When an SUV collides with a smaller vehicle, it can result catastrophic injuries and even fatalities for those involved. If you have been injured in an SUV accident, please contact our seasoned Miami SUV accident lawyers immediately. We can assess the facts of your case and help you understand your legal rights and options. You can take comfort in knowing that we are going to work diligently to get you the maximum amount of monetary compensation possible in your case.
Rescue crews recently found an SUV that plunged off a bridge into the Tampa Bay after being involved in an accident. The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) stated that the SUV was recklessly going south on the bridge when it struck a pick up truck, flipped over numerous times, crashed into the concrete barrier, rolled over and went down in the water. Specifically, the SUV was tailgating and changing lanes erratically immediately before the accident took place. While divers found and pulled the SUV out of the water, they have not been able to locate the occupants, nor were any occupants seen emerging from the water. The FHP states that this is only the second time in ten years an automobile has gone over the bridge and into the water.
Negligence is perhaps the most common cause of motor vehicle accidents, including SUV crashes. Negligence takes place when an individual does not use reasonable care while driving, causing injury or death to another. In other words, negligence refers to a person’s failure to do something that a generally prudent person would have done in a comparable situation. To win a personal injury lawsuit rooted in negligence, the plaintiff must show the following elements: i) the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care; ii) the defendant breached the duty of care owed to the plaintiff; and iii) the defendant’s breach was a direct cause of the SUV accident and resulting harm.
Like other states, Florida imposes a time limit in which a personal injury claim can be filed, known as the statute of limitations. When it comes to SUV accidents, injured parties have four years from the date of the accident to file a claim in civil court. It is vital to note that if you do not file your claim within the appropriate statute of limitations, you will likely be permanently barred from taking legal action for your harm. In other words, if you do not file your SUV accident claim within the legal deadline, the court will likely dismiss your case.
SUV accidents can have long-term effects on everyone involved. If you have been hurt in an SUV rollover accident that was not your fault, you may be able to recover compensation for the harm that you suffered. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our highly skilled Miami SUV accident lawyers are dedicated to protecting the rights of personal injury victims across Florida. With years of experience, we understand how to navigate even the most complex cases. Call us today for a free consultation at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or reach out to us online.