When there is a car wreck, there’s always the potential for disputes over liability – but that potential always gets magnified when there are more than two vehicles involved.
The first step in determining liability is often the police report. Once the authorities are called to the scene, they will gather evidence, speak to witnesses, document what they find and often issue traffic citations. That can serve as a foundation for the investigation that may have to come later.
What does the law say?
Ohio follows a comparative negligence system, which means that multiple parties can actually share the liability for a wreck, each according to their own degree.
For example, imagine that a distracted driver plows into the car behind you. Because the driver behind you was following you too closely, the impact of the collision forces their vehicle into yours, injuring you. Upon investigation, the distracted driver is found to be 75% responsible for your damages, while the driver who actually hit you is only responsible for 25% of your injuries.
What if you’re also partially at fault? So long as your liability isn’t 51% or more, you can still claim compensation for your losses. Your compensation would just be reduced by the percentage of fault that’s assigned to you.
The outcome of a car accident claim can vary based on the specific circumstances of each accident. Our experienced attorneys can help you navigate the complexities of Ohio’s liability laws.