Who Do You Sue in a Multi-Car Crash?
- posted: Sep. 30, 2021
Greater Atlanta has some of the country’s most heavily travelled roads, like the I-285 at I-85 North, which means accidents are more likely to happen, including multi-car crashes. When accidents involve more than two drivers, also known as multi-car pile-ups, it can be difficult to determine who is at fault.
If you were hurt in one of these collisions, a car accident attorney will strive to gather all the evidence related to the crash in order to build a case that proves one or more parties were responsible for your injuries. This will involve consulting with an accident reconstruction expert whose job it is to determine the respective liability of each driver and analyze the events leading up to the crash, including:
- Weather conditions
- The speed of each of the cars
- Which car started the chain reaction
Georgia’s modified comparative negligence law allows the injured party to collect damages if he or she is less than 50 percent responsible for causing the accident. However, the damages will be reduced by the plaintiff's own percentage of fault.
For example, if determined to be 20 percent responsible, the plaintiff can recover only 80 percent of his or her provable damages. So if they incurred $100,000 in damages, they would get $80,000. The remaining 80 percent of fault would be spread out between the multiple other parties.
In cases where the plaintiff is 50 percent or more responsible for the crash, that plaintiff will not be able to recover anything, even if multiple other parties were also at fault. This is why it’s important to reach out to a personal injury attorney who can bolster the strength of your claim as soon as possible and get you the compensation you deserve.
Jason & Bradley, LLC represents Atlanta-area clients who have been injured in car crashes and other types of vehicle accidents. Please call 404-297-9933 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. Our office is in Stone Mountain, but if you cannot meet us there, we can come to your home, hospital room or workplace.