When a Multiple Car Accident Happens – A Legal Overview

With the holidays fast approaching and the weather conditions deteriorating by the day, this is not just the season of goodwill and cheer, but also of tragic motor vehicle accidents. Traffic accidents involving multiple vehicles can have catastrophic results and equally devastating effects on the victims. If you or your loved ones have been involved in a multiple car accident, contact a personal injury lawyer immediately.

Causes of Multiple Car Accidents

Though the term “accident” is used to describe these unfortunate events, they are usually caused by the fault or negligence of someone. As our experienced personal injury lawyers can tell you, multiple car accidents are no exception. Vehicles traveling at high speed may not be under the full charge of the drivers and a minor mishap can result in them spinning out of control, with devastating effects on other vehicles in front, side and rear, pedestrians and property. As with single car accidents, multiple car accidents are generally due to:

  • Driver under the influence of alcohol/drugs
  • Distractions like cellphone use or texting, eating, talking, grooming, loud music, chatting
  • Driving too close to the vehicle in front on freeways
  • Adverse weather conditions, black ice, snow, sleet, rain
  • Poor visibility
  • Unfamiliar roads
  • Poor road maintenance
  • Defective vehicle parts
  • Tire blow-outs
  • Driver fatigue
  • Reckless, negligent driving, red-light running
  • Road rage
  • Wrong lane change, wrong turns, exits, entry into ramp
  • Ignoring or missing warning signs
  • Over-speeding
  • Animal/Human obstruction on the road
  • Life-style/personality/age of driver (depression, inexperienced, teenage or senior driver etc)

Multiple Car Crashes

These accidents, also referred to as multi-vehicle/car collisions, pile-ups or chain reaction crashes, can involve several vehicles and according to traffic experts, they are probably the worst kind of motor-vehicle collisions that occur on high speed freeways and expressways. Some of them have involved hundreds of vehicles, resulting in untold damage to life, limb and property. If the vehicle in front suddenly spins out of control or halts, the drivers behind would obviously crash into it, setting off a chain reaction.

With so many vehicles seriously damaged, it’s inevitable that serious injuries occur. There may be a large mass of totaled vehicles, crumpled beyond recognition and chances of survival are rare. Cars may hit each other multiple times, passengers may be thrown out, fires may break-out and if it happens in a tunnel, toxic fumes may cause death too. Structural damage to bridges and roads cause more hazards.

What To Do

If you’re involved in a multi-vehicle accident:

  • Call for emergency medical help immediately
  • Turn on your hazard lights if possible
  • Keep your seat-belt on
  • Never get out of your vehicle immediately unless there’s a fire risk – the accident may not have ended and you could get hit again by an out of control vehicle
  • Contact the police and wait till they arrive if you’re not seriously injured
  • Make a note of all that you remember about the accident, however minor the details are
  • Try to remember the sequence of events
  • Talk to witnesses and get their contact details
  • Try to get as many photographs on your phone of the accident, position of vehicles etc
  • Contact or find a 24×7 injury lawyer

Establishing Fault in Multiple Car Crashes 

Though accidents are clearly caused by someone’s fault or negligence, the task of establishing fault in multiple car crashes is particularly complicated, as our toronto accident injury lawyers available 24×7 are aware of. There are a number of vehicles involved, most of them have rear-ended each other. Typically, one who rear-ends the car in front is always at fault, but in multi-vehicle crashes, there are several who rear-ended each other because they were in turn crashed into. There are also hundreds of different versions of the crash, each supplied by those involved, witnesses and the police. However, the police report would be the most reliable and it’s important to access it quickly to begin the process of filing a personal injury claim. 

We Can Assist

Our experienced car accident lawyers can assist you with unraveling the complex scenario, access important police and medical records, assemble expert testimony from car crash specialists and collect documentary or photographic evidence and ensure that your rights are safe-guarded. Our serious injury lawyers can put together a robust claim for:

  • Past/future medical expenses
  • Lost past/present/future earning capacity/income
  • Impairment/Disfigurement
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of use of property
  • Amputation
  • Loss of care/guidance/consortium in case of death
  • Bystander emotional injury
  • Exemplary damages
  • Attorney fees/Court costs

Ensure that you contact a specialist multi-vehicle crash lawyer immediately.

If you, your family or a friend has been injured in an accident, please feel free to speak to one of our injury lawyers for a free consultation about how we are able to assist in making a personal injury claim. We consult in all cities across Ontario with a no win no fee guarantee. Our personal injury lawyers have helped victims secure millions of dollars in personal injury cases. Call us Toll Free On our 24/7 Injury Hotline: 1 – 844 495 7333 or Text a Personal Injury Lawyer 24/7 and get instant help.TM (416 931 5015)


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