Multiple Cases from One Wreck: How It WorksMarch 26, 2019
A single car crash won’t always have a single cause or only one at-fault party. In fact, it’s not uncommon for multiple forms of negligence to cause one wreck. When that happens, there can be multiple liable parties and multiple claims arising from that accident.
To help you understand more about these cases, here are some answers to common questions about multiple claims associated with one accident. If you need legal advice related to your specific situation, simply contact a Houston car accident attorney at the Amaro Law Firm. We’re here for you, ready to give you the answers you need so you can get on the path to recovery.
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How Can One Car Crash Give Rise to Multiple Claims?
A lot of different circumstances can play a role in triggering multiple cases from one traffic accident, like (but not limited to) crashes that involve:
- Chain reaction wrecks, such as a rear-end accident that causes a series of other wrecks
- The reckless actions of multiple motorists
- Driver negligence and defective vehicle equipment
- The negligence of a commercial driver and his or her employer (i.e., a motor carrier).
Here, it’s important to note that multiple claims can also arise from crashes in which only one party is liable. This can happen when an at-fault driver is underinsured. In these situations, the multiple claims would be with:
- The liable driver’s insurance company
- Your own insurer if you have uninsured or underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage.
How Are Multiple Claims Resolved?
How these cases proceed towards resolution will depend on the nature of each individual claim and, in particular, who the at-fault party is. A lawyer can provide more insight here, after reviewing the details of your potential case. In general, however, here are some common ways multiple claims can be resolved:
- Mediation or arbitration
- Out-of-court settlements
Please note that, when there is more than one claim, each is independent of the others. This means that different claims can:
- Move forward on different timelines
- Be resolved via different methods.
How Do I Know If I Have More than One Claim Arising from My Accident?
You will have multiple claims from one wreck whenever there’s more than one liable party for that accident. Because it’s not always clear who’s liable – and because there can be at-fault parties who were not at the scene when the crash happened, it’s critical to talk to an attorney to find out:
- Who’s liable for your wreck
- Whether more than one party was at fault
- How to proceed in order to hold all at-fault parties liable and seek the full compensation to which you’re entitled.
We know that compensation cannot erase catastrophic or permanent damage caused by serious accidents. We also know that financial recoveries from these claims can help victims and families pick up the pieces and rebuild their lives.
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