Multi-car accidents can have devastating consequences for victims — and it often isn’t possible to immediately tell who is at fault when a pile-up does occur. During the subsequent days, weeks and months following your wreck, there will probably be some investigation going on to try to determine how the accident started and what order events took place.
In the meantime, protect your rights. You may be asked a lot of different questions by both insurance adjusters and the authorities as they seek to assign blame for the wreck. For example, you may be asked, “Did you feel one bump or two? Did you feel more?” That’s one way investigators try to figure out if the driver in the rear is primarily at fault.
It’s really much smarter to hold off giving answers until you’ve spoken with an attorney. The shock of the wreck, plus your injuries, can make it hard to recall events clearly. You may also not be entirely clear-headed, especially if you’re given pain medication at the hospital after the wreck.
Here are some basic tips you should keep in mind:
- Connecticut is a modified comparative fault state, so each party in a multi-car wreck may be assigned a percentage of “fault” for the accident. The percentage you’re assigned can reduce your ability to recover adequate compensation for your injuries.
- If you’re assigned more than 51% of the blame for a wreck, you can’t recover any compensation at all, so it’s important not to say anything that might be seen as an admission of fault.
- It may take an experienced accident reconstruction expert to really determine what happened in the wreck. You simply cannot trust your memory to be clear after a traumatic event.
- Insurance agents will sometimes go to great lengths to get you on record and “lock you in” to a specific version of events. Don’t fall prey to their games. Politely decline to be recorded at any time.
An experienced attorney can protect your interests while you heal and help you fight for fair compensation after a multi-vehicle wreck.