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Multiple vs Single Car Accsident in Coral Springs Florida

An ordinary day can become a terrible one when you are involved in a car accident. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. Multiple car accident vs single car accident can be a terrifying and life-changing experience. It is crucial to know what to do if you are ever involved in an accident. You need to be able to protect yourself from the physical, mental, financial, and legal responsibilities that can all be part of any multiple vehicle accident.

Understanding Fault:

Of course in many occasions, a multiple vehicle accident will be the result of things like hidden obstructions in the road, road hazards, faulty car parts, weather conditions and in many cases other drivers. Therefore, it is common for liability to be called into question in these types of situations. Fault will depend on a few different factors, including which state the crash occurs in. The fault or cause of the accident will ultimately come down to common law.

Understanding Common Law:

Common law is broken up into four different basic levels of fault:

1. Negligence: Negligence can basically be defined as inadvertent conduct or careless behavior that causes damage or harm. Of course, this is rather common in car accidents. Negligence can be the result of someone failing to do something or by actively doing something. In multiple vehicle accidents, there are times when more than one individual could have held some amount of negligence contributing to the overall damages that resulted.

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2. Recklessness or Wanton Conduct: Recklessness will refer to a person, or persons, knowingly committing an action that would likely cause harm or damage. It can also be applied when someone should have known that a certain action could cause harm. Again, this can be a bit more complicated in a multiple vehicle accident because there could have been reckless action committed by more than one individual resulting in the crash.

3. Intentional Misconduct: Typically, cases of intentional misconduct are not very complicated because there will be notable evidence to prove that the individual knowingly did something that would cause damage (i.e. driving drunk).

4. Strict Liability: Strict liability is a little different because it only refers to situations in which someone could be held liable for damage that they cause regardless of their mental state. Even if strict liability comes into play in a multiple vehicle crash, it will likely be limited.

What should you do if you are in an Accident?

If you are involved in a multiple vehicle accident, the very first thing that you should do after calling for help (via 911) is to call your attorney. Many people will hesitate to do this or fail to do it because they get swept up in the heat of the moment. Remember, that other drivers will most likely not have your best interest at heart and will attempt to minimize any liability on their part. Do not allow them to talk you into “leaving the cops out of it” or settling the matter privately. You could be causing yourself a great deal of damage by trying to negotiate something on your own at the scene of the accident.

That is why it is a good idea to have your attorney’s phone number saved in your emergency contacts or “favorites” so it will be that much easier for you to remember to call them next. At that point your attorney will be able to walk you through everything that you need to do and say, or not do and say, moving forward. Every situation is different and they are the most knowledgeable on what needs to be done to protect your best interests.

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