Although any type of motor vehicle accident can create unexpected medical, financial and legal issues, multi-car crashes can magnify these matters. Multiple cars involved in an accident such as an unexpected chain reaction can amplify the chaos, making it more difficult to ascertain fault and making insurance claims much more complex. If you are involved in a multi-vehicle accident, here are some reminders to keep in mind.
Consider Your Safety First
- If you have been in a multi-car crash, your first priority should be staying safe. Stay in your car with your seatbelt fastened until the police or EMS tell you it is safe to exit. The biggest risk is getting hit by another car after leaving your vehicle.
- Make sure everyone else in your vehicle is okay. If you are badly injured, call 911 to alert them to the fact that you need an ambulance and wait for EMS to come help you and transport you to a hospital.
- If possible, put your hazard lights on to warn oncoming traffic to slow down.
- Seek a medical professional as soon as possible after the accident. Some injuries are not immediately apparent, especially soft tissue injuries.
When an accident involves multiple cars, the accident scene invariably turns more chaotic. If you can, use your phone to take photographs of the accident. With more than two cars involved, the attending police officers will likely collect eyewitness statements and contact information themselves. Try your best to write down how the accident happened, what transpired, and any mitigating circumstances that may have contributed to the accident (such as inclement weather, debris in the road, a detour, or a reckless driver). In the chaos of a multi-car accident, your memories may fade quickly and writing it down will help you keep your memories clear.
Questioning at the Scene
When involved in any type of motor vehicle accident, the less you say, the better off you are. If police interview you, respond truthfully with short answers that address only the exact questions that the officers ask you. In multi-car crashes, ascertaining who is at fault is more complicated than in two-car accidents, and you do not want to place unwarranted fault on yourself.
Because of the complex nature of chain reaction car accidents, it is wise to consult with a lawyer as soon as possible to get advice on how to proceed with your claim. If you were injured in a multi vehicle pile-up, you owe it to yourself to get a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer.
At Iacobelli Law Firm, we have extensive experience representing clients who have been seriously injured in multi-vehicle accidents and we realize how difficult and life-changing it can be for you. We are a dedicated Ontario Personal Injury Law Firm that provides compassionate and competent legal counsel and we offer a FREE Consultation so please feel free to call us at 1-866-234-6093. We are honored to serve our clients and our community.
Andrew Iacobelli is an experienced personal injury lawyer who established Iacobelli Law Firm with offices located in Ontario, Canada as well as offices in Florida, U.S.A. Andrew restricts his practice to the representation of personal injury victims in claims involving serious injuries and wrongful death.