Multiple Vehicles Involved in a Collision on a Busy Roadway

There is often considerable confusion immediately following a multi-vehicle crash. However, there are two things that you can know for sure:

  • First, everyone will point a finger at someone else. You likely won’t know which driver or drivers should pay for your injuries until a full investigation is completed.
  • Second, you can contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to make sure that your rights and recovery are protected.

Multiple vehicle accidents are complicated, but you should not pay for an accident that wasn’t your fault. Instead, we invite you to learn more about how to protect your rights after these types of crashes.

Common Causes of Multi-Vehicle Accidents

Multi-vehicle accidents often occur when there is poor visibility or a lot of traffic. They may involve cars, trucks, and motorcycles, and they may occur at intersections, while you are stopped in traffic, or on the highway, for example.

These types of crashes are rarely the fault of one driver. Before you can recover damages for your multiple vehicle accident injuries, you must identify the driver or drivers who are legally responsible for your crash. In a multi-car crash, this could include a driver who:

  • Caused the initial collision
  • Rear-ended your vehicle
  • Failed to use a turn signal
  • Was speeding
  • Was distracted
  • Was drunk
  • Was otherwise negligent

Often, more than one driver will be legally responsible for injuries, and your recovery may come from more than one driver or insurance company.

Multi-Vehicle Accident Injuries

Multiple impacts may result in multiple injuries. After a multi-vehicle crash, you could suffer one or more of the following injuries:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Broken bone
  • Internal injury
  • Scarring or disfigurement
  • Chronic pain
  • Death

You deserve fair compensation for all of your injuries. However, your compensation will depend on the available evidence and the actions you take after the multi-vehicle crash.

Evidence Is Critical to Your Multi-Vehicle Crash Recovery

Before any insurance company settles your case or a court awards you damages for your accident injuries, you must prove who caused your accident injuries and the percentage of liability that should be attributed to each driver. To do this, you will need evidence, such as:

  • Police reports
  • Pictures and videos from the accident scene
  • Vehicle damage
  • Skid marks and other physical evidence from the accident scene
  • Eyewitness accounts of the crash
  • Expert testimony about the crash

Additionally, you must prove that your injuries were caused by the accident and the value of your injuries. Evidence about your injuries may include:

  • Medical records from your first visit to the doctor or hospital after the crash
  • Medical records from ongoing treatments and appointments
  • Documentation of your lost income
  • Documentation or testimony about how the injuries have impacted your daily living activities
  • Expert testimony about how your injuries are expected to impact your future

Your car accident lawyer will analyze the evidence and present it to the insurance company or court so that you can recover fair damages for your past and future healthcare costs, lost income, physical pain, emotional suffering, and other accident-related damages.

What to Do And What Not to Do After a Multi-Vehicle Crash

You will likely begin taking steps to protect your legal recovery without knowing that you are doing so. Immediately after the crash, it’s essential to:

  • Call the police
  • Accept medical treatment
  • Gather as much evidence as possible

After the crash, you can continue protecting your rights by:

  • Getting follow-up care
  • Calling a personal injury attorney

These steps may help you protect your recovery. Additionally, you may protect your recovery by avoiding common mistakes such as:

  • Talking to insurance adjusters
  • Posting on social media
  • Waiting too long to take action

As you take these steps to protect your recovery, it’s important to know what you may recover if your accident case is successful.

Multi-Vehicle Accident Compensation

Before you can recover damages for your accident injuries, you must prove (a) who was at fault for the crash; and (b) the percentage of fault attributed to each at-fault driver. Each at-fault driver should pay a percentage of your total damages equal to their percentage of fault for the crash.

You may recover damages even if you are partly at fault for the crash, as long as you were not the driver who was primarily at fault for the crash. Your car accident lawyer will review the evidence and help you get fair compensation for your past and future:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost income
  • Out-of-pocket costs
  • Physical pain
  • Emotional suffering

If you don’t take any action after a multiple-vehicle wreck, you will be left paying these costs on your own.

Now Is the Time to Contact a Multi-Vehicle Accident Lawyer

The sooner you contact an attorney, the sooner your lawyer can begin preserving evidence and fighting to protect your legal rights.

Hupy and Abraham has been representing injured accident victims in Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin for more than half a century. So far, we’ve helped more than 70,000 clients recover more than $1 billion in damages. Insurance companies know that we mean business and that we won’t hesitate to go to trial to protect our clients’ rights. Often, this leads insurers to settle our clients’ claims rather than risk the uncertainty of a court verdict.

Our personal injury lawyers believe that hiring an attorney should not be cost-prohibitive. Accordingly, we offer our personal injury clients a Win, or It’s Free Guarantee. You won’t owe us any hourly legal fees. Instead, we will be paid a percentage of your recovery. If you don’t recover anything, then we won’t be paid anything.

We invite you to learn more about your rights today by downloading a free copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide for Automobile Accident Victims, and by contacting us for a free consultation in any of our 11 Midwest personal injury law offices, your home, or hospital room, or by phone or video conference.

 

Jason F. Abraham
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