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Who Is Liable in a Multi-Vehicle Crash?

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car accident lawyer in new braunfelsA major crash in San Antonio that involved three cars miraculously resulted in only minor injuries to the eight people involved. Even with minor injuries, however, there may still be medical expenses and property damage to account for. In cases of multi-vehicle accidents, how is liability determined and who is responsible for victims’ losses?

Out-of-Town Driver Gets Lost

The San Antonio crash occurred around 11 p.m. on a Friday night at the intersection of East Commerce St. and East Houston St., near Interstate 10. According to police, a woman who was not from the area become confused at the intersection, trying to figure out which stop light she was supposed to obey for the street she was on. In her confusion, the woman ended up running a red light and smashing head-on into another vehicle. A third vehicle was unable to stop in time and ended up slamming into the woman’s car. Police say all eight occupants in the three vehicles involved in the accident were able to get out safely.

Multi-Vehicle Accidents

There are a number of reasons why multi-vehicle accidents occur. One of the most common reasons is due to distracted drivers who do not see the vehicles in front of them because they are not paying attention and fail to stop, or they lose control of the vehicle and end up creating a pileup of vehicles. Poor road conditions and bad weather can also play a factor. Or, as the above accident shows, a driver who is unfamiliar with an area can easily become confused and cause a crash.

Multi-vehicle accidents can be catastrophic, with many drivers not having enough time to react and stop their vehicles from hitting the vehicle in front of them in time. This often causes a chain reaction. In other situations, a driver will swerve to try to avoid slamming into already crashed vehicles, only to end up driving right into oncoming traffic and causing an even bigger pile of vehicles.

In some multi-vehicle accidents, the circumstances of the crash make it obvious which driver is at fault, such as a lost driver running a red light or a driver who suddenly hits their brakes with no warning or legitimate reason, causing a domino effect of vehicles behind them slamming on their brakes and smashing into each other. However, there are many of these accidents where it may not be as apparent or there is more than one at-fault driver. In many cases, liability is shared among several different parties. This makes the case even more complicated.

Contact a San Marcos Personal Injury Attorney for Legal Assistance

If you have been injured in a multi-vehicle accident, it is important to consult with an experienced Hays County car accident attorney who can determine which driver is liable for your injuries and losses. A skilled attorney will know how to investigate the crash, aware of the legal nuances and potential conflicting stories by other drivers and even witnesses there may be. Call New Braunfels Personal Injury Attorney, Inc., today at 830-201-3515 to schedule a free consultation and find out what your legal options may be.



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