Who Is Responsible in a Multi-Car Pileup?

By Peter DePaolis

Many factors go into determining fault in a multi-car accident. moving-cars-300x171

Sometimes, people have a misconception that the driver who initiated the crash, perhaps a person rear-ending another vehicle, is responsible. However, while in most cases the driver who is at fault is usually occupying the rear vehicle, this is not always the case.

In cases involving three or more vehicles, determining fault in an accident can be confusing. In many states, there are rules to determine fault, although these often do not take into account other issues, for example, when the driver of the middle car in a three-car collision was involved in the crash because he or she was following too closely.

It should be noted that while a law enforcement official may ticket a negligent party, in terms of insurance, liability in the accident could be placed in the hands of multiple drivers.

For instance, an insurance adjuster, reading reports provided by the police, may determine that one driver is responsible for 80 percent of the damages, while another driver is responsible for 20 percent. This can occur in a situation where the adjuster determines that both drivers were following too closely to another vehicle.

Can I Speak to an Attorney about My Auto Accident?

Keep in mind, even when there is an instance of a driver receiving a citation for a crash or an adjuster determining fault, if your car accident involves injuries or death, you should have our attorneys review your case.

Before speaking to another party’s insurance company, you should contact us. Remember, insurance companies are businesses determined to make a profit, and it may make a decision that is not in your best interest in order to save money.

For more information, call us today. If you have been injured in a transportation accident in the Washington D.C. Metro area, you are going to want an experienced attorney to pursue your claim.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia Injury Attorneys

Sponsored by: Attorney Kasey K. Murray

Did you know? The average car insurance customer files a collision claim every 17.9 years.

Source: http://usinsuranceagents.com/car-insurance/determining-fault-multi-car-accident/

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.