Determining Liability in Multi-Car Pileups

Recently, a multi-vehicle pileup in West Virginia left one person dead and 12 people injured. The accident involved 15 separate vehicles, closing Interstate 81 for hours. Although officers were expected to charge one of the drivers in this accident, there are often major concerns regarding liability in these situations. Multi-vehicle pileups often have devastating impacts on families. These accidents are especially unfortunate as they take even longer to be straightened out, leading to delays in obtaining payment for your injuries and reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses. If you or your loved one has been injured in an accident or incident stemming from a multi-vehicle pileup in the state of West Virginia, contact Colombo Law today for a no-risk review of your claim.

Comparative Fault in West Virginia

In West Virginia, an individual must determine liability of every individual involved in the accident that caused the injuries. This is because West Virginia follows a comparative negligence standard, one in which an injured party can only recover an amount of money equal to the damages the particular party caused. For instance, if there are four individuals responsible for the accident that caused your injuries, you will only be able to collect a maximum of 25% of your damages for each party.

Because West Virginia is a comparative negligence state, it becomes crucial to find, serve, and initiate a lawsuit against every responsible individual before it is too late. Colombo Law can assist you in ensuring your claim is accurate and complies with the law.

Necessity of an Experienced Attorney

When involved in an accident involving multiple vehicles, it is a necessity that you obtain an experienced attorney to handle your matter. In most instances, multi-vehicle accidents trigger a frenzy in which most individuals obtain attorneys. While one may ordinarily think that your insurance company will act in your interests, an insurance company is mainly interested in limiting liability instead of acting on your behalf.

After a multi-vehicle accident, you need an attorney who will fight for you. Our attorneys will investigate the cause of the accident, conduct discovery to find out and develop any areas that may expose additional information, and file an action to protect your interests in a claim. Multi-vehicle accidents are complicated matters. Let one of our attorneys litigate your claim for you and remove some of the worry that accompanies a lawsuit.

About Colombo Law

Colombo Law is a full service personal injury law firm that seeks to help every victim of an accident or incident recover damages for their injury to the extent it is legally possible, regardless of how big or small the claim is. We assist clients located in and around West Virginia including in Morgantown, Fairmont, Clarksburg, Bridgeport, Kingwood, Grafton, Weston, Philippi, Buckhannon, Elkins, Parkersburg, as well as Monongalia, Marian, Harrison, Preston, Taylor, and Lewis county. If you have been injured in an accident or incident but are unsure of whether you have a personal injury claim, contact Colombo Law today for a risk-free initial consultation.


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