Collecting Compensation After a Multi-Car Pile-Up

Collecting Compensation After a Multi-Car Pile-Up

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December 12, 2017
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Although all car crashes can be dangerous, multi-car pile-ups tend to have especially devastating consequences. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that around 40 percent of all traffic-related fatalities occur as a result of multi-vehicle crashes, which are considered particularly dangerous because victims are forced to undergo multiple impacts from a number of directions, rather than just a single collision. For this reason, injuries sustained by victims of multi-vehicle crashes are often severe and extremely expensive to treat, so if you were involved in a multi-car pile-up, it is important to retain an experienced auto accident attorney who can help you seek compensation for your medical bills and other losses.

What Causes Multi-Car Pile-Ups?

Like any other car crash, multi-vehicle crashes can occur just about anywhere and at any time. However, they are far more likely to occur when there is high traffic density or poor weather conditions, or when a driver is involved in one of the following activities:

  • Speeding;
  • Tailgating;
  • Driving while distracted;
  • Improperly passing other vehicles;
  • Driving while intoxicated;
  • Driving while drowsy; and
  • Rubbernecking.

Essentially, any activity that takes a driver’s mind or eyes off of the road is dangerous, especially when there are a lot of cars on the road, as it becomes much more difficult to avoid colliding with multiple vehicles.

Who is Liable?

Even when it is clear that one person was primarily at fault in causing a multi-vehicle crash, it can be difficult to assign legal responsibility. This is because multi-car pile-ups often involve the negligence of more than one driver. If, for instance, a driver fell asleep at the wheel and rear ended the car in front of him, he or she may not bear sole responsibility for subsequent crashes if the person who then struck the drowsy driver was texting at the time of the crash.

Vehicle manufacturers and government agencies can also be held partially liable for these types of accidents if a road defect or defective car part caused or contributed to an accident. In fact, because there are so many vehicles and drivers involved in these types of crashes, it is not unusual for more than one party to be held at least partially responsible for someone else’s injuries. Determining who was at fault requires a careful investigation, which will include not only reviewing police reports and analyzing photographs of the scene of the accident, but also measuring skid marks and calculating points of impact, as well as interviewing witnesses, and reconstructing the accident itself.

Contact an Experienced Auto Accident Lawyer Today

Multi-vehicle crashes tend to result in catastrophic injuries, such as head trauma, broken bones, internal bleeding, and severe lacerations. Treating these types of injuries is prohibitively expensive, so if you were involved in a multi-car pile-up, please contact Nickola Law at 810-767-5420 to speak with an attorney who can evaluate your case and explain your legal options.


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