Chain Reaction Car Accidents: Damages and Liability
There is a lot to deal with in the aftermath of a car crash. Besides addressing physical injuries, determining accident liability is one of the most important things to focus on. At-fault parties should be held responsible for the economic and non-economic losses of a collision. Chain reaction car accidents involve multiple parties, so damages tend to be especially high.
Car accident lawyers at Moody Law, P.A., have represented numerous victims of chain reaction car accidents. They understand the degree of damages these collisions can cause, and are prepared to assist individuals in Lakeland, FL, Winter Haven, FL, and surrounding areas in proving liability so that they can pursue the compensation they are due for accident losses.
How Do Chain Reaction Car Accidents Occur?
Chain reaction car accidents involve multiple parties, but it really only takes one reckless or negligent act for these crashes to occur. Chain reaction car accidents start with a single impact - one vehicle crashes into another. The speed that a vehicle is traveling at the time of a crash, along with the weight of the vehicle, determines the force of the accident impact. If the impact is severe enough, the force of the accident can cause the struck vehicle to collide into the vehicle in front of it. Chain reaction car accidents can continue until the force of the impact subsides, or until there are no more nearby vehicles to be struck.
Chain Reaction Accident Damages
Chain reaction car accidents tend to result in the same types of damages as other collisions. Individuals involved in chain reaction car accidents can suffer injuries that lead to losses such as:
- Medical expenses
- Cost of continuing therapy or rehabilitation
- Loss of income
- Diminished wage earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
The thing that sets chain reaction accident damages apart is the fact that the losses can be multiplied depending on how many vehicles are involved in the crash, and how many people are injured. Individuals involved in the first impact of a chain reaction car accident are likely to suffer the greatest damages, since the impact of the accident is strongest for them, but even drivers who are several cars down can suffer injuries such as whiplash or soft tissue damage that can lead to significant physical, emotional, and financial losses.
Who Is Liable for Damages?
In many cases, the driver who is responsible for the initial impact of a multi-vehicle crash is found liable for the entirety of accident damages. However, that is not always the case. If another driver acts negligently and contributes to furthering accident damages, they may share partial liability for the crash. Our Lakeland attorneys evaluate evidence such as road conditions, witness testimony, accident damages, and police reports, so that we can demonstrate accident liability and hold at-fault parties accountable for crash damages.
If you have been injured in a chain reaction car accident, Daniel D. Moody and the legal team at Moody Law, P.A. can help you consider whether there are grounds for a personal injury claim. To schedule a personal consultation and discuss the details of your crash, contact our practice online, or call us at (863) 284-9090.