A multiple-vehicle crash temporary closed State Road A1A in Vero Beach on Friday, February 3, 2017. A Police spokeswoman confirmed that the crash occurred at around noon at SR A1A and Pirate Cove Lane, and involved four vehicles.
Fortunately, only one person involved in this crash had injuries, and these were minor. However, the accident serves as a reminder to us all that multiple vehicle accidents can often have devastating consequences, simply because of the number of people at risk.
Why Multiple Vehicle Accidents Happen
There can be one or more factors at play when a multiple vehicle accident occurs:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Reckless driving
- Weather conditions
- Running stop signs
- Running stop lights
- Young/inexperienced drivers
How to Handle a Multi-Car Accident
There are a lot of questions about who is responsible for the cost of an accident when more than two vehicles are involved. These cases are often more complex because it can be difficult to establish who was doing what.
The two questions law enforcement officials will try to satisfy are:
Whose Negligence Set Off the Chain of Events?
Were the other drivers being negligent at the time (i.e. speeding, distracted, driving too close, etc.)
In many of these situations the car which started the chain reaction will be deemed “at fault”. But it is possible for two or more cars to share some or all of the blame for a multi-car accident.
If you are ever involved in a multi-car accident, the first thing you need to do:
- Stay in your car with your seatbelt fastened. Make sure all other passengers have their seatbelt fastened until EMTs or law enforcement advise you that it is safe to exit the vehicle
- Put on your hazard lights. This will tell other vehicles to slow down and proceed with caution
- Record your observations of the incident if you are able
- Notify your insurance carrier/agent
- Seek legal help
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