Chicago Multi Car Accident Attorney
When there’s an accident involving more than two vehicles, there can be multiple drivers at fault.
We often hear on the news about a multiple-vehicle collisions on the I-57, Kennedy Expressway or another Chicago thoroughfare without giving it much thought. But if you’re the one involved in a multiple-car pile up, the magnitude of the property damage, injuries and expenses incurred can be shocking. Equally shocking is the fact that these accidents can result in fierce legal battles that last for months or even years.
Why are multi car accidents so complicated?
When there’s an accident involving more than two vehicles, there can be multiple drivers at fault. For example, one car may slam into second car, which then slams into a third car. The first driver may be at fault for the initial crash. But if the second driver happened to be texting at the moment of the accident and could have otherwise avoided slamming into the third car, the second driver may be at fault also. Facts such as these often take a great deal of time to discover and untangle.
Why is the question of fault so important?
Insurance companies need to know who is at fault to determine who should be held financially responsible for the collision and resulting damage and injuries. When multiple parties are to blame, the cost is apportioned between insurance companies.
How is the question of fault determined?
The police, insurance investigators, and personal injury attorneys examine every detail of the accident, reconstructing it to figure out exactly what occurred. To determine which parties caused the accident, they consider questions such as:
- were any of the parties speeding? driving distracted? driving under the influence?
- was there equipment failure in any of the vehicles?
- was there defective road design?
- did the weather play a role?
- did a pedestrian or cyclist play a role?
I have insurance and their investigator is looking into the crash. Why should I also have a multi-vehicle accident attorney?
When an insurance company investigates a crash, they are not representing your interests but their own. Insurance companies want to make sure that they don’t have to pay you one penny more than they have to – and they’ll be looking for ways to do just that.
Multiple Vehicle Collisions
The more vehicles involved in a collision, the more likely the victims will suffer severe injuries.
Most motor vehicle accidents involve two vehicles; however, some collisions involve multiple vehicles. The more number of vehicles involved in a collision, the more likely the victims will suffer severe injuries and property damage. Considering the high traffic volume in Chicago, multi-car accidents are more common than you think.
Intersections are the most common location for multiple vehicle accidents because this is the place where vehicles converge. A distracted or an intoxicated driver at a four-way stop can cause a multiple vehicle accident by failing to yield the right of way. The possibility of a multi-vehicle collision increases further when the intersections have unique designs. This more commonly occurs at older intersections where three streets intersect. If the driver is distracted or intoxicated, he or she may not see the third street and remain unaware of oncoming traffic.
Chicago is an older city and many streets intersect haphazardly with high traffic roads converging in strange patterns and at unusual angles. Those who drive on these roads regularly are familiar with them but those who are new to them are at a high risk of being involved in a collision. For this reason, tourists are at a higher risk of an accident, because they may be unfamiliar with an intersection that has a unique or atypical design.
Highways and Rush Hour
Another common location for multi-vehicle accidents are highways. Expressways and highways are full of large and small vehicles and when you combine this large number of vehicles with high speeds, the risk of a collision becomes quite high. Most highways have numerous lanes of traffic and the chances of collision between two vehicles affecting other vehicles becomes high. A high-speed collision between two vehicles can cause one or both vehicles to spin out of control or roll over, posing a danger to other vehicles traveling in other lanes.
The risk of multi-vehicle collisions increases during rush hour. A collision between two vehicles can easily cause a chain reaction leading to a multi-vehicle accident. The risk of a multi-vehicle collision on a highway is higher in bad weather conditions such as when there is snow or ice on the road.
Your personal injury attorney, on the other hand, will be exclusively in your corner. Your attorney will make sure that all evidence in your favor is quickly collected and noted, and will stand up to anyone who tries to unfairly slants the evidence against you. In addition, an experienced multi-vehicle car accident attorney will help to ensure that all medical documents, bills, and evidence of earning losses you need to receive a full and fair payout is collected from the appropriate insurance company.