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Multiple Vehicle Accidents: When the Negligent Act of One Causes Injuries or Death to Many

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Wisconsin personal injury attorney, Wisconis accident lawyer, Wisconsin car crashe lawyerRecently, two individuals suffered non-life threatening injuries as a result of a three-automobile crash. A motorist driving an SUV rear-ended a motorist driving an Econoline Van, who was attempting to turn, causing the van to hit a pick-up truck. All it takes is for one negligent driver to set in motion a chain of events which results in a multi-vehicle accident. Typically, the more vehicles involved in the accident, the more complex the case will be.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, in 2013 there were over 118,000 automobile accidents resulting in more than 39,000 injuries and approximately 527 deaths. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimated that multiple vehicle accidents accounted for nearly half of the automobile deaths that occurred in Wisconsin during 2013.

Factors That Lead to Multi-Vehicle Collisions

When multiple vehicles are involved in an accident, more damages and injuries are likely to occur because there are many moving parts. Sometimes, there are many factors that contribute to these types of accidents, such as:

  • Bad weather;
  • Speeding;
  • Failure to obey traffic signs;
  • Distracted driving;
  • Intoxication;
  • Fatigue; and
  • Improper maintenance.

When accidents involve multiple vehicles, the hardest part of filing a lawsuit is often determining who caused the accident.

Determining Fault in Multi-Vehicle Accidents

Determining fault is a complicated task when multiple vehicles are involved. Each driver involved in an accident has a certain amount of responsibility to other drivers on the road. When a driver fails to reasonably exercise that responsibility, and he or she negligently causes injuries, the injured party has a right to compensation for those injuries. Taking the time to piece together the scene of the accident, from the police reports to eyewitness accounts, is one of the best ways in determining who is responsible.

Tips to Avoid Automobile Accidents and Traffic Citations

Sometimes, taking a proactive approach to driving an automobile will ensure that you do not end up in an automobile accident. Consider these helpful tips to keep you out of harm's way:

  • First, avoid the left lane or fast lane. You should use the center or right lane, so in case a situation arises, you have some avenues of escape;
  • Second, you should constantly be aware of the situation in front of you. This will grant you some extra time to react, if necessary;
  • Third, pay attention to blind spots; and
  • Fourth, know the limits of your vehicle and keep your vehicle in proper working condition. This ensures that if an emergency arises and you have to stop, your brakes will function.

Consult an Attorney

If you suffered injuries as a result of a multi-vehicle accident, you should contact an experienced Milwaukee personal injury attorney who will determine who the responsible parties are and get you the compensation you deserve.

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