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Who is Responsible in a Multi-Vehicle Accident?

Car accidents are chaotic, fast-paced, and frantic, especially when there are 3 or more vehicles involved. While every car accident has the potential to be legally complex, it is often far more complicated to navigate and resolve a multi-vehicle car accident case. With so many moving parts and shifts in liability, accurately determining responsibility can be a challenge. These chain reactions are primarily the result of rear-end accidents when the force of a collision escalates into another and creates a pile-up. Multi-vehicle accidents can happen in multiple ways, varying depending on the specific circumstances of each situation.

Ultimately, distinguishing liability in a multi-vehicle accident will be determined on a case-by-case basis. However, there are some specific details which can influence and potentially determine the outcome. Generally, the 1st vehicle to cause an initial impact can be considered at fault for the entire accident, though this is not always the case. As with all car crashes, negligence is the most important thing to consider when allocating responsibility. Common examples of negligence include following too closely, failing to use signal or brake lights, speeding, or other distracting behaviors which slow down a driver’s reaction time.

Can More Than 1 Person Be At Fault?

There is no formula to accurately predict how to establish liability in multi-vehicle accidents as the details are often murky or conflicting between drivers. Therefore, you may need to rely on other evidence to protect your innocent. These include:

  1. Police reports and investigations
  2. Witness statements
  3. Vehicle onboard technology
  4. Road, street, or vehicle damages
  5. Traffic violations

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May, Rammell & Wells is a highly respected, results-oriented firm with the precise resources and skills you can rely on in your time of need. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving multiple vehicles and drivers, rest assured there are many solutions for this dilemma. Our talented legal team will guide you through this painful time as seamlessly as possible--allow us to fight for you.

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