What to do if you are in a multi-car crash

On Behalf of | May 10, 2019 | Car Accidents |

Collisions between two vehicles on Virginia roadways are common. When it comes to determining fault, when a car hits another from behind, the driver in the rear vehicle is typically held liable. If there is an accident at an intersection, the person who did not stop at the red light or stop sign is responsible. At Cranwell & Moore P.L.C., Attorneys at Law, we often represent clients catastrophically injured in a multi-car crash due to negligence or carelessness of another driver.

According to R&R Insurance, chain reaction auto accidents are complex as they involve more than two vehicles. Establishing fault requires that law enforcement take details about the crash from each person involved, noting the position of the vehicle, weather and road conditions. Experts give consideration and scrutiny to every angle and perspective in the process needed for identification of the person responsible for the multi-car pile-up. Depending on the circumstances, several drivers may share the blame.

If you are involved in a multi-car crash, here are some steps you can take to protect yourself from additional harm:

  • Put your flashing hazard lights on
  • Stay in the car with your seatbelt fastened until officers or the first responders give you the OK to exit the vehicle
  • Take notes regarding your recollection of the moments leading up to the accident and any details you noticed
  • Notify your insurance agent immediately

Staying in your vehicle is critical until law enforcement secures the accident. When the condition of the road or visibility is poor, other cars and trucks may be unable to stop before colliding at the scene, which can be dangerous for individuals standing off to the side or beside their vehicles. If you or a loved one sustained a severe injury in a collision due to another’s negligence, you might have grounds for a claim. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.