Who Can Be Held Accountable in a Multicar Accident Scenario?
After the pain, injuries and chaos of a multi-vehicle collision, you could benefit from a consultation with a multicar accident lawyer Naperville, IL, relies on. When just two vehicles are involved in a crash, the cause or causes can often be determined fairly quickly and easily. But as more cars, trucks and motorcycles are thrown into the equation, investigating the accident becomes significantly more complex.
For these and other reasons, it is important to work with an attorney who knows how to thoroughly conduct an independent investigation, gather evidence, talk to witnesses and work with experts to reconstruct the accident scenario. Taking these steps can be a lot of work, but it will usually help clarify the cause of the accident to the attorney and, later, to the jury.
Why is Determining Fault Important?
Car accidents have expensive consequences. They involve vehicle damage/destruction, injuries that require extensive medical treatment, time away from work and sometimes lifelong consequences like permanent paralysis. Even if all drivers involved had insurance (which is not a guarantee), the costs of the accident might be higher than insurance companies are willing to pay on their own. That could leave you and other victims without the money you need to heal and to get your life back to as normal a state as possible.
By identifying fault – particularly if multiple parties are to blame – you can potentially increase total collectible damages and ensure that you receive the compensation you need. Moreover, if the accident involved a semi-truck or other commercial vehicle, the list of defendants likely goes up. After a truck accident, the truck driver, the trucking company and the company’s insurer can all be named in the litigation.
Illinois also recognizes a doctrine known as contributory negligence, meaning the amount to which your negligent actions (as the plaintiff) contributed to your own injuries. If it is greater than 50 percent, you are unable to recover damages. Therefore, an important aspect of determining fault is absolving yourself of fault.
What Kinds of Evidence Does an Attorney Look For?
At The Law Offices of Konrad Sherinian, we prepare each case as if it is going to trial. That means finding the evidence needed to put pressure on defendants and their insurance companies. To reconstruct the accident, we explore all sources of evidence, including:
- Video footage from security cameras, highway traffic cameras and dashcam videos (when possible)
- Still images from traffic cameras in the moments leading up to the accident
- Photographs from the scene showing collision angles, skid marks and anything else that could indicate how the crash occurred
- Witness statements and victim statements
- If distracted driving is suspected, we may subpoena cellphone records to determine if someone was texting or talking right before the crash.
This is the kind of thorough work that you won’t find at just any firm. That’s why each of our attorneys is a car accident lawyer Naperville, IL, trusts.
Holding All At-Fault Parties Accountable To Maximize Recovery
The more thoroughly you investigate a crash, the more legal options you have. When your case is complex and involves a multi-vehicle collision, you can’t entrust your future to just any firm. You need an experienced Naperville, IL multicar accident lawyer with a track record of success on behalf of clients.