What Do I Need to Prove My Car Accident Claim in Florida?

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What Do I Need to Prove My Car Accident Claim in Florida?

If your car accident was the result of the other party’s negligence, you are probably interested in proving your claim to recover damages. Under Florida law, when bringing a personal injury claim against another driver, you need to prove four elements:

  • The other party had a duty of care
  • They breached the duty of care
  • The link between negligence and your injury (Causation)
  • You suffered damages

It is best to consult with a Lakeland car accident attorney to gather all necessary evidence to prove your claim and get the maximum compensation you deserve.

You Need to Prove That the Other Party Owed You a Duty of Care

The first element of a negligence claim is to prove that the other party involved in your car crash owed you a duty of care. Under Florida law, every operator of a motor vehicle owes other people on the road a duty of care.

In other words, drivers have a legal duty to avoid driving in a way that puts other drivers in harm’s way. Every motorist has a legal obligation to follow traffic rules to avoid causing car crashes or dangerous situations on the road.

In order to prevail in your car accident claim, you must prove that the other party failed to exercise reasonable care at the time of the collision.

You Need to Prove That the Other Party Breached the Duty of Care

As mentioned in the previous section, all drivers who operate motor vehicles on public roads must exercise reasonable care at all times. If a driver exceeds the speed limit, fails to indicate their intention to turn or change lanes, or violates any other laws, they are breaching the duty of care.

However, the standard of “reasonable care” requires the plaintiff to prove that the defendant failed to act as another reasonable person would under the same circumstances.

This can be difficult to prove without an experienced car accident attorney. Contact a knowledgeable lawyer to help you build a strong case and prove that the other motorist failed to act in line with the duty of care.

You Need to Prove That the Other Party’s Negligence Resulted in Your Injuries and Damages

As long as you can establish the first and second elements (duty of care and the breach of duty), proving the third and fourth elements is usually less complicated.

  • The third element. This element requires you to prove a link between the other party’s negligence and your injuries. In other words, you need to demonstrate clear and convincing evidence that the defendant’s negligent behavior specifically caused your injury.
  • The fourth element. In order to be entitled to compensation, Florida law also requires you to prove that you suffered damages, such as financial losses, as a result of the other party’s negligence. For example, you can show your medical bills and receipts related to the vehicle repairs.

You can establish the third element – causation – by proving you would not have been injured but for the defendant’s negligence.



Call 407.612.6464863.324.3500 today to speak with an experienced Auto Accident Lawyer who proudly serves Lakeland, Orlando, and throughout the State of Florida.

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Sanga Turnbull

Sanga Turnbull is the founder and principal attorney at The Turnbull Law Firm, a Florida law firm helping personal injury victims in Winter Haven and Orlando recover compensation for harm done to them by the negligence of others. The comprehensive personal injury practice at The Turnbull Firm includes all manner of motor vehicle accidents, nursing home neglect and abuse, slip and fall, workplace and industrial accidents, medical malpractice, catastrophic injury, wrongful death, and more. Injury victims or their families are invited to call The Turnbull Firm for a no-cost, confidential consultation about any potential claims they may have.