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How do you determine who pays for damages in multi-car accidents?

On Behalf of | Aug 2, 2023 | Automobile Accidents

Multi-car collisions are unfortunately all too common and can be incredibly dangerous. Even if you are an extremely cautious driver, it is impossible to control the actions of others on the road. Understanding how fault is determined in these types of accidents is crucial to protecting your rights. In case of a collision, you must know when and how you can receive compensation for any damages you receive in multi-car crashes.

Factors that lead to multi-car accidents

A variety of factors can cause multi-car accidents. Some of the most common include:

  • Speeding
  • Heavy traffic
  • Distracted driving
  • Poor road conditions
  • Reckless driving

In certain areas, weather can also significantly affect multi-car accidents, particularly in conditions such as heavy rain, fog or other hazardous weather. Understanding the factors contributing to multi-car accidents helps you protect yourself on the road.

Pure comparative negligence

When multiple people are involved in a car accident, they may have different opinions on who is at fault. In California, pure comparative negligence is used, which means that drivers share fault to varying degrees. So, in a multi-car crash, more than one person, including you, can be at fault. However, regardless of how much at fault you are, you may still seek compensation from others who played a role in the accident. The courts can adjust the compensation you receive based on your level of responsibility. For example, if you were 30 percent responsible for the accident, your compensation award may be reduced by 30 percent.

Determining fault in multi-car accidents in California can be challenging due to other factors involved, including issues with evidence and witness credibility. If you have been involved in a multi-car accident, please visit The Law Office of Aman N. Shah to seek guidance regarding your legal issue.