Who Is Liable For Auto Accident Injuries In Florida?
After a car crash, it can be tough to figure out who exactly is responsible — especially if more than one party might be liable. Here are some of the common parties who might be at fault:
If another driver hit your vehicle or hit you while you were walking or bicycling, that driver might be at fault for the accident. If you were a passenger at the time of the crash, the driver of the vehicle you were riding in may have been at fault and could be held responsible for your injuries. It is important not to accept fault at the scene of a crash, even if you think you were responsible. All of the facts are not clear in the chaos that follows an accident. Talk to your lawyer first.
A Vehicle Manufacturer
If the crash was caused by a defect in the vehicle or any of its parts, the manufacturer or designer may also be responsible. If the automotive defect didn’t actually cause the accident, but made your injuries worse than they otherwise would have been, a manufacturer may still be responsible. Your attorney can help determine whether this was the case.
Those Responsible For Road Design, Construction And Maintenance
Blind curves, severe potholes, inadequate or missing signs, or signals that don’t work can all contribute to an accident. The condition of the roadway matter, and the officials responsible for designing, building and maintaining them might be held liable if they have negligently failed to do their jobs.
A Driver’s Employer
If a driver causes a crash while on the job, his or her employer may also be held liable. Your attorney can dig into the facts of the situation to find out who may be held responsible for the other driver’s fateful decisions.
Your attorney will check to ensure that everyone who is at fault is held responsible. With so many potential parties in play, chances are good a case may involve multiple insurance companies. The insurers may argue over which company is responsible for covering your losses. Your attorney can manage this situation so that you receive a full and fair settlement while you focus on healing.