When we think about car accidents, we generally envision a crash between two cars. While this is the most common type of car accident in St. Louis, there are a variety of other types that happen frequently.
One of these alternate scenarios is multi-vehicle crashes, which are handled a bit differently than regular collisions. What makes them different comes down to three primary factors: A heightened chance of injury, hectic aftermath, and complex liability. Below, we explain the basics of these three factors. If you ever need more information on the subject, don’t hesitate to contact a Missouri car accident attorney.
High Chance of Injury
Your first priority should always be your health. That is why we need to talk about injuries before anything else. When it comes to multi-vehicle crashes, your injury risk is significantly higher. The reason for this is that speed that is generally associated with this type of accident. For typical two car accidents, there is a range of speeds they take place at. When that speed is low, the risk of severe or life-threatening injuries is generally lower. When it is higher, crashes become much more dangerous. Multi-vehicle crashes almost always involve high speeds because it usually takes a certain level of speed to cause a chain reaction. If you are ever caught in an accident like this, you need to take stock of your health and ensure that you are not in immediate danger.
A Hectic Aftermath
The aftermath of a car accident is often very hectic when there are just two drivers involved. When there are more, things can get out of control. With more people involved, there is a higher chance of one of them being aggressive and further escalating the situation. Because of this effect, it is imperative that you stay calm after an accident. If you can, try and be the cool-headed leader of the situation. If not, you can still be a polite and level-headed party.
Two car collisions are often simple. One driver runs a red light, doesn’t brake in time, is texting, or behaving in some other negligent way, and they are found liable. When there are multiple vehicles involved, assigning fault is much more complicated. We can explain this using two scenarios. In the first, the car in front comes to a sudden stop. Three vehicles behind it do not hit their brakes in time, and they form a chain of rear-endings. Here, the first car will likely not be held liable, while the other three may be held liable for the damages they caused to the vehicle in front of them. In scenario two, the three front cars are stopped when the fourth car hits the third car at high speeds. This collision causes each vehicle to move forward and hit the car in front of them. Here, only the fourth car will likely be held liable.
Though we believe hiring a lawyer is the right decision in any car crash case, doing so in an accident that involves multiple vehicles is especially important. Considering the high chance of injury, chaotic aftermath, and complicated liability of these types of crashes, you’re going to want to have an experienced attorney on your side.