The moment you step into the car and turn on the ignition, you get the strange feeling that you should call in sick for work. The weather is horrible and driving on the slick roads is dangerous as you inch your car on the ramp and speed down the interstate. You aren't halfway from home when you understand why you had such a strange feeling.
A car ahead of the line loses control on the slick surface, ramming into the cement median barrier as it spins out of control. The car behind it can't steer out of the way as they clip the vehicle on the bumper and swerve. A second car rams into the accident as well as a third vehicle. You try to brake as your car skids into the wreckage as you are jolted around in your seat from the impacts of cars behind your own vehicle. When the air clears and the movement stops, you find yourself in the middle of a 10-car pileup.
What Happens After Your Car Is Involved in A Pileup Accident?
Car pileups often happen during bad weather conditions but can also happen when vehicles are driving too close to other cars and can't stop in time or they try to swerve out of the way of cars that are making sudden turns. If you find yourself in the middle of the accident, it can become confusing as to who is at fault. The person in the car in front of you may claim that you are responsible for their damages while the car behind you claims you stopped too suddenly to give them a chance to brake. At the same time, you want to blame everyone else for the damages and injuries you have from the accident.
Before you start pointing fingers and blaming people, the best thing to do is check for injuries and get medical attention. Many people believe their small injury will be fine without having a doctor check it. Yet it will be harder to prove in a court case that you obtained the injury from the accident if you hold off getting the proper medical attention.
The next thing to do is try to get information of everyone involved in the accident. Don't just get the names of the people who hit your car or whose car that you hit with your vehicle. From the first car driver in the accident to the last driver, you should record all their names and insurance information.
When you are in a multi-car pileup, there may be more than one person who will be held responsible to the damages to your car. Even drivers whose cars weren't directly involved in the damage to your vehicle may be held accountable based on their actions during the accident. By having everyone's information, it can be easier to determine who was at fault.
Have A Personal Injury Attorney Help You With Your Case
Ensure you are getting maximum compensation from the right drivers by retaining a personal injury attorney. A personal injury lawyer can investigate the accident. Receive the compensation you deserve during a multi-car pileup so you can recover quickly and return to work as soon as possible. We fight to get you the maximum possible compensation available under PA law.