Multiple Car Accidents – Understand The Issues

A traffic jam in winterCar accidents involving multiple vehicles can be extremely complicated when it comes to pursuing a claim for your injuries. While you can suffer the same injuries as in a car accident with only one other vehicle, the similarities often end there. If you’re injured and need compensation, the best thing you can do is talk with a personal injury attorney who handles multiple car accidents. 

The car accident attorneys at Slappey & Sadd have the knowledge and experience you need if you’ve been injured in a multiple car accident. We provide aggressive legal representation to people in the Atlanta area and across the state of Georgia so that they can get the compensation they need. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys by calling 404-255-6677 or contacting us online

Determining Who Is At Fault

The first step is in determining who is at fault in the accident and whether there is more than one person is at fault. People typically assume that the first vehicle that collided with the second vehicle is responsible for the accident. However, this is not always the case. The collision may have been caused by that vehicle attempting to avoid another vehicle that was driving dangerously. 

In addition, some of the other victims of the accident may be partially at fault for your injuries. For example – 

  • The car behind you rear-ended you because they were tailgating. 
  • The car that collided with you could have avoided the accident if they were paying attention. 
  • The car that collided with you committed some other traffic violation. 

It can be difficult to figure out exactly what happened in an accident when there are multiple vehicles involved. The accident report from the police can help sort out the various causes, but ultimately, you may need an experienced attorney to help determine which parties are at fault. 

Each Party Should Have Their Own Attorney

A common misconception is that you can share an attorney with another victim of the accident. While this may reduce your costs and some of the hassle, you want an attorney who is representing only your interests. It’s easy for conflicts to arise – new evidence may show that the other victim is partially to blame, or you may be entitled to different amounts of compensation. Rather than worry about whether the attorney is valuing their claim over yours, the best thing you can do is engage your own lawyer who represents only you. 

If You Are Partially at Fault, You May Still Have a Claim

If it’s the case that you were partially at fault for the accident, it’s important to understand that it doesn’t mean you are prohibited from recovering any compensation. Instead, a court will determine what percentage of the accident was your fault and then reduce your compensation by that amount. If you were more than 50% responsible for the accident, however, you will be barred from recovery. 

Contact an Atlanta, Georgia Car Accident Attorney If You’ve Been Injured

No matter what happened in your accident, you need an experienced car accident attorney on your side. The lawyers at Slappey & Sadd have been helping people get the compensation they need since 1992. Don’t let your injuries become your future. Call us at 404-255-6677 or visit us online to discuss your case with one of our attorneys – the first consultation is always free.

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