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September 12, 2023

Who Is At Fault in a Multi-Vehicle Car Accident?

Understanding Liability in a Crash with Multiple Cars

Many car accidents involve just one or two vehicles, but some involve several cars making it challenging to determine liability. In order to determine who was at fault for the accident, you might need to have an independent investigation done. Due to the complexities of multi-vehicle car accidents, it is in your best interest to retain an attorney as early in the process as possible.

At Denlea & Carton LLP, we provide experienced representation for individuals who have been injured in car accidents throughout White Plains and Westchester County, NY. Our team of lawyers can help you understand your rights and fight to ensure all negligent parties are held accountable. If you were injured in a multi-car collision, contact our office to schedule a free consultation today. 

What Is a Multi-Vehicle Car Accident?

A multi-vehicle car accident is any collision that involves more than two vehicles. It can be any combination of passenger cars, trucks, motorcycles, or other vehicles. Accidents involving multiple vehicles can be catastrophic, causing serious injuries or even deaths. They can be the result of inclement weather, poor road conditions, a defective auto part, or a motorist’s negligence. 

How Do You Determine Fault in a Multi-Car Collision?

As with any car accident, there will need to be an investigation to determine who or what was at fault. When multiple cars are involved in an accident, it is often a chain reaction. It can be challenging to determine the cause of the initial collision without the help of an attorney. An attorney can review the evidence to help assess who can be held liable for your injuries. 

Can Multiple People Be At-Fault for an Accident?

It is not uncommon for more than one party to be found at fault for a multi-car collision. An investigation into the cause of the accident may determine that multiple drivers share some portion of responsibility for the accident. Even if you are found to be partially liable for the collision, you may still be entitled to compensation for your damages. Your recovery may be reduced in proportion to your share of the fault.

It is important to note that New York is a no-fault insurance state. Many parties will end up going through their own insurance policy to obtain compensation for their losses, regardless of fault. However, if you are seriously injured, your no-fault insurance policy may be insufficient to cover your damages. You will then want to consider filing a lawsuit or pursuing a claim against an at-fault party.

Do I Need an Attorney?

Any time you are involved in a multi-car accident, you will want to consult with an attorney. Liability in multi-vehicle accidents is generally complicated and may involve more than one party. They also often result in serious injuries. An attorney can help determine all of your legal options and will help pursue compensation on your behalf. It is important to act quickly as you only have a limited amount of time to file a claim for damages.

Injured in a Multi-Vehicle Car Accident? Contact Our Office.

Were you or a loved one injured in a multi-vehicle car accident in White Plains, NY? Contact our office to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today. 

At Denlea & Carton, we are a premier personal injury law firm servicing all of Westchester County. Our lawyers have decades of experience helping injury victims obtain compensation for their damages. We will work hard to ensure you receive the justice you deserve. 


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