Multi-car accidents are often extremely frightening for all involved and increasingly common in high-traffic and heavy construction areas such as Woodland Hills and Canoga Park. When multiple vehicles, whether they be cars, trucks, big rigs, or motorcycles, are involved in a car crash, more of than not, several victims suffer serious injuries and property damage and some escape a multi-car accident without a single scratch.
One of the most common questions we are asked about multi-car accidents is: Who is at fault?
What Is Fault?
Fault comes from a legal concept known as negligence. Negligence means that someone did or didn’t do something. That “something” is a legal duty they have to others. For instance, drivers have the legal duty to not drink and drive or run red lights. If they did those things, they are exhibiting negligence.
In an auto accident claim, along with negligence (even if it is a multi-car accident), there must be actual damage. This damage can be a physical injury like a broken arm or a traumatic brain injury. Damage also includes the damage that happens to the vehicle or to other property.
Why Is Fault Important? m
Determining fault is important in a multi-car accident for two reasons. First, it helps you, insurance companies, and potentially the court understand who should be held responsible (financially and otherwise) for the accident. The person or persons or businesses who are found to be at fault for the wreck may be ordered to pay for medical expenses, lost wages, and for the property damage of others who were affected by their negligence. Learn more about financial compensation and auto accidents here.
Involved in a Multi-Car Accident?
If you were involved in a multi-car accident, contact a Woodland Hills personal injury attorney who has experience handling these types of claims. They can be confusing for lawyers who are not familiar with how to handle them. After all, it’s not always easy to determine who is at fault and who may be a defendant if you have to file a lawsuit. Contact attorney Barry P. Goldberg today for a free, no obligation consultation about your legal rights today.