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How to Determine Fault in a Multi-Car Pileup

In a multi-car pileup, it can be difficult to determine who is at fault. There are several factors that need to be considered, such as the speed and direction of each vehicle, the point of impact and whether any vehicles were weaving in and out of traffic.

When an insurance company assigns fault, typically it will do so after analyzing the police report, witness statements and any damage to the vehicles. In some cases, it may be difficult to determine if just one party was at fault, and all parties involved may be found partially to blame.

Texas courts use what’s known as modified comparative fault, which is a type of legal liability in which parties are held responsible for their own actions to a certain extent. In this system, damages are apportioned according to the relative degree of fault. If the person seeking compensation contributed to the accident, their percentage of fault will be deducted from their total settlement. For example, if a plaintiff can substantiate $100,000 in damages, but they are found to be 20 percent at fault for the accident, then they will receive $80,000 instead of $100,000.

In a multi-car pileup, multiple drivers may share some percentage of fault for the crash. For instance, if one driver rear-ends a stopped vehicle that has already crashed into another car, a court may assign some or all of the fault to them if it’s determined that they were following too closely or were distracted. If their collision damages other cars already involved in the pileup, they may be held liable for any additional injuries to those drivers.

If you were involved in a multi-car pileup, it’s important to work with an auto accident attorney who understands the nuances of these types of accidents, as well as the complicated process of determining fault.

Leland Reinhard Law Firm, located in Cleburne, handles all types of auto accident claims, including those involving multiple vehicles. Call today at 817-645-5400 or contact me online to schedule a free consultation at my office. I will fight for you and aim to get you the compensation you deserve.