Multi-Vehicle Accidents: Who Is Responsible?
Most multi-vehicle accidents happen when more than two vehicles collide with one another and cause a series of rear-end accidents. What usually happens in a multi-vehicle accident is the force from the first collision causes subsequent rear end collisions due to each vehicle being pushed forward. This type of accident is sometimes referred to as a “chain reaction.”
Although these types of accidents can be caused by one driver’s negligence, other driver’s involved in the accident can be guilty of carelessness as well. Because of the amount of people that can be involved in these accidents, multiple parties can end up sustaining severe injuries. This can make the litigation of personal injury claims very challenging.
After a multi-vehicle collision, it is important to obtain the insurance information of all parties involved in the accident. Witness contact information, a police accident report, and photographs of the accident scene can all be relevant evidence for determining liability for the accident.
Establishing Fault for a Multi-Vehicle Accident
Determining who is at fault is probably the most difficult aspect of a multi-vehicle accident claim. Although there are instances where one driver will admit to being the cause of the initial accident in the chain, there are numerous other factors that need to be evaluated as well. Bad weather, road construction, another car accident, distracted driving, drunk driving, or aggressive driving can all be contributing factors to a multi-vehicle accident.
Most states will consider all the evidence in the case and then assign fault to each defendant. If one of the defendants claims that another plaintiff was negligent, the jury might also assign a percentage of fault to the plaintiff if there is enough evidence to support the defendant’s claim.
States that follow the doctrine of comparative negligence, reduce a claimant’s recovery of damages by their percentage of fault. There are two kinds of comparative negligence: pure comparative negligence and modified comparative negligence.
In states that follow the rule of contributory negligence, a claimant cannot recover any portion of their damages if they were 1% or more at fault for the collision.
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