The Fort Lauderdale office of Madalon Law has successfully represented victims of multi vehicle car accidents for years. Car accident cases that involve multiple vehicles have certain issues that need to be addressed correctly. If these unique cases are not handled correctly, then you may find yourself being taken advantage of by the other driver’s insurance companies when they delay or deny the payment you are entitled to.
Car accidents that involve multiple vehicles can happen several ways. The most common type of multi-vehicle accident is when one car rear-ends another car and the force of the hit causes the vehicle to move forward and hitting the next car. This results in a chain reaction where three or more cars have rear-ended each other.
Who is to blame?The problem with an accident that involves multiple cars is that everyone is blaming everyone else. Even in a traditional rear-end accident involving several vehicles (usually caused by the vehicle in the back); the negligent driver often blames another driver. You might find it difficult for someone to be able to do this, but there is room for doubt because the vehicle(s) in the front did not see the vehicles behind them.
Some examples of the blame game include:
It’s the middle car’s fault: In some cases the car in the rear (who caused the accident) will deflect blame by claiming the car ahead of them was the first to rear-end another vehicle (the car in the front) and that this sudden crash is the reason the car in the back rear-ended the car in the middle. The car in the front usually does not see any of this since they were hit last.
The car in the front is to blame: There are times when the car in the front of the collision will be accused of causing the accident. They could be blamed for cutting in front of the other cars and slamming the brakes or changing lanes in a careless way that endangers other vehicles on the road.
The car that no one else saw (except for the guy in the back): There are times when the vehicle in the rear will claim that there was another car behind them and that was the car that caused the chain reaction of accidents. This mysterious car is a way for the negligent party to pass the blame on someone else and at the same time become a victim of a hit-and-run. One way to clear this up is to check the rear end of the car for damage. If it turns out that the vehicle does have damage, take a closer look to make sure it is recent damage. Does the damage seem fresh? Is there debris, paint chips or glass on the floor?
You need to hire a lawyer nowWhen an accident involves multiple vehicles, it is common for two or more of the drivers to argue who was at fault. What is truly unfair is when the driver of the front vehicle calls the insurance companies of the other motorists and the insurance companies tell the driver they have to wait for compensation because the claim is being investigated. What the insurance companies are doing is waiting to see if the blame game gets resolved – which can take a very long time. Hiring an attorney and filing a lawsuit can speed things up and help you get the financial compensation for medical bills and damage that you and your family deserve. The Fort Lauderdale car accident attorneys at Madalon Law have experience dealing with these insurance companies and know the steps that need to be taken to get the results you deserve.