WHO IS AT FAULT IN A CHAIN REACTION CRASH?
Have you ever come up on a chain reaction crash, and wondered, “Who Really Is At Fault Here”
Hi, this is Greg Sandler, and I’m a Virginia personal injury and medical malpractice attorney.
Chain reaction crashes, involving 3 or more vehicles, happen all the time, particularly on the interstate highways around Hampton Roads with our stop and go traffic and people cutting across lanes. And the question is always, who is really at fault.
First understand that every driver has a duty to keep a proper lookout and to not follow a vehicle too closely. You are required to see what a reasonable person should see and to anticipate that the driver in front of you just might come to a stop. If you don’t, then you are negligent and you will likely be responsible for the harm you cause.
Usually, the car that causes the FIRST impact, will be the car at fault. That may be the guy that’s last in line, but it could be someone in the middle that hits someone from the behind, and is then rear-ended himself. The key is to understand, for the driver, HOW MANY IMPACTS DID YOU FEEL?
If you are involved in one of these chain reaction collisions, check the physical damage, get information on witnesses and TALK TO A LAWYER who understands these crashes, LIKE ME… GREG SANDLER.
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