How to Minimize Damage From a Multi-Car Pileup in CA

By Joseph Low on January 10, 2022 - Comments off

 

A woman driving on a freeway.

Multi-vehicle crashes are most likely to occur on freeways and highways where traffic is moving at higher speeds. They are often chain reaction situations, in which one wreck creates an obstacle in the road, the next driver fails to react in time, followed by a series of other drivers. Multi-car pileups occur more frequently with weather-related changes in driving conditions, such as fog, rain, snow, or icy roads. When drivers follow too closely in inclement weather, a chain reaction pileup is more likely to occur.

What Are the Signs That a Multi-Car Pileup Is About to Happen?

Multi-car accidents are more likely to occur when road visibility is reduced by weather conditions, such as fog, rain, or snow. Under these conditions, it is important to be more cautious and alert. When drivers are traveling too fast or following too closely for conditions, they may not have time to react to avoid hitting a slow or stopped vehicle ahead. A driver may swerve to avoid a crash and end up causing a chain reaction pileup.

What Steps Can You Take to Avoid a Multi-Vehicle Collision in California?

Take extra care to avoid a multi-vehicle pileup in driving conditions with reduced visibility or icy roads.

  • Slow down: The faster you are traveling, the most distance you will need to avoid a crash.
  • Allow plenty of room between your vehicle and the one ahead and try to keep as much space as possible around you.
  • Remain extra alert: Keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel, and your attention on the task of driving. You may have to make a split second decision to avoid a crash.
  • Watch out for tailgaters in your rearview mirror: If another driver is following too closely, change lanes or adjust your speed to let that driver get around you.
  • Pay attention to road sign warnings: They can help prepare you for black ice on bridges and other roadway hazards.

What Should You Do If a Multi-Car Accident Cannot be Avoided?

If a crash is unavoidable on snow or ice, don’t slam on your brakes – that could throw you into a spin. Slow down gradually and try to steer into a softer object instead of another vehicle. Turn your engine off, turn on your hazard lights, leave your seatbelt on, and stay in your car after the crash, until you are sure the pileup is over. If a vehicle catches fire and you need to get out, move to the front of the crash. Do not stand between cars, on the shoulder, or in front of a guardrail or barrier.

Who Can Be Held Liable for a Multi-Vehicle Collision?

The driver who initially caused the crash is generally liable for a multi-vehicle accident. However, fault can be difficult to determine, and more than one party may get cited for traffic violations when the police investigate. For example, an alcohol-impaired driver traveling at a dangerously slow speed may be rear-ended by another driver who was texting and failed to react in time to the slow-moving vehicle ahead. The next driver may be speeding and unable to stop in time to avoid the wreck on the road.

What Types of Injuries Do Multi-Car Crash Victims Suffer?

Multi-vehicle accidents can cause severe injuries, with the impact of multiple collisions. There is also a higher risk of fire and explosions with damage to multiple vehicles. If you have been seriously hurt in a multi-car pileup, get medical attention for your injuries and contact an experienced California personal injury lawyer.

At The Law Firm of Joseph H. Low IV, we can investigate every aspect of the crash and pursue full compensation for your injuries. Call us today at (562) 901-0840 or toll-free at (888) 454-5569.

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