Experienced Brooksville Florida Car Accident Attorneys
At Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC, we are committed to helping car accident victims fight for fair compensation for their injuries. Our Florida auto accident lawyers in Brooksville/Lutz offer aggressive representation, bringing more than five decades of collective legal experience to every case. We provide our clients with the legal guidance and advocacy they need to seek a fair outcome after a car crash. If you were injured in an accident, please contact us to see how we can help you.
Car Crashes in Florida
According to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV), Florida had more than 15.3 million licensed drivers in 2013. The DHSMV reported almost 228,000 crashes in 2011, with 2,400 fatalities and more than 181,600 injuries. Car crashes are particularly dangerous for pedestrians and bicyclists. Pedestrians were involved in more than 7,000 crashes, and nearly 6,200 were injured. Over 4,600 bicyclists involved in crashes also suffered injuries.
Florida is a no-fault car insurance state. Drivers must purchase a minimum of $10,000 in personal injury protection to cover up to 80 percent of their injuries and lost wages, regardless of fault. This amount may not be enough to compensate you for serious injuries. By filing a personal injury suit, you can recover the compensation that is appropriate.
Suing in Auto Accident Cases
If you are injured in a car wreck, you have the right to initiate a personal injury lawsuit against the parties you believe are responsible for your injuries. Your car accident claim must be based on a legal theory of liability. In auto accident cases, that theory is usually negligence. Negligence is the failure to exercise the degree of care that a reasonable person would use under similar circumstances. Drivers in Florida have a duty to exercise care when they drive. A driver may breach this duty of care if he or she fails to drive at a speed that is reasonable and prudent given the conditions and potential hazards. A driver who speeds and strikes a motorcycle, for example, may be liable for injuries that result from his or her negligence.
As the plaintiff, you must establish that the defendant in your case was negligent by showing that:
- The defendant had a legal duty to conform to a standard of care;
- The defendant failed to conform to that standard of care; and
- Your injuries are a result of the defendant’s failure to conform.
In some cases, the defendant in your motor vehicle accident claim may blame you for your injuries. Several states do not allow a person to recover damages if they contributed to, or are more than 50 percent at fault for, their injuries. Florida, however, is a comparative fault state. It allows a person to recover damages irrespective of his or her degree of fault. A court will apportion fault among the parties, and a plaintiff may recover to the extent he or she is not responsible for causing his or her injury.
Damages and Compensation for Motor Vehicle Injuries
If you can establish liability in your car accident case, you can seek damages from the party responsible for causing you harm. You may recover compensation for serious injuries, including medical and hospital bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and property damage. If the accident resulted in a relative’s death, you can potentially seek damages through a wrongful death claim. You may recover for your relative’s medical and burial expenses, loss of future earnings, and loss of companionship.
Car Accident Lawyers in Brooksville/Lutz Fighting for You
The Brooksville car accident attorneys at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC are prepared to fight for your rights if you were hurt in a car wreck. Our attorneys have helped numerous car crash victims hold negligent drivers and their insurers accountable for their actions. Whether it is through a car crash settlement or at trial, our lawyers will work to get you the compensation that is appropriate for your injuries. We work with clients in Brooksville, Lutz, and other nearby communities.