Confusion After a Multiple Vehicle AccidentBy Stewart J. Guss on January 10th, 2021
You’re driving down the road, minding your own business and paying attention as any safe driver should, when you suddenly feel a serious impact to your vehicle. Someone hit you. Then BAM! Another impact.
Multiple vehicle accidents are not as uncommon as you might think. In fact, about 13,000 people are killed in multi-vehicle accidents each year. That means over 30% of all car accident fatalities annually involve multiple vehicles.
While not all multi-vehicle accidents result in death, they are more likely to cause serious injuries because of the multiple impacts your car and body may receive.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a car accident, speak with an experienced and aggressive car accident injury lawyer who can help you figure out which driver caused your injuries. Determining liability after a multi-vehicle accident can be tricky, but a car accident injury lawyer knows how to hold careless drivers accountable and help you collect maximum compensation for your suffering.
Types of Multi-Car Accidents
Just like any other car accident, a multi-vehicle car accident can happen due to a variety of driver errors. Common types of multiple vehicle accidents include:
- Highway accidents – Cars traveling at high rates of speed often have difficulty slowing down. When a highway accident happens between two cars, other cars often become involved due to the original accident blocking a lane of traffic. The approaching cars cannot change lanes or slow down in time to avoid the unexpected accident. Highway accidents like these often lead to dozens of cars crashing.
- Intersection accidents – Don’t race against that red light. Accidents at intersections are often deadly. When a car tries to “beat” a changing light, it can slam into cars that have a green light in perpendicular lanes. This can trigger a chain reaction involving many cars.
- Rear-end accidents – A rear-end collision often happens with one vehicle slamming into the back of another, sometimes pushing the other car forward. If the impact occurs at a slight angle, the rear-ended car can spin or get pushed into another lane, causing a multiple vehicle accident.
No matter what caused your multi-vehicle accident, you may have suffered serious injuries. But you should not be the one responsible for paying the bills. Instead, your damages should be the responsibility of the driver who caused your accident. A car accident injury lawyer can help you hold them accountable.
Finding Out Who Is at Fault in a 3 Car Accident
In three car accidents and larger multi-vehicle accidents, it’s difficult to know who actually caused the accident. However, determining liability sets the foundation for any injury claim. This is why it is vital to partner with an experienced car accident attorney if you want to collect maximum compensation for your injuries.
Car accidents often require investigations to determine fault. Three-car and multiple vehicle accidents are even more complex, often requiring expert investigators who comb through every detail. Your chosen legal representative should have the resources to conduct a thorough and complete investigation of your multi-vehicle accident in order to determine who caused your injuries. You need to know who to blame. This is an important step in your ability to recover compensation.
Here’s where things can get really confusing — more than one driver may cause an accident. If this is the case, you’ll need to determine how much blame each driver should receive. This is a job for a skilled car accident lawyer. As you focus on recovering from your injuries, you shouldn’t have to deal with all the financial stress the car accident has caused. Your lawyer can not only work to determine who caused your accident, but hold them accountable for your bills, too!
Causes of Multi-Vehicle Accidents
Many factors cause car accidents, but most of the time, they boil down to one thing: human error.
Common causes of multiple vehicle accidents include:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Poor weather
- Inexperienced driver
- Drowsy driving
- Distracted driving
- Failure to yield
- Failure to stop
No matter what caused your multi-vehicle collision, you’ve probably suffered injuries. These injuries have affected your life and, depending on their severity, may continue to for the rest of your life. These injuries could’ve been prevented, if only the other driver was paying attention.
You’ve faced enough hardship already. Don’t face the financial burden alone. Your vehicle accident attorney can work hard to collect every dollar you deserve so you do not have to pay a penny out of your own pocket for your recovery.
Holding Reckless Drivers Accountable
Now that your lawyer’s expert investigators have determined which driver is at fault, you need to bring a car accident claim against them for damages. Suing the negligent driver or drivers is the way to collect compensation for your injuries.
The last thing you want is to end up paying out of your own pocket for medical expenses and financial losses related to your accident. While no amount of money will undo your accident, stop your suffering, or take away your injuries, it will help you cover your financial needs so you can focus properly and wholeheartedly on your recovery.
When your lawyer files your car accident claim, they will need to prove how the other driver caused your accident. They do this by presenting the following facts:
- The other driver owed you a duty of care to drive in a reasonably safe manner
- The other driver breached that duty and drove in an unreasonably safe manner
- The other driver’s negligence caused your accident
- You suffered injuries in the accident
Don’t Sleep on Your Chance to Recover
In Texas, you only have two years from the date of your accident to sue the negligent driver. This is in accordance with the Texas statute of limitations for car accidents. Your lawyer can make sure you meet this deadline and all other important deadlines, as well as handle proving the other driver or drivers caused your accident.
