Physical Impairment Accidents
Many Floridians suffer from chronic or acute health concerns, and their failure to address such issues before getting behind the wheel is a cause of many collisions. Physical impairment accidents can cause grave injuries and financial hardship, and it is advisable for people injured by impaired drivers to speak to an attorney regarding their possible claims. At The Grife Law Firm, our capable Boca Raton car accident lawyers are devoted to helping people hurt by the negligence of others fight to protect their interests. If you were injured in a car crash, we can assess your options and help you pursue any compensation that you may be owed.Florida Laws Pertaining to Safe Driving
Florida Statute 316.1925 imposes a duty on all drivers to operate their vehicles in a prudent and careful manner. In other words, they must be mindful of the relevant circumstances and must take measures to avoid endangering any other person. A failure to abide by Florida Statute 316.1925 constitutes careless driving.
While the law does not explicitly prohibit people with certain physical limitations from driving, it does require that all motorists drive carefully and sensibly, which includes being aware of physical maladies. For example, if a driver suffers from vision issues but does not obtain corrective lenses or wear them while driving, it can reduce his or her ability to observe or react to obstacles in the roadway, which can lead to a collision. Similarly, a hearing-impaired driver may be unable to hear horns or sirens and thus may be unable to avoid an impending accident or hazard.Pursuing Claims After a Physical Impairment Accident
Drivers who suffer from impairments often unintentionally cause harmful accidents. Simply because the injuries caused by a collision are accidental, though, does not mean that the people who cause them should not be held accountable. Most plaintiffs pursuing damages in a personal injury lawsuit arising out of a car crash will allege that the defendant was negligent.
In Florida, negligence is made up of four elements, and a plaintiff must prove each element to demonstrate liability. First, the plaintiff must demonstrate that the defendant owed a duty to the plaintiff. The duty owed is usually the duty to act with the care that a reasonable person would employ in the same situation. Then, the plaintiff must show that the defendant’s acts should be considered a departure from the duty. For example, if an elderly driver needs strong glasses to see properly but chooses to drive without them, causing an accident, this may demonstrate a breach of the duty to act with due care.
Next, the plaintiff must show harm and causation. In other words, the plaintiff must show that the defendant’s failure to comply with the duty owed directly caused the plaintiff to suffer actual harm. The defendant’s acts do not need to be the sole cause of a collision for a plaintiff to be awarded damages. Instead, the plaintiff must show that the crash would not have happened if the defendant had not violated the duty and that the violation was a significant factor in bringing about the accident. A plaintiff who successfully proves a defendant’s negligence may be awarded economic and non-economic damages. These may include medical bills, lost income, the costs of future treatment, and pain and suffering.Meet With a Compassionate Boca Raton Attorney
Many physical impairments can reduce a driver’s ability to safely operate a vehicle, which can ultimately lead to an accident. The trusted car accident lawyers at The Grife Law Firm are proficient at helping people hurt in physical impairment accidents fight for just results. If you hire us, we will advocate aggressively on your behalf. We have an office in Boca Raton, where you can reach us by calling 855-998-0770 or using our form online. We frequently represent injured people in lawsuits in Boca Raton, Miami, West Palm Beach, and Fort Lauderdale.