Who is at Fault in a Multi-Vehicle Crash?
Written by Greg on January 30, 2019
Most accidents occur between two vehicles, but sometimes, over two cars are involved. When multiple vehicles are part of a single incident, you may wonder who is to blame for the crash.
According to the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHTSA), there are over 5.25 million accidents in the United States each year. You will likely be involved in a crash in your life. I hope the accident will be minor. However, if it is not, how will fault be determined after an accident in Houston?
Determining Fault After an Accident
Regardless of how many vehicles are involved, an investigation will often need to be conducted to discover precisely how the accident occurred. Multiple vehicle accidents are more complex than accidents involving only two vehicles. Various tools will help determine which driver or drivers were at fault.
Some of the information that the insurance company or the courts will use include police reports, witness statements, photos of the damage, and other details. Sometimes, accident reconstruction is useful to discover what occurred just before and during the crash. While you may assume that the driver in the rear of the accident is to blame, that is not necessarily always the case.
There can be multiple factors that contribute to any crash. When there are numerous vehicles, the number of elements increases. More than one driver may be at fault or partly to blame for the crash. Texas utilizes a system of modified comparative negligence. This means you may collect damages even if you are partially at fault for the accident as long as you are not over 50 percent at fault.
Modified Comparative Negligence in Texas
Modified comparative negligence means that a person may receive compensation from the responsible party if their responsibility is less than 51%. The comparative scheme provides a fair and reasonable system that allows you to collect for your injuries or damages even if you were found partly to blame. However, if you are partly to blame (less than 51%) your damages will be reduced by the percentage of your fault.
If you are partly responsible for the accident, your damages will be reduced by that percentage. For example, if you were 10% responsible for the crash, you may receive 90% of your damages. Any driver mostly at fault for the accident cannot receive compensation.
Get Help from an Experienced Houston Personal Injury Attorney
Multiple-vehicle crashes can be exceptionally complicated. It is helpful to hire a skilled attorney to handle your claim. Your lawyer will gather and examine the documentation and information, depose witnesses, and investigate the scene of the accident.
Your attorney will use this data to prove negligence of the other driver or drivers in the crash. Your attorney will help establish your injuries and the damages you suffered because of the accident.
If you were injured in a multi-vehicle accident, count on a leading legal team to assist you in getting the compensation you deserve. Contact Baumgartner Law Firm to discuss the details of the crash today.