Understanding Chain Reaction Car Accidents
Chain reaction car accidents can cause serious injuries and lots of damage when three or more cars are involved. A car accident lawyer can help injured drivers and their passengers get fairly compensated for their injuries.
At Reed & Terry, L.L.P., our attorneys understand the complexities of chain reaction car accidents in Sugar Land, Katy, and Richmond, TX. If you have been involved in a chain reaction car accident, we encourage you to schedule a consultation to find out how we can help with your accident claim.
About Chain Reaction Car Accidents
A chain reaction car accident is an accident that involves three or more vehicles. One or more drivers may be at fault.
Cars involved in chain reaction accidents may be damaged in multiple places. A car in the middle of the chain reaction often gets damaged in the front from hitting the vehicle in front of it. It may also be damaged at the back from another vehicle hitting its rear.
Causes of Chain Reaction Car Accidents
Chain reaction car accidents can happen anywhere where multiple cars are driving near each other. They are more likely in areas of high traffic, like on highways or interstates. Chain reaction car accidents can happen for several reasons. Some of the most common causes include:
- Bad weather conditions: Bad weather conditions, like fog, rain and icy roads, can make it difficult to see/ This weather also makes roads slippery. When drivers can’t see ahead of them or the roads are slick they are more likely to be involved in a chain reaction accident.
- Distracted driving: Distracted driving is when someone does something else at the same time they’re driving, like looking at their phone to text, or talking to a passenger. When drivers are distracted, they may not see an accident in front of them soon enough to stop in time. This can cause a chain reaction accident.
- Driving under the influence: Driving after drinking alcohol or using drugs causes people to make bad decisions, and makes it harder for them to drive safely.
- Speeding: Drivers who speed may not be able to stop in time to avoid hitting another vehicle, or may be unable to stop in time to avoid an accident that happened in front of them.
Who’s At Fault?
Determining fault in a chain reaction car accident can be difficult, especially when many cars were involved. Usually police will speak to everyone involved in the accident to figure out what happened and who was at fault.
It’s common for more than one driver to be at fault in a chain reaction accident. For example, if several drivers were unable to stop because they were speeding or distracted, they would all share some fault in the accident.
Seek Compensation for Damages
Seeking compensation for damages in a chain reaction accident can be complicated when more than one driver is at fault. This is why it’s extremely beneficial for those who have been involved in a chain reaction accident to speak with an attorney.
A car accident attorney can help determine fault through reviewing police reports and speaking with eye witnesses. An attorney can even help those who are partially at fault recover compensation for their injuries and damages.
Contact the Attorneys of Reed & Terry, L.L.P.
If you have been injured in a chain reaction car accident, it’s important to talk to an attorney. Schedule a consultation online with the attorneys of Reed & Terry, L.L.P., or call our law firm at (281) 491-5000.