The Fourth of July week is upon us, and that means more traffic on our roadways. Whether you’re planning a long trip, or you’re just going across town, there are some things you need to be aware of should you be involved in an auto accident.
Two-vehicle accidents are fairly straightforward when it comes to getting the details and making police reports. However, a multi-vehicle accident is a more complicated issue.
Many factors will come into play when determining who is in the wrong. While one driver may have caused the accident, more than one driver may share in the fault.
There are several factors that police take into account when evaluating a multi-car crash:
- Distracted driving: was the driver texting or talking on a cell phone?
- Weather conditions: Rain, snow, fog, and ice can play a part in determining fault.
- Speed: were any of the drivers exceeding the speed limit?
- Drowsy driving: driving when very tired can be more dangerous than drinking and driving.
- Drugs and alcohol: were any of the drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol?
- Failure to yield: failing to stop at a light or stop sign, or to yield right-of-way will be considered.
There are other factors that also may determine fault in a multi-vehicle crash. Tailgating, or following another driver too closely may put you at fault in an accident.
Vehicle malfunction, such as airbags that don’t deploy, may mean that the manufacturer will share some fault.
In a hit-and-run accident, other drivers may indeed be innocent. It is always a good idea to consult an attorney who can sort through all of the factors involved in a multi-vehicle accident.
So, as you travel this 4th of July, keep these things in mind. And above all, have a safe holiday!
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