A serious accident occurred on a recent, involving five separate vehicles and sending at least two people to St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center with injuries that were significant but not life-threatening. The multi-vehicle crash occurred near the intersection of River Place Boulevard and RM 2222, to the west of Loop 1. Multi-vehicle accidents can be difficult to address in terms of compensation because it can be hard to accurately assess liability, but if you enlist an experienced attorney, you may have an easier time seeking compensation for your injuries.
Causes Of Multi-Vehicle Crashes
Because multi-vehicle crashes happen so quickly and involve so many people, it is not nearly as easy to try and find fault or apportion liability than it would be with a simple two-car crash. There are several common causes for multi-vehicle crashes, any of which can, in theory, be combined together or occur alone. Some examples include driver inattention or recklessness, poor road etiquette like following too closely or speeding, and poor weather.
The potential for injury or fatality is obviously very high, given the number of vehicles that can be involved in an average multi-vehicle accident. However, many injured victims think twice about bringing suit against a negligent driver because they are afraid that they might be judged wholly or partially liable for their own injuries. Be advised that in Texas, you can only be denied a potential recovery if it is found that your percentage of fault is greater than 50 percent. If it is less, you may still be able to be compensated for your injuries.
Only One Recovery
Despite there being multiple potential defendants in a multi-vehicle accident case, one thing that is crucial to remember in Texas is that an injured plaintiff is only allowed to recover once for the injuries they have sustained – one ‘satisfaction’ for one injury is the idea, and thus the rule is referred to as the “one satisfaction” rule. You may be able to recover from more than one defendant, but you cannot recover a total of more than 100 percent of your costs and damages.
There are exceptions to this rule, but it is incredibly difficult for the average injured person, who simply wants to be able to pay their bills and have their family taken care of while they try to recover, to understand them and to navigate the process of recovery. Contacting an experienced attorney can help relieve you of some of the confusion you may feel after an accident, especially with the problem of multiple defendants to consider.
Call a New Braunfels Auto Accident Lawyer
While there appear to be only two injuries in the River Place Boulevard accident, the one you are involved in could, unfortunately, be worse. If you have been injured in a multi-car pile-up, it can be easy to feel lost and not know where to turn. The dedicated New Braunfels auto accident lawyers at the Bettersworth Law Firm will do our best to try and help you through a trying time. Call us today at 888-392-0039 to schedule a free consultation.