Late last week, a fatal Florida scooter accident left one man dead. According to a local news report, a scooter driver was going south in the far right lane of the Florida Turnpike. Apparently, a BMW driver was right behind the scooter. At some point, the front of the BMW rammed into the back of the scooter. Unfortunately, the scooter driver was thrown from his vehicle. Subsequently, a Honda collided with the scooter and then another driver. No one other than the scooter driver was injured in the multi-vehicle accident. At this point, the crash is still being investigated by the Florida State Police.
Florida Multi-Car and Rear-End Accidents
There are several types of car accidents that can lead to one driver suing another for damages. Some examples include:
- Hit and run accidents;
- Turnpike accidents;
- Rear-end accidents;
- Rear-end chain reaction accidents; and
- Accidents caused by negligent drivers.
In the above case, it seems that the BMW hit the back of the scooter, which somehow caused another car to also hit the scooter. Many times, one driver will hit another driver, and then that driver will hit the car in front of him or her. This chain reaction can be caused because one of the drivers was not paying attention, was speeding, was driving aggressively, or perhaps was negligent for another reason. Regardless, if a driver is acting in one of these ways, he or she is considered negligent under Florida law.
Florida law explains that one driver cannot unreasonably follow another driver too closely. This statute was put in place to avoid rear-end collisions. In Florida, the at-fault individual is considered responsible unless he or she can establish that the accident was inevitable.
Injuries and Damages in Automobile Accidents in Florida
All accidents, including rear-end accidents, can cause severe damage to drivers and their cars. Rear-end accidents are unique and can often be the most devastating because drivers are often unprepared and not expecting an injury from behind. Many times, individuals suffer serious injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, and burns.
In Florida, motorists may be eligible for compensation for not only physical injuries but also for damages to the person’s automobile. Furthermore, injured individuals may be compensated for injuries beyond what their insurance providers cover.
Have You Been Involved in a Multi-Vehicle Accident?
It is crucial to determine the parties at fault when pursuing a multi-vehicle accident claim because the amount of damages one receives depends on that determination. It is important to contact an experienced attorney to ensure that all liable parties are held responsible and all avenues are relief are explored. If you or someone you know has been involved in a multi-vehicle accident, please contact one of our dedicated attorneys today at 866-597-0009 to schedule a free initial consultation. You may be eligible for past medical expenses, future medical bills, and other expenses related to your injuries.