When more than two vehicles are involved in an accident, determining liability is often more challenging, and every driver may prove at-fault to some degree. Under New Jersey’s comparative negligence law, every party involved in the accident receives a fault percentage, based on their level of accident liability. If a driver is less than 50 percent at-fault for the accident, they may still receive compensation. If the driver is deemed more than 60 percent responsible for the accident, they may find themselves liable for all damages.
The most common types of multi-vehicle accidents include:
Multi-vehicle accidents occur more often on certain roadways. On highways, multi-vehicle accidents happen because there is no place for a car, traveling at a high speed, to go when a collision occurs right in front of it. A driver hitting the brakes at a high speed or swerving suddenly can instigate a pile-up. Multiple vehicles tend to collide in inclement weather, especially when visibility is poor or in icy and slippery conditions when cars slide all over the roadway. When cars are not keeping an adequate distance apart, a multi-vehicle collision is more likely to occur.
It is always crucial to preserve as much evidence as possible after a car accident, and this evidence can help determine which driver is primarily at-fault for the crash. Take photos or videos of the scene and obtain contact information from witnesses, as well as other drivers. The police report plays a vital role in fault determination. While you should give the police the facts regarding the accident as you recall them, do not admit fault at the scene. There is always the possibility that some other action resulted in the collision, an action of which you were unaware.
If you or a loved one was injured in a multi-vehicle auto accident, you need the services of the experienced Eatontown injury lawyers at Fox & Melofchik, L.L.C. We will hold the negligent party liable for your injuries so that you can focus on your recovery. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 732-493-9400 today.
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