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A Seven-Vehicle Crash in a Bay Area Tunnel Sends 2 to the Hospital on Thanksgiving Day
Chain reactions and other multi-vehicle crashes can be scary things if you're caught up in one. They can become even more stressful if you suffer injuries as a result of that crash. Correctly identifying the driver(s) who was/were at fault and are liable to you can be enormously complicated. That's why, if you've been injured in a wreck like this, you need to be sure you have an experienced San Mateo car accident lawyer on your side.
Collison In The Bay Area
Collisions like that are not foreign to the Bay Area. For all but the occupants of seven vehicles, travelers along the Yerba Buena Island Tunnel had one extra thing for which to give thanks this past Thanksgiving Day: that they weren't part of the multi-vehicle pileup that sent two people to the hospital, according to an ABC 7 report.
The accident, which took place along the left side of the eastbound lanes of the Bay Bridge, included at least one car whose front half ended up underneath the rear half of the vehicle in front of it. Inside the involved vehicles were 16 total occupants but fortunately only two required attention at a nearby hospital.
One passerby told ABC 7 that he and his family "could see a car sitting on top of a car - we saw probably seven cars, like three to four piled up the end and then you see the other cars - there were front and back damages, it was a lot." CHP disclosed that it did not believe that drugs and/or alcohol were factors in the crash.
Taking the Right Steps Right Away Can Be Critical
If that's what happened to you, you need legal representation that knows what to do and will do it right away. Our team, when confronting a client's injuries arising from a multi-vehicle wreck, will promptly investigate the scene to ensure that important forensic evidence is not lost. Skid marks and other physical proof can help accident reconstruction experts get a much clearer picture of exactly what happened and who was at fault.
That's often crucial because the blame for a chain-reaction crash can vary based on the exact manner in which the events unfolded. For exactly, let's use a hypothetical three-vehicle rear-end crash. It's possible that the three vehicles became involved after the vehicle furthest in the rear improperly failed to slow down and stop, slamming into the second vehicle and forcing it into the front vehicle. It's also possible that the second vehicle improperly failed to stop and rear-ended the first and the third vehicle, which was following too closely to stop, piled into the rear of the second.
If you were hurt while inside the first (front) vehicle, who you sue may vary based on the facts. If your accident unfolded like the first possibility, potentially only the third driver has liability. If it took place like the second possibility outlined above, it's conceivable that both drivers were negligent and potentially liable to you.
Also, one final note about ABC 7's report of the tunnel crash. The report said that only two of the 16 involved occupants were sent to the hospital. Do not be deceived into believing that, simply because your symptoms did not start until days or weeks after the crash, you cannot prove that the wreck caused your injuries and get compensation for the harm you endured as a result of the crash. Many types of injuries, especially soft-tissue or nerve-related damage, may not onset for a substantial period of time, even though the crash did in fact cause them.
Contact A Lawyer
Whether you're needing to collect crash scene evidence, put together a court case, or negotiate with the insurance companies, you need a legal team experienced in handling all the essential details. The experienced San Mateo personal injury lawyer at Galine, Frye, Fitting & Frangos, LLP are here to be by your side at every step of the process and help you ensure you get everything you deserve. Contact us at 650-345-8484 or through our website.
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