If you are involved in a multiple car accident, you may have to deal with a lawsuit. In a multiple car accident lawsuit, it is often difficult to determine who is at fault because of the complexity of the situation. At Sommerman, McCaffity, Quesada & Geisler, L.L.P., we are here to help you get the compensation you deserve and any medical treatment you need.
What Should You Do Right After the Incident Occurs?
There are a few things you should do if you are involved in a multiple car accident:
- Stay in your car and keep your seatbelt fastened. This will help you to stay safe in case you are hit again.
- Turn on your hazard lights.
- Take time to record what you saw. Your view of the incident could be helpful during the car accident lawsuit and may shed some light on who is at fault.
- Contact your insurance company.
Who Determines Fault in a Multi-Car Accident?
In a multiple car pile-up, law enforcement officers will conduct an investigation to determine fault. Some of the questions they may consider include:
- Who started the chain reaction with their negligent actions?
- What was every car’s position on the road?
- Were there other people who were driving too close or speeding?
- What were the weather conditions during the incident?
The person who determines the one at fault is usually the insurance adjusters or the police offer who compiles the report of the accident. The blame is often placed on the driver who set off the chain reaction during the incident. In some cases, there are multiple drivers to blame and the percentage of their fault is then determined.