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Determining Fault in a Multi-Car Accident

When you’re hurt in a car accident, you may have already pointed the finger at the other driver. They’re the one who injured you, aren’t they? But what if, rather than a single person, you were dealing with many drivers in many vehicles?

Many people are hurt in multi-car accidents every year, and it can be difficult for them to get answers and seek the compensation they’re owed when they need it. You may be unsure who’s at fault for your injuries after your accident because it could be anyone involved in the accident. Here’s how you can tell who’s at fault for your injuries.

When Another Driver Is at Fault

One of the first things your car accident attorney will do is to determine what caused the accident. Often, this can help your Nebraska lawyer determine whether another driver was careless behind the wheel or something else caused your accident.

In multi-car accidents, this can help you identify the at-fault party. When several people are involved in the accident, it can be difficult to pinpoint who was being careless and actually caused the accident. Your lawyer can untangle this using video footage, eyewitness accounts, and expert witnesses who can give you the answers you need.

When a Third Party Harms You

But what happens if another driver wasn’t at fault? What if another driver did cause the crash, but it was because their brakes stopped working and they lost control?

In cases like these, you may have grounds for a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the faulty product. If they failed to check the parts for defects, they may be responsible for the injuries and the suffering you and others endured. 

If a road defect caused the accident, you may instead have a claim against the government agency in charge of the repair and maintenance of these roads.

These are just two examples. Talk to a lawyer with Conway, Pauley & Johnson P.C. to learn more about other third parties that may be responsible for your injuries.

What if You’re Partly at Fault?

As mentioned, a multi-car accident may not be the fault of a single party or driver. You may even be concerned that you were partly responsible for the injuries you suffered. But it’s important not to take the blame for someone else’s actions. If you don’t protect your claim now, you may have trouble getting compensated for your injuries later.

For example, the at-fault party may claim you were distracted during your drive. While you may not have caused the accident, they may claim you were too distracted to avoid the accident. But if you accept the blame for this, your compensation can be reduced by the amount of fault you accept.

Rather than accepting the blame, talk to your lawyer about your claim and how you can avoid penalties against you. They can represent you in court when you’re accused of being partly at fault for your own injuries.

Review Your Car Accident with a Lawyer

When you’re injured in a multi-car accident, placing fault for your injuries can be difficult. You may have trouble getting answers when you’re so badly hurt, and you may be unsure where to turn.

Here’s the good news—the lawyers at Conway, Pauley & Johnson P.C. are here to help you determine who’s at fault and how to prove it. Start with a free consultation, and we’ll discuss how we can help your claim succeed. If you need guidance on identifying the at-fault party, call 402-462-5187 or fill out the following online contact form. 

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