Chain reaction accidents – who claims?

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Being involved in a chain reaction accident can automatically make it a very complex case.

Unlike a standard rear-end collision where there are usually only two parties involved, chain reaction collisions can involve more than three drivers.

Accidents like these can be more complicated because it can be harder to determine who is the liable driver or there could be more than one driver who is responsible for causing the accident.

Multiple car crashes can happen anywhere. They tend to be more common on freeways because there are more cars in one area moving at fast speeds, but they can also happen on a slow, congested road.

What causes chain reaction car crashes?

There are several reasons why chain reaction accidents or car pile ups can happen.

1. One distracted driver who isn’t paying attention to the car in front of them can fail to see the driver reducing speed. Their slow reaction can result in them crashing into the back of one car, and then bumping that car into another vehicle, causing a chain reaction.

2. Bad weather conditions can reduce visibility on freeways and other busy roads making it harder for drivers to see or react. This is why it’s so important to give other drivers plenty of room to help you avoid being involved in an accident.

3. Rubbernecking is a common cause of chain reaction collisions. When drivers slow down to look at another accident, their lack of concentration can cause a crash. Inexperienced or distracted drivers don’t expect the flow and speed of traffic to change near the scene of an accident and this can lead to a series of multiple collisions.

Who pays for the accident?

As there can be more than three vehicles in a chain reaction accident, it can be difficult to determine who is at fault.

Finding out who is responsible can be a lengthy process. Insurance companies will want to avoid paying out and some of the other drivers will try to avoid getting blamed. When there are so many cars and people involved in one accident, it becomes a complicated claim.

This is why it’s important to have a personal injury lawyer who has experience working on chain reaction accidents. As these types of cases can be long and complex, you need to have someone on your side who understands the process and will help ensure you don’t get blamed for an accident that wasn’t your fault.    

Personal injury attorneys who can help with your chain reaction accident claim

At Coxwell & Associates, PLLC, our team of skilled personal injury lawyers have been helping drivers in Mississippi for over 35 years. We’re not afraid of insurance companies and we refuse to settle for anything less than the compensation our clients deserve.

We understand being involved in a multiple car crash can be life changing and our personal injury team is here to help you.

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Complete our auto accident claim form, send it to us and one of our attorneys will give you a call as soon as they’ve looked at your case.

Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.

Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.

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