North Dakota Chain Reaction Accidents
Chain reaction accidents in North Dakota can be horrifying, and result in severe injuries – or worse. If you’ve been in this kind of pile-up, you might be wondering where to turn to next. Whether you were hit by a truck, a motorcycle or any other type of vehicle, you may have been hurt, and you might have to deal with a lot of property damage as well.
At Sand Law, we have a team of attorneys who are ready to help. We are all too familiar with the devastating effects of chain reaction accidents. We’ve represented clients who will be feeling the effects of their injuries for a lifetime, such as those who have suffered traumatic brain injuries. When someone has to deal with the pain and debilitation of a permanent injury through no fault of their own, we get mad – and then we seek justice.
Talk to a Sand Law representative as soon as possible if you or a loved one was involved in a North Dakota chain reaction accident caused by someone else’s negligence. If you would like a free review of your case and learn more about how we may be of assistance, contact us online or call 701-609-1510.
What are Chain Reaction Car Accidents?
If you’ve ever seen news reports of an accident involving dozens of cars on an icy highway, that’s an example of a chain reaction wreck. Most of the time, car accidents will involve two vehicles. Chain reaction accidents are much, much different.
The name says it all. One car will hit another, the second automobile will hit another vehicle, etc. One of the more common examples of a chain reaction accident is when there’s a line of cars, such as when there’s bumper-to-bumper road congestion. Car A will hit Car B from behind, which leads to Car B hitting Car C from behind as well.
Why Do Chain Reaction Accidents Happen?
Chain reaction wrecks can result from the same type of negligent behavior that causes a “regular” accident. A motorist may be occupied by their phone, their radio, or one of the other gadgets in their vehicle. Someone could have been driving for hours at a time, such as a truck driver, and is too fatigued to operate their vehicle safely. These are just some of the many other potential causes.
- Icy roads
- Missing traffic signs, or inoperable traffic lights
- Drivers who are drunk or high
- Speeding or reckless driving
- A manufacturer’s defect, such as brakes that suddenly malfunction
How Do Multiple-Vehicle Accidents in North Dakota Happen?
Unfortunately, the attorneys with Sand Law have represented a lot of clients who were hurt in chain reaction wrecks in North Dakota. Here are a few of the common scenarios that involve this type of accident.
- The domino effect. Say there are two cars waiting at a stop light, with a third one approaching. The driver of the third car isn’t paying attention and rear-ends the second car, which then plows into the lead vehicle. Five other cars are approaching, and none of the drivers see what has just happened. All of a sudden there’s an eight-car pile-up. That’s the domino effect.
- Blame at the front or back. The rear-most driver is often to blame for a chain reaction accident, but there are scenarios where the driver at the front of the line causes a wreck. They might have dropped something and, for some reason, feel they have to find it while their vehicle is in motion. They might even go so far as to slam on their brakes, oblivious to the traffic behind them.
- Making sudden moves. The front-most driver in a pack of crowded automobiles may swerve out of the blue and cause a chain reaction accident. They might have missed a turn, or they missed an interstate exit.
Determining Liability in a Chain Reaction Car Accident
In order to be able to obtain compensation for your injury or property damage, you’ll have to file an insurance claim in most instances, of course. But if there are any arguments about who is to blame, then you might have to go to court before you can collect. It will then be up to a jury to determine who was at fault.
North Dakota is what’s known as a “modified comparative fault” state. Basically, if another driver is more than 50% to blame, then they can’t sue you. However, if you were assigned, say, 30% of the blame, you wouldn’t obtain your full amount of compensation.
For simplicity’s sake, say you have $30,000 in damages. You wouldn’t receive the full $30,000 – you’d get $20,000 instead. Because you were 30% to blame, you’d forfeit 30% of the $30,000 – $10,000.
Investigating Chain Reaction Car Accidents
You definitely don’t want to risk losing compensation because you were found partially responsible – or, even worse, assigned most or all of the blame. You’re going to have to be able to prove you shouldn’t bear any responsibility. Your only chance of doing that will be to have an attorney by your side who can uncover the evidence it will take to prove your case.
At Sand Law, we know how to do just that. We know how to investigate an accident, and we know how to find critical evidence. Not only do we send professional investigators to the location of the accident, we also obtain police reports and interview witnesses. We also use expert witnesses who have years of experience in reconstructing accidents.
Types of Compensation Available in Chain Reaction Accidents
If you have suffered an injury in a chain reaction wreck caused by someone else, it’s only natural to wonder how much compensation you may be entitled to receive.
There are actually many different types of damages you may be able to claim. These are just a few of them.
- Lost wages (both present and future)
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- And many others
Why Should I Hire an Attorney After a Chain Reaction Accident?
If you are to have the best possible chance to obtain the money you deserve, you’ll have to hire an experienced attorney. Legal action is very complex, and very involved. If you don’t have legal experience yourself, your chances of winning your case will be zero. Even worse, you could wrongly be found to blame for the accident and be forced to pay the same people who were actually responsible.