Dallas Multi-Car Accident Lawyers
Many car collisions involve multiple vehicles, either in the initial impact or in subsequent collisions. Multiple-car collisions can result in deadly pile-ups and chain reactions in which many vehicles rear-end one another. In multi-vehicle collisions, determining fault can be difficult without the help of a personal injury attorney. The lawyers at the Law Office of Stephen W. Shoultz have years of experience handling complicated multi-car collisions and can assist you with your personal injury case in Dallas, Texas.
Driver Negligence and Multi-Vehicle Collisions
Most car collisions are the result of negligence. Today’s roadways are more dangerous than ever due to the number of people using their mobile devices behind the wheel. Distracted driving has become a major problem, especially in the stop-and-go traffic that plagues I-20 and I-30. Texting, emailing, or using social media apps while driving endangers the lives of everyone on the roadway – yet thousands of people do it every day.
Drunk driving is another major issue that contributes to roadway collisions involving multiple vehicles. In 2013, 28.7 million drivers admitted that they sat behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol. That is more people than the entire population of Texas. Drunk driving, distracted driving, and otherwise reckless driving is 100% preventable. When driver negligence is the reason for a crash, all victims of the collision can potentially sue the responsible driver.
In many chain reaction car collisions, a single driver causes several vehicles to crash – equaling thousands of dollars in property damage costs and personal injuries. To receive compensation for these damages in a multi-vehicle crash, the victim(s) must prove the defendant was at fault for the collision. In collisions involving three or more vehicles, this can be confusing. With help from a Dallas personal injury attorney, however, a plaintiff can prove the defendant(s) were 100% at fault for an collision. This is possible through an in-depth collision investigation, eyewitness interviews, and recreating the crash in front of a jury if necessary.
Texas Modified Comparative Fault Rules
In multiple car collisions, Texas courts use modified comparative fault rules. Comparative fault means the courts can assign fault with the defendant and the plaintiff in a car collision case. In an collision involving multiple vehicles, more than one driver may be partially at fault. For example, Driver A may have been driving drunk and rear-ended Driver B. However, if Driver B’s taillights were out, this may have contributed to the crash. Then, Driver C rear-ends Driver A because he or she was texting and driving. In a case like this, the courts could assign a percentage of fault to each party.
In Texas, the courts must find you 50% or less at fault for an collision to award you compensation. Comparative fault rules subtract your percentage of fault from your final compensation award. If you have evidence that proves another driver was 90% at fault, for example, you would receive $90,000 of a $100,000 settlement. Modified comparative fault laws, however, mean that if the percentage of fault is more than 50%, your award amount drops to zero. It is important to hire an experienced lawyer in Texas to prove you were less than 50% at fault for a multi-vehicle collision.
Experienced Dallas, TX Multiple Car Collision Attorneys
The only way to end distracted and negligent driving is to educate Americans about its incredible dangers. Nearly every car collision is preventable. If human error or negligence caused the multiple car collision in which you sustained an injury or property damage, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against the responsible person. Call (214) 742-3293 for a free consultation with experienced car collision attorneys in Dallas, Texas. The Law Office of Stephen W. Shoultz has the skills necessary to represent even the most complicated cases. Get in touch with us for a free consultation.