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
Now it is evident that the at-fault driver is the main culprit in this pile up accident and he/she has to pay for all the losses or his insurance company will pay for it. The maximum amount for the driver insurance in Washington is $ One Million Dollars 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 will certainly 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 you met with an accident and suffered all the health and monetary losses due to his mistake
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:
Pile up accidents are involved in rear-end collisions, which means that the driver and the front seat passenger are at a higher risk of sustaining injuries. Some common injuries are:
- Headaches, injuries, and concussions.
- Whiplash injuries
- Disc problems
- Herniated or bulging discs
Jackman Law Firm Can Help You Solve Your Problems
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 which 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