Fault in Tampa Car Accidents

  • Making the decision to file a lawsuit after your car accident is never easy. But when your injuries have dramatically influenced your life and you’re stuck with significant losses, pursuing civil action may be in your best interests. 

    As part of the Florida car accident claims process, you’ll need to be able to establish culpability on the part of another in order to secure an injury settlement that could make a difference in your life. 

    As a visitor or resident of Tampa, it may be worthwhile for you to understand some of the most common causes of car accidents in the area. Continue reading to learn more about the parties most frequently to blame in Tampa auto wrecks.

    Dangerous Roads

    In some auto wrecks, the roadways themselves are the cause of the accident. We aren’t talking about wildlife running into the road or inclement weather here. What we mean is that the actual roads are hazardous in some way. 

    Whether there is a defective traffic light, debris in the road, a missing street sign, lack of a street lamp, or large pothole, for example, these dangers have been known to cause serious car accidents. 

    If you are injured in a car crash caused by dangerous roads, you may be able to bring a claim against the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) or the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV).

    Negligent Drivers

    Irresponsible driving is, arguably, the most common cause of car accidents. Any time a driver is driving drunk or drugged, distracted, or drowsy, they are putting themselves and others at risk for suffering devastating injuries. Also in the category of driver negligence is aggressive driving. 

    This includes unsafe driving practices, such as failure to use a turn signal, speeding, following too closely, and driving through red traffic lights, among others. Thankfully, reckless drivers can be compelled to compensate injury victims in civil court.

    Defective Car Parts

    We’ve all heard of parts on cars being recalled, but before the recall, there are usually people who have been involved in collisions or other accidents caused by such a malfunction. It is, sadly, not uncommon for faulty auto parts to result in severe accidents. 

    Auto makers, vehicle parts manufacturers, and even those who perform routine maintenance on your vehicle could be found responsible for any damages you might endure if a faulty part causes you to crash. 

    This is particularly true in cases where the liable party knew of the defect and failed to do anything about it, or continued to use faulty parts to save money, despite having knowledge of the parts malfunctioning.

    Reach Out to a Car Accident Lawyer in Tampa

    If you have been injured in a car accident, figuring out who is to blame is an essential part of the claims process. To speak with an experienced Tampa personal injury lawyer at Anderson & Anderson about pursuing a car accident lawsuit, schedule a free consultation. We can be reached by phone at 813-251-0072 or through the contact form on our website.