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Untangling Truck Accidents with Multiple Vehicles

November 19, 2021

Because of their size and weight, trucks often collide with multiple vehicles when involved in an accident. In addition to the severe injuries that are likely to result, these accidents can present some unique factual and legal challenges for the people who are injured. If you have been injured in a truck accident involving multiple vehicles, a Billings truck accident attorney can help you sort through the issues so that you can get the compensation you need. 

A Billings Truck Accident Attorney Can Establish Liability

The first challenge for you if you have been injured is establishing liability. In truck accident cases, there are always multiple parties who may be at fault from the driver to the trucking company, or the people responsible for maintaining or loading the truck. Trucking companies attempt to shield themselves from liability in a number of ways, such as hiring drivers as independent contractors. In truck accidents involving multiple vehicles, however, the challenges do not end there. 

To begin, the truck may have started the accident in order to avoid an accident with another vehicle. In other words, another driver may have actually caused the accident. 

Second, if you were struck by a vehicle that was pushed into you by the truck, you have to then determine whether that driver is at least partially responsible for your injuries. They may have been following too closely or otherwise driving carelessly, and perhaps could have avoided the accident if they had been driving safely. 

Third, there may be conflicting accounts of what happened between the various drivers involved and other witnesses. This can make it difficult for you to prove your claim and easier for the responsible parties to avoid liability. 

As you can see, sorting out what happened and who may be at fault often involves careful analysis of a complex set of facts. In some cases, it may even require an expert in truck accidents to determine exactly what happened. If you have been injured in a truck accident involving multiple vehicles, a Billings truck accident attorney can provide the guidance you need. 

A Billings Truck Accident Attorney Can Navigate the Insurance Issues

In accidents involving multiple vehicles, you may have multiple claims against a single driver. This means that there may not be sufficient coverage to pay all of the claims in full. If the trucking company is liable for the accident, it may be likely that they have the resources available to pay any amounts not covered by insurance, but there are no guarantees. If, however, another driver is responsible for causing the accident, getting the compensation you deserve can be much more challenging. A Billings truck accident attorney can help you untangle the insurance issues so that you can get the compensation you need.  

Contact Billings Truck Accident Attorney Jim Ragain for Help

Jim has over 30 years of experience in helping truck accident victims successfully pursue claims for their injuries, lost wages, and other losses. From complex accidents involving multiple vehicles to one-on-one accidents, he can help you get back on your feet. Contact us today at 406-651-8888 to schedule a free consultation to learn more about how we can help you.

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