South Florida accident and personal injury cases often involve two or more conflicting stories, and it can be up to a judge or jury to decide who is telling the truth. Plaintiffs and defendants in a Miami personal injury lawsuit must offer evidence to prove their side of the story. In some instances in which one party appears more believable than another but conceals the facts, the truth of what happened can be hidden from the judge or jury, resulting in an accident victim being denied compensation even when another driver was in fact negligent and caused the alleged injuries.
The Investigation: The First Step in a Successful Personal Injury Claim
Florida accident victims may wonder what the process entails in making an injury claim in state or federal court, and an experienced attorney can shed light on how a claim for damages should proceed. One of the first steps to collecting damages in a South Florida personal injury lawsuit is for the plaintiff’s attorney to ensure that a full investigation is performed into what exactly happened to cause their client’s injuries. It’s not that lawyers don’t believe their client’s side of the story. The investigation is necessary because experienced injury attorneys know the strategies that defendants and insurance companies may use to avoid liability. Only by having a qualified investigative team perform a full investigation of an accident can a Miami injury lawyer begin to construct the best case for their client to receive a fair damages award after an accident.
South Florida Police Officer Lies in Police Report, Investigation Finds that He Caused the Accident
A recent news article demonstrates the importance of a thorough investigation in South Florida negligence cases, especially if a police report does not accurately reflect the cause of an accident or injury. According to the article, a Sweetwater police officer was involved in a collision with an SUV at an intersection in February 2015. Based on the officer’s explanation of the crash to responding authorities, the other driver was cited for a failure to yield, and the officer was found to not be responsible for the crash. The other driver insisted that he had the right of way, and only after a deeper investigation was the truth revealed. A traffic camera was discovered that captured the accident, and it showed that the police officer had actually run the red light and failed to yield to the other vehicle’s right of way. Without the additional investigation, the other driver may have been unable to recover any damages from the accident caused by the negligence of the police officer.
Are You a Victim of Negligence?
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident, it is essential to perform a thorough investigation as soon as possible to protect your right to relief. The skilled South Florida injury attorneys at Friedman, Rodman & Frank employ experienced investigators who know what to look for to support a client’s South Florida car accident lawsuit. Insurance companies and their legal teams will go to great lengths to avoid paying for their clients’ mistakes. Don’t let that happen. Consult with a qualified Miami personal injury attorney to protect your rights. At Friedman, Rodman & Frank, we represent clients in Miami and throughout South Florida in most personal injury and wrongful death cases, including red light accidents. If you or a loved one have been injured, contact us toll-free at 877-448-8585 or via our online contact form. Se habla Español / Nou Parlé Creole.
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