Multi-Vehicle Car Accidents in Atlanta
Were you injured in a car pile-up?
One of the most catastrophic forms of car accidents is when multiple vehicles are involved. These are also known as pile-ups and can involve anywhere from two to hundreds of vehicles. In most cases, these occur because of low-visibility, such as fog or other forms of inclement weather. For example, it may be caused by a car accident occurring on a two-lane highway during sleeting rain; because the other cars cannot see the collision, they drive as normal, crashing into it. As the problem persists, more and more cars become entangled in the accident-eventually leading to a massive pile-up.
The same problem can occur on a freeway when cars are driving fast during low-visibility. One car in front may hit the brakes because of a problem, leaving the car behind without enough time to stop. After this rear-end collision, it can leave multiple cars skidding across the road without time to avoid the pile-up in front of them. It may even cause cars to spiral into other lanes of oncoming traffic.
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Understanding the Dangers of a Multi-Car Accident
Due to the numerous vehicles that are involved in a pile-up, it can cause exponentially more dangerous circumstances than an ordinary car accident. For example, it can cause the cars to crumple, making fatalities a much more common occurrence. Even in cases where drivers and passengers are able to get out of the vehicle before it crumples, they risk being hit by the oncoming cars. Similarly, since the cars are connected, they run the risk of fire spreading; so if one car ignites, fire will likely jump from vehicle to vehicle.
Recent Multiple-Vehicle Collisions
Unfortunately, multiple-vehicle accidents are not as rare as one would like. They happen all the time, and often result in multiple catastrophic injuries and wrongful death. The following are some of the most catastrophic pile-ups that have happened recently in the United States from 2011 to March 2013:
- December 2011: In Tennessee, a pile-up involved 176 vehicles in Sumner County. There were three separate accidents that caused a chain reaction due to heavy fog-despite the fact that there was not a fog advisory at the time. Between 16 and 18 people were injured, and 1 was killed. There was also another pile-up that month in New Orleans on I-10 where 40 vehicles crashed, causing 50 injuries, half of which were deemed serous. The cause was believed to be heavy fog and smoke.
- October 2012: In Florida on Interstate I-75 Southbound, more than 47 vehicles were involved in 12 separate accidents. The cause was believed to be the whiteout rain happening at the time.
- November 2012: In Jefferson County in Texas, on Interstate I-10, 150 vehicles were involved in a pile-up due to heavy fog. The accident left 100 people hurt and 2 dead.
- January 2013: Several accidents occurred this month. Due to a flash snow-burst, two pile-ups happened on January 21-one on Interstate 275 near Cincinnati, OH and another on Interstate 75 near Middletown, Ohio. The Cincinnati accident killed a 12-year-old girl. Then, on January 31, another flash snow-burst caused a pile-up on Interstate 75 near Detroit, Michigan.
- March 2013: Roughly 95 vehicles were involved in an accident on Interstate 77 in Carroll County, with excessive fog being blamed for the crash. Three people were killed.
Do you need a car accident attorney in Atlanta, Georgia?
If you have been injured in an accident that involves multiple vehicles, it is highly encouraged that you contact an Atlanta injury lawyer from Kalka & Baer LLC today. Regardless of whether the accident involved one or one hundred vehicles, you need to be confident that you are doing everything within your power to recover the maximum amount of compensation-not just the minimum amount. It may be tempting to accept the first offer that the insurance company throws out, but remember that they are known to low-ball; meaning that they will attempt to give you less than what the case is actually worth for a quick settlement. If you are already concerned about finances, this may seem like a good deal-but the truth is that it is much better to wait for an amount that will actually cover the damages.
You need long-term coverage, compensation that will help pay for not only past and current, but also future medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages, as well as the loss of enjoyment of life or even the loss of companionship of a loved one. At Kalka & Baer, we have more than two decades of legal experience. We have been down this path before, and we know better than to just accept the insurance company's first offer at face value. We are fighters and will do everything that we can to seek justice on behalf of our clients. If you are interested in learning more about our firm, we encourage you to check out the rest of our site! You can also request to request a free copy of our book, entitled "Sharing the Road and Surviving the Crash." In this, we help to debunk five of the most common myths about car accidents.
If you are ready to discuss your case and fight for compensation, do not hesitate to contact us. You can schedule your free initial consultation by calling at 404-334-4831.