Causes of Multi-Vehicle PileupsCongested freeways and streets are prime locations for numerous cars to be involved in accidents. These locations often feature thick traffic that is ripe for chain reactions to occur. Some areas of the road are more dangerous than others due to the structure; for example, some freeways curve and the view is blocked by buildings or vegetation, and if traffic is backed up just beyond that curve, there is a risk that vehicles rounding the bend will crash and rear end others, leading to a multiple car pileup. In most cases, one vehicle will rear end another, causing that second vehicle to be pushed into another car. Other cars may continue to crash behind the initial accident, whether by also rear ending the original vehicle, swerving to avoid the car and sideswiping others, or by being hit by cars that have lost control. Additionally, some crashes happen because of a single reason. Trucks, for instance, may roll over when taking sharp turns or when trying to regain control, and numerous cars can crash into it if it overturns. Other causes of pile ups include rubbernecking, speeding, changing lanes without signaling, ignoring right of way laws, cutting people off, taking curved turns too narrowly, not paying attention to the road, texting or using the phone while driving and much more. Defective vehicles and weather conditions also have played a role in such crashes. Our team of multi-vehicle car accident lawyers can help you work through the legal process to determine who was at fault and what your next step should be.
Common causes of Multi car pileup accidents on the highway;Some of the most frequent causes of multi-car pile-ups on California Highways are as follows
- Low visibility conditions: , Snow, high winds, intense thunder storms and rain showers, and sleet,
- Defective road design
- Poor climactic and weather conditions
- Defective maintenance of the road
- Speeding during poor weathers
- Driving under the influence
- Distracted driving including text messaging during driving.
- Rubbernecking: distracted by an accident on the road can lead to further calamity
Injuries from Multi-Car CrashesMulti-vehicle crashes may not always end after one impact. You may be hit again and again by various cars, especially if the accident happened at an intersection or on a freeway. One of the biggest dangers with multi-vehicle pileups lies in the potential for injuries. An ambulance may not be able to freely coast through the lanes if they are all blocked by disabled vehicles and some cars may be damaged to the point that leaking gas and fluids pose a fire hazard. Other cars may be crushing their victims or otherwise trap them, leading to intense injuries. Time is always of the essence in multiple-car crashes. As a result, you could sustain numerous serious injuries, including:
- Broken bones
- Neck and Spinal cord injuries
- Neck damage
- Crushing injuries
- Severed limbs
- Sprains and fractures
- Herniated discs
- Internal organ damage and internal bleeding
- Closed head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries and brain damage
- Lacerations and cuts
- Bruises and abrasions
- Paraplegia or quadriplegia
What Steps You Should Follow after a CrashA multi-car pileup can be extremely dangerous no matter what. You should only exit your vehicle if you feel it is safe to do so and if you are not injured to the point that moving can worsen your damages. Immediately, you should seek medical treatment, whether from the paramedics or by going to the hospital as quickly as you can. You may be severely hurt and need emergency surgery or treatment that cannot wait. If you are not seriously wounded, you can be treated at the scene. Some people make the mistake of not seeking medical treatment – neither at the scene of the accident or afterward by a personal doctor. This is a crucial error; you should always be examined in case there are injuries not showing up, and because the chances of you winning a lawsuit decrease if there are large gaps between the accident and the injuries you suffered in it and the pursuit of medical help. Next, you should take down the personal information and insurance details of anyone who had a part in the incident. It could be the driver who caused the crash to happen or someone who swerved into you. You will need to select the proper party to file a lawsuit against, and you won’t be able to do this without necessary information. You should also talk to eyewitnesses and passengers from other cars to get more evidence as to what happened or who could be blamed. This evidence will be paired with any photos you have of the scene of the accident and your injuries. The police will very likely come to the scene of the crash. You can request a copy of the police report to add to your evidence package when filing a claim. Finally, you should speak with a car accident lawyer in Los Angeles who has dealt with multiple-vehicle crashes. One of our attorneys will be able to walk you through the procedure following a crash.
Determining Fault and NegligenceIt can be hard to determine who was at fault for a multi-vehicle pileup. If one car crashed into another, leading to a chain reaction, you could very well hold the initial car responsible, but if other vehicles had reasonable chances to avoid the crash and cars behind them slammed into others, there may be numerous other perspectives on who is to blame. If you intend to file a personal injury lawsuit, you must be able to show four points of negligence, which are as follows: you were owed a duty of care, the duty of care was breached, the breach caused an accident, and the accident resulted in physical injuries. On the road, all drivers we everyone else a duty of care, and breaking the law in some way is viewed as a breach. The ensuing multi-vehicle crash can be blamed solely on the person who started the entire effect, or only partially. Our team of attorneys will work around the clock to find out who you should primarily target in a lawsuit. If multiple parties contributed to the pileup and caused you to suffer injuries, we will take legal action against all of them. Don’t hesitate to request help from a skilled lawyer for your claim.
The Legal Information You NeedAn attorney can help you prove the four points of negligence required to effectively present a personal injury lawsuit to the responsible insurance agency. You may be severely injured after a crash and have no way of sufficiently defending yourself or pursuing compensation. An attorney is crucial in cases like this and can make sure you are adequately represented. We will help you understand the value of your case.
Compensation from a ClaimA multiple-vehicle crash can result in various kinds of injuries and allow you to hold numerous parties responsible for the damages. As a result, you could potentially earn a fair amount of compensation in a settlement. Filing a personal injury lawsuit allows you to earn some of the following:
- Coverage for medical expenses stemming from the injuries you suffered in the accident, including hospitalization fees, surgery costs, medication costs, physical therapy sessions, and any other medical procedures you will need in the future
- Property damage for anything that was broken or lost in the accident, such as your vehicle, cell phone, laptop, textbooks, and more
- Missed wages from work because of absent days, as well as future lost wages if you require recovery time or medical treatment
- Pain and suffering damages for emotional distress, psychological trauma, PTSD, anxiety, and fear
- Punitive damages if the defendant were grossly negligent or intended to cause harm; however, these damages are hard to win and usually viewed as excessive by jurors, so only a skillful lawyer with experience in multi-vehicle pileups will be able to win them for your case
- Wrongful death expenses if a family member or loved one died in the incident; the funeral and burial costs, loss of consortium, pre-death medical bills and pain and suffering, and more can all be reimbursed
Length of Time to File a LawsuitPersonal injury cases have a deadline of 2 years to file a claim; if you try to take legal action afterward, you won’t be able to receive anything whatsoever. Deadlines exist so claims are speedily handled and not dragged out. There are some exceptions to this two year rule, such as your age (underage individuals have a deadline starting at their 18th birthday), your mental or physical status (incapacitation results in a suspended time limit), and more. The defendant’s location also plays a role; if he left the state, he would not escape the statute of limitations. It would simply be put on hold until he returns.
To speak with a Los Angeles car accident lawyer, call (213) 389-3765.For help determining how much time you have left to file a case and to ensure that all of your documents are submitted on time, contact one of our lawyers in Los Angeles.