Accidents involving more than one car usually occur in a chain of rear-end accidents. Typically, they happen because of the force of the first collision, which causes a chain reaction from the cars behind the first. Although these types of accidents can be a result of a single driver’s negligence, chain reaction car accidents may involve instances of carelessness by multiple drivers. And because many vehicles are involved, many passengers may sustain injuries, resulting in lawsuits. If you’ve been involved in a multi-vehicle accident, contact a car accident attorney immediately after you exchange insurance information with all drivers involved, obtain witness contact information and contact the police.
According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Association, there are 2 million multi-vehicle collisions each year. And determining fault is the the biggest issue with them all. If a driver admits fault, then assigning liability is pretty easy. But when other factors are at play like bad weather, road construction, drunk or distracted driving, proving liability becomes a bit more tricky.
California has more registered vehicles on the road than any other state. The state requires owners and operators of motor vehicles to carry minimum liability insurance. However, the typical “15/30/5” insurance policy is insufficient when multiple cars and parties are involved. Being hit by an uninsured or underinsured driver only makes it worse.
Multi-vehicle collisions are notoriously more deadly than other collisions. Each vehicle involved means a greater amount of broken glass, bent steel, leaking gasoline, etc. The possibility of fire increases and if passengers cannot get out of their vehicles, there’s a chance they may burn to death. Moreover, because multi-car accidents often result in blocked roadways, it’s often difficult for fire and rescue vehicles to get to the crash site quickly. If you’ve been involved in a multi-vehicle accident, do not wait to contact a Sacramento car accident attorney.
Contact our Sacramento California car accident attorney to discuss your injuries. We offer a free initial consultation to all new clients. You can reach us by phone at (916) 357-6767 or send us an email to schedule an appointment.