When someone imagines a car accident, they typically picture an incident involving two people or parties. However, there are often Indiana car crashes involving more than just two parties, vehicles, or people responsible. In light of often complicated circumstances surrounding the events leading up to the accident, it may be difficult to assign fault or figure out who is responsible. Regardless, parties who cause these incidents should be held accountable, and the complexity of having multiple defendants should not deter an accident victim from pursuing a claim following a car crash.
According to a recent news report, a major car accident involving multiple vehicles left four people dead and seven injured after a series of chain-reaction crashes. Evidently, the first crash occurred when two semi-trucks collided at around 4:00 am. An hour later, another truck crashed into the first crash scene, which left a local highway worker seriously injured and two state troopers with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. All three were transported to a local hospital to be treated. At 6:45 am, another accident occurred when a semi-tractor traveling at highway speeds caused crashed into at least seven vehicles. This collision involved two semi-tractor trailers, a dump truck and four passenger vehicles, and resulted in multiple fatalities and injuries. This final accident resulted in the death of the initial semi-tractor driver and three others.
After the second crash, electronic highway signs were set up to alert drivers that crashes had occurred ahead and that they needed to exercise additional caution. However, the subsequent accidents still occurred because of distracted driving by motorists and a lack of awareness of their surroundings. According to local authorities, had nearby bystanders failed to immediately provide assistance to those who were injured, there could have been even more fatalities.
In chain reaction motorist crashes, establishing the timeline of the initial and subsequent accidents is crucial. When a multi-vehicle accident occurs, it can often be challenging to determine fault for a variety of reasons. Figuring out which party or parties actually caused the accident, examining the percentage of fault that should be assigned to each individual, and even laying out how the accident happened can pose difficulties given the number of parties involved. This is just one of several reasons why potential plaintiffs are encouraged to work with an experienced personal injury attorney who understands how to navigate state laws involving multi-vehicle accidents.
Have You Been Injured in an Indiana Car Accident?
Indiana chain-reaction car accidents can be complex and difficult to navigate. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, it is of the utmost importance to have a dedicated and experienced attorney assist you with your claim. Attorney Burton A. Padove has over three decades of experience handling complex multi-vehicle car accident lawsuits and other personal injury issues. He has assisted countless car accident victims receive the compensation they deserve so they focus on healing. If you or a loved one have suffered injuries following an Indiana car accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Compensation may include amounts for medical expenses, ongoing rehabilitation bills, property damage, lost earnings, as well as any pain and suffering you suffered as a result of the incident. Contact Indiana personal injury attorney Burton A. Padove at 877-446-5294 to schedule your free initial consultation.