Multi-vehicle car accidents are common on roads and highways in Missouri and Kansas. Negligent drivers cause these pileups for a variety of reasons, such as driving without taking into account the weather conditions, speeding, intoxication, and distracted driving.
However, if you were in the middle of a multi-vehicle crash, it can be difficult to identify the drivers responsible for injury compensation.
Who Can Be Liable in a Multi-Car Accident?
In general, the driver who caused the first collision in a chain-reaction wreck will be found responsible for compensating the victims. In rear-end crashes, the motorist in the back of the line will often be presumed to be the negligent party, because of the duty to maintain a safe distance behind other vehicles is breached in those accidents.
However, in some pileups, there can be more than one driver partially to blame for causing them. Here are some of the ways another party could be also be negligent:
- A driver failed to use brake lights or turn signals.
- A motorist followed too closely to the vehicle in front of him.
- An individual exceeded the speed limit.
- A driver was talking on his cellphone, texting, eating or drinking, or otherwise distracted, which prevented him from taking necessary actions to avoid the crash.
- A government agency failed to effectively maintain traffic signals or signs.
- A government agency failed to properly maintain roads or obstacles in a road, and drivers were forced to swerve or stop suddenly to avoid hazards.
Evidence That Helps Establish Liability in a Multi-Vehicle Crash
When pursing a claim for compensation with liable drivers’ insurance companies, you must prove their negligence in causing the collision. In a multi-car accident, there are numerous types of evidence that help you to do this:
- Skid marks, vehicle damage, vehicle debris, and other evidence at the crash scene
- Police report
- Red light camera footage
- Eyewitness statements
- Traffic violation records committed by any negligent parties
- Photos and videos of the accident
- Accident reconstruction expert testimony
Fortunately, a skilled car accident lawyer can help you to identify the drivers responsible for the crash, and collect essential evidence to prove how their actions caused your injuries.
Have You Been Injured In A Kansas City Area Car Accident?
If you've been injured in a car accident you need to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Kansas City office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule your free consultation.