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Who is liable in a multi-vehicle collision?

The accurate determination of liability is a crucial component of any personal injury case, and is often at the heart of car accident injury lawsuits in California. The process of identifying which party or parties was responsible for causing an injury accident can be complicated, however, in incidents involving more than two vehicles. If you or a loved one were injured in a multi-vehicle crash, your ability to pursue personal injury claims can depend largely on how liability is determined in your case.

According to myknowledgecenter.com, car accidents involving multiple vehicles differ from two-vehicle incidents in several ways. Not only do multivehicle collisions often result in more and more severe injuries and property damage, but they are also typically more difficult to resolve in terms of identifying responsibility. For instance, you may not necessarily be held liable for striking the car in front of you if the collision was the result of your vehicle being struck from behind first.

Taking into account that multi-vehicle collisions typically involve chain reaction events, law enforcement and other accident investigators take several factors into consideration when determining liability. Investigators usually attempt to first identify which car or cars caused the initial incident that led to the chain reaction, and then quantify the amount of fault the identified party or parties are responsible for. As an accident victim, therefore, you could potentially pursue personal injury claims against more than one party is it is determined that fault in the incident is shared.

Despite the fact that the information provided above applies in many multi-vehicle accident cases, no two crashes are exactly the same. Therefore, this article cannot be considered legal advice.

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