Most Americans are very comfortable driving and being around automobiles. But this comfort often lulls drivers into forgetting that cars can be dangerous when not driven with care. A car accident can cause serious injury or even death. A recent accident in Tallahassee demonstrates this point. Police were called to the scene after a pedestrian was struck by a car. The person was transported to a local hospital where he eventually died from injuries sustained during the accident.
Car accidents clearly have the potential to cause serious injuries, which may require extensive medical care. This medical care can be very expensive, causing some victims of car accidents to seek compensation for their injuries. If a victim survives the accident, that victim can choose to seek compensation by pursuing a personal injury case. For more devastating accidents in which the victim does not survive, the victim’s family members may be able to seek compensation through a wrongful death case.
Both types of cases are based on the legal concept of “negligence.” When a plaintiff sues a defendant using a negligence theory, the plaintiff is alleging that the defendant did not act with proper care under the circumstances. People who operate cars are generally expected to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances. For example, victims of a car accident on a highway could allege that the other driver was not driving cautiously enough, given the highway’s high speed limit. While a negligence case can be complex, it can be a useful way to help compensate victims for their injuries.
If you or a loved one suffered a catastrophic injury or death after an automobile accident, Upton Law Firm can help.