Multiple vehicle collisions are some of the most dangerous crashes that drivers and passengers can be in. That’s because the odds of suffering serious injuries or fatalities are increased significantly when vehicles are hit from different directions. The liability aspects of multiple vehicle-accidents are complex. Innocent injury victims often get caught in the middle with everybody having different insurance companies and blaming each other. If you were injured in a multiple-vehicle accident, or you lost a family member in one in or around Kingsburg, it’s going to operate in your best interests to speak with a Kingsburg car accident lawyer from our offices as soon as possible.
Common Causes of Multiple Vehicle Crashes
There are a variety of ways that a multiple vehicle accident can occur. Here are a few of the more typical scenarios:
- Rear-End Collisions: One vehicle following another vehicle too closely and crashing into it can turn into a chain-reaction accident when the vehicles behind the following vehicle pile-up behind it.
- Intersection Accidents: A driver who wants to beat a red light can fail to yield the right-of-way in an intersection. That can result in a crash with another vehicle. Either of the vehicles involved in the collision can then crash into yet a third or even a fourth vehicle.
- Distracted Driving: The possibilities of an accident drastically rise when a driver is diverted from the road by talking on a phone, texting or participating in other forms of distraction.
- Drowsy or Fatigued Driving: Drivers whose brains are asleep at the wheel have difficulty perceiving and reacting to hazards on the roadway. They might even drift over and crash into disabled vehicles, or temporarily parked cars on the side of the road causing a multiple-victim vehicle crash.
- Highway Crashes: Because of the high speeds that vehicles travel at on highways, these crashes are particularly dangerous. Highway speeds increase stopping time and distance, especially in bad weather.
A Recent Kingsburg Multiple Vehicle Highway Fatality
A few days ago, an 18-year-old female lost her life in a multi-vehicle crash that occurred at about 10:30 p.m. on Highway 99 near Kingsburg. According to the California Highway Patrol, the girl lost control of her vehicle and hit a median wall. Then, two other vehicles crashed into her vehicle. She was airlifted to Community Regional Medical Center where she died from the injuries that she suffered.
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If you were injured in a multiple-vehicle car accident, or if a family member died in one, don’t give any type of an oral, written or recorded statement about your injuries or the accident to any of the opposing insurers. They will only use the contents of your statement against you. Always remember that whatever the opposing insurer’s representative says, California law doesn’t require you to give any type of a statement. Contact a Kingsburg car accident attorney from our offices right away.
Allen Vaysberg practices personal injury law and works tirelessly to defeat the tactics of insurance companies and large corporations who try to deny justice and fair compensation to injured people.