Common Causes of Deadly Multi-Vehicle Crashes
Just a few seconds of unsafe driving in the wrong conditions can cause a deadly multi-vehicle pile-up. We’ve all seen the pictures on the news of these massive accidents closing major roadways and highways. While all car accidents can be serious, multi-vehicle collisions tend to be much more deadly than two-car crashes, due to all the flying glass, crushed vehicles, and leaking gas that could set off fires. In addition, these wrecks often result in roads being closed, making it more difficult for ambulances and other emergency help to get to the victims.
Six Common Causes of Multi-Vehicle Crashes
Multiple vehicle accidents happen for many reasons. Some of the common causes include:
- Weather. Bad weather like rain, ice, snow, and fog, can make driving especially dangerous. If a driver does not use extra care in these situations, he could slide into another driver or lose control of his car, causing an accident. The combination of weather conditions and unsafe driving is especially deadly on highways.
- Speeding. When a driver speeds, he could run stop lights, tailgate slower drivers, and not have enough time to stop to avoid a collision with another motorist, pedestrian, or bicyclist. This can result in a pile-up of vehicles as other drivers try to swerve out of the way of the speeding driver or avoid the crash he has caused.
- Falling asleep. If a person falls asleep—even for a few seconds—his car can quickly swerve into another lane, careen off the road, or crash into the vehicle in front of it. Other drivers could hit motorists as they try to avoid this erratically-driven vehicle.
- Intoxicated drivers. Drivers under the influence of alcohol are reckless and have slower reaction times, often causing crashes. These accidents can be even more deadly if the intoxicated driver is driving the wrong way, especially on a highway.
- Driver distractions. Talking on a cellphone or texting while driving is always dangerous because the driver’s eyes and attention are off the road. Using a cellphone can result in multi-vehicle crashes not only by the driver who starts the accident, but also other drivers who are texting or talking on their cellphones and do not have sufficient time to avoid the crash caused by the first driver.
- Police chases. High-speed police chases often result in these accidents when either the police or the person being chased loses control of his vehicle.
Victims of multi-vehicle accidents can suffer life-altering injuries or death. However, they may be able to recover compensation from one or more of the motorists who caused or contributed to the accident.
Have you or a family member been injured in an multi-vehicle accident caused by another driver? These cases can be more complicated because it is harder to determine who is responsible for the accident. Boise Trial Lawyer Alan L. Morton has over 31 years of experience helping people injured in these types of accidents and is committed to providing his clients with outstanding service. Call him at 888.716.8021 for a free consultation.