An auto accident can be even more terrifying if it is a multi-vehicle collision. Your vehicle could be struck many times by multiple vehicles. Because of this, your injuries may be more catastrophic, and your compensation claim could be more complicated. Here is how you can establish which potentially negligent drivers are responsible for paying you damages.
Why Multi-Vehicle Crashes Happen
Multi-vehicle wrecks are caused by many of the same reasons as other car accidents in Virginia Beach and Norfolk. Because more than two autos are involved in these crashes, there can be more than one cause. The leading reasons that drivers cause these accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Aggressive driving
- Drunk driving
- Not driving for weather conditions
- Engaging in other unsafe driving practices, like making an unsafe lane change or tailgating another vehicle
Determining Liability Can Be Complicated
It can be complex to determine liability in a multi-auto wreck, especially if it is a 20- to 100-vehicle pile-up. Usually, there is one driver who started the crash. While they may be the last driver in the line of vehicles involved, this is not always the case. If they brake suddenly or switch lanes without signaling, another motorist who is driving safely may find it impossible to avoid striking them.
In addition, drivers hit by the primary negligent motorist may strike nearby vehicles. They may be partially to blame if they were texting, talking on their cell phone, speeding, or otherwise driving unsafely.
Five Ways to Prove Liability in a Multi-Vehicle Pile-Up
You will need evidence to prove who was negligent in causing your crash in order to win your case. Here are five steps you can take to do this:
- Retain an attorney. You should hire an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible. They will conduct a thorough investigation into the cause of your crash and collect the evidence you need to prove who was at fault.
- Take pictures. Take pictures with your cell phone camera of the damage to all vehicles involved in the collision, road conditions, weather conditions, skid marks, and anything else that may help establish how your crash happened.
- Get witness contact info. Obtain the contact information of any witnesses who saw the accident as it happened. Your lawyer will want to obtain their statements soon after your collision while it is fresh in their minds.
- Obtain the police report. Call 911 at the crash scene, and obtain a copy of the police report. It will contain important information about the details of the accident, the officer’s conclusions about who was at fault, and any traffic citations issued.
- Hire an accident reconstructionist. You may need to retain an accident reconstruction expert to review all the evidence and create a reenactment of the crash to determine who the at-fault parties are.
If you or a family member were injured in a multi-vehicle crash, our knowledgeable legal team is here to fight for your right to compensation for your injuries. Call our Norfolk office to schedule your free consultation today to learn more.