Establishing Liability For a Multi-Vehicle Collision
No one can predict the extent of the damage that any car accident will cause and truthfully, any accident involving a vehicle can lead to a significant amount of damage. However, this risk is understandably magnified any time that there are multiple vehicles involved in the same car accident.
News4Jax recently reported that three people were critically injured in a late night multi-vehicle crash in Neptune Beach. The Florida Highway Patrol report indicates that the chain reaction began when the 29-year-old driver of a Monte Carlo hit a Chevrolet Traverse with two people inside, the spin out of which caused Monte Carlo to crash into a Nissan driven by a 55-year-old woman. At least two other cars parked nearby were also hit during the collision although, fortunately, there was no one inside. The driver and passenger in the Monte Carlo and the driver of the Nissan all remain in serious condition and authorities are still determining whether alcohol was a factor.
Tragically, when a multi-vehicle accident occurs, serious injuries and fatalities often follow. Therefore, while you cannot stop every potential accident , you should understand your risk before you hit the road.
What Causes Multi-Vehicle Accidents?
These kinds of collisions are usually due to certain circumstances such as:
- Drowsy driving
- Running red lights
- Poor tire traction
- Tailgating or following another vehicle too closely
- Rainy weather that reduces visibility
- Distracted driving such as texting
How Can Fault Be Proven in a Multi-Vehicle Accident?
Regardless of the cause of the accident, identifying who caused it can be especially difficult in any multi-vehicle situation because there are so many parties involved. Fortunately, taking certain actions at the scene of the accident can help you later prove who is responsible and hold that party responsible for your injuries. At the scene of a multi-vehicle accident, ensure that you:
- Call authorities and ensure that there is a police report
- Take the names and contact information of any eyewitnesses
- Photograph the scene of the accident and the surrounding area
How is Liability Established?
Similar to determining fault, ascertaining liability in a case where more than two cars were involved can be difficult. And you should be aware that Florida follows what is known as a pure comparative fault system. This means that under Florida law, the amount that you are awarded for your injuries is reduced by your percentage of fault. This is why it is especially important to involve an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible who can help ensure that you maximize your claim.
Have You or a Loved One Been Injured as the Result of a Multi-Vehicle Accident?
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a car accident as the result of a collision involving multiple vehicles, we can help. Contact the experienced Jacksonville car accident attorneys of The Pendas Law Firm today and we will help you recover the compensation you are entitled to.
The Pendas Law Firm also represents clients in the Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Miami, Daytona, and Bradenton areas.