Unraveling the aftermath of multi-vehicle car wrecks

Multi-vehicle collisions are among the most complicated to investigate. They also tend to result in a larger number of catastrophic injuries. Southbound traffic on I-75 in Florida was stopped in the early morning hours of Jan. 13 while police and emergency rescue teams responded to a six-car crash.

The initial car accident was caused by a driver later charged with driving under the influence. This driver’s unspecified truck hit the rear of an Expedition. The Expedition was hit again by another driver later charged with driving under the influence. Of the five passengers in the Expedition, a 7-year-old boy was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital and listed in serious condition.

Two more cars hit the Expedition with a third crashing into the median in efforts to avoid the multi-vehicle crash. Trauma alerts were issued for two of the eight injured people. The total number of participants in this multi-vehicle accidents at mile marker 126 included nine passengers and six drivers. Both suspected drunk drivers were arrested at the scene and further charged with careless driving.

In car accidents involving multiple vehicles, catastrophic injuries and pain and suffering are all too common. As Florida families pick up the pieces following a pileup collision, going over police reports and filing the appropriate insurance claims is a daunting and confusing process. Fast action is necessary to collect the full compensation for damages available to each victim, and lawsuits are needed in some cases. This involves gathering evidence, proving fault, talking to multiple insurers and filing court documents. The assistance of a lawyer with experience in dealing with this type of accident is an invaluable resource for victims.

Source: Wink News, “I-75 South back open after early morning crash at Alico Rd.,” Jan. 13, 2013.

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