Auto Accidents and Liability: Who's at Fault?
Another driver hit your car. You did nothing wrong. They have to pay for your damages. It's just that simple, right? In truth, auto accident liability issues are often more complicated than you might think. Why? One big reason is that defendants and their insurance companies will almost always try to put at least some of the blame for the accident on the driver who is suing them or someone else.
For this reason alone, it is crucial you talk to an experienced lawyer before making any statements to the other driver's insurance company.
Florida's "Comparative Negligence" Laws
In a pure comparative negligence state like Florida, an auto accident or personal injury case that goes to verdict can allow a judge or jury to assign a percentage of fault (liability) to each of you. Your damages would then be reduced by that percentage.
For instance, if you had a hundred thousand dollars in damages (injuries) but the jury said you were 50 percent at fault, you could still recover $50,000 in damages. That's not a mistake. Florida's system for assessing auto accident liability does not prevent you from recovering damages, even if you were somewhat at fault along with the other driver. We work hard to establish zero percentage fault for our clients in every case.
Maximizing the Value of Your Case
A huge part of the job of being a personal injury lawyer is understanding the long-term physical and financial impacts of serious personal injuries. Personal injury and car accidents can wreck lives. Our law firm has a full time nurse-paralegal on staff and an entire network of experts we can bring in to help on your case, including leading physicians, life care planners, and vocational rehabilitation specialists.
Our objective is always to get you the full financial compensation you need so you can move forward with your life.
Contact Our St. Augustine, Florida, Car Accident Attorneys
Contact our law office in St. Augustine, Florida. We provide a free initial consultation to determine if we are the right firm to handle your case. We handle all personal injury claims on a contingency fee basis; that means you pay no attorney's fees until we recover money for you. Call us today: 904-471-5007.