Determining fault in a chain-reaction car accident can be difficult, especially one involving a number of vehicles and drivers.
Chain-reaction accidents are a common type of multi-vehicle car accidents. This type of accident occurs when one rear-end collision affects a series of vehicles. Chain-reaction accidents often involve the vehicles in front of the first vehicle, if the first vehicle fails to avoid collision with a series of cars moving or standing in front of it. Determining fault in this type of car accident can be difficult, simply because this type of accident involves a number of vehicles and drivers.
Liability for Chain-Reaction Car Accidents
In most chain-reaction accident cases, multiple drivers make a claim for compensation, with each of them claiming others to be at fault for the accident. This makes it necessary to determine the share of negligence of each claimant. In some rare situations, only one person may be held 100 percent responsible for the accident. When you are involved in a multi-vehicle accident, you will need to prove that you do not share fault for the accident. If you were following the vehicle ahead of you too closely, you may share partial fault for the accident. However, if another vehicle hits your vehicle from behind, you may be entitled to full compensation, depending on a number of factors.
Evidence Used to Determine Liability
A number of evidences are taken into consideration when determining who is at fault for an accident or the share of negligence of each negligent driver. These include eyewitness statements, police report, the extent of physical damage caused by the accident, and other evidence from the accident scene.
Seeking Compensation for Personal Injury
If you unfortunately get involved in a chain-reaction accident, contact a St. Louis car wreck attorney to understand your legal rights. Call The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. at (314) 361-4242 for a free consultation.