Who's liable for a multi-car collision?

Determining fault for a car accident is usually relatively straightforward. However, in cases involving the collision of three or more vehicles, liability issues can become much more complex.

multi-car_accidentMultiple vehicle collisions—also known as multi-car collisions, chain-reaction crashes, or vehicle pile-ups—are particularly common in high-speed areas, such as highways.

These crashes are often caused by following too closely, and a common multi-car accident scenario involves a car that stops suddenly and is rear-ended by the vehicle driving behind it. This can, in turn, cause a chain reaction of rear-end accidents.

Multi-car crashes are often deemed to be the fault of the driver who caused the initial collision, though poor visibility and inclement road and weather conditions can also play a role. Additionally, in a state like Pennsylvania that follows comparative negligence laws, it's possible for several drivers to share fault for an accident.

In addition, Pennsylvania's comparative negligence laws indicate that being partially at fault for a crash doesn't necessary preclude an accident victim from collecting compensation for injuries and other damages. As long as the victim was less at fault than the other drivers, he or she may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit.

Ultimately, the amount of fault for each involved driver is determined by the law enforcement officer who responds to the accident and writes the police report. In some instances, fault may also be negotiated by insurance adjusters.

Consult an Experienced Car Accident Attorney

If you were involved in a multi-car vehicle collision, you may be facing serious injuries, significant property damage, and a deluge of unexpected medical bills.

Fortunately, if you weren't at fault for the accident—or were deemed less at fault than other involved drivers—you may be entitled to compensation for a wide range of economic and non-economic damages. Having a knowledgeable and experienced car accident attorney represent you throughout the process helps ensure you and your claim are treated fairly.

Contact the Accident and Injury Law Group today to schedule an appointment for a free, no-obligation initial case analysis.


Pellegrino Certa
Pittsburgh Personal Injury and Car Accident Attorney