Fender benders and other minor car accidents happen all the time, but the risk of serious injury and extensive damages rises exponentially if multiple cars are involved.
Florida has seen its fair share of multi-car pileups over the years, caused by everything from difficult weather to distracted drivers.
What makes multi-car accidents so complicated is the determination of fault. Numerous drivers mean numerous scenarios played out to cause the accident.
Not only that, but more than one driver or factor may be determined liable when all is said and done.
When investigating fault in a multi-car accident, external factors are considered. These factors can include weather conditions, road construction or dangerous hazards left unmarked.
The most common cause of a multi-car accident is driver negligence. For example, texting and driving, following too closely or being under the influence of alcohol or drugs can be the direct cause of the accident.
However, it can turn out to be much trickier to determine liability.
One driver may be drinking while another is rear-ended due to texting and failing to use a turn signal. Each of these circumstances must be considered, and each of these drivers may be issued a percentage of fault due to their contribution to the accident.
Avoiding Multi-Car Pileups
There are several ways you can actively work toward avoiding multi-car pileups:
- Be sure to slow down as soon as signs of severe weather show.
- Do not tailgate! This is a recipe for a serious rear-end collision, especially on busy highways.
- Remove all distractions. Pull over if you need to make a call or referee child passengers.
- Never drive drowsy or intoxicated. Always call a ride if you’re not completely alert.
If you’ve been involved in a multi-car pileup or other car accident in the state of Florida, our Tampa personal injury attorneys at Lorenzo & Lorenzo are prepared to help. We give personal attention to each case, and we understand the ins and outs of car accidents, even complicated multi-car collisions.
Contact us today for a free consultation.