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Determining Negligence in a Multi-Car Crash

By Burg Simpson
July 11, 2019
4 min read

Determining Negligence in a Chain Reaction Multi-Car Crash.

Chain reaction car crashes are those where three or more vehicles are involved in a series of collisions. They generally occur on high-speed roadways, and they are one of the deadliest kinds of traffic collisions. The most disastrous pile-ups have involved more than a hundred vehicles.

While most of these wrecks are caused by the first single crash, in multi-vehicle accidents, it can be difficult to prove who is at fault. In some multi-car pileup cases, there may actually be more than one person who is responsible. When a multi-car crash occurs, the process of determining fault will depend on the statements of the witnesses, the physical evidence and the findings of the police investigations.

The Increased Risks of Multiple Vehicle Collisions

Multiple-vehicle collisions can be especially dangerous because the number of damaged vehicles makes it difficult for those involved in the incident to safely remove themselves from the scene. It is also not unusual for cars to be hit many times and at high speeds during a multiple-vehicle crash. This places an additional risk of injury to passengers who survived the first impact with the now discharged airbags. Collisions that occur after the initial impact may also occur on the sides of the vehicle where the passenger section of the vehicle is most vulnerable.

Fires can also occur as a result of a multi-car collision. When gasoline has spilled onto the roadway, a blaze can quickly spread over the entire crash area. Multiple-vehicle collisions can also overwhelm first responders making swift rescues even more difficult.

Common Causes of Multi-Car Crashes

Many rear-end wrecks are the fault of the driver of the rear vehicle and are often the result of excessive speed, inattention, or following too closely. The rear driver has an obligation to keep a reasonable distance behind the cars ahead and be alert for changing speeds and traffic conditions.

According to Colorado Revised Statutes Title regarding 42 Vehicles and Traffic § 42-4-1008:

(1) The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon and the condition of the highway.

Multi-car pile-ups on high-speed roadways are also caused by drivers who are not:

  • Adjusting their speed to weather conditions.
  • Adjusting their speed to hazardous road conditions

Tips to Avoid Rear-End Collisions

While there is not much you can do about being in the middle of a chain-reaction rear-end crash that was caused by a distracted driver or one who was following too closely, you can take precautions.  Colorado drivers can increase their chances of staying out of harm’s way on our roadways by staying focused on the road:

  • Pay attention to the road and the other drivers around you.
  • Maintain a safe distance between your car and the car in front of you.
  • Drive according to the weather and road conditions.
  • If another car is following too closely, make an effort to allow them to pass.
  • Be a safe and courteous driver, even if the other drivers around you are behaving badly.
  • Make sure your car is serviced regularly: Check your brakes, lights, and tires.

If You Are Hurt in a Multi-Car Collision

Retaining an experienced personal injury attorney to handle your car insurance claim or lawsuit after a multi-car accident, especially when your injuries are significant, is a wise choice. Make sure your rights are being protected by scheduling a free consultation with a highly skilled personal injury attorney today.

Call Burg Simpson Today

The car collision lawyers at Burg Simpson have been helping injured people obtain compensation for their losses for over 4 decades. If you have been injured in a multi-car collision, call our personal injury attorneys at Burg Simpson and schedule a free consultation. Let us help you protect your rights by calling 303 792 5595.


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