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Three-Car and Multi-Vehicle Crashes

Multi-vehicle pile-ups of three cars or more are extremely frightening situations. Such a rare occurrence are they, traffic jams as passersby strain to watch what is happening. When more than two vehicles are involved in a crash, liability becomes confusing. These types of crashes can include injuries as well as deaths depending on the circumstances. No matter how deadly the crash, there will be a multitude of expenses and costs related to it. In order to be reimbursed and obtain as much of your previous life as possible, it may be necessary to take your case to court.

Proving Liability in a Multi-Vehicle Accident Front Car

The front car, or the first car in the line of wrecked cars, is not usually found to be liable for an accident. In some cases, a front car will engage their brakes suddenly, most often to avoid hitting someone else in the back end. In those cases, the front car is then rear ended by the car the behind them. If it is proven that the front car braked unexpectedly, they may be able to be found liable for a t least part of the accident. California law dictates parties are responsible for their own negligence, as a contributory negligent state. Each driver in a multi-car accident can be assigned their own portion of negligence and responsibility. If there is any final judgement or recovery amount, the percentage of responsibility due will be deducted.

Center Vehicles

The center vehicles are most often held responsible for the cars in front of them, including the front car. This is usually the case, even if the impact from cars behind it caused the accident. Contributory negligence only applies to these cars if necessary. The front car may be able to blame the car immediately behind it as well as others if circumstances show proof. This is usually the case when the second car does not carry sufficient coverage. The front car will sue both cars behind it to make enough to cover their damages.

Last Car

The final car in a crash line up is usually thought to be the one responsible for the accident, although that point can be argued in some instances. A sudden break by the front or middle cars can give reason to argue contributory negligence. Depending on the damage, the final car can be found responsible for middle and front car damage. The middle car most often finds responsibility in the last car. In only certain circumstances is the final car not at fault. In accidents where a loss of breaks occurs, liability can shift to other drivers.

No matter what position your car is in during the accident, you will need to have sufficient proof your fault in order to win your case. The most important factors in winning are to gather as much evidence at the time of the accident as possible including photos, get medical attention immediately, and hire an attorney skilled in personal injury to ensure your case is won.