Chain Reaction Car Crashes and Driver Liability
Rear end collisions involving multiple vehicles fall into a special category of traffic accidents called chain reaction crashes. Even the safest and most experienced drivers can be involved in this type of accident or contribute to their happening.
Dangers of Chain Reaction Crashes
Chain reaction car crashes typically happen when the force of one collision causes the car hit to be pushed forward to rear-end the car in front of them. These chain reactions can include many vehicles and drivers. The most common injuries related to chain reaction crashes are neck and spinal injuries, often referred to as whiplash. Multiple car accidents can happen for a number of reasons, including:
- Distracted drivers failing to pay attention to the speed of the car in front of them;
- Bad weather conditions reducing visibility and making it difficult for drivers to react in time;
- Drivers “rubbernecking” or slowing down to look at another accident;
- Drivers not allowing enough time to adjust to reduced speeds, such as in construction or school zones; and
- Drivers and passengers exiting vehicles shortly after crashing, increasing their vulnerability to incoming vehicles.
Multiple Vehicles, Multiple Responsible Parties
When so many people are involved in an auto accident, who is responsible for compensating those with injuries or property damage? Finding out who is responsible for the initial accident can be difficult. Individual drivers do not want to be blamed and insurance companies do not want to be held responsible for the claims. It is important to have an experienced professional at your side as you wade through these difficult claims processes.
If the driver who causes the initial collision is distracted and rear ends another vehicle, it may be possible to assign 100% liability. Sadly, however, this is hardly ever the case. In many instances there are extenuating circumstances, including bad weather, road construction, another car accident, external distractions, or even unsafe driving practices by others on the road.
In cases of pile-ups, it is possible for multiple parties to be partially responsible. Driver A may be responsible for rear ending Driver B, but Driver B may also be partially responsible if their brake lights were out. Similarly, Driver C may have waited too long to brake when entering a construction zone causing an intoxicated Driver D to hit them. One party is not necessarily more responsible than another and determining these levels of liability can be difficult and time consuming.
Focus on your Recovery; Let a Mississippi Personal Injury Attorney Worry About Liability
A driver or passenger involved in a chain reaction accident should not be worried about liability in these types of situations. They should focus on their own recovery and making sure that the disruption to their life is as minimal as possible. An experienced personal injury attorney is your greatest ally after you have gone through a traffic accident. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Judy Guice have combined decades of experience in handling personal injury claims related to automobile accidents, and we can help you today.