While the City of Plantation’s slogan is The Grass is Greener, due to its heavily trafficked roadways, including University Drive, Pine Island Road and Peters Road, Plantation has more of its fair share of car accident, which accounted for more than 254,000 people being injured during 2016 in Florida, making motor vehicle crashes one of the most common causes of accidental injury in the state. In many car accidents, victims are entitled to compensation for their injuries, including their medical expenses, lost income, loss of quality of life, and physical and emotional pain and suffering. In some cases, victims may also be able to recover punitive damages, which are intended to punish defendants for particularly egregious conduct and to deter others from engaging in similar behavior.What Causes Car Accidents?
Car accidents can occur for any number of reasons. For victims, it is important to determine whether the accident was caused by someone else’s legal negligence. Some of examples of negligence that can result in serious, injury-causing car accidents include the following:
Driver Error: Statistics indicate that the majority of accidents are caused by errors on the part of drivers. Specific examples of the driver errors that often cause car wrecks include speeding, following too closely, poor vehicle maintenance, distracted driving, and drunk or drugged driving.
Poor Road Maintenance or Design: Road defects are another common cause of car accidents in the Plantation area. While not all road defects indicate negligence on the party of the agency or private party that is responsible for its maintenance or design, some are, which means that anyone hurt in an accident caused by a defective roadway should have the case reviewed by a lawyer. Some of the kinds of road defects that can cause serious accidents include potholes, unmarked hazards, missing guardrails, overgrown vegetation, and faded lane markings.
Vehicle Defects: In some cases, defects with the way that a car, truck, or motorcycle is designed, manufactured, or marketed can cause accidents that leave victims with serious injuries. When this happens, victims can often recover compensation from the vehicle manufacturer or retailer.
Recovering compensation after an accident can be complicated and difficult, even if the other party concedes that he or she was at fault. Fortunately, there are many ways that a lawyer can help you navigate the process and make sure that you receive the compensation to which you are entitled under Florida law. Some of the most important include the following:
- Evaluate your case and determine whether you have a claim
- Conduct an investigation into the cause of your accident
- Protect your rights by communicating with the insurance company on your behalf
- Negotiate a settlement agreement that adequately compensated you for your injuries
- File a lawsuit in the appropriate venue and represent you in court
If you have been hurt in a car accident caused by someone else, you should speak to an attorney as soon as possible. At the Law Office of Joseph I. Lipsky, P.A., we are committed to holding people who have injured others through their negligence responsible for their conduct. To schedule a free consultation with an attorney, call our office today at 954-693-0073 or contact us online.