Representing Parties Injured in Multi-Car Collisions throughout Ohio
If you are injured after a chain car crash, our Ohio auto accident attorneys are here to help
Accidents that involved three or more vehicles are known as “multi-car collisions.” These types of car accident cases can be challenging for many reasons, but determining liability can be particularly troublesome. In some cases, one driver may shoulder all the blame while in other instances, several drivers may share fault.
For decades, Crandall & Pera Law has been the go-to resource for car accident victims throughout Ohio. Our Ohio multi-car collision lawyers have the experience and skill to tackle challenging legal claims. We have helped clients obtain millions in personal injury settlements and verdicts; let an attorney at our firm be your advocate.
How do multi-car accidents happen?
Multi-car collisions usually begin when one driver hits the rearmost car in a line. These “chain reaction” collisions can do immense damage to a number of cars. Imagine that Car One is stopped at a traffic signal, Car Two is stopped behind it, and Car Three is stopped behind Car Two. The driver of Car Four, failing to pay attention to the traffic ahead, strikes the rear of Car Three. The impact pushes Car Three into the rear of Car Two, and Car Two into the rear of Car One. Four cars are damaged, each struck from behind.
In Ohio, a comparative negligence state, legal and financial responsibility belongs exclusively to the driver of Car Four, whose insurance company would normally settle by apportioning the payment of damages between the owners of Cars One, Two, and Three.
Mass collisions, called “pile-ups,” are less frequent than chain collisions; they occur when multiple cars:
- Hit the same patch of ice on the road and crash into one another
- Skid out or hydroplane in water, and all hit a barrier
- Take a curve or hill too quickly in poor visibility, and end up hitting one another
- Are hit by one reckless or intoxicated driver
These are but a few examples of what might cause a multi-car collision. A multitude of other factors could be to blame, such as a distracted driver or an animal leaping into the road.
How an Ohio car accident lawyer can help
Each driver in a multi-car collision is responsible to the owner of the vehicle he or she struck. A knowledgeable Ohio car accident attorney works toward reducing your share of negligence to the minimum possible under the circumstances. The same logic presumably applies to the mass pile-ups that often occur during fog or snowstorms. The causative driver can conceivably end up with one hundred percent responsibility for ten or twenty other cars, although police investigators typically interview all drivers involved concerning their speed and activities as they enter the crash scene, to determine if there was contributory negligence.
Let our Ohio multi-car collision lawyers be your advocate if you are injured in an accident
If you are injured in a multi-car collision, you should leave the details of determining the circumstances of the accident to an experienced Ohio auto accident lawyer from Crandall & Pera Law. The objective of retaining an attorney is to help place you in the “zero responsibility” category and protect your ability to recover damages.
Your auto accident case is important to us. The attorneys at Crandall & Pera Law have are experienced in protecting the interests of people injured in multi-car collisions. Please call us at 1-877-686-8879, or fill out our contact form to schedule a no-obligation consultation. Our offices are conveniently located throughout Ohio in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Chesterland, and Chagrin Falls.