What Causes Multi-Vehicle Pileups?

Written by Greg on July 16, 2018


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Multi-vehicle pileups are not an everyday occurrence, but when they happen, they can be terrifying and deadly. Multi-vehicle pileups are accidents that involve several vehicles. Usually, one negligent driver starts the chain-reaction crash. Multiple vehicle pileups can occur in several situations including on highways and at intersections.


Causes of Multi-Vehicle Pileups


Several factors can cause Multi-vehicle crashes. Some of the most common reasons include:


  • Poor weather conditions: Things such as fog, ice, snow, and even sun can lead to accidents and pileups.
  • Speeding: Driving too fast for road conditions can cause pileup accidents.
  • Fatigued driving: Driving while tired can be dangerous and may be a factor in multiple vehicle accidents.
  • Distracted driving: Using a cell phone or other device, eating, and talking to others can cause the driver to take their eyes and mind off the road.
  • Driving while intoxicated: Drinking can impair the senses and cause drivers to be less cautious when behind the wheel.
  • Following too closely: Driving too closely behind another driver does not allow enough reaction time and can create a chain-reaction crash.
  • Road construction: When there is construction the road can be reconfigured or narrowed. Drivers may not notice the situation in time to avoid a collision.
  • Other accidents: Slowing down to look at other accidents or incidents on the road can cause a new crash or pileup to occur.


Sometimes, more than one condition is present to cause a multiple-vehicle pileup. For example, a vehicle may be disabled on the road, but because of poor visibility due to fog, drivers cannot see the car until it is too late to stop.

More vehicles continue to plow into the crash scene since they are also visually impaired by fog. Sometimes, a crash that occurs in a blind spot, such as over the hill or past a curve in the road can make it difficult for drivers coming from behind to stop in time.


Injuries in Multi-Vehicle Pileups


When a multiple vehicle pileup occurs, it can cause severe and life-threatening injuries to several drivers and passengers. One problem with these accidents is that many vehicles are hit numerous times and could be smashed from all directions. Sometimes fires occur, and additional incidents could hit passengers who exit their cars.


It can be difficult for rescue workers to get to the injured people, especially those during the crash scene. In large pileups, the scene can be spread over a considerable distance of roadway. Injuries can be severe and often include broken bones, back and neck injury, head trauma and internal injuries. These require immediate treatment.


A pileup accident is a dangerous situation. When a pileup occurs, the negligent party or parties to be identified. It may be difficult to determine the cause of the crash, and often an accident reconstruction specialist may be needed.


If you were hurt in a multi-vehicle pileup, you might be owed money for your injuries. Contact the experienced legal team at Baumgartner Law Firm today to discuss your case.

Call 281-587-1111.

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