Chain Reaction Car Accidents
Establishing liability after a car accident is crucial, because it allows at-fault parties to be held accountable for the damages they cause. Unfortunately, determining who is responsible for a crash is rarely simple, and the more people who are involved in a collision, the more complex liability becomes.
Chain reaction car accidents often involve numerous vehicles, and drivers rarely admit fault in these types of crashes. Car accident attorneys at the Ramey Law Firm, serving the Dallas, TX, area, work with experts in the field to recreate the details of a chain reaction crash, and gather the evidence necessary to prove a personal injury claim. Here, we discuss the steps that drivers can take after a chain reaction car accident to strengthen their case.
What Is a Chain Reaction Car Accident?
A chain reaction car accident is a series of collisions set off by one initial impact. In many cases, chain reaction car accidents are a series of rear end collisions. They begin when one car strikes the back of another. The force of the impact pushes that vehicle forward so that it strikes the one in front of it. As long as the force of the collision is strong enough, the chain of events (or crashes) continues. Chain reaction car accidents involve a minimum of three vehicles, but often involve many more.
Liability for a Chain Reaction Car Accident
The damages in a chain reaction car accident tend to be steep, because there are so many vehicles and people involved. The amount of damages (injuries, financial losses, pain and suffering, etc.) that usually result from a collision is multiplied by however many are involved in a chain reaction accident. Establishing liability for a chain reaction crash ensures that accident losses are covered by the responsible person or parties.
Unfortunately, determining fault in a chain reaction car accident is complex, because accident victims only experience a small portion of the total collision, so no one really has the full picture regarding what caused the crash. The driver who makes the initial impact usually carries the brunt of accident liability, but not always, and oftentimes more than one person is found partially at-fault for a chain reaction accident. Car accident lawyers at the Ramey Law Firm work alongside experts to gather evidence, recreate the events of a chain reaction crash, and determine who is responsible for accident damages.
What to Do after a Chain Reaction Car Accident
The evidence necessary to establish liability in a chain reaction car accident is usually strongest immediately following the crash. If a car accident victim chooses to file a personal injury claim, the steps that they take in the moments after the crash occurs can help strengthen their case. As long as there are no immediate medical needs that must be tended to, we suggest that Dallas drivers do the following after a crash:
- Gather information (driver’s license number, insurance policy, phone number, etc.) from involved drivers
- Collect contact information from accident witnesses
- Take photos of accident damages, the scene of the crash, and surrounding road conditions
- Report the accident to the police
- Report the accident to your insurance company
- Contact a car accident lawyer
If you have been injured in a chain reaction car accident, the lawyers at the Ramey Law Firm can work on your behalf to hold liable parties accountable for accident damages. To discuss the details of your collision, send us a message online, or call our Dallas law firm at (972) 437-5577.