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Vehicle accidents occur all the time throughout California. In most cases, these crashes involve two vehicles, but there are times when multi-vehicle collisions occur. Anytime a vehicle accident involves more than two vehicles, determining liability can become incredibly difficult. Often, an investigation uncovers that multiple drivers were negligent in causing the incident. Here, we want to discuss how liability is determined after a multi-vehicle accident in California.
In most cases, the driver who initiated the first impact in a collision is going to be the person at fault. However, that will not always be the case. There are other instances in which other drivers or even public agencies or companies could share fault for a collision. The key to determining fault is to show which party or parties were negligent.
There are various types of collisions that occur that can involve multiple vehicles. This includes rear-end collisions, side-impact collisions, and head-on collisions.
In some cases, there may be more than one party at fault in a multi-car crash in California. When this occurs, even parties who are partially at fault can recover compensation for their losses. That is because California operates under a “pure comparative negligence” system in which injured parties can recover compensation even if they are up to 99% at fault for the incident. However, the total amount of compensation a person receives will be reduced based on their percentage of fault.
For example, suppose Driver B rear-ends Driver A who stopped to let a pedestrian cross the road. Driver C strikes Driver B from behind because Driver B came to a sudden halt after striking Driver A. In this scenario, it may be determined that Driver B was at fault for striking Driver A. Driver C may also share fault for their part of the collision, though perhaps not complete fault. In this scenario, Driver C may be found to be 50% at fault for their part of the collision.
Multi-vehicle collisions can be incredibly complicated when it comes to securing compensation. You should work with a skilled Orange County car accident attorney who can help obtain evidence and determine fault so that you receive all compensation you are entitled to.