With so much traffic in Houston, the roads can often be a dangerous place, with even the most cautious drivers finding themselves caught up in multiple vehicle collisions. These types of crashes happen when a first vehicle stops suddenly, or makes a grave error, followed by a chain reaction of other vehicles colliding. Multi car accidents can cause extensive injury, trauma, property damage and financial burden. If you were involved in a multi-car pile-up, a skilled lawyer can help you to navigate the legalities and exact appropriate compensation.
Chain reaction crashes occur when one car rear ends another car in front of it, triggering a series of related collisions. The accident occurs in a “chain” of three or more vehicles. Chain reaction accidents occur daily in Houston, due to the heaviness of traffic and driver inattention at traffic stops. Usually the initial car in the chain is held responsible for damages.
Multi-car accidents are typically caused by driver negligence. Drivers can be negligent in a variety of ways, including:
The authorities will consider the timing between vehicle collisions. If you immediately collided with another car as part of a chain reaction to a rear end crash in front of you, you will mostly likely not be considered the sole cause of the accident. If there was a gap between the primary car wreck and your vehicle colliding with another, then Texas law may hold you accountable for a new incident, citing your inability to drive defensively.
If you were injured by a negligent driver who caused a multi-car pileup in Houston, you could pursue compensation from the at-fault driver through a personal injury claim or lawsuit. To bring a successful claim, you’ll need to demonstrate that the driver is liable for the multiple-car accident. There are four main elements of liability:
To strengthen your personal injury claim or lawsuit, you should gather evidence such as accident reports, witness statements, photographs, medical records, and any other documentation that can help establish these elements of liability. It’s also advisable to consult with an experienced car accident attorney in Houston who can guide you through the legal process and help you build a strong case to seek the compensation you deserve.
All drivers in Texas must carry a minimum of $30,000 per person, $60,000 for bodily injury liability, and $25,000 in property damage coverage. When a multi car collision happens, those numbers may barely cover the costs. Adjusters may call all the parties involved in the crash and pressure them to admit fault in order to protect their own clients, so it’s mandatory that you hire your own lawyer to protect you and settle your claim. Make sure you speak to a lawyer first before answering any questions or making any statements about your involvement in a multi vehicle collision.
Car accident victims who are found to be 50% or less at fault for the accident have their recovery reduced by their assigned degree of fault. For example, a person awarded $100,000 in damages who was found to be 30% at fault for the accident would have his or her recovery reduced to $70,000.
Will Powells can help you to navigate the tricky process that occurs after a multi car accident. Without legal representation, you may be blamed for actions that were not your fault or you may be victimized by ruthless insurance companies that want to pay out virtually nothing. Willie D. Powells III will insist on fairness and justice, and won’t stop until he has achieved your goals. He is confident, driven and experienced, and will ensure your rights and best interests are fully protected.
We do not collect any legal fees unless/until we recover compensation for you, whether through settling your case or fighting on your behalf in court. Our bilingual team can assist you in English and Spanish, and we are happy to answer any questions you may have.
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