When the weather in South Florida is pleasant, drivers want to be able to enjoy it. As a result, many residents use convertibles so that they can travel to their destination while also enjoying the sunshine. Although convertibles have additional safety features to protect drivers and passengers, the risk of injuries in a collision is still greater than with some other types of vehicles. The Miami car accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon represent people who have suffered serious injuries due to negligent drivers, making sure that their legal rights are protected. We offer seasoned guidance to victims across South Florida, including in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, West Palm Beach, and other cities in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach Counties.Risk of Injuries in Convertible Crashes
Over the years, manufacturers have made convertible vehicles safer to reduce rollover accidents and other injuries associated with an open-air vehicle. However, rollover crashes may still occur, and drivers, along with their passengers, may still be ejected from a vehicle and sustain significant or even fatal injuries. Additionally, because of the structural difference of a softer top, convertibles remain more dangerous than vehicles with hard coverings that protect drivers and passengers. Injuries common in convertible accidents include brain trauma, spinal cord injuries, and broken bones and fractures.Pursuing Damages for Injuries Sustained in a Convertible Accident
When a driver or passenger is injured in a convertible crash, they may pursue action against a negligent party by filing a personal injury lawsuit. To show that a defendant acted negligently, the injured party must establish that they were owed a duty of care and that the duty was breached by the defendant’s actions. A driver owes other drivers and road users a duty to act as a reasonable and prudent person would act if surrounded by similar circumstances. If a driver is texting and speeding, for instance, causing an accident with a convertible that results in injuries, that driver may be found negligent and therefore liable for the damages that were incurred.
If a convertible accident leads to a fatality, certain family members may pursue a wrongful death action against the at-fault driver. These claims must be brought within one year from the date of a victim’s death to preserve the legal right to compensation. When liability is established, the damages available to families may include medical expenses, burial and funeral costs, pain and suffering, loss of earning capacity, and loss of consortium.Contact a Miami Attorney to Assert Your Rights
When you have been injured or lost a loved one in a severe car accident, legal action may not be a top priority. Of course, recovering from injuries and dealing with grief are first and foremost. However, dealing with the financial impact that these accidents often have may be an important consideration down the line. The Miami lawyers at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon help car crash victims pursue proper recourse against negligent parties. If you have been injured in a convertible accident, call 877.499.4878 or contact us online to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your legal options with a motor vehicle collision.