Chain Reaction Accidents
Automobile Accident Lawyers Serving Memphis and the Mid-South
Chain reaction car accidents can be complicated because they generally arise when three or more vehicles are involved in a wreck. Disputes almost automatically arise as to who was at fault for the accident. In some cases, more than one party could be considered responsible, and each at-fault party could be responsible for his or her percentage of your overall damages. Moreover, even if one of the other parties is partially at-fault, he or she could have a claim of damages against another involved party if he or she is considered at fault as well. If you have been injured in a chain reaction accident due to the negligence of another driver, it is important to call a Memphis car accident attorney to begin investigating your case. Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz is the largest Tennessee-based personal injury law firm, and for over 30 years our firm has represented thousands of clients.
Proving Liability After a Chain Reaction Accident
Accidents involving multiple vehicles must involve detailed investigations into the cause of the collision. Take, for example, a three car accident where one car rear-ends another car, pushing it into another car. Sometimes there may only be one person responsible for the entire accident, while other times, there may be two, if not three, people who bear some degree of responsibility. If the fault is spread among two or more parties, most likely there will be two or more insurance companies that will actively argue their insured is only responsible for a small percentage of your injuries. Each insurance company could try to immediately take your statement in the hopes of minimizing the compensation they owe to you. This is why you should retain legal representation of your own before speaking with an insurance adjuster.
As you can see, complications may arise. Who is mainly responsible? How is that determined? Who will cover all the damages you have suffered? To prove negligence (that another party breached a legal duty owed to you), it is helpful to contact witnesses and gather their versions of what happened. Sometimes, video footage can be obtained via subpoena. In particularly complex cases, it may be necessary to hire an accident reconstruction accident.
Chain reaction accidents can occur for several reasons. Suppose Car 2 starts to slow down due to traffic. Car 1, speeding, rams into the rear of Car 2, pushing Car 2 into the back of Car 3. Car 4, driving while distracted, then crashes into Car 2. As you can see, Car 1 and Car 4 both could be considered at fault for the damage caused to Car 2 and Car 3.The question is, who is mainly responsible for the injuries the people suffered in Car 2 and Car 3? Both could be considered 50% at fault or Car 1, who caused the first accident, could be assessed a greater percentage of fault.
In chain reaction accident cases, it is critical to gather as much information as possible. Always try and get information from every driver involved and call the police immediately. The responding officer(s) will be able to conduct a preliminary investigation, assess fault, and gather important information from all the parties involved as well as any eyewitnesses to the accident.
Call an Auto Accident Lawyer in Memphis Today
Chain reaction accidents are scary. In many chain reaction accidents in Memphis, a victim is hit not once, but twice. Each impact increases the chances of a victim suffering some type of injury. The Memphis lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz serve clients across Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Missouri, including in Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Contact our office by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation with an auto crash attorney. Once you get to know us, you will realize that NST is the way to go.