In some accidents, more than two parties are involved. Unfortunately, multiple drivers may be seriously injured due to a single driver’s fault. Multi-vehicle accidents can be highly destructive – and confusing – for the injured drivers, passengers or surviving family members.
The first hurdle that you may encounter in this scenario is taking action at the accident scene. Whether the accident occurred on a bustling highway or a neighborhood corner, it is essential to alert the police immediately. In these serious collisions, first responders can help all victims receive medical attention as well as build a record of the incident.
After addressing any emergencies, a different kind of task arises: figuring out who to hold liable for your injuries. During multi-vehicle accidents, the at-fault driver is not usually obvious. In fact, several drivers may have contributed to the crash. It is only through the aftermath that you might learn what truly happened.
If you have serious injuries from a complicated accident, it may be in your best interest to pursue compensation with the help of your lawyer. The obstacles you may face in your case include:
- Assessing the extent of your injuries
- Identifying the at-fault party and the right insurance company with which to make a claim
- Proving that another driver caused the accident, which would make them liable for your injuries
There are several ways you may determine who is at fault for the crash. Many multi-car accidents start a chain-reaction as the drivers behind them are unable to stop in time. Therefore, the drivers who crashed the farthest up the road may be the most likely to be liable. Accident reconstruction and witness testimony are usually crucial pieces of these cases.
Insurers might initially deny your claim – and their accountability – due to a lack of clear evidence from the chaotic accident. Therefore, a personal injury lawsuit might be a necessary step to prove whether they are liable to compensate you.