A chain reaction car accident involves a minimum of three cars. Other terms often used to describe this accident include multi-vehicle collision and pileup. A chain reaction accident occurs exactly as the name implies – one of the cars has an accident that causes others also to crash. Most often, the result is a series of rear-end collisions; however, vehicles traveling in other directions can also be involved. Determining liability in a chain reaction car accident is often complex and comes down to the unique circumstances of each accident.
A chain reaction accident can stem from one initial crash caused by the first driver, or there could be multiple people at fault. For example, Driver A was distracted and braked suddenly to avoid a pedestrian. Still, Driver B was tailgating and hit Driver A. Driver C was too drunk to notice what was happening ahead and crashed into Drivers A and B. This is just one of many scenarios in which drivers may share liability for a multi-vehicle collision. In Delaware, as long as you are not more than 50 percent at fault for the accident, you may be eligible to recover damages.
At the accident scene, the police will investigate and make a detailed report of the circumstances surrounding the crash. In addition to the police report, you will want to gather as much information and evidence as possible. This includes detailed photographs of all the vehicles from multiple angles to show damage and where the cars collided. Make a note of any skid marks on the road, and as for any accident, trade contact and insurance information with the other drivers. Then contact a lawyer who can investigate what happened and advocate for your right to compensation.
Heavy fog, blinding snow, or slick roads can be major factors in chain reaction accidents. It just takes one driver error to cause a series of unavoidable collisions. This underscores the importance of leaving enough following room when traveling in inclement weather.
However, not all chain reaction car accidents are related to weather conditions. They can happen due to the following:
Determining fault in chain reaction car accidents is complex, but you do not have to face the situation alone. Contact our Wilmington car accident lawyers at Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. Call us at 302-656-5445 today or complete our online form to schedule a free consultation. Located in Wilmington and Millsboro, Delaware, we represent clients in Dover, New Castle County, and Sussex County.