Accidents Caused By Driver Error
Driver Error Attorneys in Gainesville
We’re human — mistakes happen all the time. Most mistakes are innocent and usually only result in a minor inconvenience. What’s important is that nobody got hurt and that we hopefully learn something in the process.
Driver error is one situation where the risk of injury or damage is much greater. While many of these errors only result in some mild irritation, they sometimes can be responsible for devastating injuries and property damage.
Whether you or another driver didn’t mean to cause an injury in an auto accident is not relevant. If another driver’s error caused you harm, they are still legally responsible for any damages. Our driver error lawyers can assist you with making a claim or filing a lawsuit.
What are the most common driver errors?
To list all of the potential driver errors out there would be next to impossible. We’ve all been guilty of drifting onto the center line on the highway or missing a car in our blind spot when changing lanes. Some of the more common driver errors that result in property damage or injury include:
- Not adequately checking mirrors when changing lanes
- Not merging properly while entering a highway or changing from two lanes to one
- Not yielding properly in a roundabout
- Crossing into the oncoming lane when making a left turn
- Going the wrong way down a one-way street
Of course, driving while distracted or intoxicated dramatically elevates the risk of an error occurring. When the vehicle is a big rig truck or RV, the chance of a driver error causing property damage or injury dramatically increases as well.
What can I do if I’m in a car accident caused by driver error?
If you’re in a collision caused by another driver’s error, you may have grounds for a claim no matter how unintentional the error was.
At the accident scene, your first step should be to attend to any injuries and call 911 to report the accident. Take photographs of your damages and the accident site, and obtain contact information for any witnesses. This information, along with police and medical records, will be needed to prove that the accident caused your injuries.
Proving a link between the driver’s error, the accident, and your injuries is vital for pursuing a claim.
Florida is a comparative negligence state, meaning you are entitled to compensation even if you were partially (less than 50 percent) at-fault for the collision. If it’s determined the majority of fault lies with the other driver, you can file a claim for the following:
Chances are the other driver feels terrible about their error. However, you shouldn’t have to shoulder the financial burden of your injuries, lost wages and damages.
Recover Damages Caused By Driver Error
The car accident attorneys and support staff at Warner, Sechrest & Butts in Gainesville help plaintiffs obtain compensation for injury and damages. Our team has the experience and resources to evaluate the evidence and establish the vital link (i.e. causation) between your injuries and the other driver’s actions.
We also defend clients against any claim and ensure any settlement is fair to both parties in these types of cases.
If you’ve been in an accident caused by driver error, we strongly urge you to speak with an auto accident attorney as soon as possible, regardless of whether it was your fault or not. To schedule a free consultation, call us anytime day or night, or click the contact button at the top of the page.