Multiple Vehicle Accident Claims Solicitors
If you've been involved in a multi-vehicle accident in the UK and you've suffered injuries or damage to your vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation.
Sheldon Davidson has a team of specialist Car Accident Solicitors with over 20 years of experience in investigating multi-vehicle accidents across England & Wales. A multi-vehicle accident is a traumatic and daunting experience that can lead to potential psychological, emotional, financial, medical repercussions for all parties involved.
When an accident on the road affects you or your family, the expert car accident solicitors at Sheldon Davidson understands how stressful this can be. More importantly, with SDS you do not have to face the immediate and longer-term challenges alone.
As one of Manchester's most established No Win No Fee Injury Claim law firms, we have the knowledge and expertise to deal with injury claims of all types. With our No Win No Fee promise you can rest assured that there are no legal fees to be paid upfront, and no financial risk if your claim is unsuccessful.
Reach out to our team of highly qualified car accident solicitors, accredited by MASS (Motor Accident Solicitors Society who will help you from start to finish and will remain committed to achieving the best outcome.
What is a multi-vehicle accident?
Multi-Vehicle accidents, commonly referred to as “multiple car pile ups”, are when several vehicles are involved in a road traffic accident. Pile ups often happen on dual carriageways or motorways, where vehicle traffic is dense and moving at high speed. This makes it difficult for many drivers coming towards an accident to stop at a safe distance, thereby, resulting in a collision with other vehicles ahead.
Who is responsible in a multi-car accident?
In the UK, the responsibility for a multi-car accident would depend on the specific circumstances of the accident. The general rule is that each driver involved in the accident is responsible for their own actions and any resulting damages.
However, there are situations in which one driver may be found primarily responsible for the accident. For example, if one driver was driving dangerously or negligently, and their actions caused the accident, they may be held responsible for the damages to all of the other vehicles involved.
In some cases, liability may be shared among multiple drivers if they each contributed to the accident in some way. For example, if one driver was speeding and another driver was following too closely, both drivers may be found partially responsible for the accident.
Determining who is responsible in a multi-car accident can be a complex process that may involve investigations by the police and insurance companies, as well as legal proceedings in some cases.
Legal proceedings may be required if there is a dispute between the parties involved over who is responsible for the accident, or if there are disputes over the amount of compensation that should be paid for damages and injuries.
In cases where liability is disputed, the parties may have to ask the court to make a determination of fault. This could involve bringing a civil lawsuit to recover damages for property damage or personal injury, or it could involve criminal charges if one or more drivers were driving in a reckless or dangerous manner that caused the accident.
Legal proceedings may also be necessary if one or more of the parties involved in the accident were uninsured or underinsured, as this can complicate the process of seeking compensation for damages.
How does the law work when more than two vehicles are involved?
For you to be successful in a road traffic accident claim, you (with the aid of your solicitor) must be able to prove that another driver was at fault. If you caused it, you have no case.
Generally, any vehicle that hits a car ahead of it is liable for that specific collision. So, in the case of multi-car accidents, there can be several cars held accountable.
For example, if car one suddenly brakes and two cars crash into the back of it, car two is liable because it should have been travelling at a safe-enough distance behind car one (allowing it to brake in time). If a third car was then to run into the back of car two, this collision would be car three’s fault.
In many traffic accident cases, it is clear who was at fault and establishing blame is straightforward. In complicated cases, expert legal advice is especially crucial to your success with your claim. Our specialist legal team is at hand to help you give the best advice.
How do I claim compensation for being involved in a multi-car accident?
If you've been involved in a multi-vehicle accident and you've suffered injuries or damage to your vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation.
The first step is to discuss what happened with an experienced solicitor. Pick up the phone today for an initial conversation with a member of our team. We’ll quickly be able to tell you if you have good grounds to make a claim and what your next steps should be.
It's important to note that the process of making a claim for compensation after a multi-vehicle accident can be complex and time-consuming, and it may involve negotiations with insurance companies and legal proceedings in some cases. Seeking advice and guidance from a qualified legal professional can be helpful in navigating this process and ensuring that your rights are protected.
