About Our Car Accident Injury Lawyers
Common car wreck injuries often have permanent physical and financial consequences. The Florida car accident attorneys at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC understand the lasting impact of common injuries in auto accidents.
For decades, our attorneys have helped Florida motor vehicle accident victims assert their right to compensation for their injuries. We can provide the representation you and your family need to recover damages if you were hurt in a motor vehicle crash.
Common Injuries Suffered in Auto Accidents
Car accidents injure millions of people each year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 2.36 million people were hurt in motor vehicle accidents in 2012. About 421,000 people were injured due to distracted driving alone, which was a nine percent increase from 2011.
Common car wreck injuries can be catastrophic and require months or even years of medical care and treatment. They also can permanently affect a victim’s earning capacity and lifestyle.
Common car crash injuries include:
- Brain and head trauma, including concussions and other serious brain damage.
- Whiplash, paralysis, or other neck and spinal cord injuries.
- Broken bones, particularly if the victim is a pedestrian or bicyclist.
- Lacerations and other disfiguring injuries.
These injuries can be fatal in some cases. The NHTSA reported more than 33,500 fatal motor vehicle accident injuries in 2012.
Who Can Be Held Liable for Car Crash Injuries?
Car crash victims can pursue a personal injury claim against the parties responsible for the accident. A potential defendant in your claim can include a driver or a product manufacturer. You must base your claim on a legal theory of liability and prove the elements of the theory. The applicable theories of liability in this context include negligence, negligence per se, and strict liability.
How Can Negligence Be Proved After a Car Accident?
In a negligence claim, Florida car accident victims must prove that the defendant had a duty of care, breached the duty, and caused the victim’s injuries.
Florida drivers have an obligation to use reasonable care when they drive. You would have to show that the driver in your case breached this duty by failing to exercise care (such as by failing to yield). You must then show a causal link between the breach and your injuries.
In a negligence per se claim, a victim can hold a defendant liable if the defendant violated a law designed to protect people like the plaintiff from a specific type of harm. A DUI, for example, is a criminal offense in Florida. If the driver who struck you was drunk or drugged while driving, he or she may be liable under a theory of negligence per se.
Product Liability Claims for Car Accident Injuries
In a strict liability claim, you can hold the car’s manufacturer liable for manufacturing a defective component. The maker of a dangerous product is strictly liable for injuries caused by their product if a manufacturing or design defect makes the product unreasonably dangerous for its users. You would have to demonstrate that the car or one of its parts, such as the brake, was defective and that the defect existed when it left the manufacturer’s control.
Statute of Limitations for Car Accident Injuries
Florida requires that you file a personal injury claim within four years from the date of the accident. If you do so, and establish the defendant’s liability, you may get compensation for your injuries.
Damages for Car Wreck Injuries in Florida
You may need significant medical care for your common car accident injuries. If you can prove the defendant’s liability, you may recover damages that include compensation for your:
- Hospital care
- Medical treatment
- Lost wages
- Reduction in your earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
Contact Our Accident Injury Lawyers
At Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC, our Florida personal injury lawyers can help you seek the compensation for your injuries. No matter how common the injury, our lawyers know that auto accidents can have a lasting impact on you physically, psychologically, and financially.
We are prepared to advocate for your right to a fair settlement, and we can pursue your claim in court if necessary. We serve clients in Brooksville, Lutz, and other nearby communities. Please call us or complete our online form to arrange a confidential consultation.