Multi-vehicle Accident Lawyers in Colorado
Trial-Tested Legal Representation for Multi-Vehicle Collisions
If you have been in a two-vehicle car accident, you already know how complicated
the process can be when establishing liability and pursuing compensation.
The more vehicles that are involved in a crash, the more complex it becomes.
legal representation in a multi-vehicle accident, you can turn to Clawson & Clawson, LLP.
Our team of Colorado Springs personal injury lawyers have more than a
century’s worth of legal experience, so you can rest easy knowing that we will not
be blindsided or confused by your multi-vehicle accident case.
Call us at
(719) 602-5888 for details about our services.
Determining Liability in Multi-Vehicle Crashes
After being in a
traffic collision that involves multiple drivers, you will have multiple “suspects”
to investigate. Someone there caused the accident and they should be responsible
to pay for the resulting damages. It is also likely that more than one
person made a mistake that triggered the accident; in such a scenario,
liability should be split between them.
When investigating a multi-vehicle crash, the following evidence can prove
to be incredibly useful:
Eyewitness testimonies: Relying on the statements of the drivers in a multi-vehicle crash is not
ideal, as most will know that a great sum of money is on the line and
do what they can to stay away from liability. You will probably find more
honest accounts of what happened from people on the street and other drivers
who did not get hit.
Reports from responders: Police officers, firefighters, and paramedics that arrive on the scene
to help will represent neutral third-parties that are only interested
in peoples’ safety, not who is liable. With this said, you can gather
their official reports afterwards for what should prove to be an unbiased
recollection of what happened and who, if anyone, admitted liability.
Security cameras: Many multi-vehicle accidents occur at busy intersections that are monitored
at all times by security and traffic cameras. If you can access the feed
that was recording at the time of the collision, it could be a goldmine
of evidence to use to your advantage. You may need to speak with someone
at city hall to get that footage, though.
Back Your Case with Professionals
During some multi-vehicle accident cases, it can really start to feel like
a free-for-all as multiple liable parties to try shirk liability. When
so much is on the line and the opposition is so multifaceted, your best
decision might be to hire a personal injury lawyer right away.
Come see what our
Colorado Springs car accident attorneys bring to the table by
contacting us at your first opportunity.
Multivehicle Accident Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. Can you sue multiple drivers for a single accident?
One of the biggest obstacles of a multivehicle accident is the fact that
you might need to file a claim against multiple drivers if the circumstances
make it unreasonable or impossible to file a single claim that names multiple
defendants. Managing one claim is difficult for people who are not familiar
with the process or state liability laws. Managing several claims at once
can feel all but undoable. It is highly recommended that you work with
a car accident attorney as soon as possible after being in a multivehicle
accident, so you can put a seasoned legal professional in charge of your
case who knows how to handle several claims for a single accident.
2. What happens when two drivers who hit you have the same auto insurance provider?
The chances of being hit by more than one driver who all bought insurance
from the same company are slim, but not zero. If it turns out that every
driver in your case has the same auto insurance provider, then your multivehicle
accident case could be a bit simpler than it could have been. Your attorney
might file a single claim with multiple defendants and instruct the insurance
company to decide which driver’s policy should pay for what percentage
of the owed compensation. In other words, your lawyer might professionally
tell the insurer to “figure it out” because liability for
the crash is owed entirely to their policyholders.
3. Can you get the same compensation from different defendants?
You cannot receive the same compensation from different defendants or policies
in a multivehicle accident claim. For example, if one defendant’s
policy pays for your entire vehicle repairs that totaled $10,000, then
another defendant’s policy cannot pay for even $1 of vehicle repairs
because that damage has already been fully covered. This rule prevents
“double-dipping” for damages, as it is sometimes called.
4. Where do multivehicle accidents happen the most?
Intersections are often the sites of multivehicle accidents, especially
when a crash is caused by someone running a red light. The force of the
impact can throw the first car struck into another driver who is waiting
at the intersection. Multivehicle accidents are also common on highways
when traffic jams occur abruptly. An inattentive driver can crash into
the back of the car in front of them, shoving them into the car in front
of them, making a domino effect of collisions. Or there could be a series
of rear-end accidents if too many drivers are tailgating when traffic
brings them to a halt.
5. If you’re partially liable for a multivehicle crash, can you still
file a claim?
Colorado has a modified comparative negligence rule when considering fault
in auto accidents. It is an important rule for multivehicle accidents
because it could allow you to still file a claim even if you are found
to be partially at fault for the collision. As long as your fault is less
than the combined fault of all other involved parties, you can still file
a claim. For example, you are in a crash with three other drivers. You
are determined to be 20% at fault, so you can file a claim against as
many parties as needed to pursue 80% of your owed damages.