Five vehicles collided after a GMC Envoy, driven by the man who died, hit a Toyota Sienna that was stopped in traffic and which then was pushed into a Chevy pickup. Once these vehicles came to a rest, a Lincoln SUV stuck the Envoy which was pushed into the Sienna which in turn hit the Chevy pickup for the second time.
According to a Florida State Trooper at the scene, the driver of the Envoy died at the scene. Two other drivers were taken to a nearby hospital with undisclosed injuries. The driver of the Lincoln SUV was arrested for driving without a license.
Multiple-car crashes can be dangerous as there are several impacts with some vehicles being struck more than once. This can cause serious injuries as many victims are hit multiple times. There are typically two types of multi-vehicle accidents: chain reaction and pile-up. Each of these have their own characteristics and create unique problems for all involved.
Chain Reaction Crashes
A chain-reaction crash happens when a collision occurs involving two cars and then other impacts occur in a series of events all linked to the first collision. These can be especially deadly as the vehicles involved are at high speeds and have significant momentum. These types of crashes are known for high property damage, roll overs, centerline/median crossing and cars leaving the roadway.
A pile-up wreck, although technically a chain reaction as well, happens when cars fail to slow or stop when approaching another accident or a stopped vehicles. These collisions can be small fender-benders to high-impact collisions. Click here to see a video of pile-up crashes on an icy freeway.
Problems with Multi-Car Crashes
A significant factor in a pile up crash is the risk of being struck a second or third time as cars come up on the scene. Many times a chain reaction turns into a pile-up collision as other motorists are unable to stop.
According to experts, the best thing to do in a chain-reaction or pile-up collision is to stay in your vehicle with the seat belt on. This is because the car around you—even damaged—offers more protection than getting out and being in the open. Of course, there are many times when it’s better to exit the vehicle such as when the vehicle is on fire or leaking fuel.
How is Fault Determined?
After the scene is cleared and everyone has been treated and are healing, the fault of the accident will become important as those injured will be facing severe financial losses. Some of these losses that affect the victim soon after the accident are:
- Medical bills
- Lost time from work
- Loss of a job
- Transportation: short term and replacement
- Disability: temporary or permanent
This issue of fault in a two car collision can be tricky at times, however, in multiple-car collision, it is compounded by the serious of events and the difficulty the crash scene investigators have when try to determine what happened. With so many cars and possible impacts, it can be a challenge to determine the facts.
It’s likely that in multi-car crashes, more than one person will be at fault. The investigators will look at each impact and try to determine which car struck the other under what circumstances. The same car might be involved in a second or even third impact with a different driver at fault for each impact. This can make determining which driver is responsible for which injuries extremely complicated.
Do I Need an Attorney?
Talking to an attorney is a must after any crash involving a serious injury or the loss of a family member. You need an attorney who can give you unbiased advice and can evaluate your case.
Even if you don’t hire an attorney, talk to an Attorney at RHINO Lawyers today. Our legal team is ready to answer any questions you may have.