Q: Who was at fault for injuries I received in a multiple-vehicle crash on the Beltway and why is the investigation taking so long?
Any time multiple vehicles are involved in an accident, you can expect the investigation process to take longer and be much more complicated. That’s simply because it takes longer for investigators to sift through all the evidence and determine exactly how the accident occurred. When it’s all said and done, more than one person may be partially responsible for causing the accident that left you injured.
Accidents occur in a matter of seconds, giving victims and witnesses little time to process exactly what they saw. When multiple vehicles are involved, the scene is that much more chaotic, with so much happening in such a short time frame that witnesses’ reports may conflict because they didn’t all see the entire chain of events. Add the fact that one or more of the drivers may be less than truthful regarding their involvement in the crash, and reconstructing the scene can be a huge headache for investigators.
Once the police investigation is complete, going after the at-fault person, or people, may be a whole new headache of its own. With more than one person potentially responsible, you can expect the insurance companies to play the blame game in an attempt to minimize the payout expected from their company. This can be extremely frustrating when you’re dealing with serious injury and in need of a sizeable settlement to pay your medical bills.
When you’ve been hurt in a chain-reaction crash on the Beltway or a multiple-vehicle crash on 270, you can expect the investigation and negotiation process to take longer than usual. You may need to enlist help from an experienced Maryland accident attorney who knows how to get the most for your injuries. For more information, we invite you to call our office directly to set up your initial consultation or to request your free copy of our book, 10 Tips to Get the Maximum Compensation After a Maryland Auto Accident.