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Chain Reaction / Multi-Vehicle Accidents

Car Crash Attorneys Helping Queens Residents and Others

Multi-vehicle accidents often occur on highways where vehicles are traveling at high rates of speed. These chain reactions typically result in serious injuries and substantial property damage. The Queens car accident lawyers at The Cassisi Law Firm have experience representing injured victims of chain reaction crashes. Pursuing a legally responsible party may be complicated in these situations and require the guidance of a knowledgeable attorney. We can advocate aggressively for you and your loved ones as you pursue compensation.

Bringing a Negligence Claim after a Multi-Vehicle Collision

The damage caused by multi-vehicle or chain reaction collisions is typically more severe than damage resulting from other accidents. Often, these accidents inhibit traffic on the roadway, and emergency vehicles may face challenges reaching injured individuals.

Determining who is at fault in a chain reaction or multi-vehicle accident can be challenging because each driver has a degree of responsibility toward other people around them. Negligence is often at the center of a multi-vehicle collision. One careless or reckless driver can set in motion a chain reaction that leads to a massive crash. In some situations, an accident victim may bring a personal injury lawsuit against more than one driver, alleging that their negligence was the direct cause of the victim’s harm.

A variety of factors may be responsible for a multi-vehicle collision, including distracted driving, speeding, drunk driving, fatigued driving, and other violations of traffic laws. To show that a driver was negligent and therefore legally responsible for the accident, an injured plaintiff would try to prove that the driver owed a duty of care to the plaintiff, failed to meet that duty of care, and caused an accident from which quantifiable damages arose.

The first negligence element, duty, is expected of all drivers on the road. Operating a vehicle requires that people avoid posing foreseeable risks of harm to others around them, and they must drive as a reasonable person would drive under similar circumstances.

After showing duty and breach, the plaintiff must demonstrate that the defendant’s negligence directly resulted in their injuries. In a chain reaction car crash, the driver’s negligence will be deemed to have contributed to the injuries if the plaintiff likely would not have been hurt but for the negligence of the driver. The circumstances of a multi-vehicle collision may present more of a challenge with regard to causation than a two-vehicle accident. A skilled attorney will understand the importance of relying on evidence to determine not only the speed of the vehicles involved in a chain reaction crash but also any other factors that may have contributed to the collision.

As the final prong of a negligence claim, the injured plaintiff must show the damages incurred due to the accident. In a multi-vehicle collision, there may be serious injuries and severe property damage to vehicles. Economic damages may include the costs of hospital and medical bills, future treatment, lost income, and vehicle repairs. Plaintiffs may also pursue non-economic costs, such as pain and suffering and scarring and disfigurement. In the event of a fatal multi-vehicle collision, the family members of the victim may be able to pursue damages in a wrongful death action.

New York requires that plaintiffs in a personal injury lawsuit bring their claims within three years of the date of the accident in which they were hurt. Generally speaking, courts will not hear lawsuits brought after this period of time. This makes it critical to seek legal representation without delay if you have been struck by a careless driver.

Experienced Queens Lawyers Serving Car Accident Victims

Following a chain reaction car crash, you or someone you love may have suffered serious injuries. At the Cassisi Law Firm, our Queens car accident attorneys can evaluate the details of your case and provide guidance on the potential damages you may be able to recover. Our motor vehicle collision lawyers provide a free consultation and can be reached through our online form or by calling . We also have helped injured people in Brooklyn and the Bronx as well as Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

Client Reviews
"John Cassisi I thank you so much for all your dedication and personal attention when dealing with my case. I received a substantial settlement even though I never thought I could and because of that I was able to make my kids dreams come true. You are the best!" A.G former client
"The Cassisi Law Firm was recommended to me by my brother-in-law. What a great experience. The attorney and staff were so attentive, thoughtful and most importantly retuned every one of my many of phone calls throughout the span of my case! You guys are the best!!" A.L, a very happy former client
"I highly recommend The Cassisi Law Firm to anyone who wants to win a case! I was in a car accident few years ago and it took them only year and a half to settle my case. They really were so attentive and communicated so well with me, by giving me case updates on monthly basis and took care of my disability paperwork that had to be filed with my employer. I am so happy that I had found John Cassisi and his staff! Thank you!" S.Alvaresi, prior client