Georgia Car Wreck Attorneys Discuss Liability In Multi-Vehicle Crashes
Our Georgia Car Wreck Attorneys Discuss the Process of Proving Liability in Multi-Vehicle Crashes
A multi-vehicle accident presents unique challenges in a claim for damages. Liability for the accident can fall on one or more negligent drivers. Always, it depends on the circumstances, and each case is different. One should not automatically assume that there is only one driver responsible for the damages. Many accidents require a thorough examination and analysis of every detail in order to ascertain fault, but in many others, liability is clear. At Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, our Georgia car wreck attorneys bring their experience and knowledge by handling scores of multi-vehicle crashes for their injured clients.
Sometimes, it is easy to determine who the at-fault driver is, such as in rear-end collisions and even in accidents that involve a driver pulling out in front of another vehicle. Multi-vehicle accidents can also involve a number of cars crashing into each other, and others can involve a chain reaction type of crash. In a chain reaction, the last car in a line of vehicles hits the car in front of it and propels that one into the next one and so forth. While it stands to reason that the operator of the last car in line might bear the responsibility for the crash, other drivers might be liable too, such as when one vehicle rear-ends the vehicle in front of it before being rear-ended itself.
Under Georgia law, people who are responsible for injuries are called tortfeasors. An individual who files a claim against several drivers for injuries can recover damages for all who are responsible for the damage. Each person is only liable for the proportional amount of damage he or she caused and not the full amount unless the people acted in concert, or together, rather than in a series of independent actions.
Auto insurance policies necessitate approporitioning damages among those liable for the accident. Most auto insurance policies have a maximum payout on a per-accident basis. For example, Georgia's statutory minimum of liability insurance limits would cover one person for a sum not to exceed $25,000 and have a per accident maximum of $50,000. By those terms, a victim of a multi-vehicle crash might need to share a portion of the $50,000 maximum coverage. However, if a thorough investigation revealed another driver who was at fault for some part of the accident, then the crash victims, including both drivers and passengers, would have two policies from which they can potentially seek compensation. Moreover, if a victim carried uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage, even more money can be available to compensate the injured person. This is why it is not only vital for an accident attorney to have the resources and capability to investigate the existence of multiple tortfeasors, but also ALL avenues of recovery.
Multi-vehicle crashes, especially chain reaction wrecks, can cause serious injuries and death to those caught in the middle. In a typical car crash, the victim normally suffers three impacts. First, the vehicle strikes an object. The car slows immediately, but the occupant's body keeps moving until it is slowed by hitting the seatbelt or another object. The third collision happens inside the body. The skeletomuscular frame stops, but the organs and brain keep moving until stopped after colliding with the body. However, in an accident involving multiple collisions, that process can repeat every time something strikes the victim's vehicle. The head and neck are particularly vulnerable in chain reaction collisions. The forces of impact violently throw the passenger's head and neck around, even if restrained and in a car with air bags. Whiplash, concussions, soft-tissue injuries, and herniated discs are prevelant in chain reaction collisions.
Tortfeasors can be liable to you for various damages. Those damages include medical bills, future medical expenses, lost wages, loss of future earnings potential, and Pain and Suffering.
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