Line of Sight Accidents
Drivers often encounter hazards on the road that hinder their ability to see. A tree or another object may block a driver’s line of sight, leading to a crash. The car accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon assist Miami residents who have been harmed by the negligence of other individuals or entities. We can assert your right to compensation and advocate zealously for you in settlement negotiations and at trial.Holding Negligent Drivers Accountable for Your Injuries
Many obstacles can interfere with a driver’s ability to see properly on the road. A line of sight accident may be caused by a structure obscuring a driver’s view of who and what is in front of his or her car, as well as tree branches, shrubs, or hedges. If these obstructions are blocking a stop sign, for example, they may cause a driver to hit a pedestrian or bicyclist. Line of sight accidents can cause catastrophic injuries, such as brain trauma or spinal cord damage, especially when the driver is traveling at a high speed, unaware of the danger. Drivers may be held accountable for crashes caused by their own negligence, and other parties may also be responsible, including property owners failing to exercise due care in maintaining their premises.
If you were injured in a line of sight crash, you may pursue legal action against the responsible driver, as well as possibly the owner of the property that obstructed the driver’s view. Most car accidents are the result of an individual’s negligence. To establish negligence in a personal injury claim, a crash victim must prove that:
- He or she was owed a duty of reasonable care;
- There was a breach of that duty due to the defendant’s actions;
- The breach caused the victim’s injuries; and
- Actual damages were incurred.
Drivers in Florida have a duty of care to act as a reasonably prudent motorist would behave in similar circumstances. As a result, someone whose view is obstructed must take reasonable care to avoid causing harm to others on the road. Drivers who fail to act reasonably, even if their line of sight is hindered, may be held liable for accidents they cause.
Additionally, an injured party may have a premises liability claim against a property owner that failed to maintain its premises in a reasonably safe way. For instance, if an overgrown tree encroaching the roadway and blocking a traffic sign caused a line of sight accident, an owner may potentially be held liable. The elements of these claims are similar to those against negligent drivers, although establishing the duty of care can potentially be complex. Damages available to accident victims may include past and future medical costs, loss of income and earning capacity, vehicle repairs, and pain and suffering, among others.Consult a Miami Lawyer after a Motor Vehicle Collision
If you have been injured in a car or truck crash in Miami or the surrounding area, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon can help you determine which parties may be liable and what legal options may be available to you. Our firm handles all types of personal injury lawsuits, and we are dedicated to making sure victims’ rights are protected throughout the legal process. Call (877) 499-4878 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation to see how we can help. We also serve individuals in Fort Lauderdale and other cities throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties.