Who’s To Blame in a Multi-Vehicle Accident?

In August, a multi-vehicle accident took place on the William Floyd Parkway and Montauk Highway in Shirley. The accident took place at about 10 p.m. on Tuesday, August 11, when Owens struck the vehicle driven by Richard Garcia, of Shirley. The 4-car crash killed Garcia and injured the occupants of two other cars, including an infant and a two-year-old, as well. The crash occurred when a car going north on the parkway was struck by the impaired driver going east on Montauk Highway. Two other cars traveling northbound on William Floyd and a third car going west on Montauk also were hit.  The father of four was arrested and charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs and leaving the scene of an incident.

Multi-car accidents are no picnic. They are very scary, and unfortunately very common.

Typical Multi-car accidents include:

The Chain Reaction: You are sitting at a traffic light and you feel a bump from behind. If you are behind another car, you may in turn hit them. The wreck may have started several cars back by a driver that was speeding and failed to stop.

The Highway Mishmash: One vehicle goes sideways, runs into another lane or passes improperly; or as in the crash mentioned above, flips over into traffic. With so many vehicles on the road many cars may smash into each other.

The Head-on Collision: One of the most deadly kinds of car accidents, usually involving two cars but sometimes more.

Determining Blame: The biggest challenge when there is more than one car involved is determining who is to blame. This is important because whoever is at fault is usually responsible for paying for the damages. If drivers are careless and-or found to be negligent in any way that led to a multi-car accident, the drivers could be held responsible. The police are usually involved in investigating multiple vehicle accidents and may cite a driver. However, the insurance companies are the ones who determine fault for the sake of who pays a claim and how much. They don’t always agree on who is at fault. Here at Goldstein and Bashner, we can help collect evidence and investigate the accident claims to determine the cause of an accident and extent of damages.

If you or a loved one is in a vehicular accident involving one, two or many vehicles resulting in serious injuries, contact Goldstein and Bashner at 516-217-9097 today.  The consultation is free and there is no obligation.  We have experience in Multi-Car Accidents and will fight hard to win you the compensation you deserve.

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