Who is Liable When You’re Involved in a West Virginia Multi-Vehicle Accident?
If you have been involved in a West Virginia car accident and you have received injuries as a result, you might wonder how you can move forward with a claim. One of the best ways to move forward after an accident and receive compensation for your injuries is to identify the parties involve and prove who is liable. How is this done easily when you have been involved in a multi-vehicle accident? Today we want to focus on these serious types of accidents and how you can prove who is liable for your injuries.
Who is Liable for Your Accident?
Multi-vehicle accidents take place for a variety of reasons, but some scenarios are more common than others. The most common types of accidents involving multiple vehicles involve situations where two cars strike one another in a rear-end accident, causing more to pile up behind them. This is known as a chain-reaction crash. Here is one issue that comes into play in these accidents: Typically, more than one person is at fault for these accidents, which means that liability might not be so easy to determine.
If you have been involved in one of these accidents, there are many steps that you should take to determine who is liable. It really depends on the scenario.
Pinpointing who is to blame might just be one of the most difficult aspects that come into play in these situations. In some cases, a driver might be upfront and admit that they were following too closely or that they were messing with their phone or the radio dial when the accident occurred. This might mean that one driver is 100% liable for the accident. However, in other cases, the drivers involved might not confess to their roles or might not even know that they were at fault depending on how the vehicles struck one another.
In many cases, you will find that a chain-reaction crash is not the fault of one person but instead of many others. The jury or judge in your case will take a closer look and assign fault to each defendant based on evidence they saw at the scene, such as the police reports involved that explain fault or statements from reliable witnesses. If you were found to be at fault for your own accident in any percentage, you might find that your right to recovery is decreased slightly. Some states are harsh when it comes to these laws, while others are not.
Retaining Your Rights in West Virginia Car Accidents
Because it is so difficult to prove other’s roles in these accidents, you should always work to retain your rights and collect as much evidence as possible after your accident. Immediately following the multi-vehicle accident, you should seek medical attention for your injuries, speak with police at the scene of the accident, receive contact information from all of those involved, and speak with witnesses who might have watched the accident take place. There are many ways that you can protect yourself and prove that another party is liable.
A West Virginia personal injury lawyer is one of the best types of people to help you after you have been involved in a serious accident. At Katz Kantor Stonestreet & Buckner, we want you to know that you are never alone when it comes to your case and receiving the compensation you need to move forward after one of the most difficult experiences of your life. Call us today so that we can get started on your case at 304-431-4050.
Note: This post was created with the help of secondary sources operating independently from Katz, Kantor, Stonestreet & Buckner Law Firm. The information used from these sources has not been independently confirmed by our staff. If anything included in these posts is incorrect, please inform us and we will promptly correct the post.
Disclaimer: Our intent with these posts is to honor the victims of these terrible accidents and inform the public about how to avoid these accidents and what to do in the event of one. This information should not be considered legal or medical advice.