A concertina collision is when the accident involves more than two cars. This can occur in heavy traffic as the vehicles have nowhere to go to avoid the collision even if they see an accident ahead. You could be travelling and suddenly you may be shunted forward into the car in front, who in turn goes into the car in front of them.
Generally speaking if you are the vehicle in front or the middle vehicle then you shouldn’t be held responsible for the car accident. You may have been stationery for example and the car behind hits you causing you to shunt into the car in front.
The driver that hits into the back of you may be considered responsible for damage and injury to both you and the vehicle you were shunted into.
In this instance liability can be easy to resolve. However you may hit someone’s car by your own neglect causing the car behind to hit you. This is where it is important to get witness evidence and report to the police to see if they need to attend and assess the situation.
The police will issue a report which will help to validate when making a claim.
Report the concertina collision to your insurers irrespective of who is at fault.
Gather as much information as you can at the time of the accident as you may forget something later on, which may affect your claim.
There may be other factors you may want to keep a note of even if you think they are irrelevant. The more information the better it will be when making concertina collision accident claims.
We may still be able to help if you do not have all of the above information.
Calculating compensation depends on the individual circumstances and your involvement in the accident.
If you were hit from behind causing you to hit the car in front then the compensation you receive would be larger then if you were partly to blame and you would be classed as an innocent party.
If you have an accident and are unable to stop as you did not keep a safe stopping distance for example there may have been an accident ahead. Then you may receive a lesser amount of compensation and would be considered a ‘contributory factor’ to the pile up.
When you re injured in a concertina collision you may be able to make a concertina collision accident claim for both General and Special Damages:
General damages compensate for the affect caused by the incident and can include:
The amount of compensation depends on the injury and any lasting effects it can have,
Special damages are calculated on any out of pocket expenses incurred as a result of the accident and can include:
It is important to keep receipts and invoices for these out of pocket expenses as they will be required as evidence.
You can make a personal injury claim following a concertina car accident up to three years after it happened or 3 years after you discovered your injury was found to have been caused by the accident.
Individual circumstances surrounding the claim will determine how long it will take to settle.
If your claim is relatively straightforward then coming to an agreement can take a matter of months.
However, when the injury is serious then the claim can be more complex, which in turn will make the process longer.
As complex personal injury claims take longer and there are financial outgoings like medical treatment for example, then the court may award you interim payments to help prevent you getting into financial difficulty.
If you have been involved in a concertina collision accident you may want to make a claim.
If you prefer you can request a call back and we will call you at a time that is convenient.