A car accident occurs every 60 seconds, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which amounts to nearly 6 million a year. About a third of these accidents involve multi-vehicle accidents, or pile-ups, which are often more deadly than two-car collisions. When several cars crash into each other, the possibility of a fire becomes a greater concern, passengers might be trapped, and there is a chance someone might suffocate from lack of oxygen or burn to death.
As with any type of accident, there are a vast amount of reasons for why multi-vehicle collisions occur. The most common ones include:
Unlike a two-vehicle collision, determining fault in multi-vehicle accidents can be a little more complicated since each driver has a duty of care, or responsibility to drive prudently, to the other drivers. Failing to exercise this duty might qualify as negligence.
Since these accidents tend to involve sizeable payouts from insurance companies, trained accident investigators are often sent to find the cause and the responsible driver, particularly since an at-fault driver is not likely to admit responsibility.
To determine fault, investigators will often look into several factors, including whether or not an officer arrested or issued a ticket to any of the drivers involved for:
They will also interview the drivers, any passengers, and witnesses who might have seen the accident occur.
Any accident can be serious or result in injuries, but multi-vehicle accidents have a tendency to impact many lives at once and are much more complex than those involving two vehicles. To make sure you obtain the compensation you deserve and to ensure blame does not get unfairly shifted to you, you will need to seek the skilled and experienced representation of a personal injury attorney. At May, Rammell & Wells, our Pocatello legal team is here to support and represent you after you have been injured in a multi-vehicle accident caused by someone else’s negligence.
These accidents can result in serious injuries, overwhelming victims and their families with steep medical bills, lost wages, or even loss of work. This should not be your burden to bear. Filing a personal injury attorney in Pocatello can help you recover damages to cover these expenses and ensure the responsible parties are held accountable for their actions. We have the resources to investigate the details of the accident and put the evidence together to determine who is at fault. With over 70 years of collective experience backed by a history of success, you can be confident in our ability to effectively pursue justice on your behalf.
Contact our Pocatello and Burley car accident attorneys at May, Rammell & Wells today to request a consultation. Call us at (208) 623-8021 to get started. You should not suffer in silence.