Car accidents are complex events. There are often numerous factors that may have contributed to a crash. In many cases, an investigation will show that one of the parties engaged in reckless driving behaviors which are ultimately responsible for the collision and any injuries that occurred. In cases involving multi-vehicle car accidents, determining fault can prove far more challenging. Blame may be shared among multiple parties, including you. However, this does not prevent you from getting the compensation you are entitled to for the injuries you suffer.
San Jose Police Officer, Others Injured in Multi-Vehicle Car Accident
A recent multi-vehicle car accident in San Jose left a police officer and others involved suffering potentially serious injuries. Emergency crews responded to the scene of the collision, which occurred during the late afternoon hours in the Jackson Avenue/McKee Road area. It involved multiple drivers and left several people injured. Among the victims was an off duty San Jose Police Department officer.
Those with injuries were taken to San Jose Regional Medical Center. Law enforcement is still investigating the incident and has not released any additional details on the officer, the other victims involved, or the suspected cause of the crash.
Determining Blame When Multiple Drivers Are Involved
Multi-vehicle accidents are a common occurrence throughout the Bay area and happen frequently along highways, major intersections, and other areas where there are numerous drivers and potential traffic congestion. Behaviors on the part of one or more motorists that can make these crashes more likely to occur include:
- Speeding and going too fast for conditions
- Aggressive driving, such as tailgating and improper passing
- Running red lights or disregarding traffic signs and signals
- Driving distracted or under the influence of alcohol
When a multi-vehicle crash does happen, it requires extensive investigations to determine who is ultimately to blame. In many cases, there are several drivers whose actions contributed to the extent of the injuries or property damage suffered by others. In these cases, they can all be held accountable in a personal injury claim.
Based on the legal theory of contributory negligence, the California Civil Jury Instructions advise that damages may be apportioned among multiple parties. However, even if you are among those determined to be partially at fault, you may still be entitled to compensation. For example, if you suffered $100,000 in damages but were determined to be 20 percent to blame, this would reduce the amount to $80,000. If two other drivers involved were each determined to be 40 percent responsible for your injuries, they would each be required to pay you $40,000.
Contact a San Jose Attorney Today for Help
At the Jachimowicz Law Group, we provide knowledgeable, professional legal representation when you are seeking compensation for multi-vehicle accidents. To discuss what you may be entitled to in your claim, call 408-246-5500 or contact our skilled San Jose car accident attorneys and request a free consultation today.