Before we are ever allowed to legally drive on public roads with a driver’s license, we are taught the importance of things like obeying traffic signs, understanding how to properly yield at intersections, how to understand traffic lights, and more. These signs and instructions are important in every situation, but they can be especially important at intersections where two roads either join or cross each other. Most people understand this and take care to come to a full stop, allow for right-of-way, and avoid colliding with other vehicles.
Unfortunately, due to a range of reckless or negligent behaviors, there are many people who ignore these safety measures and cause accidents. If you have been hurt in an accident with someone who cut through an intersection, then you deserve to be compensated for all of the financial impacts you encounter.
Hire An Attorney Today To Get the Legal Support That You Need
Contact Fasig | Brooks today and schedule a free initial consultation about your intersection accident. During this consultation, we will be able to evaluate your case together while going over common and important questions that will give us both an idea of how we can work together, and what our desired outcome to your case may be. Of course, there are many details of a personal injury case that will require ongoing research and work, but there is a lot that we can come to understand during this first consultation.
Read more below about intersection accidents, and schedule your consultation immediately. The sooner you are being represented by an experienced attorney, the more time you will have to focus on your own personal needs, such as your family, your income, and your recovery, while a professional is handling the administrative work that goes into an insurance claim and subsequent negotiations for a fair settlement.
Calculating Damages After an Intersection Accident in Florida
There are a number of steps that must be taken in order to determine the full, fair amount that you deserve in a settlement, which includes the damages that you suffer, both economic and non-economic, but will also need to account for something called “comparative fault” that assigns a percentage of blame to each person involved in the accident. We will need to establish this percentage in order to ensure that you get everything you deserve at the same time that we are calculating your actual damages.
Economic Damages in an Intersection Accident
Economic damages are the foundation of a personal injury case because they seek compensation for the actual, measurable financial impacts of the accident and subsequent injuries. They include things like the medical bills from the accident, as well as impacts to the victim’s income and earning capacity, as well as a variety of other measurable financial losses and expenses. Economic damages are compensated on a 1:1 basis, meaning that a victim will not seek more than the actual cost of these impacts.
Non-Economic Damages in an Intersection Accident
Non-economic damages are more difficult to calculate than economic damages because they seek compensation for immeasurable and abstract damages such as the actual pain and suffering of an injury, or the emotional impacts that an accident has on a victim. It is most common for an insurance company to push back on these damages because of the difficulty in calculating them, but they are no less important than the bills and costs of your injuries.
Comparative Fault in an Intersection Accident
Once we have established a fair and reasonable amount to seek for damages, there is an additional factor that must be considered: comparative fault. Simply put, comparative fault is a legal framework in Florida that assigns degrees of blame to each person involved in an accident, and then reduces their settlement amount accordingly. For example, if you are found to be 10% at fault for an accident, then your final award will be reduced by 10%. It is absolutely essential that we do not allow for any more responsibility than is absolutely certain so that we get you everything you deserve.
Contact Our Firm Today To Find the Right Accident Lawyer For You
The award-winning team at Fasig | Brooks is available to help you understand your legal options as soon as possible. Contact us now to schedule a free initial consultation so that we can provide you with a clearer understanding of your situation, as well as the type of support that we are able to provide you through this stressful and overwhelming time in your life.
We are proud to care for our clients with compassion throughout our work together and want you to have confidence in your legal representation so that you can focus on getting your life back on track and recovering from your injuries. When you know that there is an attorney fighting for you every step of the way, you can rest assured that you have taken the steps to maximize your settlement amount.