Brooklyn Personal Injury Attorney Edward Held Explains How Fault Is Determined in a Multi-Vehicle Car Accident
Jul 5, 2023
Brooklyn, New York – A multi-vehicle car accident occurred in Brooklyn around 8:30 p.m. on Monday, May 29. The wreck involved an MTA bus along with several other vehicles, leaving over a dozen injured and one person in critical condition.
The New York Police Department reports that in this Brooklyn car accident, the bus was T-boned and crashed into other surrounding cars. At least six vehicles were involved in this accident, and 14 people have been injured so far. The investigation of the crash is still ongoing, so there are few details surrounding the circumstances of the wreck.
“While we do not know the cause of the accident, this multi-vehicle wreck demonstrates how one person’s actions can harm many people,” said Edward Held, founding member of Held, Held & Held in Brooklyn. “Our thoughts are with everyone involved in the accident. We hope that all victims make a full recovery. When multiple vehicles are involved in a crash, it can be difficult to determine who is at fault. Learning about fault in a multi-vehicle car accident can help protect your rights in a similar situation.
Our experienced personal injury attorneys at the firm handle various cases, including motor vehicle accidents. We prioritize client care, aiming to secure financial compensation for their injuries, ensuring they receive the utmost care and service.
How Fault Is Determined in a Multi-Vehicle Car Accident
When multiple parties are involved in an accident, each with potentially differing accounts of the incident, determining fault becomes a complex task.
Here are four key factors involved in determining fault in a multi-vehicle car accident:
1. Investigation and Evidence Gathering
The initial step in determining fault is conducting a detailed investigation. Law enforcement officials, insurance companies, and legal professionals work together to gather evidence such as accident reports, witness statements, photographs, and video footage. This evidence helps paint a clearer picture of how the accident occurred and who may be responsible.
2. Police Reports and Witness Testimonies
Police reports play a significant role in determining fault. Officers arrive at the scene, assess the situation, interview involved parties and witnesses, and document their findings. Witness testimonies can provide valuable insights into the sequence of events leading up to the accident and shed light on any negligent behaviors or traffic violations committed by the drivers.
3. Traffic Laws and Violations
Traffic laws act as the foundation for determining fault in a multi-vehicle car accident. Investigators examine whether any drivers involved violated traffic regulations, such as speeding, running red lights, failing to yield, or reckless driving. Violations of these laws can significantly impact the assignment of fault.
4. Comparative Negligence
The State of New York follows a comparative negligence standard. These principles are applied when multiple drivers share fault in an accident. Under comparative negligence, each party’s degree of fault is assessed, and compensation is allocated accordingly. For example, if a driver is found 30% responsible for an accident, they may receive only 70% of the total compensation.
About Held, Held & Held
Held, Held & Held is a respected Brooklyn law firm with skilled and compassionate personal injury attorneys serving clients throughout New York. With over 50 years of combined experience, we handle cases involving car accidents, truck accidents, slip and falls, and more.
Our clients are like family to us. We take a personalized approach, fighting diligently for the compensation you deserve. When you work with us, you can rest assured that your personal injury claim is in good hands. You can rely on the team at Held, Held & Held.
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