What is the Dangerous Instrumentality Doctrine in Florida?
Laws and legal precedents sometimes vary from state to state and Florida have a few that are worth noting and being aware of. One of these is the dangerous instrumentality doctrine, which is relevant in a number of personal injury cases. The basis of this law is to help protect those who are injured and help them receive financial compensation from the right parties.
The dangerous instrumentality doctrine in Florida states that the owner of an inherently dangerous tool is responsible for any injuries that are caused by that tool’s usage. This obviously applies to weapons, such as knives and firearms, but more importantly, it has been extended to include motor vehicles as well.
This means that any time a person is injured as the result of a person’s vehicle, it is the owner of the vehicle who is liable. Even if that person was not designated as at fault in an accident, if the injury was a result of that vehicle, that person would still be legally obligated to help pay for the medical expenses accrued as a result of that injury.
The exception to this, of course, is if the vehicle was used without the knowledge and consent of the owner. For example, if someone inflicted an injury with a stolen car, then the liability would not be on the owner because the vehicle was not intended to be used. If the vehicle is owned by a minor, then his or her parents or legal guardian is liable until that individual comes of age.
If you or someone you know has sustained injuries as the result of a negligent driver in an automobile accident, then there is a way to receive financial compensation for your losses. We at the Franco Law Firm are willing and able to assist in any case you have. To schedule a free consultation today, please call us at (813) 872-0929.