Dallas Car Accident Attorney - What to Expect in a Multiple Car Accident

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Multiple Vehicle Accidents with Injuries:

Call (972) 599 4100 if you were injured and need a Dallas car accident attorney for your multiple car accident that was caused by someone else's negligence.  Our law office offers free initial phone consultations where we will discuss your case with you to determine what your needs are.  We will work for you on your injury case to get the best result for you.   Your Dallas car accident attorney handles your injury case and makes sure you know where to go for your injury, gathers the information and evidence needed for your case, obtains all documents, reports, photos, video, and other information needed to maximize your case.  If you were injured in a multiple car accident, its in your best interest to hire an attorney immediately to protect your interest. 

The Law Office of Doug Goyen has handled thousands of multiple car accidents since 1997.  We have the experience to handle your case for you, so you don't have to go through the headache and misdirection of insurance companies that are trying to avoid paying you. 

There are special issues to address in multiple car accidents.  There is a way to handle them.  If you handle them incorrectly, the insurance companies for the at-fault drivers will take advantage of you and the situation and your actions may possibly give the insurance company the excuse to delay or deny payment to you that they are looking for.  If you are in the Dallas, Fort Worth area (all of North Texas), and you have been injured in a multi-car accident, you need a lawyer in the Dallas, Fort Worth, North Texas area that knows how to handle multiple car accidents.

Topics of Interest:
Attorney's Fee in injury cases
Settling Injury Claims
Adjuster is Delaying Payment and "Investigating" Claim
Medical Care After an Accident
Notice of Hospital Lien Against Case
Should I Use My Health Insurance After an Accident?
Multiple Car Accidents and Injuries
What You Can Recover in Injury Cases

Multi Car Accidents Present Their Own Issues.  Types of collisions (Your Dallas car accident attorney from the Law Office of Doug Goyen will help guide you through the maze of problems presented in a multiple car accident):

A) Straight Chain Reaction:  A typical car accident injury case is one where traffic stops, either at a light, on a highway, or on a roadway somewhere, and someone hits someone else in the rear and a chain reaction involving 3 or more vehicles is involved.  Most people think that the insurance for the person behind them will cover the claim for the damage to their vehicle.  As we all know, real life is rarely this simple. 

The law in Texas is that the person whose "negligence" caused the accident owes the claim.  So in the most simple case, the very rear car is responsible in a 3 or 4 car chain reaction where the rear car negligently hits the car in front of it, forces that car forward into the next vehicle, forcing the next car forward into the vehicle in front of it, causing a 3-4 car accident.  If the cars in front were stopped due to traffic or signals, or other legitimate reasons, and the rear car was not paying proper attention (such as talking on a cellphone, or messing with his radio, whatever) - but obviously violating the rules of the road by not paying proper attention to their driving, then the last vehicle is the cause of the collision, and responsible for everyone's damage and injuries caused. 

Unfortunately, the facts might not be so clear, or in some cases the very rear car often may change their story from the time they leave the scene of the collision, until the time they tell their story to their insurance company.  It is not unusual for the person responsible to change their story when they give their version to their insurance company.  At the scene they were accepting responsibility, afterwards, after time to "think about it" their story changes.  An experienced Dallas car accident attorney knows how to gather the evidence needed to prove the at fault party has changed their story, and force the insurance company to pay. 

The Law Office of Doug Goyen has over 20 years experience working as a Dallas car accident attorney for its clients, and attorney Doug Goyen has  7 years experience working for insurance companies on injury claims prior to becoming an attorney.  Call the Law Office of Doug Goyen at (972) 599 4100.  

B) Middle Car Hitting Front Car First:  The car in the very rear of multiple vehicle collision may claim that they saw the vehicle ahead of them hit the car in front of it first, before they hit anyone.  Because the traffic stopped so suddenly (due to a sudden collision - no braking at all and then an unexpected and unreasonable stop of vehicles ahead), and the  negligence of the car in front of him, the rear car was unable to stop and that is why they were involved in the collision.  If this isn't true, then the middle car will deny it and this becomes a "disputed claim".  You definitely need to hire a Dallas car accident attorney at this point.  The very front car might not have seen what happened behind them, so they might not be any help in resolving the dispute. 

In this situation, there is still evidence that can be used to prove who the at-fault party is.  A Dallas car accident attorney, such as the Law Office of Doug Goyen, who is experienced at investigating cases such as these knows what to look for to resolve these disputes.    If there is an injury, call (972) 599 4100 and get a Dallas car accident attorney working for you.  The insurance company has lawyers on staff helping guide adjusters in how to avoid paying claims.  You need a lawyer to fight for your rights and protect your claim.  We can help ensure you receive a full recovery for your entire claim if you were the victim of someone else's negligent conduct. 

