While some car accident cases are straightforward, it is not always easy to understand who was responsible for a crash. Even in relatively minor collisions, there are a variety of factors that can play a role in determining who was at fault. When multiple vehicles are involved in a crash, understanding who was at fault can be even more complicated. Those who have been injured in multi-vehicle pileups will need to secure representation from a personal injury attorney who can investigate the circumstances of the crash, identify all liable parties, and take action to recover compensation for the injuries and damages suffered by a victim.
Causes of Multi-Vehicle Crashes
Multi-car pileups can occur in a variety of situations. They most often take place on highways or freeways where vehicles are traveling at high speeds, but they can also take place at intersections or other locations. Some common reasons these accidents occur include:
- Speeding and other traffic violations – Drivers who travel above the speed limit may not be able to slow down or stop if another vehicle slows down suddenly, or they may lose control of their vehicle when passing someone else or traveling around curves in the road. Tailgating, texting while driving, or disobeying traffic signals can also make collisions more likely. When traveling at high speeds or in heavy traffic, a driver may not only strike another vehicle, but they may push a car into other vehicles in the same lane, other lanes, or an intersection, causing injuries and property damage to multiple drivers and passengers.
- Poor weather conditions – Many multi-vehicle pileups occur during the winter due to snow and ice on the roads, but fog, heavy rain, or strong winds can also contribute to these types of accidents. Drivers who do not take extra care to drive safely in inclement weather may be responsible for accidents that occur as a result.
- Jackknifed trucks and dropped cargo loads – When drivers lose control of semi-trailer trucks, they may end up in a position where their trailer obstructs multiple lanes of a road, and this can lead to dangerous truck accidents, especially if multiple vehicles are unable to stop in time to avoid colliding with the truck or trailer. Multi-vehicle accidents can also occur if cargo that is not properly secured to a truck falls onto the road. Vehicles may collide with this cargo or strike other vehicles when swerving, and multiple drivers may be affected.
- Construction zones – Road work areas often involve narrow lanes and construction equipment or excavations near the road. Drivers who do not reduce their speed or take care to drive safely in construction zones may strike barriers, construction equipment, or other vehicles, and without the room to maneuver, multiple other vehicles may be unable to avoid becoming involved in the collision.
Contact Our Appleton Multi-Vehicle Crash Attorneys
If you have been involved in a multi-car pileup or another type of accident involving multiple vehicles, Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd. can help you determine who was at fault. We will fully investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash and obtain evidence such as statements from witnesses, photos of the aftermath of the accident, footage from traffic cameras or security cameras, 911 call recordings, and reports by police officers. We will then work to ensure that you can receive financial compensation from the liable parties. Contact our Green Bay multi-car accident lawyers at 920-739-7366 to schedule a free consultation today.