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Liability In a Chain Reaction Car Crash

There are many different types of auto collisions that occur every day on the streets of Florida and across the United States. Motor vehicle collisions can be head-on, broadside, rear-end, and more. The types of injuries and complexities that may be involved in a motor vehicle accident case often depend on the type of collision that occurred. Additionally, the kind of collision is often a key factor in determining who should be held liable for the losses that resulted from the accident.

One type of auto accident that can be particularly complicated, however, is a collision involving more than two vehicles, also commonly referred to as a chain reaction crash or a pile-up. Such multiple vehicle collisions[1] can present many complex legal questions and issues, however these accidents can be quite serious and often result in legal claims for personal injury or wrongful death. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports[2] that an estimated 40 percent of all traffic-related injuries and fatalities occur as a result of collisions involving multiple motor vehicles.

If you have suffered injuries in a chain reaction car crash, you likely have many questions about how and from whom you may financially recover. Since these cases are complicated, you want to make sure you discuss your case with an attorney who has extensive experience in auto accident cases and the resources necessary to investigate such a case. Please call the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA to discuss your situation and your options as soon as possible.

Negligence that leads to chain reaction collisions

Like any other type of auto accident, collisions involving multiple vehicles can occur for a variety of reasons, many of which involve the negligence of one or more parties. Such causes include the following:

  • Tailgating, speeding, or other aggressive driving maneuvers
  • Drivers who are texting or otherwise distracted
  • Drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Failing to yield at intersections
  • Drivers who fall asleep at the wheel
  • Brakes, tires, steering, or other auto parts that fail or malfunction
  • Failing to stay within a lane
  • Dangerous road conditions
  • Adverse weather conditions
  • Violating other traffic laws or signals

The above may apply to one or more drivers who are involved in the collision. However, no matter how the accident was originally initiated, chain reaction car crashes always have the possibility to cause severe injuries to numerous different people who may be involved. Injuries may occur to drivers or occupants of the involved vehicles, bicyclists, pedestrians, and more. All parties who played a role in causing or in perpetuating the chain reaction should be held liable for compensating all victims who were not acting negligently.

Identifying negligence in multiple-car collisions

Many people might believe that the first driver who collided with a car to start the pile-up should be held accountable for all of the resulting injuries and damage. This is not always the case, however, as multiple parties may have acted negligently to contribute to the magnitude of the collision. For example, imagine that one driver is speeding and loses control, colliding into another car and these two cars stop in the middle of the road. An oncoming car may have plenty of time to stop to avoid hitting the stopped vehicles, however, the third driver is looking down to send a text message and is, therefore, unable to stop in time. The third driver’s negligence may have also contributed to the damage and injuries of any additional vehicles that end up piling up. This is only one example of how liability in a chain reaction crash can be complicated.

Additionally, other parties such a government entities or auto manufacturers may have played a role in inciting the crash. This is why you always want an attorney who knows how to fully investigate your situation in order to identify all potentially liable parties.

Call the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA for help today

If you have been injured in any type of auto accident, you should never hesitate to call an auto accident lawyer at the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA in Clearwater for help. Call 727-451-6900 for a free consultation today.

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References:

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiple-vehicle_collision
[2] https://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811162.PDF