It seems to be in the news every day – multiple vehicles in accidents causing multiple injuries and even deaths.
- One recent accident involved three vehicles in East Naples. According to WINK News, seven people were taken to the hospital.
- ABC10 reported that on January 14 eight cars were involved in a Miami-Dade County accident. Six people were injured.
These accidents, and others like them, bring the question of “Who is liable?”
Fort Myers Car Accident Attorney, Randall Spivey says, “Multi-vehicle accidents can be complicated, and require experienced attorneys and investigation teams. There are many potential causes and results.”
Although a police report of an accident is necessary and provides very helpful information its primary purpose is to be used in criminal cases. Independent investigators are often hired in vehicle accidents in civil cases. These investigators are particularly important when there are multiple vehicles involved. An investigator will visit the site of the accident and conduct interviews of those involved and any witnesses. A reconstruction of the accident exactly as it happened will be done, and photos will be taken to document the scene, using measurements, final resting positions, skid marks, scrub marks and gouge marks. Electronic surveying equipment is often used.
According to CrashForensics.com: “There are many types of accident scenarios such as head-on, rear-end, right-angle, or roll-over. Each of these different scenarios requires a different method to reconstruct. However, generally speaking, an accident reconstruction will determine how much of a vehicle’s speed is lost in each part of a collision sequence. Take, for example, a vehicle that skids off the road and strikes a tree. A reconstruction of this accident would use the vehicle’s damage profile to calculate the speed at which the vehicle struck the tree and combine that with the amount of speed lost while the vehicle was skidding to determine the pre-braking speed of the vehicle.”
Faulty vehicle parts and poor vehicle maintenance may also be at fault in multi-vehicle accidents involving any one of the vehicles involved. When a reconstruction of an accident is done, information including defective parts and poor maintenance may become evident. In either case, there may be liability on the part of the vehicle manufacturer, parts manufacturers, distributors, and others.
“If you or a loved one has been injured in a multi-vehicle accident, please contact our experienced team. We are available 24/7 to assist you,” said Attorney Spivey.
Fort Myers Personal Injury Lawyer, 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 (1%) percent 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 the 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 239.793.7748.