Call For A Free Consultation With Local Attorneys

Determining negligence in car accidents

The term "negligence" generally refers to failing to take care of something or someone. When it comes to legal terms, however, negligence has a precise definition that can be used to determine if a person will be responsible for damages. Learning the definition could help an individual in Florida who is considering filing a car accident injury claim.

Negligence typically can be used to prove legal responsibility in an auto accident if three caveats of the definition apply. First, there must be an expectation of reasonable care. When it comes to a road user, this part is usually a given. Those who choose to drive a vehicle must operate it in a safe and responsible manner. Second, there must be evidence that care was not exercised by a driver. There may be evidence of a driver using excessive speeds or swerving in and out of traffic. Someone who chooses to drive while drowsy, distracted or intoxicated is not exercising proper care.

Third, the driver must be the direct cause of loss and injury. There needs to be proof that the driver's negligent actions directly caused the accident and that the accident was the cause of loss and injury. When all three parts of the definition apply to the accident, negligence may be proven in court and the victim may have a legal case.

Negligent drivers often cause catastrophic injuries that lead to costly medical bills and lost wages. In order to get compensation to cover these damages, a crash victim could file a personal injury claim. Legal counsel could help the plaintiff establish that the at-fault party was negligent.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Father And Son Team Working Together To Serve Our Clients

Our legal team consists of attorney Wm. Dennis Brannon and his son C. Paul Brannon. We work together as a father and son team to provide our clients with exceptional service and solutions in motor vehicle accident claims and other personal injury matters.

Contact Us Today
Email Us For A Response

We Handle Cases on a Contingency Fee Basis Tell Us About Your Case - Free Consultations

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Fort Walton Beach
975 Mar Walt Drive
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

Phone: 850-659-2252
Fax: 850-864-4526
Fort Walton Beach Law Office Map

544 US Highway 90 East
Defuniak Springs, FL 32433

Phone: 850-659-2252
Fax: 850-864-4526
Map & Directions

Destin Office
4507 Furling Lane
Suite 214
Destin, FL 32541

Phone: 850-842-2573
Map & Directions