In August 2019, a multi-vehicle crash closed U.S. Highway 101 in San Jose. The crash involved a 2011 BMW, a 2015 Ford, a 2017 Subaru, a 2017 Toyota, and a 2019 Toyota. While reports did not state exactly how the crash occurred, they did indicate that one man did not survive, and two men needed to be transported to the emergency room by ambulance due to their injuries.
The unfortunate reality is that crashes involving numerous vehicles happen on a regular basis in California and across the United States. Injury claims following such crashes can often be more complicated than claims resulting from a two-vehicle collision. This is often because determining liability for the crash can be significantly more challenging.
To illustrate liability issues in a multi-car crash, imagine the following scenario:
- Driver A was following too closely and speeding, and suddenly crashes into the back of Driver B.
- Driver C, who was following Driver A, was looking at their phone and had to swerve at the last minute to avoid hitting the back of Driver A.
- When Driver C swerved, they crossed over the double yellow line into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with Driver D.
In this situation, while Driver A started the chain reaction, Driver C may not have crashed if they had not been distracted. Therefore, both Driver A and Driver C may share liability for the injuries to the other drivers who were not negligent. It is important to have a skilled car accident lawyer in Campbell determine which insurance claims are necessary and appropriate after a multi-vehicle crash.
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