If you are hit by another driver while on the road, it really simplifies the process of your personal injury lawsuit. There is only one drive that you need to pursue for your compensation, and if they are clearly at fault, it makes it easy to get what you want in mediation. However, things can become complicated very quickly when there are multiple vehicles involved in an accident. Here are a few questions you're likely to have about this unique situation.
How Do You Determine Fault?
The most complicated part of this type of injury is determining who is at fault. The vehicle that hit you may not be the one that initially caused the accident, which will require a bit of investigation to figure out the person that was ultimately responsible. Think of a big pileup on the freeway that can involve dozens of cars, where some cars push vehicles into other vehicles.
You'll definitely need the help of a lawyer to get to the bottom of who was ultimately at fault. Even if the driver that hit you wasn't the one that started that accident, you can be in a situation where someone was simply following behind you too closely. There will likely be a percentage of fault assigned to each driver in the accident
What Happens If You're Partially At Fault?
You can still recover compensation for your injuries if you are also found to be partially at fault in a car accident with multiple vehicles. Keep in mind that someone may have their own personal injury lawsuit against you for your vehicle being rammed into their vehicle in a pileup, and that will be handled separately. You may actually have a separate case that is related to your injury and still be able to receive full compensation.
How Do You Handle Acquiring Info After An Accident?
In a big pile-up accident, you can guarantee that police are going to show up and start gathering information. However, it is still possible for them to miss information during their investigation at the scene of the accident. If you are able to do so and do not need immediate medical attention, you should still be gathering the information from the vehicles that hit you so that you have their contact information. You should also take photographs specific to your vehicle, since the police may not be that thorough when they make their police report.
Talk to personal injury lawyers for more guidance.