“Chain reaction crashes” are an unfortunate common event on many Florida roadways. Over the summer, a chain reaction accident on I-75 in Pembroke Pines claimed the lives of two people, including a high school graduate. Investigators report that a tractor trailer loaded with concrete was pulling out onto the highway when a vehicle collided with it and traveled underneath. The car was torn apart as it continued under the truck until it finally ran off the road. A second car then collided with the truck, causing concrete to fall out of its back.
The Dangers of Chain Reaction Accidents
While any car accident can be serious, multiple vehicle accidents hold the potential for fatal or severe injuries. Thousands of people are killed annually in chain reaction crashes across the country. It is believed that nearly half of all traffic fatalities are the result of multiple vehicle accidents.
It can be difficult to determine who is at fault for a chain reaction crash. There are several common chain reaction accident scenarios that occur time and time again. These include accidents caused by the front vehicle, accidents caused by the second vehicle, straight chain accidents, and hit and runs. Most often, the rear vehicle in a multiple vehicle accident will be considered at fault, but different circumstances can certainly alter this general conclusion.
Chain reaction crashes at times involve instances of unsafe or aggressive driving on the part of at least one driver involved in the crash. Some common negligent behaviors that give rise to chain reaction crashes include:
- Running a red light
- Distracted driving
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Failure to slow in time to prevent an accident
- Poor road conditions or weather conditions
- Construction zones
- Stop and go traffic
- Black ice
- Failure to use turn signals
- Failure to properly apply brakes or stop
- Road hazards around a curve or bend
Florida law requires that all drivers use care while operating a motor vehicle and act so as to avoid injury to other drivers. This includes driving in a safe manner and obeying all basic traffic safety laws. When truck drivers are involved in chain reaction crashes, additional federal and state laws will need to be considered. Car or truck drivers who act negligently and cause an accident can be held responsible for the personal injuries, property damage, and more that result.
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