Multi-car crashes can leave lasting impressions of anxiety and stress on victims. When serious injuries are included alongside the already emotional strain, it can be difficult for people to know where to start when many vehicles are involved and another party may be liable for the damages incurred. A car crash involving a number of vehicles can have devastating consequences, sometimes claiming the lives of multiple victims when high speeds are involved.
Reports indicate that a truck broke down in a center lane of a California highway, apparently trapping another vehicle directly behind it. Within minutes, a third car smashed into the back of the vehicle causing it to smash into the stopped truck. The driver of the middle vehicle was seriously injured from the collision, and his two passengers were killed.
There is always a high risk factor when a car stalls in the middle of a highway; it can be very dangerous due to the sometimes congested thoroughfares and excessive speeds of surrounding motorists. Miraculously, the driver of the truck escaped with only minor injuries to his leg, though the condition of the woman driving the third car has not been reported. Authorities continue to investigate what may have been the cause of the accident.
It is unknown if criminal charges could be filed against any of the surviving drivers from the accident. Because of the complexity of a car crash of this nature, seeking medical expense compensation and insurance benefits in California for a collision of this nature may have an array of avenues or specific guidelines. If liability for the accident is placed on one of the drivers, then an injured victim (or the family of a deceased victim) likely has the right to pursue a claim in a civil court seeking reimbursement of the financial damages that inevitably accompany these tragedies.
Source: Los Angeles Times, Two dead, three injured in three-car crash on 60 Freeway in Chino, Joseph Serna, Sept. 23, 2013