Sarasota Auto Liability Attorney
Florida is becoming one of the most dangerous states in which to drive. Hundreds of thousands of Florida residents are injured in crashes each year, and hundreds of thousands more suffer the financial blow of property damage. From 2014 to 2015, Florida had the highest increase in traffic fatalities of any state, with an increase of 445 deaths (a 17.8 percent rise), according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Despite the high crash and injury rate, not all claims are valid. Weeding out the invalid claims allows for insurance companies to divert their resources to those who are actually in need. Our auto liability lawyers ensure that claims are lodged against the correct party, valued appropriately, and are valid in all of their other criteria. We represent insurers of commercial and personal auto lines in first party claims, actions involving extra-contractual liability in federal and state court, and third party claims as well. The Sarasota auto liability attorneys at HD Law Partners have experience in global mediations, trials, and appeals. We cover catastrophic and major claims, bodily injury, subrogation, and uninsured motorists.
Our Auto Liability Defense Attorneys Look at all Possible Scenarios
When we look at a case, we take all of the following into consideration to determine whether or not a claim is valid or if the claim is too large or contains false information.
How did the Accident Occur?
Not all crashes happen the way the claimants say they do. It is important to analyze police reports, witnesses statements, and even reconstruct the accident and employ the help of other experts as well.
Cause of Injury
If a pre-existing injury is touted as the injury caused by the collision, we will uncover the truth. The collision must be the cause of the claimed injury in order for it to be awarded with ompensation.
Negligence and Comparative Negligence
Florida employs comparative negligence, meaning that if the claimant contributed to the cause of the collision, by speeding for example, the amount of compensation they will be awarded will decrease by their percent of fault, according to Florida statutes 768.81. If they are found to be equally at fault as the defendant, no compensation will be awarded.
Other Parties Possibly Responsible
Other parties may have contributed to the crash. Likewise, the crash could have been caused by a product malfunction or a poorly designed onramp.
Calculating Future Damages
Our attorneys will investigate the calculations made that estimate future costs of medical care, lost wages, and other future damages.
A claim of purposeful misconduct must be supported by very strong evidence.
Statute of limitations
Lawsuits must be filed in a timely manner. If they fall out of Florida’s statute of limitations, they will not be valid.
Statute of Repose
If the claim is against an automaker for a faulty product Florida may protect that automaker if the auto part in question has been on the road for more than 12 years.
Let Us Help You
It is imperative that you have an auto liability attorney on your side to help prove your case. Call HD Law Partners in Sarasota at 813-253-5333 today for help.