Multiple Vehicle Crashes
Highways and congested roads in Bergen County are prime locations for multiple-car pile-ups to occur. Even if you are not in one of the vehicles that is involved in the initial collision, you may still be seriously hurt or killed if you collide with other vehicles involved in the pile-up. In the aftermath of such a car wreck, sorting out who is responsible for your injuries and for contributing to the crash can be a daunting task. Which driver’s carelessness set into motion the events, whether any other driver’s negligence contributed to the pile-up, and what role your own inattentiveness or recklessness may have played in causing your injuries are important questions you must be able to answer in order to determine the compensation to which you may be entitled.
Do not face this challenging and confusing situation alone: enlist the assistance of your Bergen County car crash legal team at Aretsky Law Group, P.C. to help you investigate the pile-up and assist you in recovering monetary compensation for your injuries and losses. Our dedicated team fights hard for our clients, helping them obtain the maximum amount of financial damages possible and holding those drivers who cause pile-ups responsible for the consequences of their careless decisions.Determining Fault in a Multiple-Vehicle Crash in Bergen County
After a multiple-car pile-up occurs, one of the first determinations that must be made is what driver is responsible for causing the initial collision. A driver who acts negligently or recklessly by speeding, driving while distracted, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and/or not adhering to traffic laws and signals may be found to be responsible if such behavior is the proximate cause of the collision (in other words, behavior is the proximate cause of a crash if the crash would not have occurred if the driver had not engaged in the behavior).
Once a clear picture of how the collision started, one must next examine the behaviors and actions of the other drivers involved to determine if these other drivers was careless or negligent under the circumstances. Were these drivers following the vehicles in front of them too closely? Were these drivers intoxicated or distracted as well? If so, and these behaviors caused them to crash and become part of the pile-up, then these individuals may also be responsible in some measure for causing the pile-up.
Finally, if you yourself were involved in the pile-up and suffered injuries thereby, your own carelessness or recklessness needs to be evaluated. In considering all of the drivers’ behaviors involved in the multiple car crash, if you are the primary cause of your own injuries – that is, if you are 51% responsible for your own injuries – then you will not be able to recover compensation.What if I am not Primarily Responsible for My Multiple-Car Crash Injuries?
If your behavior is not the primary cause of your injuries, you may be able to recover compensation from those drivers whose negligent behaviors behind the wheel led to the pile-up. Suppose that there are three drivers and yourself who all engaged in carelessness and this carelessness contributed to the crash. If you suffered $100,000 in medical bills, lost wages, and other losses, you may be able to recover up to $75,000 ($25,000 from each at-fault driver other than yourself).
In many cases, calculating the “percentage” that represents each driver’s culpability is a much more difficult and complicated calculation – one that requires careful attention to the details and specific facts of the pile-up. This is where having experienced legal counsel can be especially helpful: while you focus on your physical recovery and helping your family move forward from the crash, your attorney from Aretsky Law Group, P.C. can gather the evidence and testimony necessary to determine who is responsible for your injuries and losses.What Compensation is Available for Victims Hurt in a Multiple-Car Pile-Up?
In general, compensation is available for any loss, expense, or “cost” (whether financial in nature or otherwise) that is caused by the negligence of others, in whole or in part. Thus, you may be able to recover compensation for:
- Medical bills, surgery expenses, medical devices, and/or prescription medications;
- Rehabilitation and therapy expenses;
- Lost wages due to time missed from work;
- Lost future wages if you are not able to return to the same position and schedule as you had prior to the crash;
- Mental pain and anguish caused by physical pain, disfigurement, and/or loss of limbs;
- Other economic and noneconomic losses.
Given the importance of obtaining full and fair compensation for your injuries after a multiple-car pile-up and the difficulties and challenges associated with this task, seek help from Aretsky Law Group, P.C. right away by dialing 800-537-4154.Ridgewood Location
45 N Broad St #19
Ridgewood, NJ 07450