Fort White Auto Accident Lawyer
Thousands of serious collisions occur every week in Florida, and Fort White is no exception. At 14.8 deaths per 100,000 residents according to the Insurance Information Institute, Florida ranks as one of the top 10 most dangerous states in which to drive. When it comes to riding a motorcycle, walking, or riding a bicycle, Florida’s streets are even more dangerous. Whether the driver who hit you was distracted, drunk, or in the midst of some serious road-rage, they must be held accountable. Here at Douglas & Douglas, our Fort White auto accident lawyers can do just that—ensure that the negligent driver who caused your injuries is responsible for covering your damages.
Types of Auto Accidents We Handle
- Car Collisions—Cars may become more sophisticated by the year, but crash prevention technology only goes so far when the person behind the wheel is paying more attention to their phone (or attempting to find the fastest route by blindly following their GPS) than the traffic and other road users surrounding themselves.
- Truck Collisions—Collisions with large trucks often leave the victim with serious, debilitating injuries such as spinal cord damage, traumatic brain injuries, and multiple fractured bones.
- Bicycle Collisions—Driver distraction and road rage are the two leading ways in which cyclists are hit by motor vehicles. If a driver caused injury to you while you were riding, an attorney can help hold them accountable for your considerable damages.
- Pedestrian Collisions—Year after year, Florida routinely ranks as the number one worst state for pedestrians due to high speed limits, distracted and impatient drivers, and poor pedestrian infrastructure.
- Motorcycle Collisions—Motorcyclists are commonly blamed when it comes to crashes, even when all of the evidence points to the driver, not the motorcyclist. Whether you were wearing a helmet at the time of the crash or not, you deserve compensation for your injuries.
Pure Comparative Negligence in Florida Auto Collisions
The degree of your own fault is deducted from your overall damages in auto collision cases here in Florida. This is due to the legal doctrine of comparative negligence. For example, Driver A cuts off Driver B on the highway, causing Driver B to swerve, lose control, and roll over. If Driver B was following the law to the T, they are entitled to 100 percent of their damages. If, however, they were speeding (for example) they could be found partially at fault for causing the crash. In this example, let us assume that they are held 40 percent accountable for the crash. Because they are 40 percent at fault, they can only receive 60 percent of what their case would be worth otherwise. Florida is a pure comparative fault state, according to the Claims Journal, meaning that even if you are 99 percent at fault, you can theoretically still file a lawsuit, though if you are 99 percent at fault, you would only be able to collect one percent of your damages.
Reach Out to a Fort White Auto Accident Attorney
Because of the difficulties that insurance companies pose to injured victims, it is virtually impossible to handle an auto collision case by yourself. With the help of a Fort White auto accident attorney, you stand a much higher chance of receiving fair and complete compensation. Contact Douglas & Douglas today at 904-201-8226 to schedule your free consultation.