Following a motor vehicle accident, financial recovery is often a major concern. The compensation for a victim is generally the cost of injuries and property damages. It appears to be a simple calculation, however the many unique circumstances of an accident factor into the settlement.
Assessing an Accident Claim
- The type of injury that a victim sustains is the most significant factor in assessing a claim. Medical bills, lost wages, future earning capacity, pain and suffering, permanent disability or disfigurement, emotional damages, wrongful death, and related expenses are typically indicators of potential settlement amounts.
- Property damages depend on many factors, such as the type of collision, speed, and vehicle model. It is vital to have a vehicle professionally inspected, even in a minor accident, as it may have more damage than it appears.
- Florida law requires everyone to wear a seat belt. Similarly, Florida law penalizes drivers for using their cell phones and texting while driving. Violating either of these laws can play a role in the outcome of your accident case. Under the principle of comparative negligence, drivers are held accountable for some of their damages if they have violated these laws. (Florida Statutes Section 316.614(10))
Examples of Third-Party Payment Sources and Vicarious Liability
- A vehicle owner can have vicarious liability for lending their vehicle to another who negligently causes damages.
- An employer can be responsible for the actions of their employee when a vehicle is used for business.
- Rideshare companies such as Uber or Lyft carry insurance policies to cover driver’s negligence.
- The vehicle manufacturer can be liable for damages in a defective product claim.
- A mechanic shop whose negligence in repairs causes an accident may be named in a claim.
- The government entity responsible for the design or maintenance of roadways could be liable for damages if their negligence contributed to an accident.
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At The Briggs Law Firm, our personal injury attorneys treat our clients with the respect and compassion they deserve during the most challenging times of their lives. With over five decades of experience in personal injury law, we have helped countless clients secure financial settlements that have assisted with their recovery and helped them move forward with their lives.
We have proven results, which has earned us membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Membership in this organization is limited to trial lawyers who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements.
Whether you have been in an automobile, truck, motorcycle, golf cart, or rideshare accident, we are committed to seeking justice on your behalf. Contact The Briggs Law Firm at our Ocala, Florida office at (352) 671-4600 to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced motor vehicle accident attorneys.