Three people reportedly died and at least 12 more were injured in one of the worst multi-vehicle accidents in recent memory along Interstate 10 near Picacho Peak and Casa Grande, between Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. The accident happened Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 when a dust storm reduced visibility, leading to a massive 19-vehicle chain reaction accident involving ten commercial trucks, seven passenger cars, a recreational vehicle and a tanker. At least one car was pinned between two big rigs and another was crushed beneath a tractor-trailer, while several vehicles were pushed off to the side of the roadway.
Multi-vehicle chain reaction roadway accidents often result in multiple people being seriously injured or killed. This is particularly the case in multi-vehicle accidents that occur on highways and involve large trucks and buses together with smaller cars and motorcycles. When there are several vehicles involved in a traffic accident it is necessary to determine who was at fault and to what degree. This is often easier said than done, so it is important to have an experienced Arizona personal injury attorney investigating the circumstances surrounding the accident.
Determining who is at fault in multi-vehicle accidents
Arizona law applies a pure comparative negligence method to determine the liability of each person involved in an accident. When you are hurt in a car accident involving several vehicles, the damages you can recover are dependent upon your culpability for the accident. If you are found to have contributed to causing the accident you can still recover, however your award will be reduced by your percentage of fault. If you are found to have intentionally contributed to causing another person’s injury or wrongful death, you can be precluded from recovering damages regardless of the blame assigned to others involved in the accident.