Charlotte Multi-Car Accident Attorney
In North Carolina, almost half of all fatal car accidents involve more than two vehicles. Multi-car crashes, also known as pile-up accidents, are extremely dangerous and deadly.
A multi-vehicle accident can involve as few as three automobiles, or, in the worst-case scenario, several dozen. Due to the number of motor vehicles involved, multi-car collisions often result in multi-million-dollar settlements and wrongful death lawsuits.
More often than not, motor vehicle accidents involving multiple cars lead to complicated legal battles. If you have found yourself in the midst of one, talk to our Charlotte car accident attorney at Brown Moore & Associates, PLLC.
Where Do Multi-Vehicle Accidents Occur?
Some of the most common pile-up accident crash sites include:
Intersections: Running red lights, failure to yield the right of way, and failure to maintain a safe distance are the top causes of multi-car accidents at intersections.
Highways: Due to the high levels of speed and a large number of vehicles on highways, pile-up collisions on highways are a common occurrence in Charlotte and elsewhere in North Carolina. Such factors as distracted driving, speeding, and drunk driving contribute to highway pileups.
Rear-end accidents: A rear-end collision can lead to a multi-vehicle crash on both rural and urban roads. Rear-end crashes are known for their tendency to cause a chain reaction.
Cross-lane accidents: The scenario where a vehicle veers into the oncoming traffic and causes a multi-vehicle crash is all-too-common in North Carolina, especially when there are no guardrails and traffic barriers between the vehicles traveling in opposite directions.
Risks Associated with Pile-Up Accidents
Getting into a multi-car accident can be much more dangerous than being in a regular car crash involving only two vehicles. Due to the increased number of vehicles involved, it is not uncommon to suffer life-threatening injuries because a vehicle is being struck multiple times from different sides, aggravating their injuries each time a new vehicle hits their vehicle.
Here are the common risks associated with multi-vehicle crashes:
- High risk of severe injury or death;
- Fires and explosions (because a vehicle can be struck numerous times, pile-up crashes are associated with more vehicle damage, which increases the risk of fire and explosion);
- A blocked path for emergency vehicles (emergency vehicles and paramedics take longer to arrive at the pile-up accident scene due to blocked pathways, which further increases the likelihood of serious injury or death); and
- Exiting the vehicle (many victims of pile-up crashes are trapped inside their vehicles for a prolonged period of time because they cannot exit their vehicle or doing so would put their life at risk. This factor alone can lead to fatalities if there are fires or explosions).
How to Determine Liability in a Multi-Vehicle Accident?
Determining fault in a multi-car accident can be tough due to the number of motorists involved. Every driver will be attempting to shift the blame onto another party, which can complicate the process of establishing fault.
North Carolina is one of the few states that still follow the outdated doctrine of contributory negligence. The doctrine makes it even more problematic to (a) determine liability and (b) recover damages in the event of a multi-vehicle crash.
What contributory negligence does is it bars an individual from seeking compensation if he or she contributed to their own damages and losses. As you can imagine, the importance of hiring an attorney is even greater in crashes involving multiple vehicles because neither party will admit that they acted in a negligent manner.
Get a free case evaluation by contacting Brown Moore & Associates, PLLC, today. Let our knowledgeable and detail-oriented Charlotte multi-car accident lawyers help you determine liability and prove the other party’s fault in a multi-vehicle crash. Call at 704-335-1500 (local) or 800-948-0577 (toll-free).