Understanding and Preventing Multi-Vehicle Car Accidents
The South Florida Sun Sentinel recently reported that a 23-year-old woman is dead and three others were injured in a multi-vehicle crash in Lauderdale Lakes. The victim, who was fatally injured, was reportedly sitting between two fellow passengers in the back seat of a Hyundai when it was struck from behind. This impact caused the Hyundai to collide into the Kia in front of it, resulting in life-threatening injuries for the young woman who was fatally injured as a result of the accident. Other parties involved in the collision had to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
How Common Are Multi-Vehicle Accidents and How Serious Can They Be?
Statistics indicate that these accidents are more common than any of us would like to think. According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, almost half of the motor vehicle crash deaths in 2017 that happened nationwide occurred in multi-vehicle crashes.
And unfortunately, serious injuries and fatalities are common with these kinds of accidents. Multi-vehicle accidents can have tragic implications such as:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
- Muscular injuries
- Severe lacerations
What Are the Causes of Multi-Vehicle Accidents?
One sad reality is that due to the nature of these kinds of accidents and the fact that multiple parties are involved with behavior outside the scope of your control, many of these accidents are not preventable. However, understanding some of the causes of multi-vehicle accidents may still help you avoid causing one. Factors that can contribute to accidents involving multiple vehicles are:
- Inclement weather – as we all know, the Sunshine State is notorious for afternoon rain showers that onset suddenly and disappear just as quickly. Unfortunately, these unexpected changes in the weather can cause one vehicle to skid into another.
- Distracted driving – behaviors such as texting, eating, or talking on the phone while driving can keep a driver from watching the road and cause him or her to crash into the rear of a stopped vehicle, causing a chain reaction.
- Impaired driving – drinking alcohol before climbing behind the wheel, unfortunately, makes drivers less capable of making split second decisions and therefore, is more likely to result in behavior that may lead to a multi-vehicle accident.
Have You or a Loved One Been Injured as the Result of a Multi-Vehicle Accident?
Sadly, collisions involving multiple vehicles can lead to some of the biggest tragedies and, often, one of the few silver linings for these accident victims or the loved ones they have left behind is the fact that there are options for compensation under the law. However, investigating the circumstances of a multi-car pileup and establishing liability can prove to be much more difficult than many accident victims anticipate. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a car accident as the result of a collision involving multiple vehicles, we offer the help you will likely need to help you hold the appropriate parties responsible and maximize your success with your claim. As the experienced Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys of the Pendas Law Firm, we have helped many people in similar circumstances and we have the experience that you need to help you recover the compensation you are entitled to. Contact us today to begin.
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