Determining Fault in a Multi-Car Accident
You may not have been the only one injured in your New York car accident. You may be one of many people involved in a serious pile-up, leaving many people seriously hurt. That can be a confusing situation, and it can be difficult to determine who’s at fault for your accident.
When you’re hurt in a multi-car accident, you need to know who to sue if your claim goes to court. If you’re not sure where to start, let a local car accident lawyer guide you. Check out the following parties that may be at fault for your claim, and review the details with your attorney.
Identifying the At-Fault Driver
When you’re hurt in a car accident, there may have been a careless driver involved. Many people choose to text and drive, play with the radio, or eat on the road. They may have even been especially careless and driven while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. These dangerous conditions may have led to a multi-car accident.
When that happens, you may need to gather evidence that the other driver caused the accident. That may include things like video footage of the scene, photos of the cars involved, or expert witnesses who can help prove another driver was responsible.
Other Causes of Multi-Car Accident
Not every car accident is the fault of a driver. In some cases, road defects or even vehicle defects can cause dangerous situations. But who do you sue when the multi-car accident was caused by faulty brakes or a pothole?
Typically, the at-fault party for a defective product is the manufacturer. They’re responsible for creating safe products for their customers. If they fail to create safe products, they may be liable for any injuries they cause.
Similarly, the New York City Department of Transportation is responsible for roadway safety. If you hydroplaned because of standing water or lost control of your car because of a pothole, you may have grounds for a lawsuit against the government for your injuries. Speak with a lawyer about acting now to sue a government agency.
Providing Evidence in Court
The at-fault party may change, but getting the right evidence is key in any claim. Your evidence can vary based on the type of accident, witnesses, and what evidence is available following the accident. This evidence can be lost or destroyed by time, so make sure you act fast. You may have a three-year time limit, and your claim can take more time than you might expect.
Once you have the information you need for your claim, your lawyer can help you prepare the evidence for the courtroom. They can also present this information on your behalf when you’re hurt and suffering so you can focus on your health.
Identify the At-Fault Party with a Lawyer’s Aid
Identifying the single person or party responsible for a multi-car accident can feel almost impossible. You’re already distracted by your pain, trauma, and expenses. Sifting through the many drivers to determine who or what caused the accident may feel impossible.
That’s why you may need a lawyer at Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP to help you recover from your injuries and get your maximum compensation. To take advantage of a free consultation, call us at 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462) or fill out the online contact form below.