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Chain Reaction Accidents

Chain reaction accidents occur when two or more cars are involved in a crash, typically in a bumper-to-bumper collision. Unfortunately, these multi-vehicle pileups too often result in serious injuries and complicated insurance claims.

Chain reaction accidents typically occur when visibility is bad, especially in high traffic areas where there is nowhere for vehicles to go once they come upon a crash that they weren’t expecting to encounter. Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyers attest that chain reaction accidents can be extremely dangerous because they often result in serious injuries and can be complicated by vehicle fires and by difficulties in getting first-responders to survivors. It can also be hard to determine who is legally liable and who should be held responsible for the crash.

Fort Lauderdale accident attorney David Fuchs has more than two decades of experience and is dedicated to representing accident victims throughout Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade.

Causes of Chain Reaction Accidents

Chain reaction accidents can happen in any situation where two cars are involved in a crash and more vehicles proceed to hit the disabled vehicles, which may cause an untold number of secondary collisions. Low visibility is a major factor as the more difficult it is to see the road and the disabled vehicles, the more likely it is that a multi-car pileup will occur.

Some of the different factors that can contribute to causing chain reaction accidents include:

  • Fog
  • Heavy rain
  • Smoke due to fire including brush fires
  • Poorly designed highways and road systems

In some cases, the Florida Highway Patrol or other state agencies can bear some responsibility for chain reaction accidents if their negligence contributed in some way to the crash. For example, if the state agency should have closed a road due to dangerous low visibility and failed to do so, then it can be considered partially responsible for causing the accident.

When a state agency shares the blame, then the case becomes very complicated. Government agencies enjoy limited protections from immunity and there are special rules and timelines for taking legal action against them. A Fort Lauderdale accident lawyer should be consulted for help in pursuing your claim for damages.

Legal Liability in Chain Reaction Accidents

When a chain reaction accident occurs, it is possible to take legal action. You may file a personal injury lawsuit in Fort Lauderdale and can present your case in court for a jury to decide liability and damages or you may settle your case outside of court for a reasonable damage award.

Before you can take action, however, you need to know who was negligent and who should be held responsible, or liable, for the crash. Determining liability can be complex in these types of collisions. In addition to determining who was actually responsible for causing the cars to collide, it is also necessary to assess whether any state agency or third party played a role in causing the crash or exacerbating the severity of the injuries.

The party or parties responsible for causing the accident can be held responsible for compensating you for:

  • Medical costs
  • Lost income/wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress

A Fort Lauderdale Accident Lawyer Can Help

Because the damages may be very high, especially if you have suffered permanent injury or disability, you need to make the determination on who is liable and you need to take legal action. A Fort Lauderdale accident lawyer can help.

Call Fort Lauderdale injury lawyer David I. Fuchs Toll Free at (800) 570-2858 for a free consultation to discuss your accident case. You may also write to Attorney David I. Fuchs by filling out the form on the “Contact Us” page.

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