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How can I recover damages in a car accident?

Florida car accidents can result in serious injuries, leaving victims and their families struggling to make ends meet. One way to recover damages is to file a personal injury claim against the driver responsible for the accident.

In order to win your case, you will have to prove that the other driver was at-fault for the accident and therefore, your injuries. Proving fault will require you to show that the driver was negligent or reckless behind the wheel at the time of your accident. There are multiple ways to establish fault. The police officer at the scene of the accident will likely fill out a police report detailing the accident and traffic violations that were committed by the driver. This report is admissible in court and can help show that the other driver did not follow the law when driving. Failure to follow traffic laws or committing a statutory violation can be considered negligence.

You will also need to present expert and witness testimony to help your case. Witnesses can attest to what actually happened at the scene. Experts can help establish causation and show that your accident would not have occurred but for the other driver's negligence. The last step will be proving damages. Medical records can show your injuries and treatment expenses. Your physicians can also testify regarding the necessity of your treatment.

If your case is successful, you may recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other costs. These damages can help victims and their families recover financially after a crash and focus on the physical and emotional rehabilitation process.

Source: FindLaw, "Fault and Liability for Motor Vehicle Accidents," accessed on Feb. 13, 2017

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