Being involved in a car accident can be devastating and being in a multiple vehicle can lead to tragic consequences. Unfortunately, determining who is at fault in a multi-vehicle accident can be difficult, but you can ensure your safety by taking a few steps.
What Constitutes a Multi-Vehicle Accident?
Most car accidents involve rear-ending. If only two vehicles are involved in the incident, the damage can be somewhat minimal. However, if there is a line of cars traveling too close, a pile-up is likely. In this case, the driver at fault may be held liable for all damages sustained by the other vehicles.
Since Atlanta follows a modified comparative negligence formula to pinpoint liability, all drivers involved in the crash may share the blame. Simply put, this law states if the liable driver was less than 50 percent at-fault for the accident, they can receive compensation – but the amount will be reduced according to the percentage of their responsibility. For example, if they are 10 percent liable, the amount they receive in compensation will be reduced by 10 percent.
To determine the liability or that percentage, here are some things you should do after the accident:
After checking for injuries, call the police right away. Before they arrive, exchange your information with the other drivers, getting as much information about the scene of the accident as you can.
Document as much of the scene of the accident you can by taking pictures of the damaged cars and injuries other drivers and passengers sustained, taking videos of eye-witness accounts and getting their contact information. The more evidence you have, the stronger your case will be when it comes to determining liability.
Once the police arrive, calm yourself before telling them your side of the story. An emotional response will only confuse them and they may turn to the other drivers first. After giving your account, get in touch with your insurance provider to update them. Make sure you also get a copy of the police report and other findings, which prove whether any of the other drivers violated a traffic law.
A multi-car accident can be overwhelming for victims but the faster you make a case, the faster you can be compensated for damages. Just make sure you do this before the statute of limitations runs out or you may have to pay out-of-pocket.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a multi-vehicle accident, you need an experienced auto accident attorney in your corner to help you through it. With more than 10 years of experience in the field, at Shani O. Brooks P.C, we do not back down when faced with aggressive opposition in court. Take back control of your life and get the compensation you deserve by getting in touch with us today for a consultation.