It is advisable to speak with one of our Road Traffic Accident Solicitors before accepting a settlement from the motor insurer responsible for the accident.
By doing so, you can have your case examined by an experienced legal professional who can guide you on the appropriate compensation that you may be entitled to.
Early settlement offers made by some motor insurers may not take into account the long-term effects of the accident, so it's important to seek professional advice before accepting any such offer.
A successful claim relies on the following key factors:
Liability: You must be able to demonstrate that another party was responsible for the accident.
Damages: You must also be able to show that you suffered damages as a result of the accident, such as property damage, medical bills, lost wages, or pain and suffering.
Evidence: You will need to provide evidence of the accident and its effects. This could include photographs of the accident scene, witness statements, medical records, and police reports.
Time limits: There are strict time limits for making a compensation claim in the UK, so it's important to take action as soon as possible after the accident.
Legal representation: The support of an experienced personal injury lawyer can be critical to the success of your claim. A lawyer can help you with everything mentioned above, and negotiate with insurance companies to ensure that you receive the compensation you are entitled to.
How do Multi-Vehicle accidents happen?
A multi-vehicle accident can happen under different scenarios. Some common reasons include the following:
- Reckless driving
- Losing control of a vehicle
- Adverse weather conditions
- Poor road surfaces
Careless driving, or driving without due care and attention, applies to standards of driving that range from lack of concentration or judgement, though to driving that borders on being dangerous.
- Using a mobile phone
- Eating or drinking behind the wheel
- Momentarily adjusting seating position
- Lane hogging
- Not giving way where required
- Using the wrong lanes at a roundabout.
Aggressive driving is a contributing factor to car accidents. Drivers who are driving at high speeds are more likely to crash or cause severe injuries to others. This is because they have less time to react to potential hazards.
Losing Control Of Vehicle
There are many different ways a driver can lose control of a vehicle. Here are. Several common occurrences that cause a driver to lose control:
- Texting/Phone usage whilst driving
- Mechanical failures
- Poor weather conditions
- Inebriated whilst driving
- Fatigue drivers
Who is at fault in a rear-end collision involving three cars?
A rear end collision accident occurs when a vehicle crashes into another vehicle from behind. This can cause significant damage to the car, as well as physical injury to the people inside and other vehicles too. Many people assume that the car in the back is automatically at fault in a rear-end collision involving three cars, but that assumption is not always correct. Several different parties can be liable for a three-car rear-end collision, including third parties who were not in the vehicle, pedestrians for instance.
The “at-fault party” will depend on the facts of your case.
At Sheldon Davidson Solicitors, we have handled countless cases involving multiple vehicle accidents. Reach out to our team of experienced solicitors to discuss your case, or fill in our online claim form.
Why Choose us?
Making a claim is straightforward with Sheldon Davidson Solicitors. We will help you from start to finish and will remain committed to achieving the best result. With us, you, your family and your claim are in safe hands.
If you are thinking about pursuing a claim, contact our experienced Solicitors as soon as possible. It is important not to delay, as there are time limits to bringing claims that could apply.
Sheldon Davidson Solicitors was established in Whitefield, Manchester in 1997 and have become a leading specialist personal injury, accident and medical negligence solicitors acting for claimants who are victims of non-fault incidents. Our experienced team of lawyers are dedicated in their personal and professional approach in helping our clients to make their claims.
If you have any questions following a multi-vehicle accident, please call one of our experienced solicitors today. We will represent you throughout your claim, taking care of all aspects of your case to make sure you are well looked after for the entirety of the process.
For example, if your injury requires specialist medical care we will ensure this is available to you straight away, while in the event of a road accident we will secure you a replacement vehicle while your old one is repaired.
Our experienced Road Traffic Accident Solicitors act regularly for clients across Greater Manchester including Ashton, Bury, Bolton, Radcliffe, Prestwich, Middleton, Failsworth, Rochdale, Oldham, and Whitefield.
Sheldon Davidson Solicitors are a Lexcel accredited law firm. The Lexcel standard is only awarded by the Law Society to firms who meet the highest standards of practice management and customer service.
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