Dedicated South Carolina car accident attorneys who recognize the seriousness of multi-car accidents and have the experience and skill to help successfully guide them toward optimal outcomes
Car accidents are chaotic and terrifying, but multi-vehicle accidents are more so. Additionally, accident claims involving more than two vehicles are more complicated to process. If, however, the negligence of another driver or other drivers leaves you injured, you shouldn’t wait to consult with an experienced South Carolina car accident attorney.
Who Is Responsible?
One of the most complicated questions about multi-vehicle pileups is who is responsible for the accident in the first place, and often, the answer involves more than one driver. Drivers are responsible for reacting safely to whatever they come across on the road – even if that is an unexpected accident. Failing to respond safely to such an accident – by either coming to a halt or maneuvering around it whenever possible – can lead to multi-car pileups which is where more than one driver is responsible. For example, if a motorist who is distracted by his or her phone T-bones your car in an intersection and – in the course of the action – a speeding motorist rear-ends your vehicle, you’ll likely need to file a claim with both drivers’ insurance providers.
Multi-car pileups are often caused by a forward driver, but this isn’t always the case. A rear driver can plow into a line of cars and be the sole cause of a multi-car accident or can contribute to the seriousness of a pileup. Ultimately, determining where fault lies will be a critical element of your claim, and it’s a task that’s best left to your dedicated car accident attorney.
Serious Accidents that Cause Serious Injuries
The double-whammy effect of accidents involving multiple vehicles tends to mean very serious injuries.
Even the cleanest break is a painful injury that is slow to heal, and that can lead to chronic pain. When a break is complicated, the effects tend to be far direr. Such breaks often require surgery and extensive medical care. When a complicated break fails to heal correctly, it can lead to serious secondary health concerns that may include physical disabilities.
Spinal Cord Injuries
The impact of a violent multi-car accident can cause a serious spinal cord injury, which can occur anywhere on the spinal cord. Such injuries are closely associated with chronic pain and severe decreases in range of motion. If the spinal cord is severed or very damaged in the course of the accident, it can mean permanent paralysis below the accident site. Paralysis is a catastrophic injury that requires a lifetime of healthcare needs and that leaves many victims needing assistance with the activities of daily living.
Serious Cuts and Burns
The immense impact of multi-car accidents and the intense energy generated by them can lead to both serious cuts and serious burns. Both of these injuries are highly susceptible to dangerous infections, and if either is on or near the face, it can mean permanent disfigurement. Burns can become even more dangerous as they heal and the affected skin and underlying tissue thicken and constrict, which cuts off circulation in the area.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Even a relatively minor traumatic brain injury can be very difficult to overcome, but serious injuries tend to be life-altering. Many victims describe the psychological effects of TBIs as interfering with their sense of self, which amounts to an exceptionally challenging outcome. Some of the common emotional consequences include:
- PTSD-like symptoms
- Terrifying accident flashbacks
- Sleep disturbances, including nightmares
- Feelings of hopelessness and despair
- A tendency to self-isolate and push others away
- Severe mood swings
- Increased anxiety, which can include anxiety attacks
- Difficulty concentrating
- Shifts in personality
- Increased irritability
- A propensity to anger quickly
One of the most difficult aspects of TBIs is that the emotional effects tend to shut out the victim’s family members, loved ones, and friends just when their support is most needed.
The damages you suffer as a result of a multi-car accident are likely to be very significant.
Your Medical Bills
The medical costs you face can be immense – and ongoing. Serious injuries often require continuing care and can also lead to secondary health concerns. Common healthcare expenses include:
- Emergency care at the accident scene
- Surgical care
- Care from doctors and other medical professionals
- Hospital stays
- Pain management
- Medical procedures, tests, and treatments
- Prescription medications
- Physical therapy
- Adaptive physical devices
- Home health care
- Adaptations to home and vehicle
Your Lost Income
While you recover from your physical injuries, there’s a very good chance that you will be off the job and subject to lost earnings. If your earning potential and career trajectory also take a hit, you’re looking at considerable financial losses into the future.
Your Pain and Suffering
The physical and emotional pain and suffering you face as a result of a violent and chaotic multi-car accident can be difficult to overstate. In fact, these emotional damages can be the most challenging losses to overcome. Ensuring that all of your losses, including your pain and suffering, are well represented in your car accident claim is critical to your ability to heal fully.
An Experienced Charleston Car Accident Attorney Is Standing by to Help
If you’ve been injured in a multi-car accident that was caused by the negligence of one or more other drivers, it’s important to recognize that these claims are quite complicated and that having professional legal counsel on your side is in your best interest. The formidable car accident attorneys at David Aylor Law Offices in South Carolina have reserves of impressive experience effectively and efficiently guiding claims like yours toward favorable resolutions, and we’re here for you, too. To learn more about how we can help, please don’t wait to contact or call us at 843-548-1574 to schedule your free case evaluation today.