The Port St. Lucie attorneys at Donaldson & Weston have the resources and experience to ensure that victims’ rights are protected and pursued in the aftermath of an auto accident.
Car Accident Attorneys Serving Victims in Port St. Lucie and Surrounding Cities
When a motorist does not exercise proper care when approaching or maneuvering through a junction in the road, they create substantial risks for other motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Whether that driver fails to yield the right of way, is speeding through a red light, or is simply distracted by their phone, collisions at junctions or intersections can be very serious. The Port St. Lucie car accident lawyers at Donaldson & Weston represent victims in these types of cases to ensure that they receive the compensation necessary to deal with the costs of their injuries. Our firm offers committed and experienced legal representation for people injured by another individual’s negligent actions. We have decades of trial experience, working with each and every client throughout the entirety of their claims. If you have sustained an injury in a collision at a junction, contact our office today to learn more about your legal rights and options.
Common Causes of Collisions at Junctions
Collisions at junctions can be caused by a variety of factors. Often, drivers who fail to yield the right of way are at fault for causing these accidents. Other common causes of junction accidents include:
Drivers attempting to rush through a yellow light, but running a red light instead
Improper merging onto a highway
Drivers disobeying stop signs
Drivers failing to check for oncoming traffic when making a left-hand turn
Serious injuries often result from these types of accidents. Victims may suffer whiplash, broken bones, head or brain injuries, and permanent spinal cord damage. Making sure that the people responsible for such harm are also held liable for the costs associated with these serious injuries is important in aiding a victim’s recovery.
Holding Negligent Drivers Accountable for Injuries in a Collision at a Junction
Most junction collisions are caused by negligent acts by one or more people. Legally, negligence exists when one party has breached a duty of care owed to another party, causing their injuries and resulting in damages. All drivers owe other motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians a duty to act as a reasonable and prudent driver would act under the same circumstances. Therefore, a driver who runs a red light, striking another car that was properly proceeding through a green light, would be found to have acted unreasonably. Under Florida law, more than one party can be found negligent in contributing to causing an accident. For example, if one car is speeding, and another car fails to make a proper left turn in an intersection, both drivers can be held accountable for injuries that result, either to each other or to other victims. Florida follows a pure comparative fault scheme in awarding damages to accident victims. This means that compensation is offset by each party’s degree of fault. Thus, a victim found 30 percent responsible for causing their own injuries may still receive 70 percent of the damages incurred from another negligent party. Damages available to victims of a junction crash include past and anticipated medical costs, loss of income, diminished earning capacity, and pain and suffering.
Contact a Knowledgeable Port St. Lucie Lawyer Following a Crash
Determining fault following a collision at a junction may require a detailed investigation, the use of accident reconstructionist services, and other nuanced techniques to decipher exactly what happened. The Port St. Lucie attorneys at Donaldson & Weston have the resources and experience to ensure that victims’ rights are protected and pursued in the aftermath of an auto accident. Our firm also represents people in Stuart, West Palm Beach, and Jupiter, as well as elsewhere in Martin, St. Lucie, and Palm Beach Counties. If you have questions regarding your potential claim following a motor vehicle collision, you can call our office today at (772) 266-5555 or contact us online to set up a no-cost, risk-free appointment to learn more about how our attorneys may assist you.