Driver Error Attorney in Gainesville, FL
There are more than 70,000 miles of roads in Florida. Whether it’s a Florida resident driving or one of the millions of annual visitors, the roadways have a constant buzz of activity. Unfortunately, drivers make errors while behind the wheel which cause accidents and personal injuries each day. If you are involved in an accident caused by a driver’s error, a personal injury attorney in Gainesville, FL will be able to help. Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A. have decades of combined experience representing and litigating in driver error accidents, always working to ensure the best outcome for their clients.
Driver Error Accidents
Driver error refers to accidents caused by the driver of a vehicle that could have been avoided. Product failure, acts of nature, or unavoidable situations like a pedestrian or cyclist entering the roadway are not driver error. Driver error is involved in nearly all accidents, many times pinpointed through skid marks, yaw marks, black box/computer data, witnesses, and other evidence from the accident scene.
What Causes Driver Error?
Because the topic is encompassing, it's important to contact a Gainesville personal injury lawyer who can help determine who was at fault for the accident. But, most driver errors fall under inexperience, negligence or distraction.
Whether you’re a brand new driver, have changed vehicle styles, or it has been years since you were last behind the wheel, inexperience can lead to driver errors. New drivers are prone to making errors when driving in adverse conditions, such as a thunderstorm. Drivers who have changed vehicles, such as going from a passenger car to an SUV, may not be aware of new blind spots.
Negligence & Distraction
Negligent driving means behaving in a thoughtless or careless manner. It may be tempting to take a quick phone call while driving or fail to use a turn signal while pulling onto your residential street. But that phone call pulls your attention from the task of driving, and the car behind you may not anticipate your turn.
Examples of negligent driving include:
- Failure to yield or signal a turn;
- Failure to merge or brake in time;
- Running a red light or stop sign;
- Speeding; and
- Failure to operate headlights at night.
The amount of distractions for a driver are innumerable. Distractions that commonly lead to driver error include:
- Answering and/or using a cell phone;
- Adjusting a radio and/or climate controls; and
Are Truck Driver Errors Different Than Car Driver Errors?
A semi with a trailer attached can weigh 80,000 pounds or more. The sheer size differential between a passenger vehicle and a semi makes any driver error even more serious. Truck drivers have the potential to commit driver errors akin to passenger vehicle drivers but on a larger scale. Yet, truck driver errors can also include:
- Failure to use or install blind spot mirrors;
- Improper braking;
- Improper loading or overloading of cargo;
Truck drivers are required by federal regulations to follow hours of services rules. These rules are meant to ensure truck drivers receive the necessary amount of rest and sleep to allow them to drive safely. If you are involved in an accident with a semi and believe the semi driver committed a truck driver error, contact a Gainesville accident attorney today.
Accident Attorneys in Gainesville, FL
Whether you are the driver or the victim, you should speak to an accident attorney to know your rights. Gainesville attorneys at Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A. can advise you of your options and, if needed, represent you during litigation.
Victim of A Driver Error Accident
If you are a victim of driver error, speaking with an injury attorney in Gainesville who will provide clarity and direction about your options. Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A. works with you, insurance companies, and attorneys for the at-fault driver to recover damages for your injuries and for your damaged vehicle and/or other property.
What Can a Lawyer Do to Help Me in the Event of Driver Error?
The attorneys at Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A. have years of experience working with insurance companies in driver error cases. We have more than 40 years of combined experience as personal injury attorneys. With this experience, we can help you recover monies for lost wages, hospital and doctor bills, pain and suffering, and other damages that are available.
Contact Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A.
The personal injury and accident attorneys at Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A. are dedicated to clients and victims involved in all types of driver error accidents. Night or day, we are available to discuss your case with you and begin guiding you through the legal claims process. We can also help you to gather the right information, including photographs and witness statements that will be needed later when you make your claim or to file a lawsuit. It can be a frightening time if you have been injured, but our Gainesville attorneys will work tirelessly towards your full recovery and a satisfactory case outcome. If you are involved in a driver error accident, call and speak to one of our attorneys about the specifics of your case.