According to a report from KXLY-TV, eight people were injured in a highway pileup crash on Interstate 90 (I-90) near downtown Spokane. The jaws of life were required to free one person who was trapped in a vehicle. All eight victims were transported to a local emergency medical center. One person was listed in “critical condition” and another was listed in “serious condition.”
As a result of the collision, traffic had to be rerouted for several hours. The accident is still under investigation. Highway pileups are notoriously complicated crashes. In this article, our Spokane car accident attorneys provide a quick guide to the steps you should take if you are involved in a large highway pileup.
Four Steps to Take If You are Involved in a Multi-Vehicle Pileup Crash
- Secure as Much Evidence and Information as Possible at the Scene
Under Washington law, motorists who get into an accident have a duty to stop their vehicle and exchange information with all other parties involved in the crash. If you get into a highway pileup accident in Spokane, make sure you get as much information as possible. The more details you have, the easier it will be to sort out liability and maximize your financial compensation. This includes:
The name, driver’s license number, and contact information of every driver involved;
The license plate number and registration of every vehicle involved;
Photographs of the accident scene—from as many angles as possible; and
Contact details for anyone who witnessed the crash.
- Get Medical Care for Any Injuries
All car accident injuries should be evaluated by a licensed physician. You should get professional medical care without delay. The quicker you get medical attention, the better your chances to make a full physical and mental recovery. You cannot bring a successful personal injury claim after a car accident unless you have seen a doctor.
- Do Not Give a Recorded Statement to an Insurance Company
Highway pileups are especially complicated because multiple insurance companies may be implicated. Every insurer is focused on protecting its own financial bottom line, not your best interests. Do not give a recorded statement to another driver’s insurance company without first speaking to an attorney.
- Get Professional Guidance and Support
A Washington car accident attorney will help you navigate the claims process after a highway pileup collision. With experience handling complex personal injury claims, the Spokane personal injury law team at Albrecht Law PLLC has the skills, experience, and tenacity to maximize your financial compensation.
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At Albrecht Law PLLC, we are zealous advocates for justice and accountability. If you or your loved one suffered a serious injury in a multi-vehicle collision, we are here to protect your rights. Contact our law firm now to set up a confidential case evaluation. We are proud to fight for the rights of injured victims throughout all of Eastern Washington, including in Spokane County, Whitman County, Lincoln County, and Adams County.