Tampa Multi-Vehicle Accident Attorney
According to Patch.com article, Florida’s three deadliest highways include US-1, I-75, and I-95. While I-95 and US-1 are on the opposite side of Florida from Manatee County, US-1 cuts through Tampa and is a popular way to travel north-south through the state. One reason these highways are so deadly is because when crashes occur, they often involve more than two vehicles. Even if the initial impact is between two vehicles, the force often causes those vehicles to subsequently hit others in traffic nearby. Multi-vehicle crashes can also involve heavy trucks carrying dangerous cargo. The result is that there can be numerous injuries or even fatalities across drivers and passengers in several vehicles.
Florida’s Comparative Negligence Law
According to Florida Statute 768.81, “In a negligence action, the court shall enter judgment against each party liable on the basis of such party’s percentage of fault.” This means that multiple parties can be found partially liable for causing a multi-vehicle crash. For instance, if one party was speeding and hit another driver who was tailgating, who then hit a third vehicle, both parties could be found partially to blame for the resulting damages. If a party is found 65 percent liable, they are only responsible for paying 65 percent of the damages in a personal injury claim. It is critical if you are in a multi-vehicle crash, you prove that you should not be held in any way liable so that you can recover the compensation you deserve.
What Does Compensation in a Personal Injury Claim Cover?
After a crash, victims often have ambulance bills, hospital stays, and medical procedures that can run up bills that are tens of thousands of dollars. Additionally during this time, a victim may be incapacitated and unable to perform their jobs, so they are also losing out on wages. If the injuries are permanent, future lost earnings must be accounted for as well as the emotional distress of having a permanent disability or disfigurement. Personal injury claims also account for the pain and suffering a victim sustained as a result of the injuries. Finally, many multi-vehicle crashes total the vehicles involved. A personal injury claim also covers the property damage. A qualified Tampa personal injury attorney can help you collect all of the documentation needed to determine the worth of your case. While medical bills are a concrete expense, other costs such as future medical treatments may require more evidence to prove.
Common Causes of Multi-Vehicle Collisions
- Drowsy driving;
- Drunk driving;
- Driving too fast for weather conditions;
- Distracted driving;
- Construction zones;
- Rubbernecking; and
The Tampa Multi-Vehicle Accident Attorneys of Hale Law Can Help You
Being involved in a multi-vehicle collision can be overwhelming and just figuring out who is liable for causing the crash can take time. You do not need to figure it all out on your own. The experienced Tampa multi-vehicle accident attorneys at Hale Law can take over the investigation on your behalf and assist you in compiling a detailed personal injury claim for compensation. Call our offices today at 941-735-4529 to schedule a free consultation about your case.