When multiple vehicles are involved in the same car accident, there is usually a large amount of property damage and several people may sustain serious injuries. Sorting out both the insurance process and legal aspects of these situations can be difficult, so it is important to get professional advice.
A motorist from Iowa City was involved in a three vehicle crash in Cedar County.
Three cars crashed in the same area on Highway 30
The collision happened at around 10 am on a Monday morning. Officers with the Iowa State Patrol responded to the intersections of Highway 30 and Charles Ave.
In the moments before the collision, a pickup truck driven by a 35 year old male from Iowa City went across the center line on Highway 30 for unknown reasons. The man’s vehicle went into a 70 year old woman’s car head on. The victim in the car had to be airlifted to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics by helicopter for treatment. The man driving the pickup truck was also injured, but there were no specific details given about the extent of his injuries.
A third vehicle was involved when a woman driving a car nearby turned her car into a ditch to avoid colliding with the other two. It was unknown whether she was injured.
The Iowa State Patrol will conduct a full investigation to determine the cause of the accident.
What to do following a multiple vehicle accident
All drivers involved are legally required to remain on the scene and exchange their information. This can include names, license plate numbers, insurance policies, pictures, and identifying information about the vehicles affected. If there are injuries, it is also necessary to contact the local fire department or police, so that the victims can be helped immediately.
After these initial steps, the local authorities will begin their own investigation and generate a formal accident report that is useful in a lawsuit or during the process of insurance claims.
What will an accident lawyer do for the victims?
Anyone who is injured can retain their own lawyer to pursue legal action against the driver at fault. In most cases, this means that after a trial in civil court or settlement agreement, they will have to pay out damages for things like medical treatment for long term injuries, property damage, and lost wages and income. The plaintiff’s lawyer will attempt to get the maximum amount allowed by law based on the situation and local statutes.
Get assistance from a local injury attorney in Iowa City
There are lawyers who can discuss your accident and recommend a course of action that may include a civil lawsuit against the driver responsible. To learn more about the legal process following car accidents, contact:
1921 51st Street NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402-2400