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February 12, 2021. Category: Car Accidents

Pursuing Multiple Defendants in a Car Accident Dispute

Work With an Experienced Tampa Car Accident Lawyer

If you’ve been injured in a car accident in Florida, then you may be entitled to sue the liable defendant and recover compensation for your injuries.  It’s important to understand, however, that there may be multiple defendants who contributed to your injuries — and it may not be immediately obvious who the liable parties are.

Where possible, bringing claims against multiple parties can be a valuable strategic tool in personal injury litigation.  This is particularly true where the defendant-driver does not have sufficient insurance coverage to fully compensate you for your losses — in such cases, bringing in a defendant who has sufficient insurance coverage can help to maximize your recovery.

Let’s take a closer look at potential defendants.

The Driver(s)

The defendant-driver who caused the car accident is the most obvious defendant, and they can be held liable even if you were partially negligent, too.  For example, if you were speeding through a green light, and the defendant sideswiped your car at the intersection (running a red light), then they can be held liable even if the court finds that you were at least partially negligent.

The Employer

In Florida, an employer can be held “vicariously” liable for the negligence of their employee, so long as their employee commits that negligent act within the course and scope of their employment.  This applies to car accident disputes, too.  For example, if you are injured in a collision with a delivery driver who is in the midst of their work duties, then you could ostensibly sue and recover from their employer.

The Manufacturer

Manufacturers can be held liable for product defects that contributed to your injuries.  For example, if you are injured in a car accident that resulted from a brake failure, then you might be able to sue the manufacturer on the basis of a manufacturing or design defect — in doing so, you would only have to prove that the part was actually defective and contributed to your injuries.

The Property Owner

Property owners — both public and private — can be held liable in car accident disputes if some dangerous condition of their property contributed to your injuries.  For example, if a tree has been kept in poor condition and falls onto your car while you’re driving, injuring you, then you could arguably sue the property owner for negligence (on a premises liability theory).

Contact a Tampa Car Accident Lawyer for Legal Assistance

Here at Alley, Clark & Greiwe, our attorneys have decades of experience advocating for Florida car accident plaintiffs (and others who have suffered injuries due to the negligence, recklessness, and intentional misconduct of others).  We strive to secure the maximum possible compensation for our clients, helping them to navigate the challenges typical of a complex personal injury dispute.

We are ready and willing to litigate your case to trial, if necessary.  This trial-ready approach gives us the leverage we need to negotiate a favorable settlement result at an early stage in the dispute.

If you’d like to speak to an experienced Tampa car accident lawyer at our firm, call us at (800) 840-0977 or contact us online to arrange a free initial consultation.  We look forward to speaking with you.

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