Although many accidents involve collisions between two vehicles, some crashes involve more than two, which can be substantially more complicated to understand who is at fault. When multi-vehicle crashes occur, like a highway pile-up or intersection accident, it can be difficult to determine the responsibility of each party and liability for injuries. These types of automobile accidents can cause extreme injuries and tragic fatalities that can put a significant amount of emotional, physical and financial strain on the victims and their families. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are familiar with multi-vehicle collisions in Chicago and know how to maximize the recovery of our clients'.
Different Types Of Multi-Vehicle Accidents
If a vehicle crashes into another in a dense traffic area, the two-vehicle accident can quickly become a multiple-vehicle pileup. Due to distraction, following too closely or speed, drivers behind or even in front the first two impacting vehicles, may also become involved in the accident. There are a few common types of multiple accidents and areas that are more prone to three or more vehicle pileups:
- Intersections. Drivers who follow close to each other through an intersection can find it difficult to stop in time. Running red lights, not yielding while turning and stopping suddenly are all common causes of multiple vehicle accidents in intersections.
- Highway pileups. Speeding and distraction and following too closely are significant contributors to highway pileups. During a collision, one vehicle can swerve into other lanes or stop too suddenly for those behind them to stop.
- Rear-end crashes. Following too closely or being distracted can cause a driver to hit the vehicle in front of them. A rear end crash can cause a chain reaction, with the hit vehicle being pushed into the car in front of them as well as vehicles impacting the suddenly stopped vehicle that initiated the crash.
Determining Fault In Multi-Vehicle Accidents
In 2012, over 33,000 people died in fatality vehicle accidents in the U.S., many in multiple vehicle accidents, with an increase over 2011. Injuries were also up, with 2.36 million people injured in 2012 over 2.22 million in 2011. When investigating these crashes, legal responsibility is more easily determined when there are only two vehicles involved. For multi-vehicle crashes with three autos or more, lines of liability can become blurred.
In most instances, these accidents begin with one vehicle hitting another, which causes a chain reaction of other cars being either hit from behind or running into the first collision. While most rear-end crashes will be the fault of the driver hitting the car in front of them, that is not always the case in multiple car pileups. It comes down to the sequence of events, which can take an intense investigation to determine.
The police will investigate the cause of the accident to determine who is at fault. However, it is usually the insurance company who will investigate to determine liability and who will need to pay damages. An extensive investigation can be a time-consuming process, with several different drivers and insurance companies involved, all fighting not to pay out for the accident.
For a victim that has been injured or a family that has lost a loved one in an Illinois multi-vehicle accident, to ensure that they receive the compensation that they deserve, they may need legal assistance in these complex types of crashes. An experienced Illinois auto accident attorney at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can handle negotiations with the insurance companies and even initiate a lawsuit if necessary to get victims the financial payout they need to cover medical bills, lost wages and other types of compensation.Multi-Vehicle Accident Lawyers Serving Chicago, Illinois
An accident involving multiple vehicles needs to be investigated as soon as feasible both to determine fault, but also with an eye towards recovering from the parties who have sufficient funds to compensate an injured person for their injuries. Illinois law allows a person injured in a car accident to pursue multiple defendants under a theory of "joint and several" liability where a judgment may be recovered from a party even though they may only be partially at fault for an accident. Consequently, the decisions made in the wake of a multi-vehicle crash can have a significant impact on the ultimate recovery of an injured person.
Don’t pursue a multi-vehicle accident without consulting with an attorney who appreciates the intricacies of this law. Call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers anytime to discuss your legal options following a multi-vehicle crash occurring anywhere in Illinois.
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