As you go through the process of filing and litigating a personal injury claim, one of the most complicated elements will be proving liability on the part of the defendant. An effective way of demonstrating that the defendant is liable for your injuries is to prove he or she committed a traffic violation that directly led to the incident.
Knowing the most common traffic violations can help you consider what you need to look for in your case. Below are just a few examples of some of those most common violations:
- Speeding: Speeding isn’t just a problem on highways in Florida — it’s also an issue in larger urban areas. The population centers in Florida tend to have higher speed limits, more lanes and longer city blocks.
- Running a red light: If you’re able to prove the defendant ran a red light, which led to your accident, this will obviously be extremely helpful for your case.
- Not stopping for pedestrians: Pedestrians always have the right of way in crosswalks. But even when pedestrians are outside of crosswalks, drivers are still expected to slow down and avoid pedestrians if it is reasonably possible to do so.
- Drunk driving: It is illegal to operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or greater in Florida.
- Driving without a license: Driving without a license, insurance or registration is illegal in the state and may add to the penalties faced by the defendant.
- Driving on the shoulder: The shoulder is not considered a passing lane, and it is illegal for drivers to use it as such.
- Crossing the median: Drivers are expected to remain on the proper side of the road at all times.
To learn more about your options after a serious car crash in Florida, contact an experienced Bradenton auto accident attorney with Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh.