When a multivehicle accident occurs, it’s not always easy to determine who was at fault. This is particularly true if more than one individual made an error that resulted in the crash.
Liability in a multivehicle accident is based on a variety of factors, including how the accident happened, the location of the vehicles immediately before the crash and the location.
Number of collisions
If you were at the front of a multivehicle accident, you’re likely to field questions about how many collisions (or bumps) you felt.
This is important, as it can help determine the chain of events. For example, in a three-car, rear-collision accident, if the lead driver only felt one bump, it’s likely that the third vehicle is solely responsible.
However, if the lead driver felt two bumps, there’s a chance that both the second and third vehicles are liable for the crash.
Accident reconstruction is important
After a multivehicle crash, accident reconstruction is often necessary to determine liability. In addition to examining driver statements, witness statements, police reports and photographs of the scene and damage, reconstruction experts will also visit the scene to better visualize the chain of events.
If you were injured in a multivehicle accident, it’s critical to collect as much information as you can. Also, don’t make a statement to any insurance company until you first understand your legal rights.
You may be in a position to receive compensation for your injuries and other damages, so you need to take the appropriate steps in the days, weeks and months following your accident.