Who is Responsible in a Multi-Vehicle Accident?
When two vehicles get into an accident on the road, determining liability is usually a fairly straightforward process. However, who is responsible in a multi-vehicle accident, where a chain reaction causes damage and injuries to people in multiple cars? Determining liability in these cases can become complicated and complex very quickly, which is why you need a lawyer by your side with experience representing clients involved in multi-vehicle car accident cases. At Mitch Grissim & Associates, our knowledgeable car accident attorneys are prepared to zealously advocate for your right to compensation and defend against claims of fault. To learn more, call or contact the office today to schedule a free consultation.
How to Determine Liability in a Multi-Car Crash
Determining who is responsible for a multi-vehicle accident can be a very difficult task. Typically, there is one driver who starts the reaction that results in multiple damaged vehicles, but that driver may not be the one completely found at fault. Insurers will look for any other reason why the multi-car crash occurred. Was one driver following another too closely? Did part of the accident occur because someone was speeding or failed to signal? Insurers will look for any reason to spread out the blame for the totality of the accident, and you risk being accused of causing part of the crash without an experienced attorney handling your case.
Modified Comparative Fault in Tennessee
Tennessee uses a modified comparative fault rule when determining fault and compensation in personal injury cases, including those involving multi-vehicle accidents. Based on the evidence presented, the court determines the degree of fault for every driver involved in the accident and reduces their overall compensation for their injuries by that percentage. However, under the modified rule, if a party to the accident is found to be more than fifty percent at fault for the crash they are barred from collecting any compensation for their claims.
How a Lawyer Can Help
A lawyer can be the critical difference between collecting the compensation you deserve after a multi-car accident or being accused of causing the crash. Insurance companies have teams of lawyers prepared to fight any claims of injuries and use duplicitous tactics to try and trick victims involved in the accident into admitting fault for the crash. An experienced attorney serves as a shield against insurers and protects you from accusations of fault. A lawyer will do an independent investigation of the accident and utilize that evidence to argue against any accusations of wrongdoing. A lawyer knows what your claim is worth and will not settle for anything less than the full and fair value of your case.
Call or Contact Us Today
Have you or a loved one been injured in a multi-vehicle accident? If so, let the knowledgeable Nashville car accident attorneys at Mitch Grissim & Associates protect and defend your legal right to compensation in the case. Call the office or contact us today to schedule a free case consultation.