A car crash is a devastating event that can leave you and your family in a dire situation. Unfortunately, many drivers fail to operate their vehicles appropriately on the road, leading to severe accidents. There are a variety of injuries that can occur in a car crash, including whiplash, back pain, and soft tissue damage. One of the most common types of harm that car accident victims suffer is a knee injury when their knees make contact with the dashboard during a collision. At Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC, our injury attorneys have helped many North Tampa residents and other individuals throughout Florida seek the compensation that they deserve.
Assert Your Right to Compensation for Your Knee Injury
After a motor vehicle accident, a victim of another person’s carelessness typically must show that the defendant was operating his or her vehicle negligently when the crash occurred. Negligence has four separate elements, and all of them must be satisfied in order for the victim to recover compensation. The first element is duty, which requires each driver to operate his or her vehicle with the same ordinary care and skill that a reasonably prudent driver would use in a similar situation. This standard takes into account any weather conditions or roadway obstructions in effect at the time of the accident.
Next, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant breached the standard of care. In the context of a motor vehicle accident, a breach might include failing to stop at a stop sign or traffic signal, speeding, failing to use turn signals, and any other traffic violation. It also might include failing to reduce speed in heavy traffic or inclement weather.
After establishing the first two elements, the plaintiff must show that the defendant’s breach caused his or her damages. Causation in a personal injury case requires the defendant’s breach to be the “but-for” cause of the plaintiff’s harm. In other words, the plaintiff’s damages must not have occurred but for the defendant’s negligence. If a defendant failed to yield at a red light and entered the intersection, causing the defendant’s vehicle to collide with the plaintiff’s vehicle, the defendant’s breach would most likely be deemed the but-for cause of the plaintiff’s injuries.
Finally, the plaintiff must show that he or she suffered damages. After a motor vehicle accident, these often include medical expenses, lost wages, repairs to a vehicle, and physical therapy. This is particularly true in a dashboard knee injury case, since the knee joint suffers severe damage as a result of the impact. There is typically substantial physical therapy involved with rehabilitating a knee joint, and sometimes the victim may require surgery. If the plaintiff is unable to work during his or her recovery from the injury, he or she may be entitled to compensation from the defendant for lost wages. A plaintiff may additionally seek compensation for pain and suffering as well as other subjective forms of harm that resulted from the accident.
Consult a North Tampa Attorney after a Motor Vehicle Collision
If you or someone you know has suffered a dashboard knee injury in the North Tampa area as a result of another person’s negligence, the car accident lawyers at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC can help. Our team of legal professionals has over 50 years of experience serving the needs of injured individuals in communities such as Lutz, Brooksville, Spring Hill, and New Tampa. Call us now or contact us online to set up a free consultation today.