A deadly crash involving six vehicles caused the death of two people shut down Palm Drive Monday evening September 2, 2019. The Desert Hot Springs Police Department said that the accident happened around 8:41 on Palm Driver about a half mile south of 20th Avenue.
The cause of the crash is unknown, but police referred to it as a “major traffic collision” and nine people were transported to both Desert Regional Medical Center and Eisenhower Medical Center. Police also say that EMS personnel had to extricate two people trapped in two of the vehicles which further delayed the opening of Palm Drive until early Tuesday morning.
When there are more than two cars involved in a crash, the challenges for those involved in the crash and first responders become greater. Police have to slow traffic and secure the scene to prevent future accidents, and EMT workers have to determine which of the injured need immediate treatment and then have to deal with other issues like trapped victims and possible fires and other dangers.
Part of the increased danger of injuries in a multiple-vehicle crash come from the dynamics of a chain-reaction crash. In some cases, an impact from two cars will lead to several other cars being involved which will spawn a multitude of secondary impacts. When this happens, many of the injured have essentially endured two or more “crashes” in a single incident.
A rear-end collision is a significant part of most multi-vehicle crashes and will occur when cars in the front stop and upcoming cars are unable to slow or stop in time. This can result in certain common injures that can become serious or even fatal. Some of these are:
- Blunt Force Trauma
- Head Injuries/Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Chest Compression
- Organ Damage
- Internal Injuries/Bleeding
- Air bag injuries
In a typical two-car accident, one of the drivers is primarily at fault and is on the hook for all injuries caused to others in the accident. However, when there are multiple vehicles and multiple impacts, each injury might have more than one person at fault, or a driver might be at-fault for one impact and a victim in another.
This usually causes a liability nightmare for those involved. Insurance companies will try to put the blame on everyone other than their insured driver leaving the attorneys and the courts to sort it all out. If a settlement doesn’t happen, then a costly trial will be the only recourse for those injured in the crash.
Do I Need my Own Attorney?
In a multiple-vehicle crash, some of the injured victims think that since there are some attorney’s “going after” the insurance company, then there’s no need for them to get their own. The truth is, that thinking will all but guarantee that you will not get a fair deal. Each attorney is bound by their oath to protect and advocate for their client only. If it just so happens that you get helped in the process, then that is more by accident than intentional.
You need your own attorney in a multi-vehicle crash, and at the Law Offices of Steers & Associates, we offer a free consultation where you can speak to an attorney about your specific case and be advised of your rights. Then you can make a decision based on the facts and the law, not on the ill-advised from the insurance company or their attorneys. Call us today at 800 824 5416 or click here to contact us online.