If you are in a car wreck, you need a personal injury attorney to protect your rights and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. This is never more true than when you are involved in a multi-car collision. These cases can be difficult to prove who was to blame for the accident. While this may not sound like a big deal – it is. The concept of blame or negligence is critical to a personal injury case. As a lawyer, it is our job to prove that someone other than you was negligent so that you can receive a financial award for your claim. This central focus of injury law can determine if and how much money you receive.
In order to prove negligence, we will want to discuss every aspect of the accident. We want to know what you were doing before it took place, what the steps were leading up to the wreck, who was involved, where they were, etc. Every single detail is important because it can help us to prove the case for responsibility. We encourage clients to take the time to write down what happened to ensure that nothing is left out, as you never know what facts will help to prove the case.
As a personal injury attorney, one of the common multi-car accidents that we see involves rush hour traffic. As people are heading home from a busy day or heading back to work in the morning, there is more traffic on the roads, and people tend to drive too close to each other. As a result, when one car stops suddenly, others must also stop, and if one person is unable to do so, it can lead to a pileup with each car behind them joining the accident. This makes it incredibly important to follow the old drivers education rule of keeping ten car lengths between you and the next vehicle. If you are involved in an accident like this, we will do research to determine why the accident took place and who is ultimately responsible for it.
We also see multi-car accidents when there is an initial accident and a car is damaged to the point of not being able to move to the shoulder. This can also happen, of course, when traffic is too heavy for the car to move. Unfortunately, a stranded car is a sitting duck for another accident, and if the surrounding cars aren't paying attention a second accident can take place. Sometimes this happens within seconds while other times it could be minutes. We recommend that if you are in a wreck and can't get to the shoulder, you call 911 immediately. The police can come and help you to get out of the car and call a tow truck to remove your vehicle. While you wait, put on your seatbelt and your hazards to decrease the risk of getting hit.
Regardless of how your accident happened, we are a personal injury attorney that can help.