In this age of distracted driving, people are reacting slower to situations on the road, so it should come as no surprise that accidents involving more than two vehicles are not a rare occurance. The question is: Who’s at fault in these multiple-vehicle car accidents?


Negligence in A Multi-Vehicle Accident

In a multi-vehicle accident, you often have more than one negligent party. While one party’s negligence may have initiated the collision, one or more other drivers may also have contributed. In that case, you may have numerous defendants and insurance companies trying to decide who is to blame. This can frustrate a victim who just wants to be compensated for his or her injuries.

Comparative Negligence

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.

e.g. Imagine that you are involved in a four-car collision and that you sustained injuries totaling $50,000. It is ultimately decided that vehicle A was 40 percent responsible for your injuries, vehicle B was 20 percent responsible, vehicle C was 30 percent responsible, and you were 10 percent responsible. This means that you are entitled to collect 90 percent of the total value of your damages, or $45,000 ($50,000 x .90). Vehicle A will be required to pay $20,000 ($50,000 x .40), vehicle B will be required to pay $10,000 ($50,000 x .20) and vehicle C will be responsible for $15,000 ($50,000 x .30), which together equal $45,000. The remaining $5,000 represents your 10 percent share.

Contact Us

If you have been involved in a multiple-vehicle accident due to somebody else’s negligence, don’t hesitate to contact one of our experienced attornies.

The Law Offices of Dussault & Zatir