C) Front Vehicle at Fault:  Rarely, but sometimes, the front vehicle is blamed for the accident. Witnesses or those involved have witnessed the front vehicle stop for no reason (no lights, no traffic, just stopped suddenly).  The front vehicle may be accused of what they call a "swoop and squat" - suddenly moving from one lane and into another and suddenly slamming on their brakes - giving no reasonable amount of time for others to react and stop.  It may or may not be intentional.  If it is proven that they did this "intentionally" their insurance will not cover the claim (insurance companies do not cover intentional acts).  
Be careful accusing the person who caused the accident of an "intentional act".  If you tell the insurance company that the driver "intentionally" caused the collision, you just gave the insurance company an excuse to not pay the claim!!  Insurance companies all have clauses in their policies excluding coverage for "intentional acts" - ie, intentionally causing an accident.  Unless the other driver admits to you that they caused it intentionally, you do not know for sure what was going through the mind of the other driver.   They may have been trying to scare you, but had no intention of actually colliding with you.  You may see this from your perspective as such an aggressive maneuver by the other driver, and it angers you so much that they endangered you in this way, that you want to tell the police and adjuster it was intentional.  But if you do so, remember that you just gave that person's insurance company an excuse not to pay you - which is what will happen.  The best thing is to just report the facts of what you actually know them - "They were driving aggressive and hit me.  I can't read their minds, so you will need to ask your driver if he was intending the impact.  I can not imagine that anyone would want to damage their own vehicle though." 
It may be that they were just negligent - often people just make dumb moves while driving that may appear intentional, but it is just them being  distracted, not paying proper attention, or just a jerk who did something stupid but did not want to actually collide vehicles.  If the at fault driver admits it was intentional, then yes, it was intentional.  But if they were driving extremely unreasonably or extremely inattentive, that is still negligence . . . which is covered by their insurance policy.  It may be "extreme" negligence, and stupidity like you have never seen, but it is still negligence. 

D) Phantom Vehicle:  A multiple car accident sometimes involves a "phantom vehicle".  Someone involved may claim that another vehicle swerved into their lane and fled, or hit them in the rear first and fled the scene, and that is what caused them to lose control causing the accident (often its a "phantom" vehicle that nobody else saw).   Nobody else sees the vehicle, but the rear vehicle swears by it, and claims that it was a hit and run.  You need a Dallas car accident attorney in these situations.  You need your attorney from the Law Office of Doug Goyen to review the evidence to prove who was actually at fault.  If there was an injury involved, we can help.  Call (972) 599 4100 for a free initial phone consultation. 

How to Handle the Claims Process: 

Dealing With a Claim When Everyone Points the Finger at Everyone Else:
A common problem in a multiple car accident is everyone to pointing the finger at everyone else as the cause of the accident.  You know what happened, and know that the negligent driver is not being honest.  The at fault person is disputing the claim, it has turned into a swearing match where the insurance company is "investigating" the claim, and not paying anyone until they "verify liability".   In this situation you need a Dallas car accident attorney to gather the evidence needed to prove your case.  The at fault insurance company is not going to pay you as long as it is a swearing match.  Do not wait, if you are injured you need to call (972) 599 4100 and hire the Law Office of Doug Goyen immediately. 

Who's Insurance Do I File Through?:
You file through the person's insurance who caused the accident and injury.  If the very rear vehicle is obviously the cause of the accident, that is the insurance you file through.  If one of the middle vehicles caused the collision, then that person's insurance is the one you file against.  Your Dallas car accident attorney from the Law Office of Doug Goyen reviews the information and will present the information we know insurance companies look for and need to complete their investigation.   If you are injured in your multiple car accident, if you need a Dallas car accident attorney, we will gather the information that the insurers need to pay your claim. Call (972) 599 4100 to get started today.  

Damages Often Recoverable in Personal Injury Cases Include the Following:
Past and future medical bills, past and future lost earning capacity, past and future lost income, past and future physical impairment, past and future disfigurement, past and future mental anguish, past and future pain and suffering, property damage, loss of use of your property - such as rental car bills, storage, total loss of property, diminished value of property, loss of body member (arm, leg, . . .), loss of body capacity (hearing, eyesight, . . . ), loss of consortium (spouse, parental, child/filial), loss of services, emotional/mental trauma (bystander injury), prenatal injury, exemplary damages, prejudgment interest, attorney's fees, and court costs.

If you have been injured in a multi-car accident, you need to contact a personal injury lawyer immediately.  You need to understand that the insurance companies are laying the groundwork to deny your claim because "the other driver" is at fault in their opinion, and they know that eventually you will be filing a lawsuit against them, so they are gathering information, getting your statement, dragging their feet in helping you, all with the intent of throwing a wrench into your lawsuit when you do finally need to file it.  They are trying to lead you into giving them an excuse to not pay your claim.  Don't be led into this trap.  Contact us today so we can help resolve your case.  Call (972) 599 4100.  

Personal Injury Areas We Help With Are:

Auto Accident and Injury Cases, Personal Injury Cases, 18 Wheeler & Commercial Vehicle Injury Accident Cases, Motorcycle Accident and Injury Cases, Wrongful Death Cases, Pedestrian Injured by Automobile Cases, Slip and Fall & Premises Cases, Workplace & Constructions Injury Cases, Dog Bite Injury Cases, Bicyclers Hit by Automobile Cases .

Types of Coverage in Automobile Injury Cases:

Automobile Liability Insurance, Uninsured Motorist Insurance, Personal Injury Protection (PIP), Medpay Insurance, Property Damage & Collision Coverages for Your Auto

By Doug Goyen, douggoyen@goyenlaw.com 

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