Multiple Vehicle & Chain Reaction Collisions
Maine car accident attorneys in Briggs & Wholey understand the hardships created by a serious car accident. Our attorneys and staff know the difficulties that injured clients face in their daily routines, trying to accomplish basic tasks with limited mobility and/or financial resources. Because we appreciate the emotional, physical, and financial strain our clients face, we aggressively fight for every single cent of deserved compensation. Chain reaction or multiple vehicle car accidents are horrific events that can lead to devastating physical injuries and staggering financial problems.Chain Reaction Car Accidents Can Have Many Causes
Multiple vehicle or chain reaction car accidents, or “pile-ups,” are some of the deadliest car accidents that can occur. Often, chain reaction accidents take place on highways, where it is much more difficult to slow down or react quickly due to higher vehicle speeds. For example, the lead car in a long line of traffic often comes to a sudden stop, causing the cars behind it to suddenly brake in an attempt to slow down or avoid collision. Congested traffic makes avoidance harder to accomplish, and cars can collide into one another behind the front car.
Oftentimes multiple vehicle car accidents occur because one or more cars on the road did not allow enough space between themselves and the vehicle in front of them. This is commonly referred to as “tailgating,” which is illegal in the state of Maine. Title 29-A Section 2066 of Maine statutes says that the operator of a vehicle may not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, taking into account the speed of other vehicles, the traffic, and conditions of the road.
Inattention due to cell phone use or inexperience can cause drivers to follow too closely to the car in front of them. If the car in front suddenly brakes for any reason (i.e. animals in the road, low visibility due to weather conditions, car mechanical failures), the drivers behind the car must be alert enough to timely brake or move out of the way. Inexperienced drivers in particular may not appreciate the amount of distance that is needed when the weather is unfavorable or the roadway is rough to travel on.Who Must Pay?
Immediate investigation is crucial in determining liability for chain reaction car accidents. The driver of the lead car may have been acting negligently, meaning that they failed to fulfill their duty to drive with reasonable care. The person who rear-ended you may also have been acting negligently. If it can be shown that any of the parties involved in the crash failed in their duty to drive safely under Maine law, then they can be held liable for the damages to your vehicle and those injured in the wreck. Amounts they may be liable for include medical expenses, lost earnings, and pain and suffering. Sorting out what happened can be a lengthy process, and experienced car accident lawyer like Alison Wholey can assess the discovered facts to figure out who should be held accountable for the injuries sustained. If one or more of the responsible parties also failed to obtain car insurance or adequate car insurance, we can help you file a claim with your own insurance company to get the maximum uninsured/underinsured coverage available.Nearly 30 Years of Experience Fighting for Accident Victims’ Rights
The experienced Maine car accident lawyers at Briggs & Wholey are here to help you get the coverage and compensation you are entitled to. If you or someone you know has been injured in a chain reaction car crash and would like to speak with one of our skilled attorneys, contact our office online or by phone at (888) 596-1099 today.