Depending on the severity, chain reaction accidents can have catastrophic consequences for everyone involved. If you or a loved one has been injured in a chain reaction car accident, you need to consult a Massachusetts car accident attorney who can protect your rights. At Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., our experienced attorney can vigorously advocate for you throughout the entire process. With years of experience, we understand how to identify the at-fault parties and establish their liability in front of a judge or jury.
Chain reaction accidents, also known as multi-vehicle accidents or pile-up accidents, occur when more than two cars hit each other in a chain of rear-end accidents. A chain reaction typically begins with a single collision. The first car collides with the car ahead of it, which loses control and strikes another car, and potentially another and so on. The following examples are common types of chain reaction collisions:
- Two or more cars are stopped at an intersection when a vehicle hits the last car in the line, causing that car to crash into the one ahead of it and creating a domino effect.
- A driver is forced to slam on their brakes to avoid a collision or fender bender ahead but cannot stop in time; the vehicle behind the car is forced to do the same thing and ends up hitting the car. In this way, a number of cars could be involved in an accident.
Sadly, chain reaction accidents are quite common. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 15,000 people are killed in chain reaction accidents each year. Data from the NHTSA also reveal that approximately 57.2 percent of auto accidents involve two or more vehicles, while 12 percent of accidents involve three or more automobiles.
While a chain reaction accident can be a single driver’s fault, a chain reaction accident may involve instances of carelessness or recklessness by multiple drivers. Under state law, drivers owe one another a duty of care on the road, requiring them to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner. When a driver engages in dangerous behavior behind the wheel, causing a chain reaction accident, that driver may be legally liable for any resulting property damage or bodily injuries under the legal theory of negligence. For example, if a driver causes an accident and injuries by failing to maintain a safe following distance and rear-ending another car, that driver will likely be considered negligent. This is because the driver’s dangerous behavior (i.e., following too closely) was a direct cause of the accident and injury.
Determining liability in chain reaction accidents can be quite complicated. If you or someone close to you has been injured in one of these accidents, you need to reach out to a seasoned Massachusetts car accident attorney who can help. AtBarry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., we are committed to holding negligent parties accountable for the harm that they cause. With extensive experience in virtually all aspects of personal injury law, you can trust we will try to secure the compensation you deserve for your harm. You can reach us via telephone at 1-800-262-9200 or contact us online.
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