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Single vs. Multiple Vehicle Accidents

By Steve Charpentier on March 25, 2013

Auto accident cases are among the most common, yet complex, in all of personal injury law. The Melbourne personal injury attorneys of the Charpentier Law Firm have extensive experience and an impressive track record of success handling all types of auto accidents, whether single vehicle or multiple vehicle accidents.

If you or a member of your family has been injured in an auto accident, our personal injury lawyers can help. We have the resources, knowledge, and level of commitment necessary to provide aggressive representation to victims of Melbourne car accidents, fighting for their rights and working tirelessly to obtain the compensation to which they are entitled.

Single Vehicle Accidents

Single vehicle accidents, as the name suggests, involve only one vehicle. Lawsuits resulting from single vehicle accidents usually take the form of product liability claims. Product liability law deals with accidents involving products that are defective in their design, manufacture, or marketing.

Our Melbourne auto accident attorneys commonly handle claims involving defective auto products, including brakes, engines, fuel lines, and steering columns. We also handle cases involving crashworthiness, or the ability of the top of a vehicle to withstand pressure during a rollover accident.

Single vehicle accident cases may also result from accidents caused by road defects and failure to warn motorists of potential hazards with proper signage.

Multiple Vehicle Accidents

Multiple vehicle accidents involve a collision between two or more automotive vehicles, whether cars, consumer trucks, large commercial trucks, or motorcycles. In handling such cases, our personal injury lawyers in Melbourne must be able to demonstrate that the person at fault (the defendant) is liable for the injuries of the victim of the accident (the plaintiff). We accomplish this by showing:

  • That the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care;
  • That the defendant breached this duty through his or her actions (that is, he or she behaved negligently);
  • That the plaintiff was injured as a result of the defendants negligence;
  • And that the plaintiff sustained demonstrable losses and expenses as a result of these injuries

Common causes of auto accidents include:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Driver being distracted by technology (cell phone, CD player, etc.)
  • Speeding
  • Driving infractions (for example, a driver running through a red light)
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol

Whatever the cause of your accident, our auto accident lawyers in Melbourne will build the most compelling case possible on your behalf to arrive at a fair settlement if possible and a favorable jury verdict if necessary.

Possible Auto Accident Damages

Regardless of whether you were injured in a single vehicle accident or a multiple vehicle accident, you may be entitled to damages for:

  • Lost wages
  • Medical bills
  • Rehabilitation expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Property damage
  • Other losses and expenses resulting from the accident

Contact Our Auto Accident Attorneys

If you or a member of your family is in need of expert representation after an auto accident, whether single vehicle or multiple vehicle, please contact our auto accident attorneys in Melbourne today.

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