Car accidents can be traumatic experiences, especially when they lead to significant injuries requiring months or even years of medical treatment. While victims focus on recovery, they may not consider their legal rights until it is too late, and bills are increasingly due. Dedicating our entire practice to assisting people injured in motor vehicle collisions in the Hollywood area, the attorneys at the Blakeley Law Firm have the knowledge and experience to guide you through the process. Jarrett Blakeley knows that dealing with insurance companies or responsible parties may be complicated, and he has experience interacting with them to pursue his clients' goals.Holding Negligent Drivers Accountable for Your Injuries
In 2012, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reported that over 200,000 people suffered serious injuries or even death in car crashes. Often, these accidents and the resulting harm are caused by a driver's negligence. A victim, or plaintiff, can pursue legal action against a careless driver to recover damages by filing a negligence claim. This usually consists of showing the following elements:
- The driver had a duty of care to act as a reasonable and prudent driver would behave under similar circumstances;
- The driver breached his or her duty of care;
- That breach caused the plaintiff's injuries; and
- The plaintiff sustained actual damages as a result.
Many different actions could indicate negligence. For instance, a driver who fails to yield the right of way when appropriate or a person who fails to reduce speed in a thunderstorm could be deemed to have breached the duty. It will be important to show that these careless actions directly led to the accident, which must be a foreseeable result of the defendant's behavior.Potential Damages
Damages that may be available to people hurt in a car accident often include past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, property damage, and loss of income or earning capacity. However, the statute of limitations for personal injury suits in Florida is four years from the date of injury. If you believe you have a claim, contact a knowledgeable attorney to make sure you protect your rights. Failing to take action within the period defined by the statute of limitations generally means that you lose your chance to seek compensation.Discuss Your Car Accident Case With a Sunrise Attorney
If you have been seriously hurt in a car crash, or lost a loved one due to another party's negligence, car accident lawyer Jarrett Blakeley at the Blakeley Law Firm can assist you. Blakeley Law Firm has represented individuals from Sunrise and other communities in Broward County, as well as Miami-Dade County and the rest of South Florida. We take the time to cultivate relationships with our clients and explore the details of their situations. If you need help with a car accident case, contact us today to discuss your options. We can advise you on how to hold accountable the parties that were responsible for your injuries.