This blog post will help you understand more about being involved in a multi-car pile up. When it happens, you may be injured and when more vehicles are involved, it can sometimes complicate the situation.
Being involved in any type of motor vehicle accident can be scary and traumatic, but a multi-car pile-up can be especially dangerous. Accidents involving more vehicles usually result in more serious injuries because of the greater damage.
When many cars are involved in an accident, there will undoubtedly be varying stories about what happened based on the number of people involved. Emotions will run high and each driver will likely be anxious to say they were not at fault for the accident.
How Does a Multi-Car Pile-Up Occur?
Most accidents involving multiple motor vehicles occur on freeways where drivers are traveling at high speeds. Speed is generally the basis for greater damage to vehicles and injuries to persons.
The crash might be the result of an unexpected hazard catching one driver off guard and then a chain reaction follows. For example, a piece of debris lying in the middle of the freeway that has fallen off the bed of a truck can cause a vehicle to swerve abruptly and then the cars behind or around it to be affected.
Other multi-car pile-up crashes happen when a driver encounters a crash that has already taken place, and they don’t react quick enough, causing another crash that adds to the damage.
A Greater Chance of Severe Injury
Accidents that involve many vehicles tend to result in more severe injuries for all. With multiple impacts, there are more opportunities for an injury to take place. Some drivers remove their seatbelts too quickly or exit their vehicles making themselves vulnerable to more collisions that might occur as part of the chain reaction.
Secondary impacts can add additional injuries to vulnerable passengers and multi-vehicle accidents are more prone to fires or explosions because of how many cars are involved.
These types of accidents put a lot of pressure on medical teams that arrive on the scene with many victims to care for all at once. Sometimes even these medical service personnel can be injured in the mess.
A multi-car pile-up can make it difficult to investigate what prompted the accident and who or what is to blame. There are many witnesses and several people involved. This makes the investigator’s job more complicated as they work to determine the cause of the accident and assign blame.
What to Do If You’re Involved
If you are involved in a multi-vehicle crash, there are important actions that you should take to protect yourself, both immediately and in the days to come. The following guidelines will help minimize any injuries you might face:
Turn off your engine right away and put on your hazard lights. This should alert others of the trouble.
Stay buckled in and don’t exit your vehicle until you can be certain that no other collisions will take place.
If you or one of your passengers has been hurt, stay in your car. Any abrupt movement can lead to further injury.
Once you feel it’s safe to exit your vehicle, move as far away from the accident site as you’re able. This can sometimes mean exiting to the tree line on the interstate.
Wait for the first responders and law enforcement to arrive on the scene and then follow their instructions.
Even if you don’t think you’ve been badly injured, allow medical responders to treat you for any possible injuries. Many injuries aren’t noticed right away because of the adrenaline our bodies feel following a collision.
Exchange information with others involved in the accident. Include names, addresses, phone numbers, and insurance information.
Avoid making statements to anyone about the details of the accident including what happened and who is at fault. Though you should be truthful to the responding police about what took place, don’t admit fault.
Don’t post anything on social media about the accident. Posting details can put your claim at risk.
When you’re able to do so, record all the details you can recall about the accident. These details will be important later, especially if the case goes to court.
Seek Professional Help
Call your insurance company as soon as you’re safe. They should be one of your first calls. Your insurance company will ask you a lot of questions and they’ll offer advice for dealing with the accident. Don’t share any statements of blame at this point or offer details that can incriminate you. Don’t speak with any other driver’s insurance company.
After you’ve left the scene of the accident, you’ll want to seek out professional help both medically and legally.
Get a physical examination as soon as you can following the accident. Even if you think you weren’t hurt, it’s important to get a full physical. If anything comes up later that might be related to the accident, your doctor will already have a full medical report. Follow your doctor’s orders regarding medical treatment. Neglecting to do so can put your claims at risk of being denied.
Next, contact a trusted, experienced attorney about the accident. Don’t accept a settlement without first having an attorney in your corner to guide you. To do so might limit the amount of money you can claim, and it can take weeks to learn the extent of all injuries and damages.
Get the Legal Help You Need
If you’ve been involved in a multi-car pile-up accident, getting the right legal help will make all the difference. Our experienced team has years of experience assisting car accident victims and helping them get the settlement they deserve.
We understand that the time following a car accident is fraught with stress, anxiety, and often pain due to your injuries. We’re here to offer relief and advice when you need it most.
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