Three-Vehicle and Multi-Vehicle Accident Lawsuits
Three Vehicle and Chain Reaction Accident - Important Legal Information
According to data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, 12% of all accidents involve multiple vehicles; more than two vehicles. In fact, more than 260,000 accidents each year involve three or more vehicles.
Below you will find important information regarding three vehicle and multi-vehicle collisions, including how to establish liability against any at-fault parties. If you have any further legal questions, feel free to contact our law offices. All legal consultations regarding your claim are provided by our experienced auto accident attorneys free of charge.
Establishing Liability: Perhaps the best way to explain how we can establish liability in these types of cases is to preset differing scenarios based on a set of facts.
Scenario One: You are driving on a highway when a vehicle strikes you from behind. The force of the impact forces your car to be pushed into the vehicle in front of you. You are unable to stop in time.
- Based upon this set of facts, the vehicle which struck you would be liable for all damages you have incurred. This includes the damages you and your vehicle sustained when your vehicle struck the car in front of you. The vehicle that you struck would also have a claim against the first vehicle which struck you since he would be the primary cause of the second crash.
Scenario Two: You are driving on the road. The vehicle in front of you makes an abrupt stop. You are unable to stop in time and you hit the vehicle. Subsequently the vehicle behind you strikes you as well.
- Based on this set of facts you would be placed at fault for the first hit to the vehicle in front of you. However, the vehicle that struck you would be placed at fault for any damages sustained to the rear of your vehicle. With respect to you physical injuries, a medical physician would apportion the damages you suffered based the force of the impact to the front and rear of your vehicle.
Injuries Sustained in Chain Reaction - Three Vehicle Accidents: Usually the motorist and passengers in the middle vehicle are likely to sustain the most severe injuries, in particular severe upper cervical whiplash damage. This is because the person in the middle vehicle will sustain too severe of an impact to their bodies. Other common injuries may include lower back pain, disc bulges, severe concussions and traumatic brain injury, knee damages, facial lacerations due to broken glass, facial fractures, broken and cracked ribs and internal organ damage.
Steps to take following an accidents: There are several important steps to take following a multi vehicle accident.
- Make sure you and those around you are ok. If there are any injuries contact 911 and have them transport you to the nearest ER.
- Contact the police department - make sure there is a traffic incident report taken at the location of the accident.
- Gather information including the names, ID, insurance information and registration of all parties involved.
- Take pictures of the damage to the vehicle and the location of the accident.
- DO NOT speak with any person at the location of the accident regarding who was at fault for the accident.
- DO NOT speak with any insurance adjusters regarding the facts of the accident, any statements made can and will be used against you to diminish or eliminate any chances you may have of recovery.
Further Information: Multi-vehicle, chain reaction and three vehicle accidents can be rather difficult to assess. Victims should seek legal help in order to gain recovery for the losses they have incurred. If you have any further legal questions and would like to speak with an attorney regarding your case, feel free to contact our law offices. All legal consultations are provided by our team free of charge.