Any collision is potentially dangerous, but those involving multiple vehicles are particularly high-risk. Because vehicles are colliding with one another from different directions, damage tends to be more severe than in collisions involving only two vehicles. Accidents involving more than two vehicles frequently occur in one of the following ways:
- Highway collisions. High-speed pileups are one of the scariest, and most deadly, types of vehicle accidents.
- Intersection accidents. These collisions occur when a driver fails to observe stoplights or stop signs and plows into another vehicle, causing that vehicle to collide with others.
- Rear-end crashes. The vehicle in the rear can push a car in the middle into the vehicle in front, resulting in a multi-vehicle collision.
Frequent Causes of Multi-Vehicle Accidents
A multi-vehicle crash usually begins with one driver making a mistake or misjudgment. Some of the most common causes of multi-vehicle accidents include:
- Falling asleep. Drifting off behind the wheel is dangerous anywhere, but particularly on the highway. It takes mere seconds to rear-end the vehicle in front or wind up in the wrong lane, leading to a serious multi-vehicle crash.
- Alcohol and drugs. Drugs and alcohol can have a dramatic impact on a driver’s mental state, causing drowsiness and slowing reaction times.
- Speeding. The faster a vehicle is going, the less time the driver has to react to changing road conditions. At high speed, all it takes is one mistake to lose control, and collide into other vehicles.
Establishing Fault in a Multi-Vehicle Collision
Litigating a personal injury lawsuit in a wreck involving multiple vehicles can be difficult, since more than one driver may be partially responsible, and many people could be injured in the collision. Since Texas is a modified comparative negligence state, liability is weighed in proportion to how much each driver’s actions contributed to the accident. This means that if you’ve been involved in a multi-vehicle accident, a judge or jury may decide that you should be held partially responsible for your injuries, reducing the compensation you would otherwise receive.
You Need an Attorney
If you’re found to be partially at fault in a multi-vehicle collision, you need an experienced and aggressive attorney willing to fight for the compensation you deserve. To learn more, contact the Cain Law Firm to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation.