The legal concept of negligence is a complex one. Generally, negligence is considered the failure of a person to fulfill their duty of care to a second individual and the injury of the second individual caused by the negligent party's breach of their duty. Florida recognizes negligence as a basis for a personal injury claim and requires victims to prove the elements of negligence to recover their damages.
Every year, close to 5,000 people die in the United States when they are struck by moving vehicles. Thousands more are hurt in auto-pedestrian accidents, leaving many individuals in Florida and throughout the country struggling to find their new normal after suffering serious and sometimes profound injuries in crashes with cars. Florida families are not immune from these tragedies, and some have paid the ultimate price when their loved ones lost their lives from collisions with automobiles.
After a motor vehicle accident in Florida, a victim may feel like they are caught in a whirlwind of uncertainties. They may prioritize the treatment of their injuries and may work with their employer to take time off from their job so that they can recuperate. They may work with insurers and auto dealers to replace or fix their vehicle and they may have to rely on others to complete daily tasks and needs. While coping with all of these and other matters they may receive an accident settlement offer in the mail.
In recent years, there have been major recalls issued for defects with automobiles in the United States and worldwide. There was the Toyota sudden unintended acceleration scandal. There are was the Takata exploding airbag recall. There have been countless others involving defective tires, seat belts, and SUVs predisposed to dangerous rollover accidents.