e. 20 percent of the medical expenses associated with your injuries, 20 percent of lost wages due to the injury, 20 percent of property damage expenses, etc.). If it’s determined that the other party was entirely responsible for the accident, then you should be entitled to receive 100 percent of your damages.
How do you go about proving that the other party was at fault—even if only partially so—for an accident occurring in Florida? The first step is to seek the advice of a competent auto accident /personal injury law firm in Florida who has handled countless cases just like yours. Not only will this type of attorney be able to carefully review the details and facts of your case, but will quickly determine whether it’s possible to find fault with the other driver(s) involved, and if so, how to exactly go about doing that.
This process will boil down to demonstrating each of the following four elements of negligence under Florida law:
An auto accident can flip your life upside down in a mere instant. On top of dealing with pain and immobility from your injuries, you may be feeling the stress of having to miss work, being unable to care for your children, or simply not enjoying the hobbies that bring peace to your life.
It can be a scary time full of uncertainty. You might think you have little to look forward to except what seems like an obstacle course on your path to recovering physically, emotionally, and financially. This is when the compassion and dedication of a knowledgeable auto accident attorney becomes indispensable. Not only will you be able to rest assured knowing that the technicalities of your case are in the hands of accident experts, but you’ll be able to focus on your own personal recovery.
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