Determining who was at fault in a multi-car crash

Car crash victims in West Virginia must determine fault before they consider filing a claim against the driver they believe was responsible. It's a difficult process, especially when victims were involved in a multi-vehicle collision. There are a few ways fault could be determined in such an accident.

Let's say that three drivers were involved in a series of rear-end collisions. Driver A, at the front, may have suddenly applied the brakes to avoid danger but was rear-ended because Driver B was tailgating (a clearly negligent act). But perhaps Driver B was, in turn, being tailgated by Driver C. In that case, Driver A may hold Drivers B and C accountable. At the same time, Driver B may hold Driver C accountable despite being partially to blame for Driver A's injuries and other losses.

If Driver C was tailgating and Driver B was not, then Driver A may pursue a claim against Driver C only. After all, Driver B was forced into Driver A and not through any negligent act of his or her own.

Proving negligence may require legal assistance. For example, the plaintiff might need to use police reports, eyewitness testimony (including the other drivers') and evidence found at the crash site (such as vehicle debris and skid marks).

Tailgating, speeding, distracted driving and drowsy driving are just a few forms of negligence. Someone injured at the hands of a negligent driver may hire a lawyer for assistance with their claim. In West Virginia, plaintiffs can recover damages as long as they are less than 50% at fault for the crash. The lawyer may bring in crash investigators and other professionals in the effort to strengthen the case. That way, there may be a better chance of a fair settlement.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Tell Us About Your Legal Issue

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

This site uses Google's Invisible reCAPTCHA, which is subject to Google's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Email Us For A Response

Three Convenient Office Locations

Charleston Office
746 Myrtle Rd
Charleston, WV 25314

Toll Free: 866-587-0167
Toll Free: 866-587-0167
Phone: 304-881-0637
Phone: 304-881-0637
Charleston Law Office Map

Beckley Office
101 N. Kanawha St
Suite 101
Beckley, WV 25801

Toll Free: 866-587-0167
Toll Free: 866-587-0167
Phone: 304-881-0637
Phone: 304-881-0637
Beckley Law Office Map

Morgantown Office
453 Suncrest Towne Centre Drive
Suite 300
Morgantown, WV 26505

Toll Free: 866-587-0167
Toll Free: 866-587-0167
Phone: 304-881-0637
Phone: 304-881-0637
Morgantown Law Office Map

Get Answers Today
Get The Answers You Need And The Advice You Deserve