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Who is liable in a multi-car accident?

| Aug 12, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

In many cases, it is very difficult to know who is at fault for an accident involving multiple vehicles. It is critical to know because it is the negligent party who is the one who must pay for the damages. However, when many cars crash, it is not easy to pinpoint who started it.

Accident victims will often need to reconstruct the scene of the accident afterward in order to establish who is at fault. Oftentimes, this will require forensic evidence. The best scenario is if there is a witness who saw the action that caused the chain reaction. On a highway, that is not always available. Thus, specialists may need to piece everything together using patterns of vehicle damage and skid marks. In addition, the police may have issued a report in connection with the accident where they make their own findings.

The insurance companies will need to know who caused the accident because they will need to figure out which one has to pay for all the damage. When multiple cars are rear-ending each other, the insurance companies have a tall task in front of them. Injured drivers have a vested interest in not being found at fault because it will impact their ability to recover for the harm that they have suffered.

Those who have been injured in a car accident, whether there are two or more cars, may be eligible for financial compensation depending on who was at fault. Especially in a multi-car crash, legal counsel is a must as the question of liability is often a fluid one. The motor vehicle accidents attorney could assist their client in dealing with the insurance company as they provide information about what happened at the scene of the accident. The attorney may then help negotiate a settlement agreement.