Multi-vehicle pileups can be extremely scary, and they often result in
serious injuries. It can be difficult to determine who is at fault for
a multi-vehicle accident, and police reports must take note of an overwhelming
amount of evidence at the scene during the investigation. Whether your
wreck involved 3 cars or 10, it is important to understand your options
for pursuing compensation.
In general, there are 2 legal concepts related to liability in multi-vehicle
Comparative negligence. Comparative negligence is used by a majority of states when determining
settlement awards in multi-vehicle crashes. Basically, you will be entitled
to compensation based on your degree of fault in the accident. For example,
if a court determines your total award equals $10,000, and you are found
to be 50% at fault for the multi-vehicle accident, you will only be able
to get $5,000 in compensation. Comparative negligence depends on evidence
to prove who is responsible for the injuries and damages caused by the
accident. However, even if you are deemed 90% at fault, you will still
be able to obtain a settlement, just the same as if you were deemed 1% at fault.
Contributory negligence. This law is only used in a few states today. These include Maryland,
Alabama, Virginia, and North Carolina. This law states that no one who
is responsible for an accident may obtain a settlement. This means, whether
you are deemed 90% or just 1% responsible for the crash, you will not
be able to get compensation. Only people who are completely innocent of
the accident may receive a financial settlement for their injuries. This
rule is much stricter than comparative negligence, and it is important
to conduct a thorough investigation to determine who is responsible for
a multi-vehicle accident.
Washington D.C. Is a Contributory Negligence State
If you are injured in a multi-vehicle accident in D.C., it is important
to avoid admitting guilt to police officers, insurance companies, or anyone
else. Should you be deemed at-fault for the accident in any degree, you
will be unable to pursue compensation, even if your settlement award would
have been large. However, if the court determines that you are innocent
of the accident, you may be able to get a settlement for medical bills,
lost wages, loss of future earning potential, pain and suffering, and
Simeone & Miller, LLP Is Here to Help
At our firm, we are committed to providing informative, tenacious legal
services to injured clients. Whatever your situation, we can discuss your
options and walk you through the legal process. Our D.C.
car accident attorneys can listen to your concerns, pay attention to the small details,
conduct an investigation to gather evidence, and represent your case in
court. We pride ourselves on finding effective legal strategies to help
our clients pursue the compensation they deserve.
If you have been injured in a multi-vehicle accident, contact us
today and discuss your case. Take advantage of our free case evaluations
to learn how we can help.