Anidjar & Levine is a leading Florida car accident law firm dedicated to providing the highest quality legal representation to auto accident victims in Fort Lauderdale and other areas of Florida. We have helped many people get back on their feet after accidents caused by the negligence of other drivers.
Automobile accidents are the leading cause of death in Florida and the United States. They are also the leading cause of traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Florida has one of the highest rates of traffic fatalities per year, recording approximately 2,600 deaths in 2010 alone. Whether the accident involved one or more vehicles, at least one negligent driver is usually at fault.
Drivers have a duty to safely operate their motor vehicles. Drivers breach that duty by endangering other motorists with their negligent conduct. When this happens, at-fault drivers become liable for any property damage or bodily injury “proximately caused” by their negligence. Negligent driving occurs when the motorist experiences a loss of focus or other impairment of driving skills, causing an accident.
Examples of negligent driving include:
- Driving while intoxicated
- Violations of basic traffic and safety laws
- Refusal to adapt driving behavior to road conditions
- Unsafe lane change or intersection crossing
- Refusing to slow down or yield right of way
- Drag racing or speeding on public roads
- Falling asleep at the wheel
- Talking or texting while driving
- Driving while otherwise distracted
Florida law protects motorists who are injured by another driver’s negligence. The 2011 Florida Statutes require drivers to carry automobile insurance protecting the named insured, relatives, and other persons operating the motor vehicle against liability for personal injury or property damage in the event of an accident. Section 627.733 provides a $10,000 limit for loss sustained by any person as a result of bodily injury or death arising out of the use of the insured vehicle.
Under Florida law, driving under the influence is proved by impairment of normal faculties or unlawful blood alcohol levels of 0.08 or above. Pursuant to Section 316.193 of the Florida Statutes, any person who causes property damage or personal injury to another while driving under the influence is guilty of a first degree misdemeanor punishable by a $1,000 criminal fine or 1-year imprisonment. Repeat offenders may face a $5,000 fine, 5 years imprisonment, or both.
Injured parties who can show their harm was caused by another driver’s negligence are entitled to several types of damages. First, they can recover compensation for past and future medical expenses, from the emergency care they received at the scene of the accident to ongoing treatment as the injury requires. Second, injured victims can recover the lost income, future earnings, and disability benefits incurred from their inability to return to work. Finally, they are entitled to compensation for the trauma and inconvenience caused by the accident, including damages for pain and suffering. These are all costs borne by at-fault parties and their insurers.
If you were injured in a car accident, the experienced Florida auto accident attorneys of Anidjar & Levine can help. We have helped many car accident victims throughout Florida obtain the compensation they deserve. We are dedicated to assisting you achieve the best possible outcome at trial or through settlement. For a free consultation, call (800) 747-FREE (3733) or Contact Us online.