When more than a few vehicles are involved in an accident, the chain reaction is often referred to as a “multi-car pile-up” or “multi-car accident.” In Wisconsin, these accidents most frequently occur on rural or urban interstates such as I-94 or I-41. It is always the responsibility of the driver to do what is necessary to ensure the safety of their passengers, occupants, and other drivers. When a driver fails, and environmental conditions are just right, the stage could be set for a deadly chain reaction.
Help After Multi-Vehicle Accident
Multi-car pile-ups involve a variety of vehicles that may include large trucks, cars, SUV’s and occasionally a pedestrian. Due to speed and other circumstances, there are likely a multitude of injured victims. These cases are known to be extremely complex. There are many drivers involved which means there are many insurance companies involved. Likely, here are many injuries from minor to traumatic. These cases require a layered investigation that should only be handled by a reputable, and experienced personal injury law firm like Action Law Offices. Speak with a multi-car accident attorney to learn about your rights. Simply fill out the "Take Action" free evaluation form on this page.
Due to Wisconsin Weather
Especially in Wisconsin, slick road conditions or low visibility due to seasonal weather conditions are common, and especially difficult to drive in. Roadway hazards intensify when bad weather conditions impact visibility. Low or no visibility will make it nearly impossible to see disabled cars on the side of the road, brake lights, road signs, or other vehicles until close proximity. Bridges, ramps, overpasses, highways and US county roads become risky. People who drive too fast for weather conditions or those that follow too closely behind other vehicles are putting everyone on the roadway or highway at risk. In these conditions, a quick motion or attempt to hard brake can easily lead to a chain reaction whereby successive vehicles slam into each other.
Multi-Car Accident During Commute
Many multi-car accidents that involve several vehicles occur during rush-hour when there are a large number of vehicles heading to or from work. One wrong move; one careless or negligent driver is all it takes. In other cases, folks are just trying to get from one place to the next. In February of 2019, the largest multi-car pileup in Wisconsin's history occurred in Winnebago County. The accident involved 131 vehicles on Interstate 41 and lead to a death and over 170 injured people.
After Pileup Crash: Sitting Duck
Another unfortunate situation that can occur as a result of a multi-vehicle accident involves people in, around and behind the crash itself. Drivers and Passengers stuck in the mess report feeling like a "sitting duck" as they wait for help to arrive. Unattentive or speeding drivers directly behind the pileup can cause additional crashes. Motorists may find themselves stuck in a line behind the wreck for miles, and endure hours of delay. The worst thing anyone can do in this situation is to get out of their car or attempt to make any type of quick maneuver.
Passengers Of Small Vehicles Most At Risk
Passengers of small cars, mini-cars and small pickups are most at risk for serious injury, or death when the multi-vehicle crash involves a large truck. Large trucks carry tons of weight, they're long, sometimes carry hazardous cargo, and they can cause a lot of damage. When a semi-truck loses control, it can find itself in a "jackknife" situation which causes it to slam into nearby vehicles.
If you find yourself injured in crash involving multiple vehicles, take action. Contact Action Law Offices immediately for your free consultation so that our team can assess your case. Simply fill out the form on this page or call our firm directly.
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