Accidents Involving Multiple Vehicles and Pileups
Accidents involving two vehicles are plenty dangerous enough, and the personal injury claims associated with these accidents are complicated. When a traffic accident involves more than two vehicles, it is that much more dangerous and that much more complicated. If another motorist or multiple motorists leave you injured in a pileup or another kind of multi-vehicle accident, seek the counsel of an experienced Forsyth car accident attorney today.
Drivers and Responsibility
Driving is an immense responsibility that every motorist must take on when he or she gets behind the wheel. This responsibility extends to driving safely in relation to whatever comes your way – whether this means dangerous road conditions, an animal on the road, traffic that comes to a sudden stop, a blown truck tire that riddles the road with debris, an accident on the road, or any other impediment to safe forward travel. When a motorist fails to remain prepared for the unexpected, it makes dangerous accidents – including multi-vehicle accidents – that much more likely.
Traffic accidents often lead to complicated claims that must carefully address the matter of fault, but when more than one motorist is involved, determining fault becomes even trickier. The following scenarios, however, often apply:
- If you unexpectedly encounter a hazard on the road, you must come to as safe a stop as possible, and any rear motorists must do the same (in relation to your stop). If, for example, you come upon a car accident and must abruptly stop in response, you’re unlikely responsible for any ensuing pileup. Those rear motorists shared your responsibility to stop safely but failed to live up to this responsibility.
- If you come upon a vehicle that has stopped as a result of a hazard on the road, you are responsible for reacting in kind. If a rear vehicle, however, hits you as a result of your stop – and pushes you into that front car – it becomes a multi-vehicle accident that the rear driver, alone, is likely responsible for.
- Intersections are prime spots for accidents of all kinds, including multi-car accidents. Intersections represent the confluence of traffic from all directions, and some motorists are far more intent on making it through without stopping than they are with moving through safely, which makes pileups a real concern.
Ultimately, multi-vehicle accidents are often the result of driver distraction. When a motorist isn’t focused on driving safely – come what may – he or she puts everyone at greater risk of being injured in a multi-vehicle accident.
Don’t Wait to Consult with an Experienced Georgia Car Accident Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a multi-vehicle accident that was caused by another motorist’s negligence, the dedicated Cumming personal injury attorneys at Banks, Stubbs & McFarland have an impressive track record of favorably resolving these complicated cases for our clients. We’re here for you, too, so please don’t hesitate tocontact us online or call us at 770-887-1209 for more information today.