Being involved in a car accident is usually quite stressful. Being involved in a multi-vehicle crash can significantly add to the stress. The increase in distracted driving makes multi-vehicle accidents more common. A motor vehicle accident can quickly go from a one-car collision to a Charlotte multiple-vehicle accident in seconds. When a motor vehicle spins out of control in an accident, it can easily block one or more lanes of traffic. As a result, other drivers do not have time to avoid colliding with the vehicle, resulting in a multiple-car pile-up. The more vehicles involved in a motor vehicle accident, the higher the likelihood of severe injuries or death.
If you have suffered an injury in a North Carolina car accident, you should hire experienced attorneys to represent you. Proving which driver or drivers were at fault for a multiple-vehicle accident is not easy. At Arnold & Smith, PLLC we thoroughly investigate the causes of the multi-vehicle car accidents that result in our clients' injuries. When necessary, we work with experts who help us reconstruct the accident and demonstrate which drivers were at fault.
Time is of the essence for injured persons seeking to file a claim for compensation for multiple-vehicle accidents. North Carolina plaintiffs must file a claim within three years of the accident, or the courts will bar the claim due to the statute of limitations. If you have suffered an injury and are curious as to what types of compensation you may be able to obtain, contact our Charlotte law office to set up a free initial consultation.Common Causes of Multi-Vehicle Accidents
Multi-vehicle accidents can at any place at any time. Common causes of multi-vehicle accidents include the following:
- A distracted driver collides with another driver who then hits with a third driver
- A drive follows the car ahead of him too closely and does not have adequate time to stop causing several vehicles to rear-end each other
- A driver loses control of his or her vehicle due to speeding and causes a chain reaction of collisions with other cars
- One driver negligently runs a red light, creating a multi-vehicle accident
- A driver fails to yield while making a turn
- A driver swerves into another lane causing multiple cars to collide with one another
- A distracted driver slams into a parked car in rush hour, cashing a chain reaction of drivers rear-ending each other
Some of the deadliest motor vehicle accidents on record involve multiple vehicle collisions. When large commercial vehicles such as semi-trucks are involved in a crash, the resulting death toll can be devastating. In April, the driver of a tractor-trailer caused a severe multi-vehicle accident in Denver. The flat-bed of the tractor-trailer was full of lumber when it slammed into a lane of rush hour traffic in Colorado.
The tractor-trailer used excessive speed when barreling by parked drivers. When the large vehicle slammed into a parked car, it caused a chain reaction. In the end, at least 28 vehicles were involved in the accident, four people died from their injuries, and another six people suffered injuries. This multi-vehicle accident demonstrates how one driver's negligence can cause the death and injury of many other drivers.Determining the Party Who is at Fault is Not Always Easy
In many cases, one driver's negligence causes a chain reaction of collisions in a multi-vehicle accident. In some cases, however, the negligence of two or more drivers caused a multi-vehicle crash. Victims of multi-vehicle accidents typically have to contend with lengthy investigations. Many times, insurance companies will fight hard to avoid making payouts to accident victims. In complex cases such as these, it is vital to hire experienced multi-vehicle attorneys.
At Arnold & Smith, PLLC our attorneys have experience advocating for our clients in multi-vehicle accidents. It is essential to contact an attorney as soon as possible so that he or she can begin conducting a thorough investigation into your accident. North Carolina plaintiffs must file personal injury lawsuits within three years of the accident taking place. Our skilled multi-vehicle accident attorneys will advocate your best interests when dealing with the insurance company and throughout the legal process. Contact our office today to set up a free initial consultation.