Multi-Vehicle Accidents & Pileups
Car accidents are dangerous and frightening enough when two cars are involved. When you start adding additional vehicles into the mix, however, things can quickly get out of hand. Multi-vehicle accidents and pileups are as dangerous as their claims tend to be complicated. If a multi-vehicle accident or pileup leaves you or someone you care about injured, don’t take matters into your own hands – seek the professional legal counsel of an experienced NYC car accident attorney that you need.
The determination of fault in any car accident can be tricky, but the more cars that are involved, the more complex the matter becomes. Every motorist is responsible for driving safely in relation to what he or she actually encounters on the road, and this means that if you come across an obstacle ahead that absolutely bars your forward movement, it is your responsibility to come to a safe stop – and it is the responsibility of all rear traffic to safely respond to your response. In other words, we are not guaranteed smooth sailing ahead when we get behind the wheel, and each of us must do all of the following to help ensure that we’re prepared to safely react to whatever comes our way:
- Drive at a safe speed that takes the condition of the road and the effects of adverse weather into consideration
- Allow ourselves enough room on the road to safely come to an abrupt stop in an emergency
- Remain alert to changes in the flow of traffic and be prepared to slow down and/or stop suddenly if necessary
Ultimately, those responsible for multi-car accidents and pileups tend to be those motorists who fail to remain alert and who aren’t prepared to respond safely to whatever they encounter on the roadway.
Sometimes, multi-vehicle accidents and pileups are caused when a rear motorist plows into slowing traffic and causes multiple forward cars to crash into one another. In other instances, however, the fault is shared. For example, if you come across an accident ahead that was caused by a driver’s negligence, you’ll need to slow in response to that accident. If a rear driver, however, plows forward with no regard for the obstacle ahead, this rear driver can share responsibility with the forward negligent driver for any motorists – like you – who get caught in between the two negligent drivers. To make matters more complicated still, the negligence of drivers caught in the middle can also contribute to the severity of the pileup.
An Experienced New York City Car Accident Attorney Can Help
Multi-vehicle accidents and pileups are exceptionally dangerous accidents that often require more careful legal attention. The resourceful car accident attorneys at Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman in New York City understand how serious your situation is and are committed to employing the full force of their impressive experience in pursuit of your claim’s optimal outcome. To learn more about how we can help you, please don’t wait to contact or call us at 212-285-3300 today.