Chain Reaction Accidents
All car accidents are confusing, and liability is often difficult to prove. These factors are multiplied exponentially, though, in a chain reaction accident. These crashes involve more than one vehicle. In most cases, one car initiates the accident with many vehicles getting into multiple accidents afterward. Sometimes in these crashes, there is only one party who is at fault. In others, multiple drivers are to blame, which only adds to the difficulty of pursuing compensation for your injuries after one of these accidents. Seeking the help of a San Francisco car accident lawyer is always advised after a crash. In the aftermath of a chain reaction accident however, it is even more important.How Chain Reaction Accidents Occur
San Francisco chain reaction accidents are different than other crashes. Instead of one car causing an accident with just one other vehicle or a stationary object, one car causes a crash with many other vehicles. Or, one driver causes a crash and this causes other drivers to also get into an accident.
For example, imagine a driver of a truck is following a car on the highway. The truck is following the car too closely and crashes into the rear end of it. This causes the car to then rear-end the car in front of it. This is how the majority of chain reaction accidents occur, as one vehicle simply hits another, which causes other drivers to crash into others. Or, one driver could be sitting at a red light and get rear-ended. If another driver was speeding and crashed into the driver that rear-ended the first, this could cause another accident, especially if the impact pushes the cars out into the intersection, into oncoming traffic.Liability in a Chain Reaction Accident
In most cases, the driver who caused the first crash is found negligent, or at fault for the crash, and liable for paying compensation. However, that is not always the case.
Sometimes, such as in the example above where another driver was speeding, that driver would also be liable, along with the driver who rear-ended the first vehicle. Due to the fact that there are so many potential liable parties in a chain reaction accident, your car accident attorney in San Francisco will help collect many pieces of evidence to identify the liable party. This evidence may include:
- Skid marks, vehicle debris, and vehicle damage at the accident scene
- Eyewitness statements
- Police reports
- Video surveillance of the scene from nearby businesses
- Expert testimony, such as that from accident reconstruction specialists
These are just a few of the types of evidence an attorney will rely on when determining liability in a chain reaction accident. It is best to speak to a car accident attorney in San Francisco who has the resources necessary to obtain this evidence so you have the best chance of proving your case.Were You Injured in a Chain Reaction Accident?
Do not try to pursue an accident case alone after a car crash. If you have been injured in a chain reaction accident, an experienced San Francisco car accident lawyer at Willoughby Brod, LLP, has the resources necessary to prove liability and recover the compensation you need. Call us today at (800) 427-7020 for your free consultation to learn how we can help with your case.