Who is at fault in a multi-car accident? Making that determination can be quite complex. When two cars are involved, the fault is usually easy to establish. Someone runs a red light or turned in front of the other vehicle. Things are not so clear when three or more parties are involved in a collision. If you’ve been involved in a multi-car accident, you need a personal injury attorney
, Las Vegas drivers can count on.
Who is Responsible?
A common example of this type of accident is when a car slams into the back of another car, and then a third car slams into the car that rear-ended the other.
- Who is responsible for the initial collision?
- What about the second one?
- What happens if one of the cars that got hit didn't have working brake lights?
- What if one of the drivers was texting on a cell phone instead of paying attention to the road ahead?
These variables show how complicated multi-vehicle accidents can get. The drivers' insurance companies will wrangle among themselves trying to assign liability, oftentimes not coming to conclusions. Due to the sheer complexity of these cases, they may leave the settlement for the courts.
The Court and Liability in Multi-Car Accidents
In the state of Nevada, the courts use a rule called “modified comparative negligence” if a plaintiff is permitted to recover damages.
The rule allows a plaintiff in a personal injury case to recover a percentage of the plaintiff’s damages as long as one or more defendants were at least 50% responsible for the injury or accident.
How a jury will determine the percentage depends on the evidence presented. The evidence usually involves police reports, photographs from the scene, witness statements, and even weather reports.
Contact GGRM, Personal Injury Attorneys in Las Vegas
How the evidence is presented makes a significant difference in how the percentages are assigned. That is why having a good attorney at your side is so important. The personal injury attorneys in Las Vegas
at Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez can help. Call 702-388-4476 to set up your free consultation.