Who Pays For Medical Bills If I Was Injured In A Multi-Car Pile Up In Sarasota?
With so many people moving to Sarasota recently, traffic has gotten out of hand. As a result, we have been seeing more and more multi-car pile-ups. Multi-car pile-ups are very legally complex. It’s hard to determine who is at fault for what and who has to pay for the damages. If you have been in a multi-car accident, you may feel lost, confused, and unsure of what to do. Fortunately, working with a skilled attorney, like our team at Justice Pays can help. Here’s what you need to know about recovering damages after a multi-car accident.
How Fault Is Determined In Multi-Car Accidents
In the state of Florida, we use a system known as Comparative Negligence. That means the courts believe that more than one party can be at fault for an accident. For example, if a car is speeding and hits another, that driver is at fault. However, if the other driver was running a red light and was hit by the speeding driver, they are both at fault. Florida courts consider all the factors to determine fault. When there are multiple vehicles, they will use this system. The courts will look at all the factors and assign each driver a percentage on a scale of 0-100. That percentage will then determine the payout of the settlement.
The Impact Of Fault On Your Settlement
Let’s use an example to demonstrate the impact of fault on a multi-car accident settlement in the state of Florida. If drivers A, B, and C are in an accident. Two of them, A and B were speeding but C was not. The courts may assign fault at 50% to driver A, 50% to driver B, and 0% to driver C. If the value of the damages caused to driver A was $10,000 and the damages caused to drive C was $10,000, they will be paid less their fault percentage. So driver A will be paid a $5,000 settlement while driver C will be paid a $10,000 settlement.
How PIP Factors Into Multi-Car Accidents
Florida is often referred to as a “no-fault” state. That is incorrect. However, Florida does require all drivers to carry a type of no-fault insurance. Personal Injury Protection or PIP is a no-fault medical payment insurance that is distributed where it is needed. All drivers are required to carry $10,000 in PIP. This can be used to pay for medical bills for drivers, passengers, and even pedestrians. No matter how fault is determined in the multi-care pileup, PIP will help pay for some of the damages.
Why You Need An Attorney
Determining fault in a multi-car pile-up is very challenging. There are a lot of considerations. You will need to collect a lot of evidence and have a deep understanding of the law to use that evidence correctly. An attorney can help. They take everything off your plate so you can focus on recovering from the accident. Attorneys handle all the communication with the insurance companies and the courts. They will gather all the documentation and evidence needed to prove fault. Most importantly, your attorney is an advocate. They fight for your interests and only your interests.
The team at Justice Pays, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh, can help. We’ve recovered over $500 million dollars in settlements for accident victims–including victims of multi-car pileup accidents. If you’re ever in an accident in Sarasota, we can help you. Give us a call or chat with a live person right on our website. We provide a free case review to explore your case and help you understand all your legal options. We’re always here to help!