Who is Held Liable in a Multi-Car Pile Up?

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Who is Held Liable in a Multi-Car Pile Up?
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A multi-car accident, also referred to as a chain reaction accident, is an accident that involves more than two cars hitting each other in a chain reaction. This most commonly occurs when a car is rear ended and is propelled into the rear end of the car in front in series of chain reactions. Determining fault in a car accident with just two cars is difficult enough, so if you are involved in a multi-car accident it is important to contact an auto accident lawyer in Highland Beach, Florida.

Multi-car accidents can sometimes be caused by the negligence of a single driver, usually the driver of the rear vehicle, but it is also common for several drivers to be at fault in one way or another. Even though the front driver is almost never held liable, having broken tail lights that prevented a following vehicle from seeing them could be seen as comparative negligence. Other factors that can come into play include road construction, bad weather and vehicle malfunctions. For this reason, if you are involved in an accident you should exchange insurance information with every driver involved in the crash and not just the driver you were directly involved with. It is also imperative to obtain an official police report from the accident, photographs of the scene including damage to vehicles, debris and skid marks, and contact information of any witnesses. An auto accident lawyer in Highland Beach, Florida will use this evidence to help build your case. Because multi-car accidents can be so complex, a lawyer may use the help of a professional accident re-constructionist to help determine fault in the accident.

The state of Florida is a pure comparative negligence state which means a driver can recover damages relative to the percentage of fault they had in the accident. Even if a driver is found to be 99% at fault for an accident, they are still able to recover 1% of their damages. Generally, a jury will go over the evidence and assign a percentage of fault to each party, sometimes even including the plaintiff. For example, in a four car accident where car 1 makes a sudden stop and each car behind failed to stop themselves in time before hitting the car in front of them, car 2, 3, and 4 will all be assigned some percentage of fault. Each of those cars acted negligently by not being able to stop themselves before the crash. If car 1 stops short and both car 2 and 3 are able to stop in time but car 4 is distracted and does not stop in time, car 4 will bear the majority, if not all of the fault in the accident.

If you have been involved in a multi-car accident, please feel free to call me to discuss your case. To schedule a free initial consultation with Eric Luckman, an auto accident lawyer in Highland Beach, Florida residents can depend on, call our office today at (561) 867-6010.