Multi-Vehicle AccidentsMulti-Vehicle Accident Attorney in Florida
Victims of a multi-vehicle accident should call 9-11, take photos of the scene and every vehicle involved, receive a medical examination as soon as possible. The minutes after a car accident can be disorienting, but following these simple steps to the best of your ability can help you receive the medical treatment you need and the financial compensation you deserve.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reported 403,626 total car crashes in 2018, the most recent data available. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 48% of all fatal accidents in Florida involved multiple vehicles that same year.
No one should have to endure the financial, mental, or medical burdens that follow a major accident. If this ever happens to you or a loved one, Attorney Brandon Stein will be ready to represent you and secure the maximum amount of financial compensation for your damages.
When two or more vehicles are involved in an accident, the scene can quickly become chaotic. If possible, turn on your hazard lights and drive your vehicle to the side of the road. Keep an eye on the other vehicles involved to see if they do the same or flee the scene. Remaining on the road increases the risk to yourself, as well as other drivers, who may become involved in a chain reaction collision.
Calling the Police
Once you are safe, you should immediately call to report the accident to the police. Tell the officers every detail related to the accident. Once they reach the scene, ensure they speak with any witnesses. The officers’ investigation may uncover factors related to fault that were not readily apparent to you or other victims. Poor road conditions or a malfunctioning car could have caused the irrational behavior of one of the drivers.
Drugs and alcohol are also factors the police may uncover, as they do, unfortunately, in many car crashes. In 2018, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reported 5,106 crashes were alcohol-related. Meanwhile, there were 673 collisions that year in which drugs were a factor.
An accurate police report will help the experienced attorneys at SteinLaw fight for the compensation you deserve.
Determining Fault in a Multi-Vehicle Accident
Florida is a no-fault insurance state. That means your repairs and recovery from many injuries will be covered by personal injury insurance. But in some cases, including the suffering of a life-long injury or disfigurement, the victim will need to prove fault.
To calculate compensation, Florida uses a pure comparative fault system. That means compensation for damages is based on each person’s percentage of attributed fault. For example, if you were distracted while driving by the radio but the person you are about to collide with is also driving aggressively, all of this will be taken into consideration when deciding the percentage of fault. If you were 75% responsible for the accident, the aggressive driver would still owe 25% of your incurred costs.
The photos you take at the scene of the accident, along with the police report, will be crucial in determining fault. Use your phone to take pictures of your car, all the other cars on the scene, and the surrounding area. This will help document the weather and road conditions when calculating fault and the amount of damage done to each vehicle.
Protect Your Health
In the state of Florida, you must seek medical attention within fourteen days of an auto accident. Whiplash, neck injuries, and concussions are all common injuries caused by a collision. Even people who feel no pain at the scene could later have severe medical problems caused by the accident. Take your health seriously and receive an examination from a medical professional as soon as possible, even if you “feel fine”.
When accidents happen, it’s important to know you have a lawyer who considers every angle of your case. Attorney Brandon Stein is dedicated to client service. His law office ensures every client has their questions and concerns addressed as soon as possible. For a free case review, call him today at 877.STEINLAW.