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Who is the Responsible for an Oregon Multi-Vehicle Crash?

At the Law Offices of Jon Friedman, our auto accident attorneys in Portland, Oregon know that while most of the state’s collisions involve just two parties, multi-vehicle crashes are not uncommon.

The Oregon Traffic Crash Summary reported that last year there were 38,141 vehicle collisions across the state, resulting in 27,998 injuries, and 507 fatalities.

Over 3,900 of those crashes involved multiple vehicles, resulting in 2,138 injuries and 91 fatalities.

When multiple vehicles are involved in crashes, each driver’s insurance company will start their investigation by pointing their fingers at each other. This makes it exceedingly difficult to prove who was liable for the crash. We can help.

How Can I Prove Which Driver Caused My Injuries During a Multi-Vehicle Crash in Oregon?

The simple answer is, the driver who failed to practice their duty of care to keep surrounding drivers safe is liable for the crash, and potentially the resulting chain reaction involving the other vehicles.

Proving which one driver, or combination of drivers caused our client’s injuries, or the loss of their loved one, requires an extensive investigation into the crash.

That may include:

  • Assessing the crash scene, including tire marks on the road, the damage to each vehicle, and the conditions at the location.
  • Collecting evidence from the scene of the crash, including photos, videos, and/or traffic camera footage when applicable.
  • Interviewing witnesses from the crash scene.
  • Reviewing law enforcement documentation of those who responded to the scene of the crash.
  • Partnering with accident reconstruction experts who can accurately recreate and determine how the crash occurred.
  • Evaluating medical records and interviewing our client’s physicians for insight into how their injuries occurred.

If you have been in a multi-vehicle crash, you may have to fight with the other drivers’ insurance companies to ensure the liable party — or combination of parties — is held liable for your financial recovery needs. We can help.

Contact our Portland personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Jon Friedman at (503)-242-1440 to schedule a free consultation and get the help you need to pursue a personal injury claim against the liable parties who caused your injuries.

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