In multiple vehicle car accidents, it’s not uncommon to have more than one negligent party. While one driver’s negligence may have initiated the collision, one or more other drivers may also have contributed. Because of this, you may have numerous defendants and insurance companies trying to decide who is to blame.
Common Causes of Multi Vehicle Accidents
A multi-car accident can occur at slow speeds or at high speeds. Slow speed, chain reaction accidents frequently happen at stop lights when one vehicle fails to stop in time. At higher speeds, multi-vehicle accidents are often triggered by a driver losing control, resulting in numerous separate, yet interrelated, collisions.
Some common causes of multi vehicle accidents include:
- Excessive speed
- Failing to stop when required
- Distracted driving
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Drowsy/fatigued driving
- Failing to slow down for construction zones.
- Weather effected conditions
Comparative Negligence(or comparative fault) is a rule of law applied in accident cases to determine responsibility and damages based on the negligence of every party directly involved in the accident.
Massachusetts uses the 51 percent comparative negligence rule, which is similar to several other states. Under the rule, plaintiffs can only recover if their share of the blame was less than 51 percent. If plaintiffs are 51 percent or more at fault, then they cannot recover at all, with only a few exceptions.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident please don’t hesitate to contact The Law Offices of Dussault & Zatir to speak with one of our experienced attorneys. We’ll help to make sure that you get the settlement you deserve for your injuries.
*The above is not to be considered as legal advice. Every case is different and the laws which apply may differ from state to state.
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