Car Accident Lawyer Serving Sebring
The injuries suffered in an auto accident can be traumatic—physically, mentally, and emotionally. When this happens because someone else acted irresponsibly, it’s only right that their insurance help make you whole. Our Sebring car accident lawyers have extensive experience helping injured drivers get the fair settlements they need and deserve.
How to Win a Car Accident Case
The circumstances of your accident may appear as though it’s clearly the other driver’s fault. That might well be the case, but the legal process of securing a fair settlement is painstaking. The plaintiff (the injured driver) and their Sebring car accident attorney must prove that the defendant was negligent. That involves four very specific levels of proof:
Duty of Care
Duty of care refers to the legal obligation that both people and organizations have to avoid causing harm to others. In a car accident case, the duty of care is usually clear—all drivers have a legal responsibility to operate their vehicles safely and follow traffic laws.
Breach of Duty
Breach of duty occurs when the defendant fails to fulfill their duty of care towards the plaintiff. It is most often demonstrated by showing that the defendant failed to act in a reasonable manner in carrying out their duty of care.
It is worth noting that Florida law does not expect people to prevent every bad thing from happening. In the case of a car accident, the crash alone does not prove a breach of duty. What’s necessary is to demonstrate that the defendant driver acted in a way that a reasonable person would not have.
For example, let’s say it’s one of our rainy and windy days. You’re driving down US 98 and acting responsibly, adjusting your speed to the conditions. The driver behind you isn’t doing the same. When you reach a stop light, they skid and rear-end your vehicle.
Did the other driver breach their duty of care? There’s a strong case to be made that they were driving too fast for the conditions and that a reasonable person would have gone slower. Evidence in this example might include the fact that you, as the plaintiff, had made appropriate adjustments. Further evidence might be gathered from the police report and accompanying photographs, where skid marks could be analyzed to determine the other driver’s speed.
$6,000,000.00 Recovery Fraud Civil Action
Sessums Law Group, P.A. successfully recovered $6,000,000.00 for a client in a fraud civil action. Prior to the client’s divorce, the client negotiated and executed an agreement with his wife’s boyfriend that sought that the boyfriend would have no contact with the client’s wife.
$2,740,000.00 Wrongful Death Hit/Run of Motorcyclist
Representation of the plaintiff hit from behind on his motorcycle by a driver who was allegedly drunk at the time of the accident. Sued the defendant; the bar that the defendant had been drinking and the defendant’s employer.
$1,929,000.00 Verdict Real Estate Deficiency
Representation of estate in real estate deficiency claim resulting in joint and several liability verdict against various doctors and chiropractors.
$1,000,000.00 Settlement Collision
Representation of estate in an automobile and tractor trailer collision that resulted in multiple deaths.
Confidential Settlement Amount Medical Malpractice
Client was burned with a hot pack after delivering her son via Cesarean section.
Confidential Settlement Amount Nursing Home Negligence
Representation of the Personal Representative of the Estate of the patient who died due to negligent care while in the care of the nursing home.
Confidential Settlement Amount Trolley Accident
Representation of passengers who were enjoying a sight- seeing tour aboard a trolley when the trolley was hit by a bus. The passengers suffered soft tissue injuries.
Confidential Settlement Amount Hit & Run
Sessums Law Group was recently successful in settling a case for a hard working Polk County man whose hit and run accident resulted in a need for a knee replacement. The defendant argued that our client had caused the accident. We were able to prove through expert accident reconstruction testimony that the accident happened as our client testified despite the minimal damage involved.
Confidential Settlement Stolen Property
Client’s vehicle was burglarized and her engagement and wedding rings stolen. The perpetrator pawned the stolen items to a local pawn shop. The pawn shop ignored the hold order from the police department and sold the engagement and wedding rings. After suit filed for the Plaintiff, a confidential settlement was reached with the pawn shop for the value to our client of her stolen rings.
"Our firm believes in the integrity of the needs of the each client we represent. We are passionate about obtaining the maximum results allowable under the law for each client."
- Mark A. Sessums