Tampa Multi-Vehicle Wreck Attorney
Multi-vehicle wrecks can occur in various ways, but some of the most common ones happen in heavy traffic or involve some type of chain reaction event. In many cases, these are serious accidents, leaving some victims with severe or life-threatening injuries. The more vehicles involved in the collision can make the claims handling process more complicated. If you were injured in a Florida collision involving more than two vehicles, please speak with our skilled Tampa multi-vehicle wreck attorneys at Moore Law right away.
Timing is crucial with multi-wreck accidents. We need to speak with witnesses and drivers right away and start gathering evidence while things are still fresh in everyone’s minds. Some multi-wreck accidents require hiring multiple experts who can weigh in on what they believe to be the primary cause of the collision and who is at fault.
These can also be challenging cases to resolve when there are many injuries and only a limited amount of available insurance. In these cases, the available insurance money is apportioned between the parties. That means you may need to make a claim through your own insurance company and your underinsured motorist coverage (UIM) if you have it on your policy.
Florida and Pure Comparative Negligence
Florida is a pure comparative negligence state. That means everyone in the accident could be at fault somehow and still eligible to collect damages. Any monies awarded would be reduced by your percentage of fault. For example, driver A is 50% at fault, driver B is 25%, and you are 25%. You could collect up to 75% of your damages, while A could only collect a max of 50% and driver B 75%.
Because compensation is reduced based on your percentage of fault, insurance companies push to put as much liability on other drivers as possible, thereby reducing their risk and payout. That is one reason why having an attorney on your side is so important. You need a legal advocate looking out for your interests and helping you fight for the compensation you are entitled to receive.
Potential Recoverable Damages
Recoverable damages will vary in each case. In general, you could be eligible to receive compensation for:
- Medical bills to date
- Future medical treatment
- Property damage
- Lost wages
- Temporary or permanent disability
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
How a Tampa Multi-Wreck Lawyer Can Help
Vehicle accidents that involve more than two cars can be complicated because there are multiple injured parties, various insurance companies, different levels of fault, not enough insurance, one or more deaths, etc.
Handling your claim independently could result in a much lower settlement than you are entitled to receive. You need a legal advocate who understands the complexities of these matters and knows how to work with all the involved parties.
It’s not uncommon for these types of cases to end up in litigation to determine fault. Without an attorney protecting you, the insurance company may try to take advantage of you and trick you into saying something that could help them place additional fault on you, thereby reducing their liability.
Don’t let insurance companies take advantage of you in a multi-car accident. Instead, let the Tampa multi-wreck lawyers at Moore Law help. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation.