Three-Car Accident on I-65 Leaves One Dead
A woman was killed in a three-car accident on I-65 Wednesday afternoon. According to officials, 47-year-old Melissa Morris of Nashville, Indiana, died when the vehicle she was driving ended up in the middle of a horrific crash. Two people in that same car were taken by helicopter to the hospital. They are said to have life-threatening injuries. The accident occurred near State Road 46 on southbound I-65 when Morris’s vehicle was crushed between another vehicle that rear-ended hers and a semi truck that was ahead of her. The investigation into this tragic collision is ongoing.
Chain-Reaction Accidents Among Most Dangerous
Chain-reaction accidents are some of the most dangerous crashes on the roadways. Usually, as with the accident on I-65, chain-reaction collisions happen as a result of one vehicle rear-ending another. From there, a line of cars are forced into one another in a chain of rear-end collisions.
One of the reasons chain-reaction or multiple-vehicle accidents are so dangerous is because additional risks exists beyond the initial collision itself. The impact of multiple vehicles can mean that cars are crushed, leaving injured victims unable to be removed from their vehicles quickly in order to receive necessary medical treatment. Even if a driver or passenger is able to extricate him or herself from the vehicle, there is a risk of being hit by another vehicle. This can be especially true in large pile-ups caused by weather conditions. In the case of such accidents, slippery roadways can cause major pile-ups with one vehicle after another attempting and failing to avoid the accident.
Determining Fault in a Multi-Vehicle Accident
“Negligence” is the underlying legal theory under which liability must be proved in a chain-reaction accident. In short, this means determining which driver’s wrong, careless, or reckless actions were responsible for the crash. In many cases, multiple drivers are found to have been negligent. In these instances, liability will be apportioned out based on a court’s findings of how much each driver contributed to the accident.
Multi-vehicle accidents often turn on the rule of the road that requires drivers to leave an appropriate and safe distance between themselves and other vehicles. Even if a road hazard or other obstacles plays a role in the accident, the driver of the car can still be found liable. The safe following distance rule is intended to force drivers to leave enough room for navigation around obstacles or hazards, so the presence of an obstacle does not automatically let the driver off the hook. It may, however, lessen the liability of the driver.
If someone you love has been killed or injured in a multi-vehicle accident, you may have a personal injury or wrongful death case against the responsible party. Damages awarded in car accident cases can provide for medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering, funeral expenses, loss of companionship and services. Call the vehicular accident attorneys of Wagner Reese at (888) 204-8440 today to find out how we can help. The initial consultation is completely free.