According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there were 11,685 deaths resulting from multiple-vehicle collisions during the year 2015 alone.
Causes of Multi-Vehicle Collisions
Multi-vehicle collisions can be both sudden and devastating. When numerous vehicles are involved, a single mistake often results in serious injuries and extensive property damage. Common causes of multi-vehicle accidents include:
- Speeding. Overtaking a slower vehicle too quickly on the highway is one of the main causes of multi-vehicle collisions.
- Falling asleep. When a driver falls asleep at the wheel, it takes mere seconds for his vehicle to drift into another lane, or plow into the car in front.
- Tailgating. Following too closely is one of the leading causes of highway accidents. If the driver in front brakes suddenly, a collision may be unavoidable.
- Weather. Poor weather conditions can dramatically increase the risk of a multi-vehicle collision. Standing water from heavy rains often results in hydroplaning, ice buildup makes roads slippery, and fog can severely limit visibility.
- Driving under the influence. Drug and alcohol consumption can lead to altered time perception, altered depth perception, and drowsiness.
Determining Fault in a Multi-Vehicle Collision
Identifying the driver responsible for a multi-vehicle collision is often difficult. Since accidents involving multiple vehicles are frequently a serious liability for insurance companies, accident investigators typically look into these incidents very closely. These investigators are trained to identify the cause of the accident and the responsible driver.
To determine fault, investigators may:
- Interview the drivers, their passengers, and any witnesses.
- Review police reports and speak with investigating officers to determine if the police arrested or ticketed any drivers for:
- Reckless driving
- Failure to yield
- Drug possession
- Review driving records for evidence of previous accidents, tickets, and arrests.
- Photograph the vehicles and the accident scene, including skid marks, damaged guardrails, trees, and fences.
You Need an Attorney
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