Eight cars piled into each other leaving one car overturned with several occupants trapped inside. The accident happened around 9 p.m. Tuesday, August 20, 2019, on Highway 14 just north of Placerita Canyon Road.

According to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, there were people reportedly trapped in the overturned car, but were freed by the time the emergency workers arrived. Two of the injured received “basic life support” by EMS workers and were transported to the trauma center. The accident is still under investigation, and no charges have been filed at the time of this report.

Multiple Car Pileup Crashes

Multi-vehicle crashes can result in serious injuries and fatalities to those involved. The scene is usually chaotic, and first responders have their hands full getting aid to those most critical and taking measures to prevent secondary accidents by those stopping or slowing as they approach the scene.

Secondary Impacts as Dangerous as the First Crash

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a person involved in a multi-car collision on a freeway or divided highway is almost twice as likely to be involved in a serious injury accident than those with single or two-car crashes.

The primary reason for this is the risk of secondary impacts. First, if a car occupant leaves the car, then he or she is vulnerable to being struck by another vehicle without having the protection of the vehicle. Second, cars are less safe in side-impact collisions, and this is more common in multiple-vehicle crashes

Injuries in Multi-Vehicle Pileups

One of the primary impacts in pile-up crash is a rear-end collision. When these happen on a freeway or a multi-lane highway, the force of the impact is usually greater due to the speed of the vehicles. This can result in certain common injuries, and some of them are:

  • Whiplash
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Broken Facial Bones
  • Airbag injuries
  • Fractured Ribs
  • Punctured lungs
  • Permanent disfigurement

Determining Liability

In a pileup crash, liability must be determined for each impact that causes an injury. In many cases, a driver might be a victim in one impact and at-fault in another. This can be a nightmare when trying to determine who is at fault for what injuries.

California is a comparative fault state meaning that each driver can be assigned a percentage of blame for a particular impact and injuries. Each driver will pay his or her percentage for those injuries. This can get complicated in a hurry, and in most cases the insurance companies will settle with each injured victim and the at-fault drivers.

Do I Need to get an Attorney?

It would be nice if everyone was fair, and insurance companies gave the compensation that the injured victims deserve, but in reality, the they don’t make a profit when they give out too much money. In multi-vehicle crashes, the injured needs an attorney to look out for their needs and interests.

If you’ve been injured in a multiple-vehicle collision, don’t leave your compensation to the whim of the insurance companies and the other victims’ attorneys.  Call the Law Offices of Steers & Associates at 800 824 5416 or click here to contact us online.

We have attorneys with years of experience dealing with every type of motor vehicle accident, and we get results against the insurance companies and their highly-paid lawyers. Call us now to even the playing field and get the compensation you deserve.