If you’ve been in an accident with more than just one other vehicle you may find that sorting out fault can be difficult. Multi vehicle accident fault can have many factors, resulting in varying levels of fault and this can make getting your losses compensated more confusing and challenging. If you have been in a car accident, whether a single car accident or a multi vehicle accident, you need to make sure you have the best possible legal representation to navigate the complexities of insurance companies and court rooms.
There are several very common causes of a multi vehicle accident. These typically occur on busier roads with heavy traffic (like rush hour) and can rapidly spiral out of control. Here are some of the more common contributing factors:
- Weather: Rain, ice, fog and snow can make conditions more difficult on the roadways limiting the control over cars that a driver would normally have at the prevailing speed limit. When these conditions are present, it is incumbent on the drivers to adjust their driving to accommodate the weather.
- Speeding: Speed limits, contrary to the belief of many are not suggestions, they are in place to govern safe travel based on the nature of the road (highway, school zone, sharp turns, etc.) and failure to follow posted speed limits can not only get you a ticket, it can contribute to a traffic accident.
- Distracted driving: Whether from the bombardment of technology that is ever present in our vehicles, to chatty passengers or simply taking your eye off the road, distracted drivers are dangerous drivers. Remember that at 55 MPH on a highway, in 5 seconds, you travel the length of a football field and a lot can go wrong over that distance.
- Impaired or tired driving: Alcohol, narcotics and even a prescription can impair a driver’s judgement, focus and reaction time. This is a major infraction and should never be done. Same be said for pushing too hard while tired which can have similar impact to driving under the influence.
If you’ve been in a multi vehicle accident, these factors are all part of the consideration of assigning responsibility. As your attorney, we will also gather evidence to defend your position and maximize your compensation. Evidence may not be obvious which is a key reason to have a professional manage your case. Typically, we will conduct interviews of parties and witness to the accident, evaluate any photographs taken, study police reports, traffic cameras, and in some cases, even reconstruct the accident based this evidence.
Finally, in Arizona, comparative negligence law applies which in laymen term means you may be found proportionally responsible for an accident and with multiple parties, likely each with legal counsel, do not argue this complex matter on your own.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident and injured, you have our deepest concern and sympathy. Contact us at Accident Law Group to get a complete assessment of your case. We built our firm to help you build fight and win your case and make sure the rights you have under the law are protected.
Accident Law Group makes our very best effort to make sure that the news or informational sources that we report about or reference are correct and accurate. We can’t guarantee that every detail is complete or accurate. Our information is gathered by sources which we do not control. If any inaccuracy or error is found, we will do our best to correct any errant information as soon as possible.