When you get behind the wheel of a car and enter a Florida roadway, you can’t predict what types of issues might arise to place you at risk for injury between your starting point and your destination. If another person hits you and causes injuries, there’s no reason you should have to pay all the medical bills and other expenses that might be related to the incident.
If your injuries are moderate to severe, you might have to stay in the hospital or take time off work during recovery. This can cause financial burdens that you may not be prepared to meet. When there is evidence to show that the other driver was negligent and that his or her negligence caused your injuries, you can seek financial recovery for your losses.
Types of negligence that may be grounds for liability
If you were to file a personal injury claim in a civil court, you would have the task of showing the court evidence that the defendant you named in the case was negligent in the collision in question. However, that’s not enough to obtain a victory. You would also need to prove that the negligence caused your injuries. The following list includes numerous types of driver negligence:
- Behavioral negligence occurs if a driver makes a choice or series of choices that ultimately leads to a collision resulting in injury. For instance, consuming alcohol and then driving a car with a blood alcohol content level of .08 or higher, or texting while driving, are choices drivers make that are behavioral negligence.
- Operational negligence applies to a case if evidence proves that the driver made an unsafe lane change, ran a red light or did something else to show disregard for traffic laws.
- Environmental negligence comes into play in cases where, for instance, there was ice or snow on a road but the driver in question was traveling at a speed beyond the posted limit.
You may not always be able to tell by looking that a driver is being negligent. An example of this might be a driver who is daydreaming at the wheel. You’d have no way to know that it was happening. Negligence doesn’t necessarily have to be visible to show proof of it in court. A drunk driver’s negligence might not be present until police issue a blood test.
Recovering from personal injury after collision
If a Florida driver hits you and you suffer injury, it’s critical that you build a strong support network from the start. Your support team might include medical staff, insurance agents, as well as close friends and family members. Many recovering accident victims also seek legal support, especially those who plan to seek restitution in court.