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What are Chain Reaction Accidents?

Chain reaction crash

Chain reaction accidents are crashes that occur due to collisions involving multiple vehicles. Chain reaction crashes may include three or more vehicles, or as many as dozens of cars, trucks, and SUVs. These accidents often occur when there is poor weather or low visibility conditions such as fog, rain, sleet, and snow. The injuries and damages caused by chain reaction accidents can be extensive because so many vehicles are involved. You could be hit by several vehicles and, or you could crash into other vehicles. These accidents are chaotic and can be difficult to resolve.

Who is at Fault in a Chain Reaction Accident?

In most accidents, the driver who causes the impact is at fault for the crash. However, chain-reaction crashes are much more complicated. It can be challenging to determine fault, and more than one party may be held accountable. An experienced Houston accident attorney will review the case and gather information to help determine negligence. The negligent party, or parties, is responsible for the accident and can be held accountable for damages.

Modified Comparative Fault in Texas

Texas utilizes the concept of modified comparative fault for personal injury claims, which is also known as proportionate responsibility. A person can obtain compensation for an accident even if he or she is partially to blame for the crash. The important thing to remember is that you may only collect money for your injuries and damages if you are less than half at fault for the crash.  If you are less than 51% to blame for the accident, you may seek damages. When multiple vehicles are involved in a crash, a portion of the fault must be ascribed to each driver. This is a difficult task, especially when many vehicles are part of the crash scene.

Seek Legal Assistance

A multiple-vehicle crash is a serious accident. You likely suffered injuries because of the severe crash. It is essential to visit the hospital immediately following the accident. Contact an experienced Houston accident attorney soon. Your attorney will handle the legal aspects on your behalf. There is more information to gather and documentation needed to prove fault after a crash. Sometimes, the police will investigate the accident. Sometimes, accident reconstruction is necessary to determine how the crash occurred.

Multiple Vehicle Crashes are More Complex

If you were hurt in a chain reaction crash, you may have compensation for your damages. Damages may include medical expenses, lost wages, money for pain and suffering, and more. The sooner you get legal help, the better because some of the evidence could be lost following the crash.

At Baumgartner Law Firm, we have a team of professionals with years of experience handling many accidents, including complex chain reaction crashes. If we accept your case, we will work to get you the compensation you deserve.

Contact the Houston personal injury lawyers at Baumgartner Law Firm today for a free initial case consultation to review the details of your accident. (281) 587-1111!


Greg Baumgartner

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Greg Baumgartner has practiced personal injury law since 1984. He holds not one but two law degrees and is a graduate of Trial Lawyers College. He is licensed in Texas and Colorado. Mr. Baumgartner has earned a reputation for exemplary results for his clients. And has been preeminent rated for decades and recognized by Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Super Lawyers, Expertise, Newsweek, Houstonia magazine, and many others. He has given educational talks to lawyers and many media interviews regarding personal injury cases.