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Motorway Accident Compensation

Am I entitled to motorway accident compensation if I was injured in a multiple car pile-up on the motorway, and if so, who may be held accountable for the accident?

Question:

Am I entitled to motorway accident compensation if I was injured in a multiple car pile-up on the motorway, and if so, who may be held accountable for the accident?

Answer:

Your entitlement to motorway accident compensation hinges on whether any one or multiple parties are found to be responsible for causing the accident and your subsequent injury. Establishing liability for a motorway accident compensation claim involving multiple cars depends on the circumstances that led to the accident. Since there are various scenarios in which a pile-up can take place, the factors that might have contributed to the accident, and your injury in particular, will need to be fully investigated.

In the majority of cases, the lead vehicle responsible for causing the chain of events of a motorway pile-up is held liable, provided there are no mitigating circumstances – i.e. the lead driver slows down to avert hitting an animal, for example. Also, if the driver that collided into you failed to observe an appropriate breaking distance, liability for motorway accident compensation may be attributable to more than one party.

Fortunately, motorway accident compensation claims involving multiple vehicles also have multiple witnesses that can attest to what happened. Moreover, footage from CCTVs may further help clarify the order of events and, in this manner, help determine liability for a motorway accident compensation claim involving a pile-up.

In addition, a solicitor assisting you with a motorway accident compensation claim will refer to the police report of the accident, photographs of the scene, your medical report and any other available evidence to support your claim for motorway accident compensation against the liable party or parties. Should more than one party be liable for your motorway accident compensation claim, your solicitor will establish a percentage amount of responsibility for each party involved.

Owing to the potential complexity of cases involving a multiple vehicle pile-up, you should be sure to discuss your claim for motorway accident compensation with an experienced solicitor at the earliest opportunity.