The Seattle Fire Department (SFD) had a busy morning as there were several multi-car accidents on Interstate 5 at the Boeing Access Road. In all, there were four separate multi-car accidents in both the northbound and southbound lanes.
In all, medics evaluated 30 drivers and passengers and transported the injured to area hospitals. One 25-year-old man was critically injured in the accident when the car he was riding in went off the freeway. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
The Washington State Patrol blamed speeding and following too close for the accidents on this foggy morning.
Car accident claims involving multiple cars are more complicated than accidents involving two vehicles. Insurers for the at-fault motorist will sometimes take advantage of the complexity of the situation and attempt to deny or delay compensation for victims. In addition, when multiple cars are involved with multiple injuries, some policies limits can be met.
Some issues unique to multiple vehicle collisions include:
- Chain Reaction accidents – in this type of auto accident, one car is stopped at a light or on the roadway and is hit from behind causing that stopped vehicle to hit the car in front of it. The rear vehicle is often responsible for everyone’s damages.
- Rear driver claims middle car hit first – sometimes the driver in the rear car will claim that the middle driver hit the driver in front first and the rear driver could not avoid the accident.
- Driver in front at fault — sometimes the driver in the front vehicle can be at fault in the case where they stopped for no reason or if they made a sudden lane change and then stopped or applied their brakes causing the vehicle behind them to slam on their brakes.
Handling claims in a multi-car collision
Often in a multi-car collision, there is a lot of finger pointing and blaming going on. Sometimes people are not truthful about what happened. This is when an attorney can help resolve the situation because, when all the parties involved are arguing over who is at fault, claims do not get paid.
Where should I file my insurance claim
You should file your insurance claim with the at-fault driver. Your insurance company can help you with your claim if you have collision coverage.
How is an at-fault driver determined?
The police report should help determine who was at fault or partition blame. You should hire an attorney if you were seriously injured and you have medical bills, loss of wages and your vehicle is totaled.
What kind of damages can I recover?
If you were seriously injured in an accident that was not your fault, you may be able to obtain compensation for your past and future medical bills, loss of wages and future earning capacity, mental anguish, pain and suffering and property loss. You should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Your attorney can help you lay out the groundwork of your claim and insure you receive your rights are protected.
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