Some of our California readers may have only heard about the almost 200-vehicle pileup that shut down much of I-94 in Michigan earlier this month. Some of you may have even watched the videos of it happening. But while some people across the nation are still asking how it was possible that so many vehicles became involved in such a monstrous crash, some of our more frequent readers may be wondering instead what legal hurdles accident victims may have to face in the weeks to come.
As is the case with any multi-vehicle crash, there are a lot of questions that need to be asked and a lot of things have to happen before victims can walk away from a crash knowing that everything has been resolved. The first thing that needs to be addressed is fault, which is aided by a police investigation. Then, insurance companies need to be contacted in order to make a claim against a policy. Depending on the terms of the policy, compensation for damages could be around the corner.
But as the Michigan case is showing, accident victims can run into some issues along the way as well. One such issue is towing fees. You might be asking yourself right now: who is responsible for towing fees me or my insurance company? If you're asking this question, then it may be a good idea to check your policy. That's because this isn't always offered with all policies and not even in every state. This could leave you footing a bill you might not be able to afford.
Another issue that could easily arise is a dispute with your insurance company about your policy. In some cases of multi-car accidents where there may be multiple claims, insurance companies have been known to low-ball estimates in hopes of saving some money. This can be frustrating for policy holders because they want fair compensation but may not know how to fight for it.
If you've been involved in a multi-vehicle crash and are frustrated by the hurdles you are facing, then it might be time to contact an attorney with experience in motor vehicle accidents, such as Scott J. Corwin, A Professional Law Corporation. Whether it's a car crash or a motorcycle collision, you deserve compensation, especially if you weren't at fault in the accident and an attorney is someone who can help you get it.
Source: WWMT News, "Drivers involved in I-94 pile-up say getting their cars back is no easy task," Jan. 12, 2015