Spots utility vehicles (SUVs) are commonplace in Florida and throughout the United States. If you have been injured in an SUV accident that was not your fault, you might be able to make a financial recovery for your losses. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our experienced Miami auto accident attorneys will take the time to address your concerns and fully answer your questions in order to help you move on with your life.
A 15-year old Florida high school student was struck by an SUV as he attempted to cross the street in Northwest Jacksonville, according to Florida Highway Patrol (FHP). The accident took place at Dunn Avenue early in the morning last month when a Jeep allegedly hit the student who was attempting to cross multiple lanes of traffic to reach his bus stop. Immediately after the accident, the driver of the jeep pulled over to help the young man. Thankfully, the teenager survived but he was transported a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries. The FHP is still investigating the matter.
Liability for SUV Accidents
In most cases, the cause of an SUV accident is driver error. If you have been hurt or lost a loved one in an SUV accident, you may be able to sue the at-fault driver. Lawsuits involving SUV accidents are typically rooted in the legal theory of negligence. Negligence is the failure to use reasonable care resulting in damage or injury to another.
Establishing negligence requires showing the following elements: i) duty, ii) breach, iii) causation and iv) damages. The first element refers to the duty of every person to operate his or her vehicle in a safe and reasonable manner. The second element “breach of duty” is met when it can be shown that the at-fault driver failed to drive in the manner in which a reasonably prudent driver would have driven in the same or similar circumstances (i.e., failed to drive in a safe and reasonable manner). The third element of causation is met when it can be shown that the at-fault driver’s breach of duty was a direct and proximate cause of the accident. Lastly, the plaintiff must be able to demonstrate that he or she suffered bodily injury or property damage as a result of the accident.
Damages in SUV Accident Cases
Most people are completely unprepared for the level of disruption a car accident can have on their lives. A serious accident can lead to ongoing doctor visits and time missed from work. Fortunately, Florida law allows victims of accidents to recover a variety of damages including but not limited to: medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage and any other losses stemming from the accident. Every case is different so the exact amount of compensation you may be entitled to will depend on the specifics of your case.
Seasoned Miami SUV Accident Attorney
If you or someone close to you has been injured in an SUV crash caused by someone else’s negligence, you should reach out to a seasoned Miami injury attorney who can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we are committed to helping clients obtain the justice and compensation they deserve after a devastating auto accident. We are here to answer your questions and address your concerns. For more information, call us to today to discuss your injury claim at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or reach out to us online today.
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