Who Is Responsible for Multi-Vehicle Accidents?April 26, 2021 | Category: Automobile Accidents | Share
There are often chain-reaction accidents in Southwest Florida, particularly on I-75. These accidents involve three or more vehicles involved in a series of rear-end collisions. These types of accidents often occur when drivers are distracted, not paying attention, and driving too close to the vehicle in front of them.
Motor vehicle accidents are often stressful, traumatic experiences. When they involve multiple vehicles, they are even more stressful with the potential of multiple parties being at fault. Determining responsibility is a complex situation.
An injured victim of a chain reaction accident must be able to prove a negligent driver had a legal duty to the victim to exercise reasonable care, breached that duty, caused the accident which resulted in the victim’s injury, and the victim sustained damages as a result of the accident.
Florida uses comparative fault in determining responsibility. This means an injured person may seek damages even when he or she is partly responsible for his or her injuries. In this case, the amount of any recovery is offset by the victim's degree of fault.
For example, when three vehicles are involved in an accident, some questions may be raised to determine the degree of fault such as: Was the second or third driver following too closely? Was the impact of the third vehicle rear-ending the second vehicle the cause of the second vehicle’s hitting the first vehicle? The portion of fault could determine which drivers were responsible for what portion of responsibility.
It is important to consult an experienced Fort Myers car accident attorney to ensure each victim gets the compensation to which he or she is entitled. Compensation may include past, present, and future medical care expenses, past and future lost wages, past and future pain and suffering, and past and future loss of the enjoyment of life. Multi-vehicle accidents also require expert accident reconstruction and technical expertise.
“We at Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. suggest that accident victims of multi-vehicle accidents do not deal with the insurance companies alone. Insurance companies offer to pay to fix the vehicle but may make a low ball offer on an injury claim in an attempt to get victims to accept far less than they are owed. They employ certain tactics to pressure victims into settling for their offer, such as deliberately withholding information or suggesting that the offer they are making today is a last-chance opportunity to receive any compensation at all. Our legal team has the experience of getting victims the compensation they deserve. For information on our case results, please go to Settlement and Verdicts. We are available 24/7, and there are no costs or attorney fees until we get a monetary recovery for victims,” said Fort Myers Accident Attorney Randall Spivey.
Fort Myers Accident Attorney Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one percent (1%) of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll-free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County at 239.793.7748.