Chain reaction collisions are those that occur when three or more vehicles collide with one another. Generally, this occurs as a series of rear-end accidents that typically stem from the impact of the first collision. The injuries from a Maine chain reaction accident tend to be more severe than a two-vehicle crash because of the sudden force of multiple vehicles. However, while the initial collision may involve the first driver’s negligence, that does not necessarily negate the other parties’ contributory negligence. Chain reaction accidents tend to be challenging because it can be difficult to pinpoint every party’s negligence and apportion liability relative to their fault.
For example, a Maine news report described a 3-vehicle crash in Livermore Falls. The assistant fire chief of the town was riding his motorcycle when he approached a stopped car. While he was slowing down, an SUV slammed into his motorcycle. The force of the impact pushed the motorcyclist into the car in front of him. The collision ejected the motorcyclist from his seat, and he died upon impact. Law enforcement stated that they believe that the fire chief was wearing a helmet during the incident. Three minor children were passengers in the vehicle that crashed into the motorcycle. Police stated that the accident is still under investigation.
While it seems easy to blame the rear driver, more than one person is responsible for the accident in many cases. For instance, in the case above, it is unclear whether the car traveling in front of the motorcycle stopped suddenly. In that case, the head driver may be responsible for negligently stopped on a roadway. These cases require an in-depth analysis of the accident scene and typically require an accident reconstructionist.
In conjunction with a personal injury attorney, an accident reconstructionist can help determine the circumstances leading up to the collision. Determining the exact setup of circumstances is critical in apportioning fault. One inquiry that frequently comes up in Maine chain reaction accidents is the distance the motorists kept between their vehicles and the one in front of them. A driver who fails to abide by traffic laws by neglecting safe distance laws may be liable for the accident. Attorneys can work with investigators to gather relevant and compelling evidence. Some crucial evidence in these cases is eyewitness accounts, including that of bystanders and passengers, police reports, and medical records.
Have You Suffered Injuries in a Maine Car Accident?
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries or died in a Maine car accident, contact Peter Thompson & Associates for assistance. The attorneys at our firm have extensive experience handling personal injury claims on behalf of our clients. We have represented clients during settlement negotiations, pre-trial hearings, litigation, and appeals. Our firm handles Maine accident cases stemming from car, motorcycle and bus accidents, slip-and-falls, medical negligence, and wrongful death. We have recovered significant amounts of compensation on behalf of our clients. Compensation in these cases generally includes payments for medical expenses, ongoing rehabilitation, loss of companionship, and pain and suffering. Contact our office at 800-804-2004 to schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney on our team.