The Interstate highways or freeways in Seattle and Kirkland, such as I-5 and 405 and I-90, are the major road stretches that connect various cities of the Seattle metro area. On these freeways, the cars, trucks, SUV’s are allowed to drive at higher speeds. Pile up accidents are the result of one or more than one vehicle driver halting abruptly leading the vehicles coming from behind to crash and pile up behind.
Heavy traffic, snowy or icy roads, road obstructions, and an accident are the most common causes which lead to pile up accidents. When talking about the legal considerations of such incidents there are various complex factors that are involved.
The Law Regarding Pile Up Accidents
Washington State Law dictates that every car driver has a responsibility to drive with a safe distance on the road. The bumper to bumper kind of driving is what leads to accidents. Every car has to keep a safe distance equal to the length of 2-3 cars in between two cars. Especially in a bad weather condition, you have to be extra cautious and drive accordingly.
Insurance in These Cases is Tricky
If a driver causes the accident, their insurance company must pay for the damages. The maximum amount for the driver insurance in Washington is one million and the minimum amount is $25,000. Now, if the at-fault driver has to pay for all the losses of the pile up vehicles, the insurance money may not be enough, so the only option you have is to claim under UIM claim or Uninsured Motorist Claim. With this option, you will be able to seek compensation from your insurance company.
But the important thing is to prove your case, including:
- That the at-fault driver has breached his duty
- That your injuries were all caused by the other driver
Proving this in the court will not be easy and that is why you need a credible lawyer by your side who will help you build a strong case and help you win it.
Injuries Due to Pile Up Accidents:
Some common injuries from pile-up accidents are:
- Headaches and concussions
- Whiplash injuries
- Disc problems
- Herniated or bulging discs
Jackman Law Firm Can Help
We will gather all the evidence in order to prove that you are not at fault. More than that, we will fight the case with your insurance company, who tends to shift the blame on you so that they don’t have to pay any money. The insurance companies will also give you options which will help them gain in the future and leave you with a minimum amount of money. The Jackman Law Firm will allow you to gain compensation for:
- Medical expenses and other out of pocket expenses
- Money for lost wages
- Pain and suffering