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Determining fault and liability in a multi-car accident

When someone is injured in a car accident caused by another driver’s negligence, the negligent driver can be held liable for the injured party’s damages. But first, the court must determine who was at fault for the accident and the victim’s injuries. This can be difficult in many two-car accidents, but it is especially tricky when more than two vehicles are involved.

Recently in Houston, a woman was killed in a three-car accident. According to news reports, the woman was traveling through an intersection heading east on Harwin near West Sam Houston Parkway when a northbound car collided with her vehicle. A second vehicle then collided with her car.

Police said the drivers of the other vehicles sustained only minor injuries. As of the time of this writing, police were still investigating the accident and had not determined whether any of the drivers ran a red light or otherwise violated traffic laws.

In a wrongful death lawsuit based on a car accident, an attorney examines police reports, talks to witnesses and gathers over evidence in order to determine what happened and who was at fault. In a multi-vehicle accident, this can be a lot harder. In some cases, multiple parties can be found negligent and can be held partly liable for damages.

In these more complicated cases, it takes skill to present the evidence to a jury. However, the pain and loss experienced by the victims of car accidents can change the lives of an entire family forever. The injured and their families should speak to an experienced personal injury attorney about their legal options.