Liability in three-car crashes seems that it would be a rare matter. Yet three-car crashes are far more common than many people think. Three-car crashes are typically more serious and stressful than many people think. By definition, three-car crashes increase the number of people involved, the damages to involved vehicles, and the number and severity of injuries sustained. Sorting out liability issues in these crashes is also more complicated than two-vehicle auto accidents.
We have all seen chain-reaction crashes (at least on TV). We know how easily cars pile up when an icy road causes a driver to lose control of a vehicle. Many of us have also seen the kind of crash that can occur when a driver swerves to avoid hitting an animal. It takes little imagination to understand crashes of this kind. When traveling at a high rate of speed it becomes more difficult to stop in time to prevent a highway crash. When we see the end result of a crash, we see vehicle rollovers, stacked cars, and a range of damages that seem incomprehensible. How do we look at the aftermath and ascertain how the accident occurred and which driver was at fault? Many other factors can enter into the cause of the accident: speeding, drunk driving, distracted driving, visibility issues, weather, and more. [Read more…]