Let a Fort Lauderdale Multi-Vehicle Accident Attorney from Maus Law Help
More than 1/3 of all car accident in Florida involve more than just two vehicles. Chalk it up to the hundreds of thousands of car, trucks and motorcycles travelling South Florida’s highways every day. A multi-vehicle car accident is defined as any accident that involves more than two vehicles. There are different types of multi-vehicle car accidents:
- Rear end accidents where vehicles get pushed into each other
- Intersection accidents where the two cars that collide initially then veer into another car in the intersection
- Pile ups due to fog, heavy rain or bad weather
- Highway mayhem where one car loses control then slams into several other vehicles traveling along the highway
No matter the cause of your accident, a Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyer will be able to assess your claim and fight for your compensation.
How Will Your Fort Lauderdale Automobile Accident Attorney Will Prove Fault in a Multi Vehicle Accident?
Proving who is at fault in a multi vehicle car accident can be difficult. Because there are several vehicles involved, there can also be more than one vehicle that shares fault for the accident. Gathering evidence quickly after the accident occurs can improve your chances of proving who is liable for the accident. Important factors your Florida multi vehicle car accident lawyer will consider are:
- Photos of where cars came to rest after the accident
- Photos of car damage
- Speaking to witnesses and gaining witness contact info – usually when there is a multi-vehicle car accident, there are drivers that observed what happened but were not involved in the accident
- Obtain video surveillance from Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) or nearby businesses
Why is it Important to Identify All At-Fault Drivers in a Multi-Vehicle Car Accident?
To make an accident or injury claim against the car insurance company for the at fault driver, that driver must have bodily injury liability insurance coverage (“BI” coverage). The problem is that Florida does not require drivers to have BI coverage. And an even more startling fact is that a recent study by the Insurance Information Institute found that more than 25% of all drivers in Florida did not have any car insurance at all. It is critical to identify the amount and types of insurance coverage available form all vehicles involved in the accident to ensure there is sufficient insurance coverage to reimburse you for your injuries and damages.
Can More Than One Vehicle Be Responsible For Your Damages?
When several cars are involved in an accident, more than one person can be responsible for your injuries and damages. For example, one car triggers a multi-vehicle accident, but because another car is travelling at an excessive rate of speed, that car runs into another vehicle causing even more damage. (These accidents are similar to chain reaction accidents.) Florida’s car accident laws allow you to “apportion” damages between the different vehicles at fault. Your damages would be calculated between the at fault drivers according to their percentage of fault for the accident.
For example, assume you had $100,000 in damages caused by two different vehicles in a Florida multi-vehicle car accident. 60% of the fault lies with driver #1, and 40% of the fault lies with driver #2. Your damages would be paid 60% by driver #1, or $60,000, and 40%, or $40,000 by driver #2. If you claim goes to trial, a jury gets to make the “apportionment” determination.
Injuries From A Multi-Vehicle Car Accident
Multi vehicle car accidents are some of the most dangerous causes of injuries. The reason is that your car can get hit from several different directions, and at different speeds, from different vehicles. Common injuries from multi-vehicle car accidents are:
- Neck and back injuries (including whiplash)
- Broken bones
- Torn ligaments
- Shoulder injuries
- Wrist/hand injuries
- Foot/ankle injuries
- Knee injuries
Obtain Compensation For Your Florida Multi-Vehicle Wreck
There are several factors that go into calculating your damages from a Florida car accident. Florida’s car accident laws allow a person injured in a car accident to recover money for:
- Property damage
- Lost wages and loss of ability to return to your chosen profession
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering if you have suffered a permanent injury
A thorough investigation is the key to determining who is at fault for your multi-vehicle car accident, and the amount of compensation you are owed.
Discuss Your South Florida Car Accident Claim with Attorney Joseph Maus
Do you need help obtaining money for your injuries and medical bills as a result of a multi-vehicle car accident? If so, we can help. For a free and confidential consultation with Fort Lauderdale multi vehicle car accident attorney Joseph Maus, call us at 855-999-5297 or request an appointment online today.