Any type of car accident can be chaotic and dangerous for everyone involved, but one type of crash that makes things even more complicated is a multi-vehicle crash. These types of accidents are commonly a series of rear-end collisions that happen as a chain reaction after the two lead vehicles are in a first crash, but there are a variety of ways that multiple vehicles can be involved in an accident depending on many different factors. Part of the danger of these accidents is the fact that there are many different objects of different weights and sizes, all moving at different speeds and making contact with other cars and sending their own energy through the “pileup.”
The injuries in these accidents can be severe, and even fatal. However, unraveling the details of this type of crash can be extremely complicated as well. Since there are so many vehicles and so many drivers involved, it is important to determine which drivers take the blame for the crash, how much each driver contributed to the accident, and ultimately who the victims are able to pursue financial compensation after their crash and resulting injuries.
If you have been hurt in a multi-vehicle accident that you were not at fault for, it is important that you contact us as soon as possible to be connected with an attorney who is ready and willing to take your case. We offer a free initial consultation for car accident victims so we can discuss the specifics of your crash, and give you a better idea of how we can help you move forward from this unfortunate situation with the financial support that you need and deserve. Read more below about multi-vehicle accidents in St. Louis, and contact us now to get started on your own case today.
What Is a Multi-Vehicle Accident?
When people hear about multi-vehicle accidents, they commonly think of multi-car pileups, but this type of crash is only one example of a variety of accidents that can happen between more than two vehicles. A pileup starts when two cars are involved in a rear-end collision, and the third, fourth, fifth, and more cars rear-end the vehicle in front of them as a series of chain reactions. These types of accidents can be dangerous for many reasons, including the fact that someone may get out of their car believing that the impacts have ceased, and will find themselves in the midst of a pile of cars that are still in motion if more crashes happen at the back.
There are many other types of accidents that can involve multiple vehicles, such as situations when a car makes an unsignalled lane change or erratic movement and makes contact with another vehicle, who is then sent into oncoming traffic and collides with a third vehicle. These types of multi-vehicle accidents can be extremely dangerous because they cause a head-on collision as a secondary impact of the initial crash between two vehicles moving in the same direction.
Determining Fault After a Multi-Vehicle Crash
In order to seek compensation from the driver (or drivers) who are responsible for the accident can be difficult when there are many vehicles involved, and it is likely that comparative negligence will be an important factor throughout this case. Using this tool, your attorney will be able to identify and assign incremental blame to a range of drivers, which means that the process is more complicated, but you may be seeking lower damage amounts from a higher number of drivers.
It is important to record many eyewitness accounts, and since there are at least a few cars involved, there are more primary accounts than in a two-vehicle crash. This may not make everything abundantly clear, but these initial accounts will be a great way to get started on understanding how you and your attorney will move forward with the case.
Once we are able to establish fault clearly, then we will be able to start moving forward on your case in order to get you the compensation that you deserve. Since varying degrees of fault may be applied to a multitude of drivers, we may ultimately seek smaller amounts from a larger number of responsible parties in order to get you the right settlement amount.