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Multiple Vehicle Accidents

Even a seemingly straightforward accident involving only two motor vehicles can devolve into a conflicting “he said, she said” account of which party was to blame for causing the collision. However, a car crash can become significantly more complicated when more than two vehicles were involved.

Additional automobiles in any accident also increase the likelihood of the people involved sustaining injuries. Chain reaction or pile-up crashes will similarly have multiple investigators seeking to reconstruct the collision, and differing accounts of which party was to blame can result in multiple claims being filed.

West Chester Multiple Vehicle Accident Lawyer

If you suffered serious injuries or your loved one was killed in an accident that involved multiple vehicles, you will want to contact Ciccarelli Law Offices as soon as possible. Our highly skilled multiple vehicle accident attorneys work as a team and handle all cases on a contingency basis so the people we represent owe us nothing if we do not recover a financial award for them.

We are extremely thorough in our handling of these claims, from the initial investigation to every dealing with an insurance company. Every step of the way, Ciccarelli Law Offices will always put your needs first and we will not settle for any settlement that does not fully compensate you for your losses and pain and suffering.

Our firm serves communities throughout Chester County, Lancaster County, Delaware County, Philadelphia County, and Montgomery County. Call (610) 719-3190 today to take advantage of a free consultation that will let us review your case and help you understand all of your legal options.

Pennsylvania Multiple Vehicle Accidents Overview

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Causes of Multiple Vehicle Accidents in Chester County

There could be any number of reasons one vehicle causes a collision that ultimately involves several automobiles. In multi-vehicle crashes, it may be possible that more than one party bears some level of liability for particular injuries or damage.

Some of the common causes of these types of accidents include, but are not limited to:

  • Aggressive Driving
  • Defective or Malfunctioning Parts
  • Distracted Driving
  • Driver Error
  • Driver Fatigue
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
  • Failure to Stop or Yield
  • Following Too Closely / Tailgating
  • Inclement Weather
  • Reckless Driving
  • Road Rage
  • Speeding
  • Third Party Caused Collision
  • Unsafe Roadways

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Determining Liability in Pennsylvania Multi-Car Crashes

Title 42 Pennsylvania Statute § 7102(a.1)(1) states that in cases where recovery is allowed against more than one person and liability is attributed to more than one person, each negligent party will be liable for the proportion of the total dollar amount awarded as damages in the ratio of the amount of his or her liability attributed to all negligent parties. The only exception to each negligent party sharing damages based on their assigned percentages of liability is if one party is determined to be 60 percent or more responsible, in which case that party is responsible for all damages.

Determining fault in these cases can be a very lengthy and complicated process that involves:

  • Interviewing all drivers, passengers, and witnesses
  • Examining all vehicles involved and determining points of impact
  • Securing and photographing the scene of the accident
  • Reviewing police reports and tickets issued to any drivers
  • Reviewing records of all drivers involved

After a thorough investigation has been conducted and an analysis has been performed to determine which party was liable, an insurance claim can be filed. However, insurance companies in crashes involving multiple vehicles will frequently attempt to transfer blame to another party, making it critical for all accident victims to be represented by an experienced personal injury lawyer who knows the best ways to handle these claims.

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Injuries in Chester County Multiple Vehicle Accidents

The people who suffer injuries in multi-vehicle crashes may be hospitalized for several weeks and require multiple months of rehabilitation that prevents them from returning to work or being able to support themselves. Injuries that may result from these types of accidents include, but are not limited to:

  • Amputation
  • Broken Bones
  • Burn Injuries
  • Herniated Discs
  • Internal Organ Injuries
  • Neck Injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Severe Fractures 
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Coma
  • Death

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Pennsylvania Resources for Multiple Vehicle Accidents

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Advanced Traveler Information Systems — This page of the website for the 360-mile toll highway that runs across the Commonwealth has information about the Turnpike Roadway Information Program (TRIP), variable message signs, the Highway Advisory Radio System, media notification, Travel Board® InfoCenters, and "Plan X" alternate routing plans.

National Safety Council (NSC) — This nonprofit organization has a mission of saving lives by preventing injuries and deaths on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. Information on this website includes child passenger safety, annual reports on unintentional injuries, and driver safety programs.

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Ciccarelli Law Offices - A Multiple Vehicle Accidents Lawyer in Pennsylvania

Did you sustain catastrophic injuries or was your loved one killed in a crash involving multiple vehicles? During this critical time, it's important to understand all of your legal options and to consult with an attorney experienced in these complex cases.

Ciccarelli Law Offices fights on behalf of clients from all over Chester County, including West Chester, Kennett Square, Radnor, Plymouth Square, Malvern, Philadelphia, King of Prussia, and Lancaster. Our firm offers a free consultation to review your case when you call (610) 719-3190 today.