Three people were injured on June 8, 2018, after an accident with multiple vehicles occurred on southbound Interstate 5 slightly north of the Interstate 5 bridge.
Robert B. Feldman, 28, of Camas, Washington was driving when he suddenly cut across the median while merging onto the highway from Washington Street. As a result, he crashed into a tractor pulling two semi-trailers.
The impact caused Timothy P. Johnson, 57, of Belfair, Washington, to jackknife on the highway. This caused him to slam into the passenger side of Shawn L. Mota, 29, of Eugene, Oregon.
Feldman was injured, as were two passengers in his vehicle.
Multi-Vehicle Accidents Present a Challenge
When multiple vehicles are part of an accident, determining fault can sometimes be very challenging. Just because one person may have caused the initial accident it does not mean that another person may not be at fault as well. This is true in all kinds of vehicle accidents, including
When multiple vehicles are involved, an experienced Washington personal injury attorney is an invaluable asset in determining who to file a lawsuit against to get the compensation you deserve.
Proximate cause is a legal concept which seeks to determine the primary cause of an injury. It is considered the "but for" cause; meaning that "but for" the conduct of the negligent driver your injuries would not have occurred.
In many cases, the proximate cause of a plaintiff's injuries is easy to determine.
Example: James is driving on Interstate 5 while looking at his cell phone. He does not realize he is approaching a red light, where Susan is already stopped. He rear ends her because he was distracted while driving. There is no question that Jame's negligence in driving while using his cell phone caused the accident and any injuries Susan suffered.
In other cases, it is not so easy to determine the exact cause of the accident, or the percentage of fault between multiple parties.
Example: Frank is driving in Portland, Oregon after spending time at a bar. He is under the influence when he swerves into Carol in the next lane. Carol is shocked by the accident but recovers and applies her brakes to slow down. From behind, she is rear-ended by James (who was again on his cell phone). Carol is severely injured but must determine the percentage of fault of the parties.
Consult a Washington Personal Injury Attorney
If you have been in an accident that involves multiple vehicles, you need an experienced attorney who understands the personal injury process and how to effectively prove that the proximate cause of your injuries was the negligence of one or multiple parties.
Experienced personal injury attorney Quinn Posner represents clients in Camas, Washougal, Vancouver, and the rest of Clark County. Contact Quinn Posner today to schedule a free consultation.