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When you or a loved one has been injured in a multi-vehicle car accident in New York, navigating the aftermath and seeking compensation can be daunting. At Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb, a dedicated multi-vehicle accident lawyer is here to guide you through every step of the legal process.

Our NYC car accident lawyers are experts in New York law and committed to fighting for the rights of multi-car accident victims. Contact us online or call us today at 800-PAIN-LAW for a free consultation.

Understanding Multi-Vehicle Accidents in New York

Multi-vehicle accidents, often involving a series of collisions, present complex legal challenges, particularly in determining liability. In New York, these incidents can stem from various causes such as distracted driving, adverse weather conditions, and speeding.

Statute of Limitations

The statute of limitations in New York dictates a three-year period from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit, making it essential to act promptly. Resolving a contentious personal injury claim can take a long time, especially for severe accidents.

The process of typical personal injury cases involves an initial investigation to identify all parties at fault in a multi-car accident case, followed by insurance claims. Negotiations with insurance companies aim for a settlement that covers your losses. But, if a fair agreement cannot be reached, the case may develop into a personal injury lawsuit and go to court.

Why Choose a Multi-Vehicle Accident Lawyer from Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb in New York

Selecting the right legal representation is crucial in multi-vehicle accident cases. Our law firm, Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb, stands out for its proven track record of securing favorable outcomes for our clients. Check out our testimonials and client results for New Yorkers we have helped.


Our team approach allows us to manage each case with the attention it deserves, maximizing compensation for your injuries and losses. Our NYC car accident attorneys understand the intricacies of New York’s legal system and leverage this knowledge to advocate effectively on your behalf.

Commitment & Support

Our commitment to our clients extends beyond the courtroom. We offer personalized support throughout your recovery process, ensuring that you are informed and comfortable at every stage. You have the experience of the Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb law firm’s multi-vehicle accident lawyers by your side. Now you can focus on recovery while we handle the legal complexities.

Contact us online or call us today at t 800-PAIN-LAW for a free consultation. Not quite ready to get in touch yet? Check out our testimonials and the results we get for clients in New York City. When you need a New York car accident lawyer, you need Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb.

What Is the Domino Effect in a Multi-Vehicle Collision?

Multi-car accidents, often referred to as pile-ups or chain-reaction crashes, can be some of the most complex and devastating accidents on the road. These accidents involve three or more vehicles and can result in severe injuries, extensive property damage, and complicated legal proceedings.

How the Domino Effect Works

Multi-car accidents are often likened to dominoes falling in sequence, where a single initial collision triggers a chain reaction of subsequent collisions involving multiple vehicles. The force and impact of each collision can multiply exponentially, leading to a chaotic and dangerous scene on the road.

How does the exponential increase in force and impact occur in a multi-car collision domino effect?

In multi-car accidents involving a domino effect, the force and impact of each collision can multiply exponentially due to the cumulative effects of the collisions, which intensify as more vehicles become involved. Here’s how this exponential increase in force and impact occurs:

Initial Collision:

The force generated by the initial collision between two vehicles is determined by the speed, weight, and direction of the vehicles involved. This initial force sets the stage for the subsequent collisions.

Chain Reaction:

As the initial collision occurs, the force generated is transmitted to the adjacent vehicles, causing them to collide with each other in a chain reaction. Each subsequent collision adds to the total force and impact of the accident.

Multiple Points of Impact:

In multi-car accidents, vehicles can be struck from multiple directions and angles. This results in multiple points of impact and increases the overall force and severity of the collisions. This can also increase the chances of serious injury, such as traumatic brain injury.

Crushing and Piling:

The force generated by each collision of a motor vehicle can cause vehicles to crush, pile up, or be pushed into each other, This further increases the force and impact of the car accident as more vehicles become involved.

Secondary Collisions:

In addition to the primary collisions between vehicles, secondary collisions can occur when vehicles spin out of control, slide into other lanes, or are struck by vehicles that were not initially involved in the motor vehicle accident itself. This amplifies the force and impact of the multi-car accident.

Energy Transfer:

The kinetic energy generated by the moving vehicles in a multi-vehicle car accident is transferred and dispersed through each collision. However, since not all of the energy is dissipated, it leads to a cumulative increase in force and impact as the chain reaction continues throughout the unfurling car accident.

Worsening Conditions:

As the chain reaction continues, the accident scene becomes more chaotic and dangerous. The accident scene becomes more challenging for drivers to avoid additional collisions and increases the likelihood of higher-speed impacts, rollovers, and more severe injuries.

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Working with Harris Keenan & Goldfarb

STEP 1Submit Your Case for a Free Evaluation

Provide us with the details of your situation for a comprehensive and free evaluation. It’s important for us to understand the specifics of your case thoroughly. While submission does not guarantee our representation, every case is reviewed meticulously to assess how we can offer our support.

STEP 2We Handle the Details, You Focus on Recovery

If we proceed with your case, our experienced legal team will manage every aspect of your case, allowing you to concentrate on your recovery. From rigorous investigations to handling all negotiations and paperwork, we ensure that every detail is covered with the utmost professionalism and dedication.

