Hundred Vehicle Crash Provides Reminder of Special Challenges Posed by Multi-Car Pileups
Multi-car pileups can be extremely hazardous and pose unique challenges for those who suffer injury or lose a loved one, due to the involvement of a multitude of insurance companies and potentially responsible parties. When chain reaction accidents happen, it is not uncommon for some of the parties involved in the crash to be both a plaintiff and defendant. Sorting through the factual and legal challenges associated with a personal injury claim that arises out of a multi-car accident can be extremely complicated so it is important to seek prompt legal advice from an experienced Atlanta multi-car accident attorney.
A recent crash involving as many as a hundred vehicles on the Pennsylvania turnpike serves as an example of the complex issues that may arise in a crash involving many vehicles. As is frequently the case with multi-car pileups, adverse weather was a factor in the collision. The initial crash involved ten cars and five tractor-trailers in a snarled mass of wreckage with a sequence of crashes following the first crash. The wreckage from the hundred vehicle pileup stretched for five miles according to media sources. The road was littered with ice patches that diminished the ability of drivers to stop in time to avoid the pileup.
If you are involved in a multiple car accident like this hundred car pileup, there are unique hazards that may not be present in other types of auto accidents. Vehicle occupants might not be able to exit or move their car safely, particularly when visibility is limited. The possibility of an explosion or fire also increases when vehicles are hit multiple times. The wreckage might make it difficult for emergency responders to get to victims to provide medical attention to injured drivers and passengers.
While poor weather increases the risk of a multi-car pileup, different types of negligent conduct often play a factor in causing these massive crashes, including driving too fast for road conditions, following too closely, failing to perform brake or tire maintenance and improperly designing or maintaining roads. When there are many vehicles involved in a crash, our experienced multi-car pileup lawyers conduct an appropriate investigation based on the facts and circumstances, which may involve the use of experts in accident reconstruction. We pursue the compensation that our clients are entitled to under law, such as past and future medical expenses, past and future wages, pain and suffering, diminished enjoyment of life and other damages depending on your specific situation.
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