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Multi-Car Accidents in Portland – Your Rights in Filing a Claim

By Marc A. Johnston, posted in Car Accidents on October 12, 2020

Car accidents in Portland happen on an unfortunately regular basis. Considering the amount of traffic in and around the city, otherwise minor collisions can end up having major impacts on other motorists. A car accident between two drivers can easily set off a chain reaction, leaving multiple others suffering potentially serious personal injuries. If you are involved in this type of crash, it is important to know what to do and how to protect your rights in filing a claim. 

Car Accident in Portland Leaves Multiple Drivers With Injuries

KOIN News reported on a car accident that occurred in Portland on Sunday, October 4, 2020. It happened on Highway 26 at Brentwood and involved multiple vehicles, blocking several lanes of traffic for hours after. Police are continuing to investigate the case and have not revealed many of the details involved. They did report that several people were injured in the crash, including at least one in serious condition who was rushed to a local hospital. 

When any type of crash occurs and other motorists are nearby, there is the potential for a multi-car accident. Adverse weather conditions and heavy traffic generally make these types of pile-ups more likely to occur. The Insurance Information Institute (III) warns that reckless driving behaviors often contribute to these crashes as well, including: 

  • Multiple drivers traveling at high rates of speed;
  • Tailgating and generally not allowing enough space between vehicles;
  • Drivers attempting to run yellow lights or not stopping completely for stop signs;
  • Failing to yield the right to other motorists as directed;
  • Improper passing, weaving in and out of lanes in an effort to get ahead, and other aggressive driving behaviors.

Your Rights to Compensation in a Multi-Vehicle Car Accident

Intersections, highways, and roads with no passing or pull over lanes are common places for multi-vehicle car accidents to happen. Any time a collision does occur and you are involved in any way, it is important to pull over immediately and notify law enforcement. Exchange driver’s license, insurance, vehicle registration, and contact information with others involved and get medical care for your injuries, regardless of how minor they may appear. Not taking these steps could jeopardize your rights in a claim. 

In car accidents involving several drivers, it can be challenging to determine who is at-fault. Blame may be shared among multiple motorists. However, even if you were partially at-fault or inadvertently caused damage to another driver or their vehicle, you may still be entitled to compensation in a claim. 

Under the Oregon Statutes, you have the right to file a claim providing you were not more than 50 percent responsible. You can also hold other motorists involved liable, with the amount they would be required to pay depending on their role in the crash. 

Contact Us Today for Help

When dealing with a multi-vehicle accident, the Johnston Law Firm P.C. can help to protect your rights to compensation. To request a consultation, call (503) 546-3167 or contact our Portland car accident attorneys online today.  

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