Multi-Vehicle Accidents In Texas
Any traffic accident with two or more vehicles – including cars, trucks and buses – could be considered a multi-vehicle accident. The term multi-vehicle or multi-car accident, however, is primarily used to refer to accidents that involve three or more vehicles. These types of car accidents are also known as “chain-reaction accidents” or “pile-ups.”
Multi-vehicle accidents can be very dangerous for a number of reasons. With more vehicles involved, there is a greater risk that occupants will suffer serious injuries. Repeated impacts can also result in more injuries. Multi-car accidents can make it harder for first responders to access injured victims and get them the medical help they need.
Multiple-vehicle crashes can also create problems after the fact. With many drivers involved, there may be questions regarding who was to blame for the wreck and who should be held accountable. These questions need answers so you can get the compensation you deserve from the person or persons who caused the accident.
Causes of Multi-Car Accidents
Sometimes, two cars get into a crash and other drivers do not see them, cannot stop in time or have no place to go. For example, two cars might get into an accident going 70 mph on the freeway. Other vehicles could be unable to stop and have no place to go to avoid hitting at least one of the wrecked vehicles.
A chain-reaction crash could also happen when a car is pushed into oncoming traffic as a result of a collision. Another common cause of multi-vehicle accidents is when one car rear ends another and pushes it into the vehicle in front of it. Multi-car collisions can also occur when one car rear ends another and traffic is unable to stop before rear ending the cars that were involved in the initial collision.
These are just a few examples of scenarios in which multi-vehicle wrecks can occur. While multi-car accidents can happen in many ways, there are certain conditions and driver behaviors that can make a multi-vehicle wreck more likely. For example, there is a greater chance of a multi-car accident when:
- Roads are wet, icy, snowy or otherwise slippery
- There is poor visibility due to smoke, dust, fog, rain, snow or other adverse conditions
- Traffic is congested
- Cars are speeding or going too fast for conditions
- Drivers are tailgating or following too closely
- Other drivers are looking at an initial crash, often called “rubbernecking”
- A driver is distracted by texting, talking on the phone or other distractions
- A driver is drunk or otherwise impaired.
Compensation for Chain-Reaction Accidents in Texas
Drivers should slow down for poor visibility or adverse weather, leave a safe stopping distance between cars in front of them and should always remain focused on driving. If drivers are negligent or careless in any way that leads them to cause a multi-car accident, the drivers could be held responsible for damage they cause.
However, it may be hard to determine who was at fault when there were multiple parties involved in an accident. At The Bob Richardson Law Firm, we conduct intense investigations of car accident claims, using the latest technology and consulting with a network of highly qualified medical, engineering and accident reconstruction experts to determine the cause of a crash and extent of damages.
We believe that the more evidence we can collect, the stronger our position will be when we advocate on behalf of our Texas car accident clients at the negotiation table or in the courtroom.
Find out today how The Bob Richardson Law Firm can help you. For a free case evaluation, call us now toll free at 800-880-5100 or fill out our online form.