Durham Multi-Vehicle Accident Attorney

Representation for Victims of Car Accident

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), multi-vehicle accidents account for less than 10% of all collisions in any given year. However, despite this low number, these accidents actually cause a disproportionate number of fatal injuries due to their more disastrous nature. These types of accidents are often referred to as chain-reaction accidents since vehicles tend to crash into each other like a line of dominos, causing a ripple effect of destruction. The more vehicles involved, the higher the likelihood will be of one or more of the vehicle occupants being seriously or fatally injured.

Causes of Multi-Vehicle Accidents

Multi-vehicle accidents usually begin with an initial two-vehicle collision, which then serves as an impetus for a secondary collision, sparking a chain reaction. This type of crash can occur in many situations and from a number of causes, though some are more common than others. Some of the most common scenarios in which multi-vehicle accidents occur include:

  • Rear-end collisions: Sometimes drivers fail to stop, rear-ending the vehicle in front. This can set off a chain reaction, involving several other vehicles. In fact, following too closely accounts for nearly 13% of all collisions, placing it in the top 3 contributing human factors in traffic collisions.
  • Intersection collisions: If a driver fails to yield the right of way at an intersection, or speeds up to make it through a traffic light, it can cause a multi-vehicle accident. Failure to yield the right of way also ranks among the top 3 human error contributors for traffic collisions.
  • Lane-departure collisions: If a driver fails to keep his or her vehicle in the proper lane, or drifts over into the center line, facing oncoming traffic, this can cause a devastating multi-vehicle traffic collision.

In addition to these common scenarios, there are also a number of factors that lead to multi-vehicle accidents, which include:

  • Impaired driving: Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a major cause of motor vehicle accidents across the country, including those involving multiple vehicles. It remains among the top 5 reasons for traffic collisions of any type in the nation.
  • Distracted driving: Despite stricter laws regarding the use of cell phones while behind the wheel, distracted driving continues to be a major cause of accidents. Although cell phone usage is the most common and dangerous form of this terrible driving habit, it is not the only form of distracted driving. Distracted driving also includes grooming, eating, drinking, speaking with passengers, reaching for something in the vehicle, changing the radio station, or reading a map or GPS device, among many others.
  • Fatigued driving: Getting sleep is not only important for your health and to ensure you are alert at work, it is also critical for your safety and the safety of others if you find yourself behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Many studies have shown that fatigue is often comparable to the level of impairment experienced by an individual who has consumed alcohol.
  • Reckless driving: Dangerous driving habits such as speeding, changing lanes without signaling, failure to yield, and other reckless acts all contribute to a large portion of multi-vehicle accidents.
  • Inclement weather: While the weather is something that is obviously beyond anyone’s control, we can control how we choose to drive under such conditions. Unsafe driving is dangerous at any time, but the consequences of it are much worse when driving in rain, snow, ice, and fog, which all contribute to multi-vehicle accidents.

Multi-vehicle accidents are also unique in their complexity, given the number of individuals involved, especially when it comes to determining liability. As such, it is critical to seek the skilled and experienced representation of a personal injury attorney who has a successful track record in handling such cases.

Experienced Counsel, Proven Results

If you or someone you love was involved in a multi-vehicle accident caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another party, you have a right to pursue just compensation. These accidents cause terrible injuries, which often lead to mounting medical bills, loss of wages, and even loss of work. This should not be your burden to bear alone. Our Durham car accident attorneys have devoted their legal careers to protecting the rights of the innocently injured and bereaved. We would be honored to do the same for you as well.

Our team has been involved in the legal arena for over 60 years collectively and understand what it takes to drive a case to success. Insurance companies often try to offer low-ball settlements that do not begin to account for the losses and expenses victims face, but we refuse to settle for anything less than what you deserve. Our Durham personal injury lawyers will utilize their decades of experience, impressive prove track record of results, and unmatched reputation to ensure your case receives the attention it requires.

Choose a Team of Powerful Legal Advocates

At Twiggs, Strickland & Rabenau, we combat insurance companies with aggressive, fierce litigation strategies of our own. We know how they work and will fight every attempt they make to try to diminish the value of your case. Regardless of the circumstances involved in your case, we are prepared, equipped, and qualified to help you navigate the legal system from start to end, answering any questions you might have along the way.

Contact us today at 919.701.8132 to speak with us confidentially.