Car accidents are stressful no matter the circumstances, but the situation can become even more complicated if you’re in an accident involving three or more vehicles. How do you determine who’s at fault?
With a multi-vehicle accident, more than one person might be at fault, as several incidents could have happened one after another.
If the case goes to trial, a jury will ultimately make the determination of fault after they’ve evaluated all the evidence.
An attorney can help you navigate this process, no matter who you believe was responsible for the accident. If one or more of the other drivers is determined to have been at fault, your attorney can help negotiate the best possible settlement for you.
There are specific steps you should take after an accident. You may very well be shaken up, emotionally or physically, but try to remain as calm and objective as you can. In the immediate aftermath of an accident, do the following:
Immediate attention is vital. If no ambulance is on site, go to the emergency room or make an appointment to be evaluated by your doctor as soon as possible. Keep a copy of all records and receipts associated with your medical treatment, as this information could be helpful later on when insurance companies or juries evaluate the case.
Contact an attorney who specializes in auto accidents. Share any information you feel might be valuable, including documentation from the scene, any medical information, and any tickets/citations that were given at the scene. Don’t worry if you’re not sure what you need. An experienced attorney can explain the process to you. This will not be the first time your attorney has dealt with this. Your lawyer is in a better position to help you resolve the matter effectively and to help you get fair compensation for your injuries, damaged property, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
A three-car accident can be caused by several factors. Authorities and juries will take these into account when determining who was at fault for the accident. Some of these potential factors are:
Weather: Weather conditions like fog, rain, and snow result in low visibility on the road. These conditions can hinder the visibility of other drivers nearby.
There is no single way to determine who is at fault. Generally, the driver who made the first contact or did not follow road protocols is to blame, but each determination is made on a case-by-case basis. Here are some situations that can help authorities and juries assign fault in a three-car accident:
Vehicle breakdown: If a vehicle malfunctions, the blame may shift to the manufacturer or dealer and not the driver. In cases like these, the victims might sue the manufacturer or dealer.
Car accidents are stressful, chaotic, and emotionally charged, and people’s perceptions—including your own—might not align with those of the other drivers and passengers involved. In the aftermath of a three-car accident, it can be impossible to know who was responsible or at fault.
An attorney can help you navigate through the unfamiliar waters in the aftermath of such an accident.
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