West Palm Beach Multi-Vehicle Accident Attorney
Palm Beach County is home to some dangerous surface streets, highways, and large intersections, where multi-vehicle collisions are all too common. In fact, the most dangerous intersection in Palm Beach County (Okeechobee Boulevard and Military Trail) gets up to 183 crashes a year, according to WPTV. A multi-vehicle collision is considered any in which two or more vehicles are involved in a collision, though many use the term to describe when three or more vehicles are involved in a crash. These types of crashes can be difficult to sort out when it comes to liability and whose insurance provider to sue. One of our experienced West Palm Beach multi-vehicle accident attorneys at Hale Law can help you file a personal injury claim starting today.
Florida’s Comparative Negligence Doctrine
Determining fault can be difficult in multi-vehicle collisions, particularly in pile up scenarios. Under Florida’s comparative negligence law, there can be multiple parties liable for a collision. Comparative negligence works as such: the damages the plaintiff can collect are decreased by the degree of their own fault. For example, if driver A went through an intersection and was T-boned by driver B, who ran a red light, one would assume that the collision is entirely the fault of driver B, who ran the red light. However, if driver A was in the middle of sending a text message through the intersection, or was found to be intoxicated while driving, they could be found liable as well. If driver A is found 30 percent at fault, while driver B is found 70 percent at fault, driver A’s claim would be reduced by 30 percent of its original value. Comparative negligence often comes up in multi-vehicle collisions, as multiple parties are typically to blame. An attorney can help ensure that you are not found at fault for causing the crash, or can help minimize the degree to which you are held liable, thereby increasing your compensation.
Compensation From a West Palm Beach Multi-Vehicle Collision
For every traffic death, 18 victims are hospitalized, and 400 require medical care, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Moderate to severe injuries require compensation for the following damages:
- Medical bills;
- Lost wages;
- Lost earning ability;
- Pain and suffering;
- Loss of joy of life;
- Emotional distress;
- Property damage; and
How Most Multi-Vehicle Collisions Occur
- Texting and driving, or another form of distracted driving;
- Following too closely;
- Running yellow or red lights;
- “Cutting in line” at stop signs;
- Drunk driving;
- Drowsy or fatigued driving (falling asleep);
- Aggressive driving such as swerving through lanes;
- Rubbernecking; and
- Making illegal passes on two-lane roads.
Contact Our West Palm Beach Multi-Vehicle Accident Attorneys Today
If you were involved in any type of multi-vehicle traffic incident, whether you were a driver, occupant, cyclist, or pedestrian, you deserve to be heavily compensated for your damages, and the West Palm Beach multi-vehicle accident attorneys at Hale Law can help you win your claim.
Contact our attorneys today at 941-735-4529 to schedule a free consultation.