Car accidents are always dangerous, but a multi-vehicle or multi-car accident can be catastrophic. Many multi-vehicle car accidents can happen, especially in heavy traffic areas like Los Angeles. If you’ve been injured in a multi-vehicle car accident, you may wonder whether you’re entitled to compensation and who was at fault for your injuries.
The sooner you discuss your case with an experienced attorney, the better. The attorneys at Saeedian Law Group are prepared to investigate your case, gather evidence, and identify which party or parties caused your accident. We will carefully estimate the total value of your claim, including all of your current and future medical expenses and lost income. Our attorneys have a proven track record of negotiating full and fair settlements. Contact Saeedian Law Group today to schedule your free case evaluation.
Common Causes of a Multi-Car or Vehicle Accident in Los Angeles
Multi-vehicle car accidents happen when two or more vehicles are involved in the same motor vehicle collision. One driver often collides with another vehicle, starting a chain reaction of collisions. Many of these accidents are caused by negligent driving behaviors and could have been avoided. Some of the most common negligent behaviors that cause accidents include:
- Drowsy driving
- Driving while intoxicated by drugs or alcohol
- Driving too fast for the weather conditions
- Failure to slow down when turning
- Running a red light
- Making an unsafe lane change
- Road debris, such as a blown tire or spilled loads from tractor-trailers
- Distracted driving
When a vehicle collides with the vehicle in front, that vehicle may collide with another, causing a chain-reaction accident. These accidents may seem like they aren’t severe, but they can cause long-term injuries such as whiplash and other back and neck injuries. In serious cases, whiplash can cause permanent neck pain that requires months of rehabilitation and treatment. Painful neck and back injuries can make it difficult for victims to return to work.
Multi-vehicle collisions are hazardous on highways. Drivers traveling at high speeds may be unable to avoid colliding with the vehicle in front of them during a huge car pile-up. Traffic can be blocked for an extended period, making the collision even more dangerous, mainly due to the risk of fires and explosions. Highway accidents can cause dangerous or deadly pile-ups with 10-plus vehicles.
A multi-vehicle accident can occur at the intersection when a person doesn’t yield the right-of-way, runs through a red light or stop light, or doesn’t follow other traffic rules. When two vehicles collide, they can slide into other vehicles waiting to turn or drive through the traffic light. Serious intersection accidents can affect three or more vehicles in a chain-reaction collision.
What to Do After a Multi-Vehicle Car Accident in Los Angeles
Knowing what to do after a car accident is essential and can help protect your legal compensation claim. After the accident, you should evaluate your injuries. Calling 911 and requesting medical personnel and a police officer is crucial. You should seek medical treatment right away, follow your doctor’s orders, and keep all of your medical records. Doing so can help you prove that the accident caused your injuries.
It can also help you prove that your injuries are as serious as you claim them to be. Deciding fault in a car accident involving multiple Vehicles can be complicated, so it’s essential that you reach out to an attorney after you receive medical treatment. Your attorney can help you investigate the accident, gather evidence, and protect your claim for compensation against the negligent party.
Who Is At Fault for My Injuries After a Multi-Car Accident?
Determining who was at fault in a car accident is usually challenging, but it is challenging when many drivers are involved. In some cases, only one driver is at fault for the accident. For example, suppose an intoxicated driver was driving the wrong way on the road and collided with two vehicles traveling in the right direction. In that case, the intoxicated driver is solely at fault.
Similarly, when there is a line of cars and one person is on his or her cell phone in the back of the line and doesn’t see the vehicles in front of him and crashes into the vehicle in front, he or she is the only person at fault. In other cases, there are multiple at-fault drivers who each contributed to the accident happening.
For example, suppose one driver was swerving and another driver didn’t react in time to avoid the vehicle. The second driver spun out, and there were two defendants in the car accident. Similarly, suppose a chain-reaction accident occurred. In other cases, third parties are liable for causing multi-vehicle accidents. For example, a commercial truck driver and his or her employer could be liable because of negligent hiring, improperly loaded cargo, or an unmaintained truck.
When it comes to multi-vehicle collisions, whether you can sue a person depends on the facts of the case and which driver or driver’s failure to use reasonable care under the circumstances. The sooner you contact an attorney, the sooner your attorney can begin investigating your case and determining who is at fault.
How Can an Attorney Help Me?
You may think you can handle your car accident claim alone, but working with an attorney can increase the likelihood that she’ll recover the total compensation you deserve. It may be challenging to determine fault with all of the parties blaming each other for the accident. Your attorney can defend you while pursuing compensation from the at-fault driver or driver. Your attorney can also ensure that the insurance company doesn’t take advantage of you by offering you a settlement that is far too low or denying you compensation.
Schedule a Free, No-Obligation Consultation With a Los Angeles Multi-Car Accident Attorney
If you or your loved one have been injured in a multi-vehicle collision in Los Angeles, Saeedian Law Group is here to help. We will help you understand your legal options and protect your rights throughout the entire process. Contact Saeedian Law Group today to schedule your free case evaluation.