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California Auto Accidents Involving Multiple Cars

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention provides that motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of death [1] and injury in the United States and that more than 33,000 people died in car crashes in 2013. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute provides that in 2013 there were 1,193 traffic fatalities caused by multiple vehicle accidents like freeway “pile-ups” and any motor vehicle collision involving many vehicles.

Who is Legally Responsible in a Multiple Vehicle Collision?

When two or more cars are involved in an accident, one of the issues to consider is which driver or drivers are responsible for the damage to property and to people. This issue can be very complicated for many reasons including some or all of the following which may apply to your case:

  1. Different insurance companies: With several cars involved, there may be three or more insurance companies. One common tactic used by auto insurance carriers to reduce their exposure in motor vehicle collisions involving 3 or more cars is to argue “comparative fault” of all drivers other than their own insured.
  2. Witnesses: Each vehicle may contain one or more passengers. Some or all of these people may act as witnesses. It is important to secure statements from these witnesses at an early stage in order to “preserve the evidence” and while the facts of the incident are fresh in their minds.
  3. Uninsured driver: As with any two car collision, there may be an uninsured driver that complicates the case even more. This may require asserting an uninsured motorist claim with your own auto liability insurance company.

California is what is known as a "comparative negligence jurisdiction." This means that, in the state of California, every driver who contributes in any way to causing a multi-vehicle traffic collision can be held legally responsible for payment of damages including present and future medical expenses, lost wages, as well as damages for physical pain and mental suffering related to the injuries sustained.

Contact a Los Angeles Automobile Accident Lawyer

Because the facts of each case are very different, it is important to speak to a Los Angeles multiple car collision attorney to determine who is responsible for damages under California law. Automobile collision victims, both drivers and passengers, are often entitled to financial compensation under California law making it necessary to speak to the Steven M. Sweat, Personal Injury Lawyers, APC, APC for a free initial consultation today. Our attorneys at the Steven M. Sweat, Personal Injury Lawyers, APC, APC, have represented victims of vehicle accidents all over the state of California and we never charge a fee unless and until money is recovered on behalf of the victim.

Client Reviews
I have known Steven for some time now and when his services were required he jumped in and took control of my cases. I had two and they were handled with the utmost professionalism and courtesy. He went the extra mile regardless of the bumps in the road. I can not see me using any other attorney and I would recommend him to any of my family and friends. Josie A.
Steven was vital during our most trying time. He was referred by a friend after an accident that involved a family member. While he was critical and lying in the hospital, Steven was kind, patient and knowledgeable about what we were going through. Following our loss, Steven became a tough and aggressive negotiator and made sure that we receive a huge compensation. I would refer Steven in fact, this happened 2 years ago and I still speak highly of his service. Cheryl S.
Mr. Sweat is a pitbull in the courtroom as well as settlement negotiations - You can't have a better equipped attorney in your corner! It is a pleasure working as colleagues together on numerous cases. He can get the job done. Jonathan K.
Because of Steven Sweat, my medical support was taken care of. Plus, I had more money to spare for my other bills. Steven is not only an excellent personal injury lawyer, providing the best legal advice, but also a professional lawyer who goes beyond his call of duty just to help his clients! He stood up for me and helped me get through the process. I would definitely recommend. I couldn't think of any better lawyer than him. MiraJane C.
I must tell anyone, if you need a great attorney, Steve sweat is the guy! I had an awful car accident and had no idea where to turn. He had so much to deal with because my accident was a 4 car pile up. Not to mention all the other cars were behind me and they were not wanting to settle in any way! He never stopped working for me and had my best interest at heart! Audra W.
I believe I made the best choice with Steven M Sweat, Personal Injury. I was very reluctant to go forward with my personal injury claim. I had a valid claim and I needed a professional attorney to handle it. I felt so much better when I let Steven take my case. His team did everything right and I am very satisfied. Stia P.
I have to say that Steve has been exemplary! I met Steve at a point with my case that I was ready to give up. He took the time and dealt with all of my concerns. Most importantly, he was present and listened to what I was going through. He was able to turn things around, put me and my case on the right track! The results were better that expected! Highly recommend!! Cody A.