Multi Car Accidents
When one driver loses control of his or her vehicle, it can quickly set off a chain of events that leads to a multi-car accident. Accidents involving more than two cars often cause significant damage and injuries. In multi-vehicle accidents, it often is not initially clear who is responsible for causing the accident, and sometimes the negligent actions of more than one driver are to blame. If you sustained harm due to a multi-car accident, you should consult a seasoned New Hampshire car accident lawyer to discuss your right to pursue compensation from the responsible parties. The attorneys at Peter Thompson and Associates collectively have more than 60 years’ experience representing people injured in multi-car accidents in lawsuits seeking damages for their harm. We thoroughly assess the facts and evidence to set forth a case that provides a client with a strong chance of recovery.Causes of Multi-Vehicle Accidents
Multi-vehicle accidents are typically caused by the negligence of at least one driver. For example, a driver who is speeding may lose control of his or her vehicle and rear-end a second driver. If the second driver is following too closely behind a third driver, it may cause the second driver to then rear-end the third driver. Or a driver may abruptly change lanes without signaling, causing drivers in the lane that he or she enters to stop suddenly, leading to rear-end collisions. In some cases, the weather may create slippery conditions that play a part in causing multi-vehicle accidents.Determining Liability for Multi-Car Accidents
Most car accident cases allege that the negligence of a driver caused an accident to occur, and therefore that driver should be held responsible. To recover damages under a theory of negligence, you must show that another party owed you a duty and that the party breached the duty. You must then show that the breach caused the accident and that you suffered actual damages due to the accident.
In accidents involving two cars, it is usually easy to determine which driver’s actions caused the accident to occur. Multi-vehicle accidents present more of a challenge in terms of assessing liability, however, since there is typically more than one driver who breached the duty to drive in a safe manner, and one or more of the parties involved may be both harmed by the accident and partially responsible for causing the accident. If you were injured in a multi-vehicle accident and bear a percentage of the fault for causing the accident, it does not automatically bar you from recovering damages. As long as you are found to be 50% or less at fault, you may be awarded damages for your harm. A skilled New Hampshire attorney can evaluate any hurdles to your recovery and help you set forth a strong argument that you should be granted compensation.Damages Typically Pursued in Multi-Vehicle Accident Cases
Multi-car accidents can result in exorbitant costs to treat injuries and repair damaged vehicles. The damages awarded in a car accident case are intended to help you return to your pre-accident status. Damages typically awarded include the cost of any treatment for injuries sustained in the accident, which includes the cost of prescriptions. If you will need treatment for your injuries in the future, you may be awarded damages for the cost of that treatment as well. You may also be able to recover the costs incurred to repair any damage to your car. If you were unable to work following the accident, you may be able to recover damages for the loss of income caused by your injuries. In addition to the actual financial costs caused by the accident, injured parties typically seek compensation for pain and suffering caused by the accident. If you were married when the accident occurred, your spouse may also be able to pursue damages.Consult a New Hampshire Attorney Experienced in Multi-Vehicle Accident Cases
If you were involved in a multi-vehicle accident, you should consult an experienced car accident attorney to discuss whether you may be able to recover damages for any harm that you sustained due to the accident. The attorneys at Peter Thompson and Associates have the knowledge and experience needed to navigate the complexities that arise in multi-vehicle crash cases and will aggressively pursue any damages that you may be owed. We have a strong history of obtaining favorable verdicts in New Hampshire car accident cases. Our offices are located in Bedford, Nashua, Portsmouth, and Manchester, New Hampshire, and we represent victims throughout the state. Contact us at 800.804.2004 or through our form online to schedule a consultation.