Chain Reaction Car Accidents
Chain reaction accidents happen when one vehicle crashes into another leading to a pileup of one or more vehicles crashing behind the initial accident. Because chain reaction car accidents involve multiple cars, it can be difficult determining fault.
A car accident lawyer is essential for identifying fault in chain reaction accidents so that injured parties can get the compensation they deserve. Attorneys Sean M. Burke and Jason N. Argos help those involved in chain reaction car accidents in Irvine, CA, and surrounding areas get the maximum settlement for their injuries.
About Chain Reaction Accidents
Chain reaction accidents can happen any time there are multiple vehicles in operation. What makes a chain reaction accident unique is the domino effect in which the first collision triggers the next collision and that triggers the next and so on.
There are many ways a chain reaction accident can happen. One common way is for the leading vehicle to abruptly stop. The car following then slams into the back of the stopped car. A third driver may then slam into the back of the second car and so on until no other vehicles collide.
Chain reaction accidents can cause serious damage to the vehicles involved as well as serious injuries to drivers and passengers.
Who Is at Fault in a Chain Reaction Accident?
Because many vehicles may be involved, figuring out what happened and where fault lies can be challenging but necessary for injured parties to get the compensation they deserve.
Fault generally lies with the first person who started the chain reaction accident, but not always, and they may not be the only person at fault. For example, a third or fourth driver in the chain reaction may have been driving well above the speed limit or may have been distracted and unable to stop in time. In such situations, this driver would also be at fault for the accident.
In order to determine fault, it’s helpful to hire an attorney so that the available evidence can be reviewed and further investigation can be performed.
Can I Seek Damages if I’m Partially at Fault?
Often, those who are involved in chain reaction accidents will have both been hit by the vehicle behind them and will have hit the vehicle in front of them. This leads some to wonder if they can recover damages if they are also responsible for a collision.
The good news is that in Irvine, and the rest of California, individuals involved in an accident can recover damages from other at-fault parties even if they bear some fault, too.
Some types of damages that may be recovered include medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage. A car accident attorney can help determine liability and get you the compensation you deserve.
Contact the Car Accident Attorneys of Burke Argos
If you have been injured in a chain reaction car accident, it’s important to have experienced attorneys on your side. Call Irvine car accident attorneys Sean Burke and Jason Argos at (949) 644-3434 to schedule a consultation.