Dallas Multi-Vehicle Accident Attorney
A multi-vehicle or multiple-car accident is any car crash that involves three or more vehicles. More often than not, multi-vehicle crashes are caused by one vehicle rear-ending another vehicle and pushing that vehicle into a third vehicle, creating a chain-reaction accident.
There are various factors that increase the likelihood of chain-reaction or multi-vehicle accidents on the roads and highways of Dallas and other cities in Texas, but the most common are congested traffic, poor visibility, bad road conditions, poor weather conditions, and negligent driving.
Fact: Each year, more than 2 million multiple-car crashes occur in the United States.
Fact #2: Multi-vehicle accidents are responsible for about 60 percent of all traffic deaths in the U.S.
Causes of multi-car accidents in Dallas
Although multiple-vehicle collisions account for nearly two thirds of all car accident-related fatalities in our nation, chain-reaction accidents account for about 33 percent of annual car accidents in the U.S. Causes of multi-vehicle crashes vary from one case to another, but the most common ones are:
- Bad road conditions
- Poor weather conditions
- Inadequate design of roads or intersections
- Poor visibility
- Congested traffic
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Running red lights
- Unsafe lane changes
- Wrong-way driving
- Brake failure and
- Reckless driving
This is a non-exclusive list of causes of multiple-vehicle accidents in our country. “The more vehicles involved in a car accident, the more difficult it is to determine its cause and establish liability,” says our Dallas multi-vehicle accident attorney at Law Office of Dorothy Hyde.
Also, the more vehicles involved in a crash, the higher the risk of suffering severe injuries or death because your car is being hit multiple times from different angles and with different force of impact within just a few seconds.
Who pays for the damages in a multiple-vehicle accident?
Typically, determining fault in a chain-reaction isn’t something that can be done by talking to the parties involved and interviewing the witnesses. “It’s much more complex than that,” says our experienced multi-vehicle accident attorney in Dallas.
In order to determine who can be held responsible for a multiple-car accident in Dallas or elsewhere in Texas, you will need a skilled lawyer to obtain access to footages from the scene and hire a team of accident reconstruction experts who will examine pre-impact skid marks, post-impact tire marks, gouge marks, damage to vehicles, and a plethora of other components and elements to determine liability.
Then, your lawyer will be able to determine both the amount of compensation and the parties who can be held responsible for paying that compensation. What makes things even more complicated is that Texas follows the legal doctrine of comparative negligence, which bars an injured person from recovering damages if that person is 51 percent or more at fault for the accident.