Accident Lawyer Melbourne, FL
Across the United States, it is common to refer to car crashes/collisions as “accidents.” However, it isn’t appropriate to label collisions as “accidents” in cases where the at-fault driver clearly intended to cause a harmful crash. The word “accident” can be interpreted as “no-fault.” Yet, in many situations that can be labeled as accidents, someone’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional behavior may be clearly categorized as the fault of one or more actors.
If you’ve recently suffered injury as a result of someone else’s actions or inactions, please don’t think that you have no legal options available to you simply because your situation has been labeled “an accident.” Yes, accidents happen. But that doesn’t mean that all accidents are faultless. Please connect with an accident lawyer Melbourne, FL residents trust today to let the team at Arcadier, Biggie & Wood know about your circumstances. Once we know more about your situation, our Melbourne, FL accident lawyer team can advise you of your options and help you make an informed decision about how to proceed.
Acting Despite Knowing the Risks to Others
A major consideration of personal injury law involves questioning whether the at fault party “knew or should have known” that their actions could endanger others. If they engage in those actions anyway, should the results be classified as an accident? Does the use of the term “accident” make it harder to hold people liable for acts which are reasonably understood to be dangerous? Here are some examples:
Drunk-driving crashes: Everyone understands just how dangerous (and illegal) drunk driving is. Someone might claim to be ignorant of the dangers, but he or she still should have known that it is a highly hazardous action to take.
Distracted-driving crashes: This is a newer problem than drunk driving, but safety advocates and government agencies have been warning Americans for years about the dangers of texting, surfing the web or engaging in other activities that distract from driving.
Slip-and-fall injuries: Let’s say a grocery store employee mops a section of floor but doesn’t bother to put up a “caution: wet floor” sign. The employee may not want anyone to slip on the floor, but he also understands that slipping and falling is a significant risk. If he does nothing to prevent it or warn others, resulting injuries could hardly be called an accident.
Word choices have the power to shape thought. Describing something as an “accident” implies that the person who caused the harm acted in good faith and had no way of knowing that his actions could be dangerous to others. In the examples cited above, good faith is clearly not the case. Drunk driving and distracted driving aren’t accidental behaviors. Instead, they are crashes waiting to happen. True accidents are typically hard to foresee or prevent, but the results of negligent acts are not. If you’re unsure of how your situation should be classified, our Melbourne, FL accident lawyer team can help.
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Our firm is located in Melbourne, Florida, and we serve clients throughout the surrounding area. If you’ve been seriously injured due to the negligence of another person, you have the right to seek full and fair compensation. Contact us today to discuss your rights and legal options with an experienced Melbourne, FL accident lawyer. We look forward to speaking with you.