Chain Reaction/Multi-Vehicle Accidents
One of the most notorious types of crashes on the road is a chain reaction or multi-vehicle accident. One driver’s inattention can quickly lead to a situation in which multiple motorists find themselves dealing with injuries and property damage. Chain reaction accidents commonly occur in high-speed rear-end collisions, when one driver rear-ends a vehicle and causes that vehicle to collide with the vehicle in front of it. These multi-party cases can create many complications when it comes to making insurance claims and receiving compensation. Columbia car accident attorney Matt Uhrig and his dedicated team have substantial experience handling multi-vehicle collision cases. We are ready to help you assert your rights and fight for the compensation that you deserve.Bringing a Negligence Claim after a Chain Reaction Accident
When multiple drivers are involved in an accident, each driver can make a claim for compensation and list the other parties as the at-fault individuals. Ultimately, the court or a jury will need to determine the percentage of fault attributable to each driver. This can also be negotiated in a settlement agreement. It is rare that only one driver is completely at fault for the damages and injuries of all of the other parties, but it does happen in some instances.
Negligence is the standard that describes the level of care that we each must use on a daily basis. When it comes to driving, motorists are required to operate their vehicles with the same ordinary care and skill that a prudent and reasonable motorist would use in a comparable situation. This involves traveling at a safe speed and distance, refraining from engaging in distracted driving activities like texting or eating, and obeying any traffic rules.
After a chain reaction accident, you will need to show that one or more of the other drivers was negligent at least in part and that their negligence was the direct cause of your injuries. This means that you likely would not have been hurt if the defendants had exercised reasonable care. After a multi-vehicle accident, it may be necessary to consult an accident reconstructionist to recreate the scene and explain how the negligence of several other parties contributed to your injuries.
A plaintiff may be entitled to a broad range of damages after a chain reaction crash, since these accidents can be particularly devastating. Some commonly available types of compensation include medical expenses, missed paychecks, reduced earning capacity, long-term medical care expenses, and pain and suffering, as well as repairs to a vehicle. If you were partly at fault for causing the accident, you still may be able to receive a reduced award of damages from any other parties that are also found responsible.Protect Your Rights by Enlisting a Car Accident Attorney in Columbia
People who have been struck by careless drivers in chain reaction accidents may have legal rights to assert. Columbia car accident lawyer Matt Uhrig provides legal guidance to people throughout Missouri, including in Ashland and Jefferson City. We offer a free consultation to help you determine the options available to you and your family, and we can vigorously pursue the settlement or the judgment that you deserve. Call us at (573) 657-2050 or contact us online to set up an appointment with a motor vehicle collision attorney.