Who pays for my injuries when multiple cars are involved?
It can be difficult to navigate through who is at fault in an accident involving multiple cars. Georgia uses a comparative fault model in order for judges and juries to determine the percentage of liability amongst the drivers. O.C.G.A. § 51-12-33. Under the Georgia's comparative fault model, if you were injured in an accident and is determined to be less than 50% at fault for the accident, then you will be able to recover for your injuries. However, depending on what percentage is determined to be your fault, the award of damages will be reduced by your fault percentage.
For example, if you were in injured in an accident in Georgia and you sustained $500,000 in injuries and you were determined to be 20% at fault, then your total recovery would be $500,000 minus 20% of $500,000 which is $100,000, thus, $400,000.
Chain Reaction Multi-Vehicle Accidents
With the growing population and cars on the road, Georgia highways often have chain reaction accidents involving multiple vehicles. Although it may be easy to put the blame on the very back vehicle for the accident, it may not always be the case. For example, there may be an accident involving only two vehicles and while stopped due to the accident, a third vehicle may come and rear-end the stopped vehicles. In such case, the Georgia comparative fault model described above will be used to determine the percentage of liability.
Have you been injured in a Multi-Vehicle Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a multi-vehicle accident in Georgia, contact the lawyers at Hong & Sessions Law Firm. Attorney Soo Hong and Ben Sessions have years of experience in handling personal injury cases. To learn how the lawyers at Hong & Sessions Law, LLC can help you, call 678-691-3305 to schedule a free consultation today.