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Navigating claims after multi-vehicle car accidents

With the winter season just about over in British Columbia, many motorists may be suffering the consequences of multi-car pileups and chain-reaction crashes. News articles reporting lives lost and severe injuries suffered in car accidents on treacherous roads during the winter months are common. Many people have questions about what to do when they are involved in chain-reaction crashes, and who might face financial responsibility for injuries.

It is typically illegal and punishable to leave the scene of an accident at which injury, death to others or property damage occurred. Gathering the names and contact details of other drivers may help any legal action later. If a driver feels uncomfortable to provide a statement to police, he or she is entitled to consult with a lawyer before doing so.

Drivers who are able to are expected to call emergency services and help others who are injured.  Also, if it is at all possible, taking pictures to use as evidence can prove valuable in dealings with insurers, the police and any legal action that might follow. When many vehicles were involved, images on a smartphone can prove to be valuable documentation of the circumstances that led to a person's injuries.

Navigating a personal injury lawsuit after a multi-vehicle crash can be challenging. For this reason, many victims of such car accidents utilise the services of an experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer who is skilled in determining the underlying facts of the crash and establishing negligence on the parts of at-fault drivers. A lawyer can also assist with the documentation of claims, and advocate for the injured victim before a civil court in British Columbia.

Source: FindLaw, "What to Do After a Chain-Reaction Crash", Maryam K.Ansari, Accessed on March 3, 2017

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