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Determining Who Is Responsible in a Multi-Vehicle Car Accident


Car accidents are complex events, in which multiple factors may be to blame. With the number of major highways and the overall amount of motorists coming in and out of our area, collisions have the potential to involve several vehicles. Heavy traffic conditions, adverse weather, and reckless driving behaviors are all likely to be factors involved when these types of accidents do occur. A recent multi-vehicle accident in Bradenton is an example of the serious harm these crashes can cause. Determining who is ultimately responsible can prove challenging, but it is crucial to ensuring you get the compensation you deserve for the injuries and expenses you incur as a result.

Bradenton Multi-Vehicle Accident Results In Fatalities

A car accident on Interstate 75 in Bradenton recently involved four vehicles and left one of the drivers and a passenger dead as a result. The Bradenton Herald reported the crash on November 16, 2018. It occurred in the northbound lanes at Exit 205/Clark Road, blocking traffic in both directions through the later part of the afternoon and into the evening hours.

According to crash reports, a 31-year-old driver who was going too fast for conditions struck the back of a vehicle driven by 35-year-old Nakesha Mitchell, of Fort Myers. As a result, Mitchell’s 2018 Nissan Altima swerved to the right and collided with another vehicle, a 2012 Infiniti G37 driving in the other lane.

As Mitchell‘s vehicle continued swerving and rolling off the roadway, the Infiniti then crashed into a Toyota Rav4 traveling in the center lane. All of those involved in the accident suffered varying degrees of injuries. Sadly, Mitchell and one of the passengers in her vehicle died as a result. 

Determining Fault in Multi-Vehicle Accidents 

When a multi-vehicle accident occurs, multiple drivers involved may share a portion of the blame. In the above case, it was the reckless driving of the 31-year-old which originally initiated the crash, but investigators involved in the case are still determining to what degree the actions of the other drivers may have been a factor.

Under Section 768.81 of the Florida Statutes, comparative negligence is a legal term used to apportion damages when accidents and personal injuries occur involving multiple parties. Even if you are determined to be partially to blame, others may be held legally liable provided they were more at fault. For example:

  • You are involved in a car accident with two other drivers;
  • Your damages are estimated at $100,000;
  • In determining fault, a judge rules that you were 20 percent responsible, while the other two driver’s were each 40 percent to blame.
  • You would be entitled to 80 percent of your damages, or $80,000, receiving $40,000 from each of the other two drivers involved.

Reach Out to Us Today for Professional Help

At the Law Office of Steven G. Lavely, we can help you hold at fault drivers accountable, so you can get the compensation you are entitled to when car accidents occur. Request a consultation to discuss your case and contact our Bradenton car accident attorney today.


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