Robert Sparks Attorneys Can Help You Determine Liability
Liability for a car accident does not always lie with one of the drivers involved in the collision. A third party, someone who was not driving one of the vehicles, may be liable. This is referred to as third party liability. Because an outside party may not be the initial focus of a car accident investigation, it is important to thoroughly review every detail of a collision to determine whether someone else may be to blame.
Robert Sparks Attorneys is committed to representing auto accident victims in the Tampa Bay area. In carrying out investigations and accident reconstructions, we take every step in ensuring we consider all possible causes. This can help us identify a third party who could be liable for a victim’s medical expenses, lost wages, property damage and even emotional trauma. As Tampa car accident attorneys, our primary goal is always to help our clients get the financial support they need to move on.
Common Examples of Third Party Liability
- Defective or Dangerous Motor Vehicle Parts
Even a responsible and experienced driver may be involved in a car accident if some part of his or her vehicle malfunctions. Defective and poorly designed motor vehicles and their parts present serious hazards on our roadways. Take the unintentional acceleration defects in certain Toyota vehicles that were linked to at least 37 deaths and the recall of approximately 9 million vehicles in 2010. Manufacturers of defective and dangerous vehicles can be held accountable for accidents through auto product liability lawsuits.
- Hazardous Roadways
The roads we drive on will influence whether we are able to maneuver our vehicles. The street signs and traffic signals we see and obey will have an impact on whether we are able to safely traverse intersections and roadways. Large potholes, missing guardrails, defective bridges, missing road signs, defective traffic signals and other roadway hazards can present serious problems for drivers, leading to entirely preventable collisions. City and county governments responsible for maintaining these roads may be held liable if people are injured because of dangerous roadways.
- Other Examples of Third Party Liability
There may be other scenarios in which a third party could be held liable for a car accident. An object may fall from a truck or other vehicle and strike another car, with the offending vehicle leaving the scene before it can be identified. A driver may veer suddenly into another motorist’s lane, causing that motorist to swerve and collide with a third vehicle. The first driver may leave the scene, but the accident resulted from his actions. Every case is different, so it is important to carefully investigate the crash to determine all contributing factors and its primary cause.
Contact Our Firm for a Free, No-Obligation Consultation
Taking legal action may not be at the forefront of your concerns if you were seriously injured or lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident. Acting quickly and involving a lawyer, however, is one of the most important steps you can take toward justice and a fair settlement or award.
While you focus on healing, a Tampa car accident lawyer at our firm can handle every aspect of your claim. We can handle all communication with your insurance company and the other driver’s insurance provider, as well as law enforcement and any other interested parties. We can investigate the accident to determine its cause and therefore identify what party or parties should be held liable. Call today!