Generally, the scenario in which a multiple vehicle accident happens is one where there is an initial impact, and then a series of chain reactions. For example, assume a car traveling on a four-lane highway attempts to pass a slower car by merging into the left lane and then accelerating past the slower vehicle. Except in the instant case, the driver misjudges the distance and clips the car in the left lane that was in his or her blind spot. That car then spins around, landing in the median of the highway, causing other traveling cars to try to brake suddenly and veer around their car, which then risks other accidents.
Other scenarios could include situations where one car rear-ends another and cars behind that first accident then inevitably crash into each other and the first accident scene.
In such circumstances, who can be seen as having been at fault? Who is legally responsible for the damages?
Injuries Sustained In Multi-Vehicle Accidents
With two-car accidents, usually one vehicle impacts another at the rear or on the side (or, in a head-on collision) of the vehicle. Occupants of the car being hit may suffer injuries differently based on the physics of the impact. In a multiple-vehicle scenario, however, injuries can be sustained in a variety of ways and some victims may be injured multiple times. Injuries can range from superficial cuts and bruises to life-threatening traumatic brain injuries and permanent conditions.
The initial determination of fault or liability is made by the police who investigate the scene of the accident and assign a percentage of “blame” or fault to drivers affected by the accident. Whether a driver is liable for the accident will depend on a concept known as “comparative negligence” – that is a determination of whether the injured party’s fault was no greater than the negligence of others. So long as the victim’s portion of responsibility was less than or equal to 50% of the total responsibility, therefore, he or she will be able to recover their damages (reduced by the percentage of his or her own fault).
Contact Oklahoma Car Accident Lawyers
Because of the complicated and often complex nature of multi-vehicle automobile accident scenarios, it is important to understand your legal rights and responsibilities if you or someone you care about was hurt in such a situation. Even single vehicle accidents can have devastating consequences. Contact Car Accident Help at (405) 285-4357 to discuss your individual circumstances.