Multi-Vehicle Car Accidents
In the United States, the typical workday occurs between the hours of 8am and 5pm, leaving the roads congested and full of cars during the hours surrounding these times. It’s no surprise that most vehicle collisions occur during both morning and afternoon rush hour traffic. When the roads are congested and filled with many cars squeezed tightly together, multi-vehicle accidents can occur, in which case several vehicles make contact with one another. These cases are tricky because it is more difficult to determine who is truly at fault. Luckily, our Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys have handled thousands of car accident injury cases in our decade of operation in South Florida. We are well known in Broward County as lawyers who fight vehemently on behalf of our clients in order to ensure that they get the compensation that they deserve when they were injured in a car accident. Negligent behavior by another can have catastrophic consequences for other parties involved, and it is our duty to our clients to ensure that those who act negligently are held accountable for any damage that they may have caused.
The biggest problem associated with multi-vehicle car accidents is the fact that there are so many vehicles involved that it is difficult to determine exactly who is at fault. In heavy traffic, if someone is rear-ended, the car that hit them from behind can propel their vehicle forward, striking another car. In the state of Florida, the blame for an accident in which a driver is hit from behind is typically placed upon the driver who strikes the vehicles in the back. Even if a driver acts negligently and cuts in front of another car causing a rear-end accident, the burden of proof is upon the driver who hit the other from behind to prove their innocence. Doing so without an attorney is extremely difficult, so it is in your best interest to seek legal counsel so that you do not get stuck paying for an accident and resulting injuries that you did not cause.
Multi-vehicle collisions can be especially dangerous to your physical health as well as your bank account. When many vehicles are involved, there are multiple sources of force that could cause serious bodily injury. In 2013, car crash deaths cost the state of Florida over $3 billion in medical expenses and lost work costs. Common injuries from car accidents include:
- Brain damage
- Fractured or broken bones
- Scrapes and bruises
- Spinal injury
- Neck injury
- Psychological Trauma
These injuries can be very serious and cause a host of other issues beyond dealing with vehicle repairs and negotiating with insurance companies. A serious car accident can have serious adverse effects on the victim and their family as well. If a parent or guardian who is the main source of income for their household is severely injured in a car accident, it can shatter the entire family’s financial and emotional stability in a matter of mere seconds. For example, if that family’s main source of income is in the business of construction and a car accident renders them paralyzed, that family has no way of earning substantial income and that debilitating car accident will force the family out of their home and onto the streets. Most car accidents are caused by reckless or negligent behavior on part of at least one of the parties involved in a crash. When an entire family’s propensity to receive income is impeded by someone’s negligent behavior such as speeding, texting and driving, or drunk driving, then that person must be held accountable for the damage that they caused that family. In the past, we’ve gotten our clients compensation for the following damages:
- Lost Wages: If injuries sustained from a car accident has prevented you from doing your job for any period of time, you deserve to be compensated by the driver whose negligence caused your injuries.
- Loss of Consortium: If a family member or loved one lost their life in a car accident caused by the negligence of another, then that driver is responsible for compensating you for your loss.
- Pain and Suffering: If your injuries sustained from a car accident that was caused by a negligent or reckless driver cause you to be in pain, then compensation may be awarded based on your pain and suffering.
- Medical Expenses: If your injuries sustained from a car accident cost you a substantial amount in medical expenses, then you are entitled to compensation.
- Loss of Propensity to Earn Income: If injuries sustained from a car accident are serious enough to prevent you from working and earning income, then the negligent party will be responsible to compensate you for any income that you would have otherwise been able to earn.
- Emotional Trauma: If a car accident causes you emotional trauma then you could be entitled to compensation.
- Property Damage: The party responsible for the accident is also responsible to cover any damages to the other vehicles involved.
If you have recently been injured in a multi-vehicle crash, you need a solid attorney in your corner who knows exactly how to navigate these kinds of cases. Check out our car accident do’s and don’ts page for more information.
If you or a loved one were recently injured in a multi-vehicle car accident, call the South Florida personal injury lawyers at The Ansara Law Firm at (954) 761-4011 for a free consultation at our Palm Beach, Broward or Miami-Dade offices.