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Who Is Liable for a Multi-Car Crash in Georgia?

By Butler Prather LLP on December 19, 2022

In many cases, accidents occur only between two vehicles, but that is not always the case. Sometimes, there are three or more vehicles involved in a vehicle collision, and this can complicate the process of determining liability. Here, we want to discuss how liability is determined for a multi-car crash in Georgia.

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Multi-Car Collisions Can Happen Anywhere

Multi-car collisions are not uncommon in Georgia. Yes, while many collisions only involve two vehicles, multi-car collisions can happen in the exact same ways that every other two-car collision occurs. For example, if one driver rear-ends another driver who has just stopped at a stoplight, this could push the first vehicle out into traffic and lead to collisions with vehicles going in other directions.

A T-bone collision at an intersection could result in one or both vehicles slamming into other vehicles also traveling through or around the intersection. 

The potential number of multi-car collision scenarios is countless, but the reality is that fault will need to be determined after these incidents occur in order for victims to secure the compensation they are rightfully owed.

Evidence is the Key to Determining Fault, But it Can Still be a Puzzle

The key to determining liability after a multi-car collision is gathering as much evidence as possible. In many cases, law enforcement officials will note in their accident report what they think caused the collision, and they may place some or all of the blame squarely on one driver.

However, these situations are not always as straightforward. Fault may not be immediately clear, which is why additional types of evidence may be needed. This can include photographs taken at the scene of the crash, statements from other drivers and passengers, eyewitness statements, surveillance footage from cameras nearby, and even vehicle “black box” data.

Importantly, there may be times when an accident reconstruction expert is required. These individuals can use the evidence obtained, analyze the crash scene and the vehicles, and help put together computer-generated models of what likely occurred.

Understanding Comparative Negligence in Georgia

Because fault is not always a cut-and-dry issue, Georgia has a “comparative negligence” law on the books. Using Georgia’s modified comparative negligence system, we can see that individuals who are 50% or more responsible for causing an accident will be unable to recover compensation for their injury losses or property damage expenses.

However, those found to be 49% or less responsible for causing a collision will be able to recover compensation, though the total amount they receive will be reduced depending on their percentage of fault.

Working With an Attorney After a Multi-Car Collision in Georgia

If you or a loved one have been involved in a multi-car collision in the state of Georgia, you need to reach out to an attorney immediately. Your lawyer can get involved and begin the investigation as soon as possible. They will gather the evidence needed to prove what happened and begin communicating with insurance carriers. Your Atlanta car accident lawyer will help push back against any allegations of fault thrown your way by the other parties involved.

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