By Pendergast Law on March 5, 2013
A bicyclist in her 30s and a motorcyclist in his 20s have been hospitalized after being involved in a multi-vehicle crash in Seattle. According to a report by The Seattle Times, the car accident occurred at Alaskan Way and Broad Street near the Seattle waterfront. Officials say the collision involved a taxicab, a parked car, a bicyclist, and a motorcyclist. Both the injured bicyclist and motorcyclist were taken to a nearby medical center. It is unclear what caused the crash or if anyone involved will be cited for the collision.
Determining liability for a crash is an important part of any claim. In most cases, the plaintiff must show that the negligence of the other driver contributed to the crash. This process becomes more complicated when there are multiple vehicles and victims. While there are more potential witnesses to these types of crashes, there are also more insurance companies to deal with and a higher probability of contradictory witness reports. It is common in multi-vehicle crashes for companies to pass the blame or to offer inadequate compensation. It is important that victims of multi-vehicle collisions do not accept a settlement until an experienced personal injury lawyer reviews the offer.
A successful personal injury claim should cover damages including but not limited to:
- Medical bills
- Hospitalization fees
- The costs of rehabilitation services
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning potential
- Physical pain
- Mental anguish
- Other related damages
If you have been involved in an accident involving multiple parties, it would be in your best interest to contact the authorities, take detailed notes, take photos of the crash site, and seek medical attention right away. It is also important to contact a knowledgeable Seattle motorcycle accident injury attorney who will ensure that your rights are protected throughout the legal proceedings.