Determining Fault in Multi-Vehicle Accidents

top view of a car accident, one vehicle is overturned and the other is being cut into by firefighters

When multiple vehicles are involved in a crash, it can leave many questions of liability. From pile-ups to fender benders, it's important to understand how fault is determined when more than one driver could be held liable. Since Arizona's insurance system is fault-based, more than one person may have to assume financial responsibility for the collision.

How is Fault Determined?

Fault in a multi-vehicle accident is often determined by who caused the initial impact. This is not always the case, but it's a good place to start when investigating the accident. For example, if one driver rear-ends another and that driver then hits a third vehicle, the first driver would likely be held at fault for the accident. However, if the driver who was rear-ended swerved into oncoming traffic and caused a head-on collision, that driver would likely be held at fault.

Can Multiple Drivers Be At Fault in a Multi-Car Accident?

Multiple drivers can be at fault in a multi-car accident. This is determined by looking at the actions of each driver leading up to the accident. For example, if Driver A rear-ended Driver B and Driver C swerved into oncoming traffic to avoid the initial collision, both Driver A and Driver C could be held at fault. This is because Driver A caused the initial impact but Driver C's actions led to the secondary collision.

What if I'm Not Sure Who Caused the Accident?

If you're not sure who caused the accident, your best course of action is to speak with an experienced car accident attorney. They can review the facts of your case and help you determine who should be held responsible.

Car Accident? Call Our Mesa Attorneys

With over 60 years as a firm, Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience, PLC has seen its fair share of severe car accidents. Our team understands that multi-vehicle accidents can be complicated and will use the tools necessary to determine who should be held accountable. If you’re looking for legal representation for a crash, call (480) 999-9181 to schedule a free consultation.

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