Is it Possible to Bring a Car Accident Injury Claim Against Multiple Parties?
There are many circumstances where multiple people could be held liable for a car accident. Picture this: It’s a cold winter day and snow just started falling. By the time you make it into the city, ice is all over the street and you know that the conditions are not the best for driving. You continue on and, all of a sudden, somebody runs into the other lane from slipping on ice, causing a chain reaction. You are involved in this chain reaction and sustain serious injuries. However, with over 5 or 6 people in your case, you may not know who to bring a claim against, especially if you did not see the accident unfold in front of you.
The Truth Behind Multi-Vehicle Accidents
The majority of multi-vehicle accidents occur when more than 2 cars hit each other after a chain of rear-enders. Rear-end accidents are some of the most common accidents out there, especially when cars are following each other too closely in adverse weather conditions. When cars are involved in a major rear-ender, they continue to push into one another until there is a pile-up and multiple cars are involved. Of course, this is not the only way that multiple parties might be involved in an accident.
Determining liability in one of these accidents is not always as easy as it seems. Some of them are caused by one single driver and set an entire accident into motion; however, sometimes it is very difficult to pinpoint exactly which party was responsible for causing the chain reaction, especially when many drivers become involved. The best course of action that you can take after one of these accidents is to start gathering information from everyone involved, which means insurance and contact information and wait for the police to come to the accident scene. When multiple drivers are involved, investigations can take place to pinpoint exactly what happened, and the police will make a report that could be useful in your case. Sometimes photographs from the scene, witness information, skid marks, and vehicle debris can tell a bigger story, and detail exactly what happened.
After all, details have been collected and you go to court for your personal injury lawsuit, the judge will look at the evidence and assign fault to each defendant. Usually, there is more than one party at fault for these injuries. In many cases, so many defendants will be involved that a percentage of the fault will be given to each one. You may be surprised to find that, when drivers start pointing fingers, they may also point to you and say that you also helped cause the accident. If the judge agrees based on the facts, you could see a case involving comparative negligence, which means that your damages will be reduced by your own percentage of fault. This means that you may not receive as much compensation as you expected. However, if you are determined to not be responsible in any way, you will just receive compensation from the other parties.
There are many confusing and complex concepts in these cases, which means that you should always have an attorney on your side when multiple parties are involved in your accident. These accidents happen on a daily basis across the U.S. and bring serious injuries and devastating results. Call us at Edelstein Martin & Nelson to find out how we can help you, at 800-300-0909.