Being involved in a multiple-vehicle car accident, sometimes referred to as a pile-up, can be extremely dangerous depending on the road conditions, the speed of the collisions, the size of the vehicles involved, and much more. These situations are very scary because the collisions may continue to happen after you have been involved in the initial crash, and you can feel very powerless and trapped.
In most cases, weather conditions play a major factor in these accidents. They may involve heavy fog, where approaching vehicles on a highway do not realize that there are stopped vehicles until too late, or in colder climates, icy roadways limit a vehicle’s ability to stop safely. Regardless of the conditions that led to the accident, it is important to determine fault and liability for any injuries and damages that are incurred from this accident, even though it can be extremely complex to do so.
If you have been involved in a multi-vehicle accident in California and need help untangling this complicated process while seeking the money that you deserve, contact us now to schedule an initial consultation. We have a history of experience with California personal injury lawsuits, as well as the complexities of multi-vehicle accidents that we will be happy to handle while fighting for your rights. During your initial consultation, you will be able to speak with an experienced legal professional about the steps that you have already taken, how we can help, and the options that we see to remedy your situation.
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What To Do After Being Involved In a Multiple Vehicle Accident
Being involved in a major accident involving many vehicles can be extremely scary, but it is important that you stay calm for the sake of yours and your passengers’ safety. Remain in the vehicle until it is safe to get out. The accident may continue to happen as more cars collide, and the tangle of vehicles may be shifting around and cause additional injuries if you try to navigate your way through them.
Once it is safe to leave your vehicle, try to get as many pictures of the scene of the accident as possible. You will need to get the insurance information of all of the people involved, which can be a complicated process in itself. If you are injured though, your top priority is to get medical attention immediately. The sooner you see a doctor, the sooner you can receive care and keep your injuries from becoming worse. In addition, this will establish a medical record in the event that you will need to seek damages.
If you remain on the scene, follow the direction of the law enforcement officers who arrive. They will complete a report, and may need to interview you. Give your account of the accident, but be certain that you do not take responsibility for the fault or even insinuate that you were to blame at all. Even an innocuous apology to another driver can come back to haunt you in court.
Once the immediate issues of the crash are resolved, such as medical attention, police reports, insurance information exchanges, documentation and more, contact your insurance company to determine their best practices for handling these situations. At this time, it is a good idea to contact a personal injury attorney as well. At Bauman Law, we are happy to help clients navigate the complicated web of processes that come along with these types of accidents, and can act as your intermediary between you and your own insurance company, as well as with any other insurance companies that you will be seeking compensation from.
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Before you take on this complicated process and the stress that comes with it, call us now to schedule your initial consultation and get the legal representation that you need to get you through this process smoothly and quickly. We will handle any negotiations with insurance companies, and will pursue a full trial if we are unable to negotiate a fair settlement to compensate for your injuries and suffering. When Bauman Law is representing you, you can focus on recovery with the confidence that there is a dedicated team fighting for your best interests.