Understanding Multi-Car Collision Liability in Georgia

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Understanding Multi-Car Collision Liability in Georgia

Author: Jay Howard

Getting into a car accident with a single vehicle is stressful in its own right. Dangerous environmental hazards and/or negligence can make these accidents even more complex, though. Multi-car collisions compound your existing losses and make it more difficult for you to recover.

Fortunately, there are different ways you can respond to a multi-car collision. When you contact a car accident attorney in Georgia, you can discuss the nature of multi-car collision lawsuits in the Peach State. We can break down the rights that the state’s legislation provides you and make sure you have the means to fight for post-accident compensation.

Assigning Fault After Multi-Car Collisions

The question of liability in a multi-car accident hinges on the available evidence. While you might claim that you saw a truck driver texting at the wheel, you must be able to prove that negligence if you go to court. You can do this through a variety of means, including the presentation of:

  • Video footage of the accident
  • Bystander testimony
  • Blackbox information, if applicable
  • Physical debris at the scene of the accident
  • Phone records and/or other technological data

You must establish liability for a multi-car accident if you want to pursue compensation for your losses.

You Can Hold Multiple Drivers Liable for Multi-Car Collisions

Just as there are multiple vehicles involved in multi-car collisions, there can be several parties who must accept the fault for the accident’s related losses. If it appears that several unique parties had a role in causing a multi-car collision, you and an attending attorney should work to bring that information together in a civil complaint.

This evidence serves two purposes. To start, it helps you explain to a court why you believe the named parties owe you financial support. It also helps you deny any role you may have had in the accident, thus securing a greater percentage of the settlement to which you may be entitled.

Georgia Assigns Liability Via Comparative Fault

Georgia’s comparative negligence policies dictate proceedings in multi-car collisions. Essentially, the process breaks down as follows: any party who is less than 49 percent liable for a car accident has the right to file a civil claim demanding compensation for their losses against another, more liable party. 

However, multi-car accidents can see several parties take on a percentage of the liability for their accidents. For example, say a multi-car collision involving a truck, a private vehicle, and an on-duty Uber driver get into a car accident. All three parties could potentially be 33.3 percent liable for the accident.

In turn, all three parties can file for compensation based on their losses. That said, all of these parties will have their possible compensation reduced by the percentage of fault they contributed to the accident. So the private driver, if awarded compensation, can have up to 66 percent of their accident-related losses restored to them by the other liable parties. 

We Defend You From Other Drivers and Insurance Providers

As you can tell, multi-car collisions can rapidly become complicated. You have to not only contend with other drivers but also with multiple different insurance providers. These providers will all want to try and avoid paying out damages to other injured parties.

That is where we come in. We want to make sure that you are treated as fairly as possible after a multi-car collision. If we feel an insurance provider may be shorting you, we can challenge that provider in court.

We Break Down Your Rights After Multi-Car Collisions in Georgia

The complex liability of multi-car collisions can leave you unsure as to what compensation you may be entitled to. You don’t have to let your unfamiliarity with multi-car legislation prevent you from taking action, though. Tabbaa Law can step in and ensure you have every opportunity to request damages for your losses.

If you’re prepared to schedule a case consultation with a car accident attorney in Georgia, give our office a call. You can contact us at (770) 370-7881 or reach out through our contact form.

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