Life can hit you fast. One minute you’re on the road and the next, you’ve been hit. Getting into a car accident is scary. It’s sad that many Americans have gotten into one. You can’t control the actions other drivers take. Even though it wasn’t your fault, now you have to deal with the consequences. It’s not fair. When you get into an accident you should know what to do at the scene. You should also know how you can prove the accident was caused by another’s carelessness as well as two types of damages you may be entitled to.
When you’re involved in a car accident the first step you should take is to remain at the scene and check to see if anyone sustained injuries. You should get as much information as you can including taking pictures and getting contact info from other driver(s) and/or witnesses. If the accident has caused any injuries or damages over $500 then you must report it. This could be the local police or Florida Highway Patrol. You also must move your car out of traffic or call a tow truck to help move it.
When you’re involved in an accident you need to be able to prove the other drivers carelessness caused the accident. In order to do this you must first prove that the other party had a duty. In car accidents, this duty is to use reasonable care when dealing with anyone they on the road. You must prove the other driver breached this duty by being careless or negligent. For example, if the other driver was texting while driving when they caused the accident then this would suffice. You have to prove their actions caused you to sustain injuries (if applicable). Their actions must be a direct cause of you injuries. You must also prove that you are entitled to damages.
The two main types of damages you may be entitled to are compensatory and punitive damages. Compensatory damages are easier to calculate and are meant to help you with monetary costs associated with the accident. Compensatory damages in a car accident can include medical bills, lost wages, the cost of vehicle damage, or permanent disability. You may also be compensated for punitive damages. This is used to punish the at fault drive for wrongdoing. Punitive damages are used in cases where the accident was caused by the other driver’s negligence. The driver has to be operating in a way that is reckless, malicious, or fraudulent.
No one is typically prepared for a car accident. It can happen to any driver no matter how good your driving skills may be. The other driver acted with carelessness and now you have to suffer. You may have even sustained injury due to their carelessness. You don’t have to go through this whole thing alone. An expert on car accident law can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact Neufeld Law Firm today for experienced attorneys on your side. You only have to pay if they win your case. Call 305.931.6666 or 954-523-8292 for a free consultation. Or simply fill out this contact form.