Traffic accidents involving cars and other motor vehicles cause thousands of injuries and deaths every year. In a great many cases, car crashes and victims’ resulting injuries and deaths are due to driver negligence or defects in vehicles involved in the accidents. This is where Car accident lawyer west palm beach killino firm can help win the highest settlements in auto accident cases.
If you have been injured or one of your loved ones has been killed in a car or other motor vehicle accident due to someone’s negligence or a defective vehicle or vehicle safety equipment, you may be entitled to compensation for the damages you or your family members have suffered as a result. The Killino Firm’s West Palm Beach, Florida, auto and car accident attorneys have extensive experience with auto and car accident cases, including those arising out of injuries and deaths caused by driver negligence or vehicle defects. Contact The Killino Firm at 561-835-9898 for a cost-free assessment of your case and more information about your legal rights and options.
Legal Liability for Car or Auto Accident Injuries and Deaths
The negligence of one or more drivers is a common cause of traffic accidents and the injuries and deaths that may result from such accidents. Defects in cars and other motor vehicles, such as trucks, motorcycles, and buses, may also cause car crashes and resulting injuries or deaths. Liability for traffic accidents injuries and deaths will depend on the circumstances of the particular case.
Injuries and Deaths Caused by Driver Negligence
Driver negligence that is causal of an accident victim’s injuries or death may occur in many ways. The violation of rules of the road and traffic laws, such as speed limits, right of way rules, and traffic signal laws can be found to constitute negligence per se on the part of a driver whose rule or law violation causes an accident victim’s injury or death.
Drivers may also be found to have been negligent for driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving while fatigued, driving without the aid of eyeglasses needed by the driver to see properly, or for changing lanes without signaling. In any of these cases, if the driver’s rule or law violation or other incidence of negligence is determined to have caused an accident victim’s injury, the driver may be found liable for the damages suffered by the victim as a result of his or her injuries in a negligence action brought by the injured victim. If the accident victim dies as a result of such injuries, the negligent driver may be found liable in a wrongful death action for the damages suffered by certain of the victim’s immediate family members as a result of the victim’s death.
Injuries and Deaths Caused by Defective Vehicles or Vehicle Safety Equipment
Defects in cars and other motor vehicles may also be responsible for the occurrence of traffic accidents and victims’ resulting deaths and injuries. Defects in a vehicle’s tires, for example, can cause a tire to blow and result in a crash between the vehicle and another car or motor vehicle nearby. Defects in cars’ power steering or power brake systems may also cause a driver to lose control of a vehicle and result in an accident and victims’ injuries or deaths. When these types of vehicle defects or others are determined to have caused an accident victim’s injury or death, the accident victim or victim’s family members may be able to recover damages from the manufacturer of the defective vehicle and others in the chain of the defective vehicle’s distribution.
In some cases, the vehicle safety equipment installed in a vehicle rather than the vehicle itself is defective. Defective airbags or seatbelts, for example, can cause injury or death to a car accident victim even when the accident was not caused by a defective vehicle or driver negligence. In these cases, the manufacturer of the defective seatbelt or airbag as well as the manufacturer of the vehicle and others involved in the vehicle’s production and distribution may be found liable for a victim’s injury or death that is determined to have been caused by the safety equipment defect.
Damages for injuries and deaths caused by vehicle or vehicle safety equipment defects are brought as product liability actions against the manufacturer, designer, suppliers, assemblers, and others involved in the production of the defective vehicle or equipment and its release to the market. Such actions are usually brought as strict liability claims, which allow a plaintiff to establish the defendants’ liability without having to prove that any of the defendants was negligent in producing the defective vehicle or releasing it to the public.
If you have been injured or one of your family members has been killed in a car crash or other motor vehicle accident and you suspect that your injury or loved one’s death was caused by driver negligence or a defect in a vehicle or vehicle safety equipment, The Killino Firm’s West Palm Beach, Florida, auto and car accident attorneys can help you fight for the justice you deserve from the parties responsible for your injuries or loved one’s death. Contact The Killino Firm at 561-835-9898 for expert and experienced assistance with your auto or car accident case.