When an accident involves more than two vehicles, it can be difficult to determine which driver was responsible for the crash, or if more than one driver contributed to the collision.
Driver errors, road conditions and other factors can cause multiple vehicle accidents. Other common causes of multi-vehicle crashes include:
There are many factors that determine which parties are at fault in a multi-vehicle accident, including whether impairment or distraction played a role in the accident. At the Arnold Law Firm, our investigation involves many steps to gather the necessary evidence to support your case, such as:
Sometimes, multiple parties can be held liable for a multi-vehicle accident. These situations are governed by California’s pure comparative negligence doctrine, which determines financial responsibility for damages caused by the crash.
Under this law, each liable party is financially responsible for his or her percentage of fault. This means, if someone is 20 percent liable the accident, he or she must pay for 20 percent of the victim’s damages.
The comparative negligence law also explains what to do if a victim is partially at fault for the crash. In these situations, your compensation award will be reduced by your percentage of fault. For example, if you are awarded $100,000 but are found 20 percent liable for the accident, your award will be reduced by $20,000, totaling a final award of $80,000.
If you were injured in a multi-vehicle accident, consult the skilled Sacramento car accident attorneys at the Arnold Law Firm. We help victims in many types of car accidents pursue compensation for their injuries. Our attorneys will investigate your claim and determine the parties who may be responsible for the injuries you sustained.
Request a free, no obligation consultation to have your case reviewed by our attorneys. We will determine what legal options are available in your situation. We work on a contingency fee basis, so there are no upfront costs to you – you only pay if we recover compensation in your case.