Special Rules for South Carolina Crashes Involving More Than Two Vehicles

In multi-car accidents, injured claimants may still collect compensation for damages according to their percentages of fault. If, however, one driver’s fault is greater than the combined fault of all the others, that driver may not collect any compensation. In a four-car crash, for example, if one injured driver is found to be 55% responsible, and the other three are each 15% at fault, the first driver may not collect any damages because 55% is greater than 45%.

Calculating Percentage of Fault

If you’re thinking there must be a clear and consistent method that is universally used to assign fault fairly in an accident, you’re mistaken. Like quantifying pain, emotion, or anything else that is essentially non-numerical, quantifying fault is a judgment call. In cases of mutual negligence, there is no standard formula that translates the details of your accident into percentages of fault for the drivers/vehicles involved.

Two different judges or two juries trying the same case might find differing percentages of fault. This is just one reason why you need an experienced car crash lawyer to present your evidence convincingly if your case should go to trial. The insurance company’s lawyers are trained to:

  • Understand comparative negligence
  • Estimate your possible percentage of fault in an accident
  • Use their knowledge to reduce your settlement offer if possible

You need an attorney who can show that you were less than 51% at fault in your accident by:

  • Obtaining police/accident reports
  • Presenting photo/video evidence
  • Interviewing witnesses to the crash
  • Calling expert witnesses
  • Reconstructing your accident
  • Obtaining phone records and/or “black box” data

An attorney can maximize your compensation for both economic and non-economic damages:

  • Medical bills
  • Property damage
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Psychological trauma
Dirk J. Derrick
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