You have heard the phrase before, but you might not know exactly what it means. So, what is a chain reaction accident? This is an accident involving multiple cars, usually when more than two vehicles hit each other causing a chain of reactions that involves multiple cars.
While sometimes a single driver’s negligence causes a chain reaction accident, these crashes are often the result of multiple drivers being negligent in one way or another.
The chain reaction involving three or more vehicles causes a chain of rear-end collisions often from the force of the initial collision.
Who Is At Fault For A Chain Reaction Accident?
If you have suffered damages in a chain reaction accident, you need to determine who is at fault, so you can recover compensation for your damages.
Usually, the driver that caused the initial crash in the chain reaction is held liable for the entire event. However, under certain circumstances, other drivers might be held partially at fault as well.
There are some examples of actions of other drivers that could lead to sharing responsibility. A driver who was speeding, a driver who failed to use brake lights, or a driver driving while distracted.
Sometimes some of the liability might fall on a public agency, such as one that failed to install and maintain the proper traffic signals or that failed to remove obstacles from the road and those obstacles caused the driver to stop abruptly.
Damages Suffered In A Chain Reaction Accident
If you have been involved in a chain reaction accident, you could suffer serious damages. Both the front and rear of your vehicle could be damaged, so you would have an impact from both sides of your vehicle.
In addition to property damages, you will have medical expenses, future medical expenses, lost wages, future loss of earnings, pain and suffering, mental anguish and emotional trauma, loss of consortium, loss of enjoyment of life, and more. You will need to keep copies of all documents that support your claim.
Keep copies of medical records, medical bills, proof of lost wages, estimates for repairing your vehicle, tow bills, rental car receipts, prescription receipts, receipts for out of pocket expenses such as crutches.
You will need a copy of the accident report, written statements from any eyewitnesses, and photos of the accident scene and the damages.
Consult With A Personal Injury Attorney After A Chain Reaction Accident
If you have been involved in a chain reaction accident, you should consult with a personal injury attorney. Personal injury claims are challenging, and those involving multiple vehicles can be even more challenging.
You will need an accident injury lawyer aggressively pursuing your claim to improve your chances of a successful claim.
Because personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis, so your lawyer will not be paid until you are compensated for your losses. Complete the Free Case Evaluation Form today, so you can get your personal injury claim on the right track.