Central Florida Multiple Car Accident Attorney
Accidents involving multiple vehicles, known as multi-vehicle accidents, multi-vehicle collisions, or pile-ups, are not only terrifying but also extremely dangerous. The probability of serious injury and death are much higher in multi-vehicle collisions than in two-car collisions. This is because careless acts from one or more drivers can set off a chain reaction between cars, trucks, motorcycles, trailers and other vehicles causing multiple crashes.
Collision Accidents with Multiple Cars
One vehicle can be hit several times from several different directions by different vehicles in a pile-up. More vehicles involved in the crash means more broken glass, bent steel, leaked gasoline and forceful impacts. Because of the large proportion of the accident and multiple vehicle and factors involved, these settlement cases can be quite extensive and complex. Multiple defendants and multiple insurance companies means that the right representation could be the difference between being fairly compensated for the damages and injuries you sustained. At the Law Offices of Michael B. Brehne, P.A., our Orlando accident attorneys are ready to fight for the compensation you deserve.
When it comes to multi-vehicle collisions, receiving fair compensation for the damages your vehicle sustained and for your injuries can be more difficult than in two-car collision cases. This is because there can be more than one legal cause of your injuries when multiple cars are involved and the same could apply to other drivers in the crash. With multiple injuries or deaths in high-speed or multi-directional pile-ups, every prosecutor is trying to find as many culpable parties as possible. This leads to a limited amount of insurance to go around while every attorney is trying to get their client the largest possible portion of that insurance policy. If fault is able to be determined, however, the accident could lead to high insurance payouts.
Determining Fault in Florida
Since at-fault drivers in a multi-vehicle collision will seldom admit to full responsibility for the accident, insurance companies usually bring in accident investigators to the claim. Accident investigators are responsible for finding the underlying cause of the crash and the responsible driver or drivers. The more vehicles involved in the accident, the more complicated it becomes to identify who was responsible for the crash. Fault is determined by establishing negligent driving such as speeding, following too closely, looking at a cell phone, etc. Multiple drivers can be found guilty of negligent driving, in which case the injured driver has the right to compensation from the at-fault driver. Sometimes, however, other factors may be responsible for the crash such as weather, construction or other unforeseen road hazards.
Accident investigators will review police reports, speak with the investigating officers, interview drivers, passengers and witnesses, inspect the accident scene such as skid marks and surrounding damages, and review drivers’ driving records for prior arrests, accidents, etc. When fault spreads amongst several vehicles, Florida follows the comparative negligence rule. Comparative negligence essentially states that whatever amount of negligence you were responsible for, your recovery will be limited by that amount. So if you are found to be 30 percent at fault, your damages will be decreased by 30 percent for a total of 70 percent entitlement of your total monetary recovery.
Orlando Personal Injury Attorneys
Once fault is established in the accident, the fair distribution of compensation can begin. During the entire process of multi-vehicle collision claims it is important to have an attorney by your side. An Orlando car accident lawyer can help obtain the fair compensation you deserve as well as protect you from other drivers placing blame on you. Multiple vehicle accidents can happen anywhere from highways to street intersections and can be quite difficult to determine who is the responsible party for your compensation. At the Law Offices of Michael B. Brehne, P.A., we can provide you with a personal injury attorney Orlando, FL, residents can rely on to fight for their best interests, contact us today.