What types of car accidents most commonly lead to a lawsuit?

There are far too many injuries and deaths from car accidents in Florida. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, in 2015 there were 374,492 car crashes, with 243,384 total injuries and 2,938 deaths.

Not every injury or death in a car accident leads to a lawsuit. In order for a lawsuit to be appropriate, someone else must be at fault for the injury, usually the other driver, but often the driver’s employer, and sometimes a manufacturer of a defective auto part.

The most common type of car accident lawsuit is for negligence, meaning that the driver of the other vehicle breached their duty to operate their car in a reasonably safe manner. These accidents can result from reckless driving, distracted driving, or failure to avoid a rear-end collision.

When an employee causes an accident while on the job, the doctrine of respondent superior can be used to hold their employer responsible. In other cases, the owner of the vehicle may be held responsible for negligently entrusting their vehicle to another driver. Sometimes the blame for a car accident is found in negligent maintenance, a defective vehicle, a malfunctioning traffic device, or problems with the design of the road or lack of appropriate safety measures.

If you were injured in a car accident that was the fault of another, you may be entitled to compensation. Call Joyce & Reyes for a free consultation to learn more about your rights.

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