Chain Reaction/Multi-Vehicle Accidents
Multi-vehicle accidents and chain reaction accidents are notoriously more dangerous than two-car collisions. All it takes is one person’s negligence to create confusion that ends up leading to more collisions because everyone is trying to avoid a major accident, resulting in a multi-vehicle accident; or a driver may be distracted for a second and rear-ends a vehicle that is stopped in traffic and in turn that vehicle rear-ends the vehicle in front of it thereby causing a chain-reaction. Multi-vehicle and chain reaction crashes can be especially dangerous because there may be more than one impact and therefore the risk of injury and death increases.
Who is at fault?
Determining liability, particularly in multi-vehicle and chain reaction accidents, can be very difficult because more vehicles are involved making it difficult to determine who is at fault. Every driver has duty of care to other drivers to act like a reasonable and prudent person would act under similar circumstances. Failing to act like a reasonable and prudent person, or breaching this duty of care, may be considered a negligence act. If a driver is determined to be negligence and the cause of injuries to another driver, the injured driver has a legal right to compensation from the at-fault driver.
In Illinois, comparative laws determine how the responsibility for a car accident will be shared between the parties involved and are used to determine the damage a victim of a car accident may be eligible to recover. Illinois has adopted the modified comparative negligence as the standard for recovering damages. Meaning an injured driver may recover damages only if he or she is determined to be less than 51% at fault. So long as you are not determined to be more than 50% liable, you can move forward with a claim for your personal injuries. However, even if an injured driver is determine to be less than 51% at fault the damages he or she is entitled to may be reduced in proportion to the degree that he or she is determined to be at fault for the accident. For example, if the other driver is determined to be 80% at fault and you are determined to be 20% at fault, the other driver’s insurance company may only offer to compensate for 80% of your damages.
It wasn’t my fault – how can I recover damages?
Pursuing your rights and maximizing your compensation requires a high level of skill and knowledge from attorneys who have experience representing victims of multi-vehicle and chain reaction accidents. Hiring an attorney can significantly improve your chance of being able to identify who was responsible for your injuries and successfully recover the full compensation you deserve for your injuries.
If you were involved in a multi-vehicle or chain-reaction accident, call one of our experienced accident attorneys today for a free consultation. The attorneys at Stein & Shulman have over 40 years of experience in helping victims of chain reaction and multi-vehicle accidents maximize the compensation they deserve.