STEP 3Pursue Comprehensive Compensation

Should we represent you, our aim is to secure the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses. This includes covering medical bills, compensating for lost wages, and addressing pain and suffering. We commit to diligently advocating for your rights, striving for a resolution that supports your recovery and future well-being..

How a New York City Injury Lawyer Can Help:


Investigate your case and get the evidence needed to build a strong case


Help submit insurance claims


Make sure you get the medical treatment you need


Communicate and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf


File paperwork and make sure no deadlines are missed


Represent you in court, if necessary


Get full and fair compensation for your injuries and damages

Over $500 Million in Verdicts and Settlements

Our track record showcases over $500 million won for our clients. Each victory underlines our commitment to justice and client care. Explore our impact, case by case.



A Brooklyn jury awarded Mr. Vargas $17.5 million for the City of New York’s violation of his civil rights for failing to provide him medical care while in custody. The jury found that the police officers involved failed to provide the necessary medical treatment and awarded $17.5 million to Mr. Vargas.



Harris Keenan & Goldfarb partners Seth Harris and Sheri Holland obtained a $4,730,398.00 jury verdict on behalf of our client who tripped and fell at a private apartment building in the Bronx, suffering a broken foot that developed a very painful, permanent neurological condition called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (“RSD”).



A Bronx jury awarded John Doe over $12 million for an accident on a construction site. John Doe was working when a piece of scaffold weighing 35 pounds fell, striking John Doe in the lower back. John Doe suffered a herniated disc requiring surgical removal of a portion of the disc and permanent nerve damage.



A Bronx jury awarded $10.5 million to the mother of Malcolm Ferguson, who was wrongfully shot and killed by the New York City Police Department. The police officer, Louis Rivera, also a defendant in the case, was found to have used excessive force in violation of Malcolm Ferguson’s civil rights as protected under the United States Constitution.



A Bronx jury awarded plaintiff William Cardoza $4 million for injuries caused by the use of excessive force during an arrest. During the arrest, Mr. Cardoza was pepper-sprayed and repeatedly hit with a police nightstick. As a result, Mr. Cardoza sustained injuries to his hand and finger.



The firm’s client, a 33-year-old teacher’s assistant, was scalded by an espresso machine that exploded while the defendant’s employee was demonstrating how the machine worked. The client was a customer at the defendant’s coffee shop on the date of the accident and suffered first-degree burns to her right (dominant) hand.



The firm represented the mother- decedent and her infant son. During the decedent’s admission to the defendant hospital, the defendant dispensed anesthesia during an epidural to the decedent in an inadequate manner. The mother-decedent suffered personal injuries and wrongful death due to the defendant’s failure to properly administer epidural anesthesia.



Mr.Brennan fell from approximately 25 feet while working on a construction project. He suffered a shattered bone in his right leg requiring surgery and hardware placement. Mr. Brennan also suffered two fractures in his facial bones, and a dislocated finger requiring surgical repair.



The firm’s client was a child with cerebral palsy who was injured as a result of medical malpractice. The firm’s clients claimed improper management of pregnancy, labor, and delivery resulting in brain damage, and received a Brooklyn personal injury settlement.



The firm’s client, a 63-year-old mentally incompetent man, slipped and fell in his own urine while attempting to walk to the bathroom at the defendant’s senior citizen home. The client fractured his hip and as a result is confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. The client claimed that the staff of the home failed to properly care for him, and the jury awarded $1,677,835.



The firm’s client, a 47-year-old male, slipped and fell on a public sidewalk in the Bronx. It had snowed four to five days prior to the date of the accident, and the sidewalk was covered with ice. The client suffered a lumbar fracture and a herniated disc. The jury found the city liable and awarded the client a $2,995,000 personal injury settlement in the Bronx.



A Bronx jury awarded plaintiff Luis Molina $2.61 million for injuries sustained when he fell down a subway station stairway. Mr. Molina was caused to slip and fall as a result of a plastic bag that had blown onto the steps from a street opening. As a result of the fall, Mr. Molina suffered a herniated disc and a tear of his right shoulder’s rotator cuff. The jury found that the NYC Transit Authority was liable for the accident.



A Bronx jury awarded Ms. Colon $2.25 million for a trip and fall accident. Ms. Colon was caused to fall when she moved to the right to allow another pedestrian to pass, and her foot rolled to the outside due to the sidewalk being unlevel with the adjoining grass. The jury found the defendant liable and awarded Ms. Colon $2,253,714.00 for her pain and suffering.



A Brooklyn jury awarded Arvella Floyd $1.9 million for a fractured wrist which required multiple surgeries, including an open-reduction internal fixation and a carpal tunnel release. Ms. Floyd was injured when the hot water knob of the shower fell off after numerous complaints to the superintendent, and scalding water spewed toward her, causing her to
fall and break her wrist.



A Bronx jury awarded plaintiff Juanita Young $1,350,000 for injuries caused by the use of excessive force during an arrest. During the arrest, Ms. Young, who is legally blind, was handcuffed from behind, with her children watching, and taken to the top of the stairs to exit the building. The officer proceeded to push her down the stairs multiple times.

