Multi-Car (Pile-Up) Accident Lawyer
Beaumont Personal Injury Attorney for Car Crash Victims
Multi-car crashes, often called pile-ups, occur when one driver’s mistake (or multiple drivers’) balloons into something catastrophic. Pile-ups can involve large trucks or vans crashing across multiple lanes of traffic, or a series of smaller vehicle crashes resulting from one sudden incident. Drivers and passengers caught in the mix are liable to suffer serious injury or worse.
If you’ve been involved in a multi-car collision, you need fast, effective legal assistance. Pile-ups can involve any number of drivers, passengers, witnesses, and other interested parties. Sorting through what happened, who is to blame, and how to seek compensation for your medical bills and other damages can be an incredibly complex, challenging process.
The Texas multi-car crash lawyer at Gilbert Adams Law Offices is ready to help you. Our catastrophic car accident attorney will conduct an investigation, gather all relevant evidence, identify the responsible parties, file your claims, and fight to ensure that you get the monetary recovery you are owed for the harm you have suffered.
How Do Multi-Car Pile-Ups Happen?
Multi-vehicle crashes can happen for any number of reasons and often occur due to a combination of factors. At the Gilbert Adams Law Offices, our seasoned multi-car crash lawyer helps victims recover damages after accidents caused by any number of factors, including the following:
Large truck crash. When a large truck driver loses control, they can take several other vehicles with them. A jack-knife accident, for example, occurs when the truck bed winds up perpendicular to the truck cab. The bed can swing into multiple lanes of traffic, colliding with or being hit by a multitude of vehicles in the other lanes.
Inclement weather and road conditions. Weather and road conditions can quickly turn one accident into a pile-up. Fog, snow, and rain can impact visibility, preventing drivers from seeing an existing wreck before colliding with one of the crashed vehicles. Wet and icy roads can impact braking distance and driver control, leading to additional collisions. Drivers dealing with inclement weather conditions should take additional care, including driving below the posted speed limit where appropriate.
Distracted drivers. Driving while texting or while being otherwise distracted can cause the initial impact, but it also greatly increases the chance of a multi-car pileup. Texting drivers will have a delayed reaction to an accident that occurs in front of them, giving them less time to brake or swerve and avoid worsening the crash.
Speeding. Drivers who speed will have less opportunity to brake or swerve should a sudden collision occur in front of them. Slamming the brakes or swerving can also lead to another crash, should the driver be traveling at excess speeds and lose control.
Rubbernecking. Drivers who slow or stop to gawk at an accident on a busy thoroughfare are likely to cause an additional crash due to their own distraction and the hazard of their vehicle traveling outside of the speed of traffic.
Who is Liable After a Multi-Car Crash?
Determining fault after a multi-vehicle crash is a complex process. In a two-vehicle accident, such as a rear-end collision, the driver in the rear is typically to blame. If more vehicles become involved, the blame may rest on the driver who originally caused the crash. If, however, additional parties were negligent and caused subsequent crashes to occur, those additional parties may be at least partially to blame.
Apportioning fault requires reconstructing the circumstances of the accident and determining who made what mistakes and when. A seasoned auto accident lawyer can work with traffic and accident reconstruction experts to build an accurate picture of how a multi-car pileup occurred in order to establish liability.
Call for Help With Your Injury Claims After a Texas Multi-Car Pile-Up Crash
If you or a loved one has been injured or worse in a multiple-vehicle crash caused by negligent drivers in Texas, contact the Gilbert Adams Law Offices in Beaumont at 409-835-3000 for a free consultation with a knowledgeable and thorough Texas auto accident attorney.