By The Perazzo Law Firm
Owning and driving a vehicle is one of the most favorite American past times. The United States has a very high personal automobile ownership rate compared to the rest of the world. Most car accidents primarily involve injuries to drivers. In these cases the degree of fault is appointed based on the drivers’ careless conduct in observing road safety rules. That is, the driver that causes the accident can be pursued for damages. If more than one driver is at fault then the liability of the driver most at fault is reduced by the percentage of fault of the driver who is less at fault.
In recent years there has been a growing availability of personal transportation services. These services are becoming more wide spread and increasingly as easy to use as tapping your phone screen a few times. These professional drivers who offer their own automobiles to provide transportation to willing customers are not immune to car accidents which may lead to serious injuries. In these situation, the distribution of liability may become somewhat more complicated.
If the driver of the vehicle is at fault then he/she would be the one liable for the injuries caused to the passenger. If the driver of the other vehicle, you were not a passenger in, is at fault then you can pursue legal action against that driver. In some instances, the employer/owner of the vehicle you were a passenger in may also be liable for injuries caused even if that company or individual were not operating the vehicle at the time of the accident.
The damages you would seek, depend on the types of injuries suffered and the impact it has on your present and potential future earnings. In car accidents, the negligence standard is applied in order to prove liability. Negligence consist of four elements, all of which must be proven in your to recover damages. Those elements are duty, breach, causation and damages. That is, the driver who is alleged to be liable for having caused an accident resulting an injury must have had some duty of care that was violated or not observed causing damages/injuries to the victim.
As a passenger injured as a result of a car accident, you may be entitled to damages for medical expenses, lost wages, damage to property and even pain and suffering. In order to be able to seek maximum recovery, it is important to document the accident and keep records of expenses and treatment stemming from the injuries.
At The Perazzo Law Firm, we pride ourselves in representing the people of Florida and their families. We will always put our clients’ needs at the forefront of the fight against the insurance industry. Our Florida lawyers have dedicated their entire careers in fighting for your rights. Whether you seek compensation for injuries, fighting for justice for wrongful arrest or looking to repair your home, you can rest assured our lawyers will be there for you.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury, we encourage you to call us at 786 LAWS-411 (786-529-7411) to set up a FREE consultation to discuss your legal rights.