Establishing Fault in a Multi-Vehicle Accident in California
Multi-vehicle accidents are common across California’s congested highways. These accidents typically begin when one driver rear-ends another driver, ultimately causing a chain reaction that involves three or more vehicles. Multi-vehicle accidents create added challenges when it comes to determining fault for the accident. If you or a loved one was recently involved in a multi-vehicle accident, obtain the support of Southern California’s premier auto accident law firm, the Moga Law Firm.
For nearly 30 years, the Moga Law Firm has successfully represented injured car accident victims, including multi-vehicle accident victims. The Moga Law Firm understands the complexity of these types of cases. The firm has the tools and resources needed to begin a strategically strong case immediately. Consider contacting the Moga Law Firm to get started on your case today. You can schedule a complimentary consultation with the firm today.
The Difficulty in Establishing Fault in a Multi-Vehicle Accident
Establishing fault in a multi-vehicle accident is perhaps the biggest challenge to overcome in these types of traffic accidents. Based on the facts, determining the cause of the accident can be quite problematic. In a collision where a driver actually admits to causing the accident because he was distracted, it could be appropriate to assign this driver nearly 100% liability. This is not always the case, however. There are many factors that may come into play in a multi-vehicle accident, such as road rage, weather conditions, nearby construction, driving while under the influence, road deterioration, and more.
California’s Comparative Fault Rule
In an accident where tailgating contributed to the pile up accident, every driver who tailgated may share some responsibility for causing harm to those in vehicles ahead of the driver who was tailgating. The motorist of the vehicle that struck the first vehicle will likely have the greatest degree of fault. Conversely, had the motorist at the end followed the vehicle in front of him or her at a greater distance, perhaps that motorist’s vehicle would not have continued to hit the vehicle he or she was following.
Multi-vehicle accidents create issues of comparative negligence. For the most part, motorists are not held responsible if their vehicle was too close to the vehicle in front and traffic was stopped. When a multi-vehicle accident happens while the vehicles are in motion, however, the notion of pure comparative negligence may come into play. Further, if a few vehicles are in motion while others are stopped, sorting out liability can also become a very difficult task.
Obtain the Compensation You Deserve Following a Multi-Vehicle Accident
Multi-vehicle accidents can present a variety of challenges that can make it difficult to recover compensation. One of these challenges is California’s comparative fault rule in which multiple parties can share responsibility for the injuries and damages caused in the accident. If you or a loved one was recently harmed in a multi-vehicle accident, speaking to a skilled personal injury attorney may help you recover the compensation you deserve.
For over 25 years, the Moga Law Firm has championed on behalf of auto accident victims that were left with serious injuries as a result of another party’s negligence. After a multi-vehicle accident, do not delay in getting started on your case. Consider contacting the Moga Law Firm today for a free case evaluation.
Scot Thomas Moga, a dedicated attorney in San Bernardino & Riverside Counties who represents clients in the many types of personal injury, workers’ compensation and estate planning cases.