Determining Liability in a Multi-Vehicle Accident in RI

Posted by April Picozzi | Jan 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

While car accidents involving two vehicles are relatively straight-forward, collisions involving three or more vehicles are often complicated. Determining liability in multi-vehicle accidents – known as pile-ups and chain-reaction crashes – can be quite difficult since it is possible that more than one driver is at fault.


If you are involved in a chain-reaction collision, you could make a claim against one or all of the other drivers who caused the crash and could obtain compensation from any of the motorists whose actions caused the crash.

According to Rhode Island law, multiple parties who cause a collision and injuries can be held “jointly and severally” liable. In other words, they can be held equally responsible for injuries they cause.

In many cases, several different drivers can cause a multi-vehicle accident. For example, if one motorist cuts off another who is speeding without signaling, then suddenly the speeding motorist swerves into your car in the next lane, both drivers could be partially at fault.


The rules on shared responsibility for auto collisions are complex and confusing, especially if you suffer any serious injury. It is imperative to retain legal services from an experienced personal injury attorney.

At Inman & Tourgee, we can thoroughly review your case and determine all of your available legal options in order to obtain the most favorable outcome possible. With more than 125 years of combined experience, our Rhode Island car accident attorneys have a comprehensive understanding of state driving laws to help you navigate through the intricacies of the legal system.

Contact us and request a free consultation today.

About the Author

April Picozzi

PUBLIC ADJUSTER / OPERATIONS & FINANCE MANAGER April M. Picozzi joined the firm in 2013 as a licensed Independent Adjuster and legal assistant to Mark D. Tourgee, Esq. She handles all aspects of personal injury claims including client intake, maintaining client files, negotiating settlements and assi...


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