Car accident liability is sometimes easy to determine. A driver may have been distracted, under the influence of alcohol and drugs, or committing traffic violations at the time of a collision, marking them as the clearly at-fault party. However, liability disputes can get muddled if multiple vehicles are involved in a collision. Identifying at-fault parties in cases of multi-vehicle car accidents requires careful evaluation of the events that occurred and each driver’s role.
How Car Accident Liability is Determined
To identify a liable party, the people investigating a car accident case will look to the actions of every driver and external factors that may have contributed to the collision. Determining liability for a multi-vehicle car accident will involve many of the same considerations. Although more vehicles are involved, the factors that can contribute to a collision remain the same as a two-car accident. Drivers who were acting recklessly, were distracted or under the influence, or were experiencing mechanical issues are often responsible in cases of two-car and multi-vehicle accidents.
Evidence such as witness accounts, vehicle damage, and dash cam or traffic camera footage may be evaluated to determine who is liable for a multi-vehicle car accident. These pieces of evidence can provide investigators with another perspective into the events of a collision. This can substantiate or negate the claims of each driver.
Contributory Negligence in New Hampshire
It can be very difficult to find one party that is responsible for a multi-vehicle car accident. Luckily, this does not have to happen in New Hampshire. In New Hampshire, it is possible for multiple parties to be held liable for a car accident. Rather than placing blame on one party or another, the laws in New Hampshire account for the fact that collisions involve multiple, complex layers.
New Hampshire car accident law utilizes comparative negligence principles. Under comparative negligence laws, any party that is found to be partially responsible for a car accident will have their compensation reduced according to their degree of fault. So, a person who is found to be 10% at fault for a collision will have their compensation reduced by 10%. This method allows multiple parties to face the consequences of negligence, without the confusing endeavor of identifying a single liable party.
The attorneys of Douglas, Leonard & Garvey, P.C. are available to discuss the details of your case. We will evaluate the evidence to determine who is liable for your damages and will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
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