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Determining Fault in Multiple-Car Accidents

  • Multiple car accidents are complex because it’s often hard to determine who’s at fault. In accidents that involve many vehicles, there may be more than one liable party that contributed to your damages. To figure out what caused your accident, you must investigate your wreck. An experienced attorney can assist you through this process. 

    At Raybin & Weissman, P.C., we’ve handled many accidents involving multiple cars, and we can help you seek the compensation you deserve. We’ll work hard to uncover evidence in your case that proves who was negligent and how they contributed to your injuries. Hopefully, with our help, you can walk away from the accident with more clarity for the future.

    How Multiple-Car Accidents Can Occur

    Multiple-car accidents can occur for a variety of reasons. When one car makes a mistake on the road and collides with another vehicle, their mistake can cause a snowball effect. If the vehicle they hit is near a third vehicle, the collision becomes a larger issue. Multiple-car accidents usually occur near intersections, on narrow roads, or in congested areas. 

    A common multiple-car accident is a rear-end pileup. When a driver is speeding or distracted behind the wheel, they may rear-end the vehicle in front of them at a stoplight. This can cause that driver to rear-end the vehicle in front of them and so forth. Similarly, a distracted driver may stop without warning, causing the car behind them to rear-end them and the car behind that car to do the same. 

    How an Investigation Can Help Identify the Liable Party in a Crash

    An investigation of any multiple-vehicle accident should help uncover basic information about where the accident occurred, who was involved, whether any witnesses were present, and if one driver or several caused the accident. It’s possible that bad road conditions or some other factor or party caused the accident and no driver will be liable, but, more often than not, there’s at least one at-fault driver.

    Comparative Fault Law in Tennessee

    It’s possible that you were involved in a multiple-car accident where you were partially at fault for causing the wreck. For example, if a distracted driver started the collision but your excessive speed caused more cars to get involved, then you may share fault. Thankfully, Tennessee has a comparative fault law that allows you to sue the other liable party for damages.

    As long as you were less than 50 percent at fault for the wreck, you can recover compensation for your damages. Once your percentage of fault is calculated, this percentage will be deducted from your claim value. For example, if your settlement is $100,000 and your percentage of fault is 20 percent, then you’ll receive $80,000.

    Contact a Nashville Car Accident Attorney

    Multiple-car accidents can be traumatic and cause significant injuries. It’s essential to recover compensation for your damages if you hope to relieve your financial stress and move on with your life quickly. To speak with a Nashville car accident lawyer from Raybin & Weissman, P.C. about your auto accident claim, call 615-256-6666 to schedule a free consultation, or visit our website for more information.