Two years might seem like a long time right now, but trust us: it will fly by. If you miss this important deadline, your case will be barred, and you could end up paying out of pocket for your medical expenses and other financial losses.
Depending on how serious your accident injuries were, the next two years can be full of:
- Multiple hospital stays
- Extended time out of work
- Multiple surgeries
- In-facility rehabilitation
- In-home care
Together, these can be astronomically expensive. But this is not your burden to bear. Your car accident injury lawyer can help you hold the negligent driver liable. You can get every dollar you deserve and stop worrying about how you’ll pay your bills. But you have to hire a lawyer first!
The whole point of filing a car accident claim is to collect compensation from the at-fault driver or drivers.
Your lawyer may try to get you compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Lost wages
- Lost earning potential
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of life enjoyment
- Present and future medical bills
- Rehabilitation costs
Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may face a lifetime of medical expenses to manage your pain. But remember, you do not need to face these bills alone.
When someone else causes your accident and your injuries, hold them accountable. Your ability to recover physically can depend on your ability to recover compensation.
Car accident victims face a mountain of medical bills and lost income. Most do not realize the majority of their expenses will come in the future.
You need someone by your side who will keep your best interests at heart and work tirelessly to hold the negligent driver liable for your accident and your medical bills. That’s why you need to work with a seasoned car accident injury lawyer who can guide you through this process.
Calculating the full value of your car accident claim is important. Your lawyer will work with medical experts to determine how much money you need to collect to cover all of your expenses. The medical bills piling up on your kitchen table only represent a fraction of what you’ll need.
Your injuries may also affect your ability to work. It is possible that you cannot return to work in the same capacity, or you may never return at all. This severely limits your ability to earn a living, pay for your regular needs, and support your family. If you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, you may need to collect vast sums of money to ensure that you do not pay a dime out of your own pocket.
Medical bills account for two-thirds of all bankruptcy filings each year. Some people even lose their homes because of medical expenses. This is a truly tragic situation, and if you do not recover maximum compensation from your car accident injury claim, you may find yourself in the same boat.
Don’t Fall Victim to Insurance Companies
Soon after your multi-vehicle accident, you may receive a call from the insurance company representing the negligent driver. They want to offer you a quick settlement. They know you’re out of work and need fast cash, so they pressure you to take the offer.
This offer is in the insurance company’s best interest — not yours.
The insurance company wants to shut you up for as little money as possible. They want to get to you before you realize how severe your injuries are and how much money you will need to recover. They want to trick you into settling before you have a lawyer.
If you have a lawyer, they’ll tell you the settlement is not the insurance company’s best offer and that it likely will not include enough funds to cover all of your medical needs and financial losses. In fact, if you sign the settlement offer, you will waive your right to bring any future claims for this accident. That means months or years down the road when you realize the settlement funds have run dry, it’s too late. You will have no recourse and will have to shoulder the financial burden of paying your medical bills and covering your financial losses.
These unscrupulous insurance companies stop at nothing to maximize their profits. With an aggressive multiple-vehicle accident lawyer at your side, you can rest assured you will not be taken advantage of by insurance companies who play dirty. To give yourself the best chance of collecting every dollar you deserve, you need to partner with a knowledgeable car accident lawyer as soon as possible.
Why an Aggressive Lawyer Makes All the Difference
Your ability to recover compensation for your injuries depends on the lawyer you choose to represent your best interests. You need a lawyer with resources and connections, like car accident investigative experts, so you can determine which driver is to blame. You also need a lawyer with proven experience standing up to the big insurance companies, working hard to help you collect maximum compensation for your injuries.
That’s not all — you need a lawyer who can prove your case at trial. While most vehicle accident claims do settle out of court, some insurance companies want to take their chances at trial. By working with the right lawyer, you can ensure your case is ready for trial so you have no delay in collecting compensation from the negligent driver.
Not all lawyers are created equal, and not every law firm will adequately serve your needs. That’s why your choice of lawyer can make a difference in your ability to get back to your regular life.
When it comes to filing a claim, multiple vehicle accidents can have plenty of confusing surprises in store for victims. Get the advice you need and the money you deserve by contacting a car accident injury lawyer now!
Stewart J. Guss, Injury Accident Lawyers
12777 Jones Rd #297
Houston, TX 77070