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Determining who was responsible in multi-car crashes

Multi-vehicle collisions can result in serious injuries for all parties involved; it can also be a legal nightmare as the victims and their attorneys try to determine who was at fault and to what degree. Montana residents can consider the following outline, which gives a few basics about determining fault. They may want a lawyer to assist with the gathering of evidence that supports the determination.

Most multi-vehicle incidents involve one rear-end collision after another. Drivers A and B may be stopped at a light, one behind the other, when Driver C, who is perhaps distracted or drunk, slams into Driver B. Driver B then collides with Driver A. In this situation, since Driver B did nothing wrong but was forced into Driver A, both Drivers A and B can pursue an injury claim against Driver C.

Say, however, that the three are traveling on the highway. Driver B is following too closely to Driver A, and Driver C is also tailgating Driver B. Should Driver A brake hard for a well-founded reason, Driver B will collide into him or her, and Driver C will add to the force of the impact. Driver A may then hold both drivers accountable. As a side note, even Driver B might be able to file against Driver C.

In Montana, victims of car accidents must be less at fault than the other side to be eligible for compensation. With a personal injury lawyer, victims might have access to a network of crash investigators, crash reconstruction experts and medical professionals. The lawyer may handle all negotiations with the auto insurance companies, litigating as a last resort. If successful, victims might be reimbursed for their medical expenses both past and future, lost income, pain and suffering and emotional trauma.

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