There are countless scenarios that lead to multi-vehicle accidents, but a significant number of them are multi-car pileups that are caused by distracted drivers. These collisions often result in severe injuries and fatalities. In fact, more than half of all car occupant fatalities in 2016 occurred in multi-vehicle accidents, reports the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety – a total of over 12,000 fatalities in a single year.
Multi-vehicle crashes can occur in the blink of an eye, with long-lasting consequences for everyone involved. If you have been hurt or lost someone you love in an accident that involved more than one vehicle, a Monroe car wreck attorney at Campbell, House, & Cummins can help you navigate the way forward.
We are experienced litigators with a passion for the law and a commitment to our clients. Call 318-855-0285 to speak to one of our auto accident lawyers today.
How Is Liability Determined in a Multi-Vehicle Accident?
Many multi-vehicle crashes occur in a kind of chain reaction, or series of rear endings. But that does not mean each individual driver is at fault for their part of the chain.
These pile-up accidents can be the result of separate incidences of driver error or could be caused by one driver’s negligence. There may be a range of contributing factors, such as drunk driving or poor weather conditions, and determining liability can be complicated without the help of a personal injury lawyer.
It is critical that you collect as much information as you can at the scene of the crash. Six pieces of potentially crucial evidence include:
- Contact details of all other drivers;
- Notes of your memories and observations just before the crash occurred;
- Pictures of road conditions, including debris, and road signs;
- Photographs of damage to all vehicles;
- Names and contact information of any witnesses; and
- The presence of any security cameras that may have recorded the crash.
As previously stated, it is possible for one person to be held liable for multi-car pileups or for several parties to share a percentage of fault. The outcome of your case will ultimately hinge on the strength of the evidence presented. Even if you are certain that you were not at fault for the crash, it is still essential that you consult a car wreck lawyer because the insurance company or defendant may try to coerce you into admitting fault or making other compromising statements.
Wade L. House at Campbell, House, & Cummins can explain the steps you should take and the mistakes you must avoid during the claims process. Our car accident lawyers will help you gather essential evidence and possibly arrange expert witness testimony to give your claim the best chance of resulting in a favorable outcome.
Call 318-855-0285 to schedule a consultation with one of our auto accident lawyers. To learn more about car accident claims in Louisiana, visit USAttorneys.com.
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