What Our Clients Say About Us

00:47 22 Jun 24
I contacted Burns and Harris, this company which is renamed now, about two years ago about my injury. I even had an in person meeting with Stephen LaRocca.I had to chase him for a year just to sign something, in the end I just gave up. Pretty appalling company and even worse than people have written. I can only imagine the people who haven’t taken the time to write your review. Don’t bother with them.
Cole ColdwaterCole Coldwater
19:36 20 Jun 24
My experience with Harris Keenan and Goldfarb was wonderful. My legal representative, Steven LaRocca with Samantha Walton always made me feel well defended and cared for, in a way that went beyond professional representation and into the realm of caring about me on a personal level. Steven, Samantha and Seth Harris got me a great outcome and I can’t thank them enough!
Elizabeth SantosElizabeth Santos
00:32 20 Jun 24
If I could give them a zero Star I would 0
Jennifer RosarioJennifer Rosario
14:16 05 Jun 24
The best law firm I have ever went with thank you so much
Angelo Del GuercioAngelo Del Guercio
20:03 11 May 24
Horrible people. I lost complete confidence in this firm. Attorneys dragged their feet for 4 years and my mom died before a settlement could be reached. I advised them several times that my mom was sick to put fire under their feet but the effort was to no avail.
david Santiagodavid Santiago
18:05 21 Mar 24
Maria RoqueMaria Roque
20:49 15 Mar 24
Excellent person, very Professional, they assist you in any language, your call is always answered. I recommend you for any case of support you have, your refund is satisfactory. and fast
14:09 02 Mar 24
I am completely satisfied, and recommend Harris Keenan & Goldfarb as Attorneys to represent anyone. Their care for me physically, and overall helped me stay strong in spite of my injuries. Always available to answer questions, and inform.They got me Justice, and achieved a substantial outcome for my case.I am very impressed, and thankful for their outstanding performance on my behalf.I am very pleased, and significantly satisfied with their representation.‐-Sherylon Wilkins
Robert LennonRobert Lennon
15:26 21 Feb 24
Patient and diligence is how I describe the effort of HKG the work was thorough, honest and fair, I have no complaints. Special thanks to attorney Blake and his paralegal Thierry.
Gene Matos (fanboye)Gene Matos (fanboye)
18:48 15 Jan 24
I first crossed paths with Seth Harris when serving jury duty many years ago. He was so professional and personable, that when my mom was seeking legal counsel for medical malpractice, I told her she had to reach out to his firm. We had meetings with a few different firms, but Harris Keenan & Goldfarb was the only firm that did not try to get us to sign paperwork before even meeting. They took the time to listen and understand our situation before we signed anything, and they were transparent and responsive the whole time. I would like to give special thanks to Samantha Walton, Marla Stein, Val Wallace and Seth Harris for helping my mom through this tough time. They were honest and upfront, and even though Seth Harris wasn't personally on the case, he took the time to meet with us and give us his thoughts on it.
Solange IsaacSolange Isaac
17:52 08 Jan 24
I am pleased with the services provided by Ms Sheri on my case. The team at Harris, Keenan, & Goldfarb were very nice and explained everything to me. Everything that I had questions on they answered without frustration and were prompt and knowledgeable.6 years ago I had a slip and fall accident at my employers place of business. I reached out to them because I knew that I was being wrongfully treated. They took care of the case, restored my self confidence, and brought so much peace to my problem riddled life.I can recommend without a shadow of a doubt the services of Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb to anyone who is in need of someone who will have your back!
Brittany DempseyBrittany Dempsey
16:02 08 Jan 24
My mother had an accident with her ankle back in 2019. I immediately contacted Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb on the day of the accident. They were extremely prompt and helpful. They attended to my mother's case beautifully and she's been recovering well. I'd like to thank you for being so diligent, kind and above all professional. I'd recommend this law firm to anyone who are injured and in need of legal assistance. My mother, Andrea, and I thank you for everything.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Multi-Vehicle Accidents in New York City

Navigating the aftermath of a multi-vehicle accident in New York can be a complex and overwhelming process. Whether you’re dealing with serious injuries yourself, financial loss, or both, understanding your legal rights and options is crucial. In the bustling streets of New York City, where the unexpected can happen at any moment, being informed and prepared can make all the difference in the outcome of your auto accident case.

  • What Should I Do Immediately After a Multi-Vehicle Accident?

    After a multi-vehicle accident, your safety and the safety of others is the priority. If you can, move to a safe area away from traffic. Call 911 to report the accident and request medical assistance if needed. Document the scene with photos and gather contact information from witnesses and all drivers involved.
    Notifying your insurance company about the multi-car accident is also crucial. However, consider consulting with a New York multi-vehicle accident lawyer before providing detailed statements to any insurance companies, including your own, to protect your rights.

  • How is Fault Determined in a Multi-Vehicle Accident in New York?

  • Can I Receive Compensation Even If I'm Partially At Fault?

  • What Type of Compensation Can I Claim After a Multi-Vehicle Accident?

  • How Long Do I Have to File a Car Accident Lawsuit for a Multi-Vehicle Accident?

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