Automobile Accidents in Florida
Car accidents may result from other factors in addition to poor driving. The vehicle itself can have a defect which contributed to the accident. It may have a faulty design or a manufacturing and labeling issue; then the manufacturer may be held responsible for the collision. In this case, it must be proven that the driver was not responsible but that it was the defect that caused the accident. Witness testimony is often used to prove that point. Furthermore, it must be shown that the defective vehicle or part was “unreasonably dangerous,” the car was being operated as intended and that the vehicle’s performance has not changed since its purchase. These defects could be malfunctioning seatbelts, airbags, brakes, accelerators or engines.
Florida has a lot of busy and not always well-maintained roads and car accidents in the Jacksonville area could occur as a result of that. It can be faulty construction, design or lack of maintenance that play a part in the injuries you may have sustained. Road embankments are the outer edges that are set at an incline as a safety precaution where the road curves. They are raised areas whose purpose is to manage traffic so that automobiles can approach the outer edge without going over. If it’s too steep or not elevated properly, they cause a hazard. Driver safety may also be compromised if barriers, guard rails, speed bumps, medians or curbs are poorly designed and cause an auto accident. Various alterations to the surface of the road or lack of proper road signs may also contribute to collisions. Traffic control signals, such as traffic lights that are malfunctioning can contribute to serious injuries for several drivers at once.
Being involved in an auto collision can have life-altering consequences, and you may have a case to receive compensation for your injuries.
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